DCS Athletics Report

The 2nd round of
the All-Ireland Cross-Country championships were held recently in Dungarvan
on a flat and fast course. Douglas athletes had a fairly successful
day taking home 8 medals. The teams however finished outside of the
medals but everything looks bright for the future. The u13 race over
1200m had four Douglas athletes running for the Cork Team. The team
finished 5th and John Durcan, Billy Murphy, Eoin Bourke and
Luke O’ Leary all performed very well in their first ever All-Ireland
race. The u15 boys team were led home by Patrick Coleman with a superb
11th place finish. The team came 6th and the Cork
team was 3rd in this age group with Patrick, Shaun Healy
and Cullen Lynch all scorers on the team. Conor Foley also had a brilliant
run in his first ever All-Ireland. The u17 team were without the services
of their number 1 man Adam Kelleher, but battled well to a 7th

place finish. Peter Hanrahan continued his rich vein of form with a
super 30th place finish and he was also a scorer on the Munster
team. The Cork team were 2nd with Peter, Brian Murray and
Mark Tobin all scorers on the team. Darren Walsh, Alan O’ Brien and
David O’ Keeffe all ran superb also. The u19 team was without the
services of the top two runners and only started with the bare four
athletes. Richard Quirke led the team home with a great run in 38th
place also being the 5th scoring Munster man and Craig Harrington
all ran very well. The team finished 5th and then Cork team
was 4th. That concludes the competition phase before Christmas
and all the athletes will now take a well-earned break and resume training
early in the New Year. Congratulations to all the athletes on their
performances this winter especially our u16 National Champions!!!

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