Douglas CS Athletics Report

Douglas Community School athletes
traveled to Midleton recently to take on Midleton CBS in a Cross-Country
challenge. Three races were held Minor, Junior and a combined Inter/Senior
race. The course was flat with plenty of mud. The races were held on
the course due to hold the South Munster Championships in two weeks
time.The first race of the day was the Minor race held over 1,000m.
Here Gary McCarthy proved a runaway winner coming home with much
in reserve. John Durcan, Billy Murphy and Robert O’
Reilly
ably assisted him. The team however were narrowly defeated
by Midleton. The junior race over 2,000m proved to be a very exciting
affair with Conor Foley stretching out the field from the start
and only one Midleton athlete could stay with the pace. These two raced
away from the field until the Midleton athlete eventually won by a narrow
margin. Conor ran on for a super 2nd place finish and he
led the team to an easy win with great back up from Ian Tobin

4th, James Kelleher 5th and Mark Seacy
6th. This team has great potential, as Midleton were Munster
Schools champions in this age group last year. The combined Inter/Senior
race was held over 3,000m and again provided Douglas with another individual
winner. Here Peter Hanrahan continued his strong pre Christmas
form where he finished 19th in the All-Ireland u16 cross-country
championships in the Curragh. Peter looked strong throughout the race
and won easily. Mark Tobin proved what talent he has with a great
3rd place finish and all the Douglas athletes packed well
with Patrick Coleman 4th, Richard Quirke 5th,

Dave O’ Keeffe 6th, Brian Murray
8th, Craig Harrington 10th. Douglas easily
won the team event in this race. All athletes enjoyed the day and it
gave them the chance to blow off the cobwebs before the bigger races
in January & February. Next up for the Douglas CS athletes is the
D.C.U Schools Invitational Cross-Country event in Dublin on Wednesday
16th January. All the athletes are putting in a big effort
and I would like to thank all for their commitment.

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