Sile Carroll and Peter Arthur retained their respective titles in mild and relatively calm conditions in the Phoenix Park on Sunday. The going was soft in parts of the course due to the recent heavy snow. The combined start of the 5k womens and 8k mens races provided an opportunity for some interesting battles throughout the field.
For Sile it was her third consecutive title and she covered the 5k in 19m33s, good running in the conditions with Aileen Gittens second in 20m28s and her sister Annie third in 21m54s. Orla Gordon and Aoife Brady had their usual battle for the next places and Bridget Reilly ran her first ever cross country race in 6th place.
Full results of womens race can be found here
Peter Arthur moved ahead in the early stages of the mens race with Bogdan Florean, who is experiencing his first Irish cross country season, giving chase ahead of Chris Morgan and Gaetan Le Page.
There were some interesting battles for the next places but up front Peter continued on his way to retain the title in 26m02s ahead of Bogdan in 28m07s with Chris third in 28m58s. There were some battles throughout the field with winter league points up for grabs.
Full results of mens race can be found here