Tyrellspass, Co. Westmeath
On a deceptively testing course at The New Forest Golf Course in Tyrellspass, Co. Westmeath, the women’s team continued their fine record in Leinster Cross Country Championships by winning the Senior Team Title for the second time.
New Club Captain Eimear Nic An Bhaird showed leadership in the early stages as she led the squad through the first small loop. Sile Carroll moved up, followed by Aileen Gittens. Denise Fitzgerald and Ciara Broderick Farrell, running in their first senior championship, were battling for team positions as the field went out on the first of the two longer laps which included some testing small climbs.
With Sile, Aileen and Eimear in the first ten the team were in a very strong position, ably backed up by Ciara and Denise. On the last lap Aileen made progress to lead the team home in 7th place and also score on the Dublin team.
Eimear came next in 11th, enjoying her best ever run at this level, followed by Sile in 12th. Ciara was the fourth scorer followed by Denise, both having fine runs at what was for them a high level of competition for newcomers and indicating some good running to come in the future.
The scoring total of 62 points was 13 better than Tullamore’s 75 with Kilmore third on 85.
The women’s team has a fine record in Leinster starting with a Novice, Intermediate double team titles in 2013. Moving up a level in 2014 to finish second in the Senior event and going one better in 2015 by winning the Senior in Dunboyne. Silver medals were the result in January last. They should also be in the history books since for the first time due to the restructuring of the cross country season we had the unique situation of two Leinster Senior Championships being run in the same calendar year.
In the men’s race Peter Arthur in 5th place led the team home to 4th place and also led the Dublin team to victory in the inter county team race.
The full results are available at: