Report from Liam Dunne.
On 19th Oct I returned to Ireland for a week with the intention of competing in two races over two weekends. The first race was The County (Laois) Novice XC.
The Novice XC is for any club runners over the age of 19 who has not previously won an individual county medal. The race attracts the likes of myself who came to the sport at a late age, the promising young juniors entering the seniors ranks and those in between.
The weather was perfect for the event and the 6km course was relatively flat. Although a bit short and flat for me, I knew if I ran well I was in with a chance of a medal, but with support from my neice and nephew fan club combined with the recent hard training, I’m glad to report that I went on to win the race in a time of 20.26 and pick up my first individual county medal. Results here:
With a week to eat, run, rest and socialise it was off to Dunboyne, Co Meath for the provincial masters xc event. Prizes were on offer for club, county and the first three in each age group from 35+ and going up in 5 year increments. Again this was a fairly flat 6km course with lots of mud and several twists and turns.
Being a provincial event meant I was going to face stiffer competition than the previous week but a week of mothers home cooking combined with plenty of rest seemed to pay dividends and I was happy to finish in tenth position overall in a time of 21.40, 4th in the M35 age group and picked up bronze as the county team finished third. Winner of the event was John Fenlon (St Michaels) in a time of 21.15
Results can be found here.