Munster even age XC Championships, Clarecastle, Co. Clare. Sun Oct 22nd.

Yesterday, saw our juvenile XC teams head to Clarecastle for what was a very mucky affair! Although the course was quite flat, it being over GAA pitches, it was very narrow
and the muck was ankle high for 60% of the course. Nevertheless, this did not deter these young athletes, 2 of which, Hannah Twomey u10 and Des Kenneally u12 had falls
but got straight back up and finished the race, neither wanting to let their teams down. Well done to you both!
The girls u10 were all in flying form and the team of Clodagh Barry, Ruby Cummins, Hannah Twomey, Emma O Connell, Ella McCarthy & Caoimhe O Sullivan took Club team
Gold and Clodagh came home in 6th place, earning an individual medal and also scored with the Cork team, earning a gold county team medal.
Although the boys u10 team of Cillian O Flynn, Cathal O Riordan, Harry McCourt, Eoin Sexton, Cian Cronin, Mikey Foley & Oisin Callan, all ran very well, they finished outside
the medals. Cillian came home in 12th place, earning an individual medal and also scored with the Cork team, earning a gold county team medal.
Next up, the u12 girls. They were also in flying form and the team of Amy McCarthy, Grace Nyhan, Aoibhinn McKeogh, Aoife Callan, Aoife Tuthill, Aoibheann O Sullivan, Caoimhe Foley & Caoimhe Walsh took the club team gold. Amy was 2nd home and Grace 8th, so they earned individual medals and both scored with the Cork team and got gold county team medals also.
The boys u12 team of Charlie Twomey, Adam Barry, Oisin McCarthy, Dara Walsh, Des Kenneally, Jack Cullinane & Conor Galvin didn’t have the best day at the office. Charlie
woke up with the vomiting bug, so couldn’t compete and Des took a fall at the start, so they were on the back foot from the get go. As the course was so narrow, it was difficult
to navigate past people but the boys kept working away and never gave up. They will be a force to be reckoned with in the Munster Bs!!
Ellen Murphy was our sole competitor in the girls u14 race. She ran a great race despite not having a team, running strongly right up to the end, finishing in 42nd place. Well done
In the u14 boys, we had Callum McCourt & Cian Walsh. Unfortunately, Fionn Merritt who had travelled, wasn’t able to compete as he was also sick. Callum & Cian both ran very
well, in now what was a complete mud bath, with Callum coming home in 7th place, picking off 2 people in the last 50m, showing you can still make up places, even at this late stage in the race. He also scored with the Cork team, earning a gold county team
We had 3 runners in the u16 girls, Jane Buckley, Nicola Tuthill & Katie Murphy and 2 in the u16 boys, Gavin Kenny & Peter Ronan. Again, these athletes didn’t disappoint putting in
strong performances, with Jane finishing in 13th, just outside an individual medal, Nicola in 16th, Katie in 37th, Gavin in 8th and Peter in 21st position. Jane, Nicola & Gavin did
score with the Cork team, earning themselves a gold county team medal and Gavin a silver county team medal.
Naoise O Flaitheartaigh competed in the boys u18. He ran very strongly, particularly in the 2nd loop and had a very strong sprint finish, battling the last 30m with another athlete and
coming out on top to take 5th place. He also earned a silver Cork county team medal.
And last but not least to compete on the day was Ronnie Barry. She competed in the Ladies Novice & u23 race. Ronnie ran a great race and like Naoise, had a very strong
second loop and picked people off right throughout the race, finishing in a very well earned and deserving 6th place, the first Cork woman home. Super run Ronnie! Well done
to all athletes yesterday and of course to all the parents. Again, lots of team work off the course, erecting and taking down the tent and supporting all Bandon AC athletes
Report by Susan McCourt