Cross country season kicked off on Sunday last with day 1 of the Louth Championship held at the county grounds in Darver. After a very wet few days the sun came out to help make this a great day of athletics hosted by St Peter’s AC.
First to the start line were the u8s, many of whom were competing for the first time. Maeve Walsh led the field from the start over the 250m course to take 1st place. Freya Halpin also ran a great race to finish in the top half of the field. Conor Finnegan, Finn Gleave, Jack Gleave, Tadhg Hanniffy, Ryan McCann, Conor McMorland, Eoin McMorland, James Murphy, Ethan Nichols and Darragh Ryan all ran well in the boys u8.
Zoe White put in a great run to claim 3rd place in a fiercely competitive girls u10 800m race. She was followed home by Gillian Tuohy, Holly McCann and Aine Finnegan to take the 1st team prize. Aoife McDonald and Niamh Cranny also ran well. Another large group of Glenmore AC athletes competed in the girls u12 2000m with Leah Dunne leading them home to claim a top 10 position. She was followed home by Jessica White, Katie McDonald, Grace Keenan, Ella Connolly, Sophie Cumiskey and Aoife Keenan. Peader Walsh, Luke Spain, Craig Tuohy and Cian McGee also ran well in the boys u12 2000m.
U14 3000m saw Ava Ashby and Sarah Mallon putting in a brave performance in the girls race with James Spain, Tiarnan Hanniffy, Seamus Small and Daniel Connolly also running well in the boys race. Ava Brady, Claudia Mullen and James Dunne all competed out of age in u16 4000m with James taking 4th position in the boys race. The last race of the day saw Zofia Mullen take 4th position in the girls u18 4000m race and Ciaran Flynn take 5th place in the boys u18 5000m.
Well done to all those athletes who took part on Sunday. The club is looking forward to seeing another large group of Glenmore AC athletes at day 2 of the Louth Championship next Sunday.