Today, marked the inaugural event of the Glenmore AC Kearney and McBride cross country races where senior male athletes were competing for the Kearney cup, senior female athletes competed for the McBride cup, and the juvenile athletes were competing for the Johnny Mullen Cup. The race was held for the first time in the beautiful surroundings of Bellurgan Park, and the threat of storm Denis couldn’t keep a large group of tough athletes away. Competing athlete ages ranged from seven years old to inspirational veteran over sixties. The event ran smoothly, and both athletes and spectators had a very enjoyable day and were treated to the usual Glenmore hospitality of homemade refreshments. The event was an overwhelming success for the club.
The juvenile races kicked off the days proceedings with Glenmore AC ‘s Maeve Walsh taking the 1stpodium finish of the day winning the girls u9 500m race in fine style, with teammate Sarah Devane taking home a top 10 finishers medal. Ethan Nichols lead the u9 boys home for Glenmore, with both himself and Conal Breen taking home top 10 finisher medals. They were closely followed home by Darragh Ryan, Tadgh Hanniffy, Ryan McCann & Thomas Cumiskey all representing Glenmore AC. Holly McCann ran a superb race in girls u11 to finish in 2ndplace. She was followed home by fellow teammates Aine Finnegan and Gillian Tuohy in top 10 finishes with Niamh Cranny also running well. Oisin Gallagher and Logan McBride ran well in u11 boys 800m. The largest field of the day took to the line for the girls u13 1500m. Sarah Duffy lead the Glenmore girls home, with Grace Keenan, Eimear Finnegan, Jessica White, Ella Connolly, Sophie Cumiskey, Aine Gallagher, Aine O’Reilly, Emma McCarragher & Saoirse Byrne completing the field for Glenmore AC. Christopher Conlon & Peadar Walsh both secured top 10 finisher medals in an exciting boys u13 race with Cian McGee, Daniel Connolly & Eoin McIntyre also representing the club, all be it outside the medals. Ellen Callan also won a top 10 medal in girls u15 with James Dunne also running well, out of age, in boys u17. Official juvenile race results are as follows;
Girls u 9 (500m)
1stMaeve Walsh – Glenmore AC
2ndKayla Coyne – Boharmeen AC
3rdLily Reilly – Boharmeen AC
Boys u 9 (500m)
1stRyan McMahon – Monaghan Phoenix
2ndAodhan O’Reilly – Boharmeen AC
3rdNathan Byrne – Boyne AC
Girls u11 (800m)
1stCliodhna Reilly – Dunleer AC
2ndHolly McCann – Glenmore AC
3rdTara Hunt – Boharmeen AC
Boys u11 (800m)
1stCormac Green – Dunleer AC
2ndEoin Davis – Boharmeen AC
3rdJack Crilly -Armagh AC
Girls u13 (1500m)
1stSholah Laurence – Ace AC
2ndErica Hunt – Boharmeen AC
3rdCara Brennan – Boharmeen AC
Boys u13 (1500m)
1stDaire Matthers – Dunleer AC
2ndLorcan Forde Dunne – Ace AC
3rdDonnacha Reidy – St Peter’s AC
Girls u15 (2000m)
1stDearbhla Allen – St Peter’s AC
2ndErin Finnegan – Blackrock AC
3rdOrla McLaughlin – Ace AC
Boys u15 (2000m)
1stSean Reilly – Blackrock AC
2ndTom Dunleavy – Monaghan Phoenix
3rdBen Corkery – Boharmeen AC
Girls u17 (4000m)
1stLeah Mooney – Dundalk St Gerards
2ndAnna Faulkner – Ace AC
3rdAisling Davis – Boharmeen AC
Boys u17 (4000m)
1stCian Gorham – St Peter’s AC
2ndRory McLoughlin – St Peter’s AC
3rdDean Murtagh – St Peter’s AC
Next up were a combination of junior male and female athletes and the senior ladies. Karen Costello from Dunleer AC lead the female race from the start and took the win. She she was followed closely by Laura Matthews,North East Runners AC second place, and Dearbhla Greene, Dunleer AC finishing in third position.
In the male senior race, Shane Toner and Shane Lynch ran together from the start and looked very comfortable, with two kilometres to go to the finish Shane Lynch made his move and opened up a gap to take the win, with Shane Toner finishing a close second, PJ Hynes had an excellent run and came home in third place.
All competing athletes gave it everything today in tough conditions and were a credit to the club. Glenmore AC male senior athletes competing today were Shane Lynch, Shane Toner, PJ Hynes, Donal Mc Morland, Ciaran Walsh, and Kenneth McBride, and competing in the ladies’ race was Lorraine Dunne, Sarah Dooney, Katie Mallon, Collette Walsh, Kinga Byrne, and Edel Connolly.
Congratulations to Glenmore AC men’s team on winning the Kearney Cup. Dunleer AC women’s team were the winners of the McBride Cup and the juveniles of Boharmeen AC claimed the Johnny Mulken Cup.
Glenmore AC would like to thank Eddie Toner, Bellurgan Park for the use of an exceptional facility, Bakers take away Carlingford for supplying the senior race medals, Dromad Hire for supplying the generator, the people who donated the refreshments and all the stewards and volunteers who helped out over the course of the weekend, your efforts are greatly appreciated.