National Cross Country

The Uneven age National Cross Country Championships took place in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford on Sunday last and, thankfully, the weather took a turn for the better. Making the long journey south were 6 Boyne athletes, who had qualified to compete through their provincial races, either individually or as part of the Louth team. Emer Doyle and Siofra Devine represented the Wee county with pride in the u11 girls 1,500m, finishing in an excellent 39th and 76th place respectively, from a huge field of 195 competitors. Neil Culhane, reigning Leinster Champion, was off form today, as a difficult race saw him finish in 30th place in the boys u11 race, while Calum Sheedy ran a strong race in the u13 boys 2,500m, finishing in 48th position from a field of 152. Eva Cummins ran well out of age in the u17 girls 4,000m race, finishing in 29th place, while clubmate Lorcan Hughes faced a tough battle but still gave it his all in the boys u17 race. The Sunday previous saw the Athletics Louth Masters Cross Country Championships take place in Rogers field in Togher. Days of incessant rain leading up to the race made for a tough and challenging course that could only be described as ‘true Cross Country’! Rising to the challenge, Boyne A.Cs masters ladies fought hard against the wind as they completed the 3,000m distance. First to cross the line for Boyne, and making an incredible return to competitive running was Ellen Byrne, finishing in a super 4th place overall, and 2nd in her age category, while Rebecca Carolan finished in 9th place and 4th in category. Sally Clarke crossed the line close behind in 10th place and, completing the quartet, Breda Devine had a fantastic sprint finish finishing in 16th place overall. Collectively, the ladies were awarded the Masters silver team medal, a first in Boynes history, but certainly by no means the last! 

Boyne Athletes at the recent National Cross Country Championships Ellen Byrne at the nasters championships in Togher