Rathcoole HFSC star Dixon shows class in X-Country

by Aaron Dunne
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Cormac Dixon (HFCS Rathcoole) proved the class of the field in the boy’s senior 6km race at the All-Ireland Schools Cross-Country,  held on a damp and dank day in Tymon Park, Dublin on Saturday (March 9).

Only with the finish line in sight did Dixon, who is a member of Tallaght AC, sprint  into the lead finishing in a solid time of 19 minutes exactly.  In a great race for Dublin schools, St Aidan’s CBS packed  superbly to take the team prize. Tom Breslin in 19th place, was followed home by the trio of Sam Murray, Devan Morrissey and Rory Quill, who finished in 33rd, 34th and 35th places, with Cillian Keegan a fighting 39th. It means that the  Whitehall school finished on 121 points, beating St Michael’s Enniskillen by six points.
Best of the Dublin athletes  in the girls’ senior 3.5km race was Edel McCreery (Loreto Beaufort and Rathfarnham WSAF) in sixth place, followed closely by Grace Nunan (Institute of Education and Donore Harriers) seventh, with the pair given the same time of 13:48. Finishing ninth was Holly O’Brien (St Andrew’s Booterstown and Blackrock AC) with Julie Cleary (Loreto Stephen’s Green and Donore Harriers) 10th.
Winning the girl’s inter race, also over 3.5km, was Emily Bolton (Mount Sackville, Chapelizod and Donore Harriers), with the Mount Sackville team just out of the medals in fourth place.St Dominic’s Cabra  finished sixth teams.

 St Dominic’s had also qualified for the minor girls’ race finishing fifth.

First Dublin athlete in the boys; inter race over 5km was James Foot (Blackrock College) in ninth place. Belvedere finished fourth team, led by Daire McCarthy 14th.

In the younger age groups, Charlie O’Neill (Belvedere Dublin) won the junior boys’ 3.5km after making a break with about a kilometre to go; Belvedere finished third team. St Joseph’s Lucan finished fifth team in the girls’ junior race. At minor level, Willow Park Blackrock finished fifth in the boys’ race.

Roise Roberts of  DCU won a competition women’s 5km race at the at the Irish Universities’ Cross-Country Championships, hosted by Queen’s Belfast on Saturday (March 9). Third in 18:41 was Celine Gavin who was leading Trinity College to team victory over  UCD and many times champions DCU. Just ten points separated the three. It was a fourth team victory for Trinity since 2020.

In the men’s race,  Sean McGinley (DCU)   finished  second in 26:41 and Pierre Murchan (TCD) third in 26.44. UL was first team ahed of DCU, although for the 20th time since 2003, DCU finished best overall team ahead of UL, with Trinity third and UCD fourth.  

Clare Sullivan of Rathfarnham WSAF was a clear winner of the women’s two-mile race at the AIB  & NUI BHAA Cross-Country, held in the ground of NUI Maynooth, on Saturday (March 9). Winning the men’s four-mile race in 23:05 was George Snee of Dunboyne AC, with Thomas Sherlock of Clonliffe Harriers second in 23:12 With venues for road races and cross country events so difficult to find in the Dublin area, the BHAA has spread its wings to neighbouring counties. Next BHAA event  is a  new look cross-country race  on Saturday March 23 at Meath Eco Park, Rathbeggan Lakes, Co Meath, a venue discovered by long time BHAA supporter Val Ledwith. Details www.bhaa.ie 

Dublin Front Runners host big event in Marino Irish Olympian and former World Champion Derval O’Rourke will join British Olympian Dame Kelly Holmes among the keynote speakers at the upcoming ‘Menopause in Motion, Running for a Balanced Life’ conference on 20 April next in the Marino Institute of Education, Dublin 9.
The conference, kindly supported by the Dublin Front Runners (DFR) AC, aims to provide health, nutrition and coaching guidance for women who are navigating the perimenopause, the menopause, and beyond.
In conversation with MC Anna Nolan, Derval will discuss running training and fitness, with guidance on maintaining a healthy lifestyle throughout menopause.
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 while Dame Kelly will join virtually to give insight into her own career and how she trains as a retired athlete.

The conference boasts a strong line up of expert keynote speakers including Dr Breffini Anglim O’Regan, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist in The Coombe Hospital; Dr Aoife Quinn, Sport Psychologist; Rachel Graham, Nutritionist and Author and Irene Clark, Sports Educator and Menopause Coach.

The half day conference will open for registration from 9:30am, lunch and refreshments will be served and the conference will conclude with a Pilates class hosted by Dearbhla Mitchell from Bondareg.

Tickets are limited and available to purchase through Eventbrite.

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