2021 European Cross-Country Championships

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By Eddie Mc Donagh

FIVE Dundrum South Dublin athletes wore the green vest of Ireland with distinction, at the European Cross Country Championships in Abbotstown last Sunday. 

First into action was Emma McEvoy, a relative newcomer to athletics, who will have two more years in the U-20 age group.  

12 December 2021; Scott Fagan, right, and Sean Kay of Ireland competing in the U20 Men’s 6000m during the SPAR European Cross Country Championships Fingal-Dublin 2021 at the Sport Ireland Campus in Dublin. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Emma ran just behind the leading group throughout the race, and finished strongly to cross the line in 24th position.

The cluib had a large representation in the senior men’s race with National Champion, Hiko Tonosa, running a very positive race to finish 13th overall, just shy of his top 10 objective.  

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Emmet Jennings and Paul O’Donnell were in the top 30 up to half way and will have gained a lot of experience from their first European Championships, running against the eventual winner Jakob Ingebrigtsen (Olympic 1500m Gold Medallist) and one of the truly greatest competitors of all time ranging from 1,500m to 10,000m.  

Emmet placed 44th with Paul O’Donnell 56th, and with the team just missing out on 3rd place by four points.

Siofra Cleirigh Buttner ran the third leg in the Mixed Relay and put in a mighty effort to hold on to the lead, with the distance and tough terrain proving difficult.  

Former DSD.athlete, now running with UCD, Luke McCann ran a very strong leg, with the team just being pipped for third place by Belgium, and with Great Britain finishing in first and France second.   

All of these athletes can now look forward to the Indoor and Outdoor Track Seasons, in a positive frame of mind.

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