Dundrum boys secure national title in Kilkenny

by Gazette Reporter
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Eddie McDonagh

The road to Dundrum is once again paved with gold after the second session of the National Juvenile Cross Country Championships in Gowran, Co Kilkenny. 

A fabulous performance by Dundrum South Dublin (DSD) AC’s U-17 Boys saw a 40-point margin between them and the rest of the country for a comprehensive victory.  

DSD., were led home by Sean Quinn, the Dublin champion, supported by Jamie Byrne, Andrew McGilton and Killian O’Brien.

It was a big day for the club’s U-11 Girls who were contesting their first All-Ireland Championships.  

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They were clustered behind the leading group of young athletes and battled to the finish line on a tough course for 10-year-olds.  They were rewarded for their efforts by picking up silver  medals in the team event.

The U-15 Boys were a few points short of bronze in their 3,500m race and this experience could be the driving force for their future in this sport.

The club’s young athletes will hope to follow in the footsteps of Hiko Tonosa; Paul O’Donnell, Emmet Jennings (Senior Men) and Emma McEvoy (Junior Women) who will represent Ireland in the European Cross Country Championships, in Abbotstown, on Sunday. 

6 December 2021; Team Ireland athlete Darragh McElhinney at the Sport Ireland Campus in Dublin ahead of the SPAR European Cross Country Championships which take place at the venue on Sunday, December 12th. For more information on the Championship please visit www.fingal-dublin2021.ie. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

World No 1 Jacob Ingebrigtsen of Norway will be the big draw at the prestigious event.

Dundrum South Dublin AC’s U-17 Boys team won the National Cross Country Championships in Kilkenny

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