Athletics: National cross-country championships

Mortimers hit the ground running

by Aaron Dunne
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Another busy week for Lucan Harriers from the National Cross Country Championship in Letterkenny, to a 5 mile race in Leanne, to runs in the Dublin/Wicklow mountains. 

On home turf for the Mortimer family, Claire Joyce, Garry Mortimer and their eldest daughter Lucy in the Leanane 5 mile on Sunday in typical windy and hilly Conemarra conditions. 

Very impressive times – watch out Irelands Fittest Family – Garry 35.50, Claire 37.55 and Lucy 1 hour. 

Aidan Montague broke for the border on the Dublin and Wicklow Mountain Rescue Run The Line 26K mountain Run. 

Including a total ascent of 2800 feet, in an impressive time of 2 hours 55 min. Well done Aidan great achievement also having recently competing his debut marathon.

We had a number of athletes at the national Cross Country Championships in Donegal, we’ll have a full report next week

The indoor track season starts this week with the first meeting taking place in the Abbottstown’s national indoor arena, best of luck to everyone taking part for the forthcoming season

Meanwhile, the club’s throwing cage is progressing nicely and will be finished soon. We had our AGM last week and a lot of housekeeping took place. 

PJ Hyland was again voted in as chairman of the club, best of luck PJ as you steer this great club over the next 12 months.

Meanwhile, Darragh McElhinney (UCD AC) and Sarah Healy (UCD AC) claimed their first national senior titles at the National Cross Country Championships at Rosapenna Hotel and Golf Club, Co Donegal. 

Both Healy (21) and McElhinney (22) were pushed all the way in quality senior races, but it was the UCD pair who would ultimately star on a day filled with outstanding performances across the 10-race schedule.

The women’s 8000m race came down to a duel between two 1500m specialists in Healy and European silver medallist Ciara Mageean. Both athletes raced side-by-side over the first 5,000m before making a decisive move which saw them broke from a group which included defending 2021 champion Michelle Finn (Leevale) who would ultimately cross for third.

Healy waited until the final uphill climb before making her race-winning-move which saw her surge clear on the run for home, crossing the finish 15 seconds clear to take her first Irish senior cross country title in 27:05. 

Featured Image: Lucan Harriers’  Garry Mortimer, Lycy Mortimer and  Claire Joyce in Leanne

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