Raheny’s All-Ireland champs

by Karl Graham
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RAHENY Shamrocks landed their second All-Ireland Cross Country title at Abbottstown last weekend as clubman Kevin Dooney finished second in the men’s 10,000m race.
The 24-year-old crossed the line in a time of 31.50 minutes, just ahead of Ballina’s Hugh Armstrong and seven seconds behind eventual winner Paul Pollock from Annadale Striders.
The result has seen Dooney secure his place in the Irish cross country team for the third year in a row.
Dooney’s older brother Conor also took part in the race and came home in ninth position after finishing with a time of 32.26 minutes.
Fellow Shamrocks man Eoin Strutt was a further four places and 16 seconds behind and, like Kevin, will also pull on the Ireland jersey in Samorin, Slovakia on December 10 after his result saw him take silver in the men’s Under-23s competition.
Mark Kirwan then crossed the line in 18th position to add points to Shamrocks’ total and ensure they would lift the trophy designated for the club finishing in first place.
Brian Fay also picked up silver at the championships after he finished second in the junior race over a course of 6,000m.
In a dramatic finish, Fay was one second behind Craig McMeechan from North Down AC but just one second ahead of both Charlie O’Donovan from Leevale AC and Youghal AC athlete Fearghal Curtin. As a result of finishing second, Fay has automatically qualified himself for the new Under-20 category of the European championships.
Sean Barrett ran well to secure 24th in the Under-16 category with Adam Condon 48th, Sean Flynn 70th and Ren Runswick 103rd.
On the women’s side, the Shamrocks’ senior team finished in sixth position after Zoe Quinn was 37th, Karen Crossan 40th, Fiona Stack 47th, Orla Manley 52nd and Laura Brennan 63rd.
Niamh Corry from the women’s junior team finished in 20th place, while club mates Ailish Murtagh, Lucy Barrett and Aoibhinn McGoldrick finished 22nd,53rd and 61st.
Elsewhere, Feidhlim Kelly won the St Anne’s Parkrun in Raheny after crossing the line in an impressive 16.04 minutes – nine seconds ahead of second-placed Tom McEnery of Piranha TC.
Kelly’s club mate Simon Devenney was 9th, while Robert Frewen, Eamon Traynor, Keith Comiskey, Dave Feeney, Paul Larkin and Kate Martin were just some of the other 25 runners who took part.
The Malahide Parkrun saw William Walsh record a new personal best time of 17.36 minutes to take gold, with his closest rival a full 33 seconds behind. Steve Reeves, another Raheny Shamrocks man, was third in 18.24 minutes.

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