Hosts Clonliffe win all round  in Dublin Cross-Country

by Aaron Dunne
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Sunday’s Dublin Senior  and Junior Cross-Country Championships, which were returning to Santry for the first time since 2019, proved a great day for the resident club, Clonliffe Harriers, who won both men’s individual and team titles.

In the senior men’s 9km race, Efrem Gidey not only made it a back-to-back victory but also helped his team to a fifth consecutive victory.

On the first of five laps, Gidey quickly broke away making light of the muddy  and strength- sapping conditions to finish in a superb time of  28 mins 50 secs.

Over a minute behind for second was  David Scanlon of Rathfarnham WSAF,  followed by  Colm Rooney and Jayme Rossiter, both Clonliffe,  who were third and fourth.

 Eoin Pierce  in eighth place  ensured that team victory went to Clonliffe ahead of  Rathfarnham WSAF and  Dundrum South Dublin. They were followed by Brothers Pearse, Raheny Shamrock and Donore Harriers.

Just six teams finished the race.

Following newly established international rules, women ran the same 9km distance as the men  for the first time in the Dublin Championships.  

Dublin City Harriers dominated the race from the start, taking the top three places. Edel Monaghan was first in 34:49, Faye Dervan second and Cliona Murphy third. Fourth was Niamh Kearney of Raheny Shamrock.

DSD took the next three places, with Eimear Maher fifth, the ageless Maria McCambridges sixth and Serena Tuffy seventh.  

DCH, with Sorcha McAllister the fourth counter in 11th place, easily won the team title.

DSD  was second,  Raheny Shamrock third, and Clonliffe Harriers fourth. Only four complete teams finished.

A clear winner of the junior women’s race was Sadhbh Mohan of Metro St Brigid’s.

Edel McCreery of Rathfarnham WSAF was second and Laura Nunan  of Donore Harriers third.

DSD, led by Saoirse O’Brien in fifth place, was first team ahead of Donore Harriers; only two complete teams finished the race.

Sean Cronin of Clonliffe Harriers won a more competitive junior men’s race,  beating his team mate Mahad Egaal  by five seconds.

Louis Woodger of Metro St Brigid’s was third.  Clonliffe, with four finishers in the top ten, was the winning team. DSD was second and Raheny Shamrock third.

Clonliffe Harriers senior men’s champions for a fifth year. (Picture courtesy Clonliffe Harriers)

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