AAI National Inter-Counties Cross-Country Championship

The Curragh, County Kildare

November 25th 2007

 

Stranorlar man, Gary Murray’s performance, in winning the 'Inter-Counties Cross-Country Championship' at the Curragh yesterday, was outstanding. Running against and defeating a number of full time athletes, many of whom are carded under the 'Irish Sports Council Athlete Support Scheme', was indeed very sweet for an athlete that holds down a full time teaching job and still competes and wins on the highest stage.

 

The race was intriguing, as pre race favourite Mark Christie (Westmeath), Gareth Turnbull (Antrim), Vinny Mulvey and Joe Sweeney (Dublin) and Murray raced shoulder to shoulder, in a real battle for supremacy. Time and time again, attempts were made to gain an advantage, only for the pack to pull in the leader. Murray continuously pushing the pace and finally broke the field as the last 1,500m approached. He went on to win impressively from Turnbull, who overtook Christie over the last few hundred. Gary will now lead the Irish team at the European Cross Country Championships, in Italy in two weeks time.

 

Two Tír Chonaill Athletes were in action. Daire Brennan made the long trip from the South of England and had an excellent run to finish 59th in a time of 36.20 while John Cannon was also very pleased with his decision to run. He recorded a time of 41.45 to finish 94th. On the team front ,Donegal got, by the narrowest of margins, bronze medals. The counties 6th scorer Daire Brennan, Tír Conaill AC, who made the trip from England for the race, had three places to spare on Clare’s final scorer, guaranteeing Donegal medals by three points.

 

Gary Murray wins 'National Inter-Counties Cross-Country Championship'

Gary Murray wins 'National Inter-Counties Cross-Country Championship'

 

Gary Murray wins 'National Inter-Counties Cross-Country Championship'

Gary Murray wins 'National Inter-Counties Cross-Country Championship'

 

Senior Men Results (10k)

 

1
Gary Murry
Donegal
31.46
2
Gareth Turnbull
Antrim
31.57
3
Mark Christie (U.23)
Westmeath
32.03
4
Vincent Mulvey
Dublin
32.06
5
Joseph Sweeney (U.23)
Dublin
32.07
6
Joseph Mc Allister
Antrim
32.29
7
Michael Clohisey (U.23)
Dublin
32.34
8
Colm Rooney
Dublin
32.40
9
Cathal Dennehey (U.23)
Limerick
32.42
10
Alan Mc Cormack
Dublin
32.44
11
Gary Thornton
Galway
32.46
12
Sergio Turea (U.23)
Dublin
33.01
13
Jason fahy (U.23)
Clare
33.15
14
Mark Ryan
Dublin
33.19
15
Brian Maher
Kilkenny
33.21
16
Paul Pollock (U.23)
Antrim
33.22
17
Patrick Brennan
Sligo
33.23
18
Paul Mc Namara
Galway
33.29
19
John Eves
Dublin
33.31
20
Dermot Galvin
Clare
33.33
21
Cillian O'Leary
Cork
33.34
22
Colm Turner (U.23)
Limerick
33.48
23
Kevin Seaward
Antrim
33.49
24
Brian Mc Mahon
Cork
33.51
25
Rory Chesser (U.23)
Clare
33.55
26
Tadg O'Callaghan
Cork
34.07
27
Pauric Mc Kinney
Donegal
34.17
28
Jarlath Falls
Antrim
34.19
29
Dan Mulhare (U.23)
Laois
34.21
30
Sean Connolly
Dublin
34.22
31
Kieran Carlin
Donegal
34.23
32
Robert Malseed
Clonliffe Harriers A.C. (IND)
34.27
33
Gary Crossan
Donegal
34.29
34
Eoin Carlton (U.23)
Antrim
34.30
35
Sean Hehir (U.23)
Clare
34.36
36
Noel Kelly
Westmeath
34.42
37
Gary O'Hanlon
Gary Dublin
34.50
38
Conor Flanagan
Antrim
34.51
39
Barry Minnock
Offaly
34.52
40
James Mc Intyre
Clare
34.56
41
James King
Donegal
35.02
42
Brian Kirwin (U.23)
Dublin
35.20
43
Pat Mc Carton
Limerick
35.22
44
Andrew Connick (U.23)
Wexford
35.24
45
Gerard Heery
Meath
35.27
46
Thomas Evans
Kilkenny
35.33
47
Des Earls (U.23)
Wicklow
35.41
48
Niall Sheehan (U.23)
Kilkenny
35.45
49
Thomas Maunsell
Cork
35.50
50
Neil O'Rourke (U.23)
St. L. O'Toole A.C. (IND)
35.53
51
Rory Mc Donnell (U.23)
Meath
35.53
52
Cormac Fitzpatrick
Laois
35.53
53
Tomas Navickas
Westmeath
36.00
54
John Byrne
Mayo A.C. (IND)
36.06
55
Christopher Bracken(U.23)
Thurles Crokes (IND)
36.08
56
Ben Vaitkavichius
Westmeath
36.11
57
John Shine (U.23)
Cork
36.15
58
Tony Reilly
Laois
36.19
59
Daire Brennan
Donegal
36.20
60
Ciaran Fitzpatrick (U.23)
Laois
36.29
61
Terence Byrne
Wicklow
36.31
62
Brian Murphy
Clare
36.39
63
Martin Corcoran
Galway
36.45
64
Sean Caulfield
Kilkenny
36.49
65
Rudhairi Geraghty
Galway
36.52
66
Mark Leacy
Meath
36.55
67
John Harkin
Offaly
36.58
68
James Liddane
Clare
37.04
69
Cormac Conroy
Wicklow
37.06
70
Declan Monaghan
Meath
37.18
71
Cartage Grennan
Offaly
37.34
72
Robert Teevan
Dundrum South Dublin. (IND)
37.39
73
Fergal Geraghty
Galway
38.02
74
Edward O'Connor
Meath
38.05
75
Fechim Heery (U.23)
Meath
38.09
76
Brian Burton
Galway
38.19
77
Larry Lacey
Kilkenny
38.24
78
T.J. Whyte
Galway
38.29
79
Ultan Mc Master
Sligo
38.40
80
Paddy Dunne
Wicklow
38.40
81
Ger Guinea
Limerick
38.45
82
Alan Maye
Meath
39.04
83
Patrick Kavanagh
Kilkenny
39.05
84
John Canning
Newbridge A.C. (IND)
39.07
85
John Feery
Offaly
39.56
86
John O'Connell
Offaly
40.18
87
Luke Mitchell
Offaly
40.19
88
David Farrell
Kilkenny
40.19
89
Ben Mooney
Wicklow
40.50
90
Gary Farrell
Kilkenny
41.31
91
P.J. Dwyer
Kilkenny
41.41
92
Dara O'Brien
Galway
41.41
93
John Canning
Newbridge A.C. (IND)
41.43
94
John Cannon
Donegal
41.45
95
Bill Doherty
Kilkenny
42.03
96
Murty Hanley
Westmeath
42.06
97
Neil Lyons
Kilkenny
42.50
98
Denis Cormac
Kilkenny
42.58
99
P.J. Doyle
Wicklow
43.20
100
John Kirwin
North Laois A.C. (IND)
43.20

 

 

Donegal Scorers

Gary Murray, St Malachy’s 1st

Pauric McKinney, Letterkenny,27th

Ciaran Carlin, Finn Valley 31st

Gary Crossan, Letterkenny, 33rd

James King, Milford,41st

Daire Brennan, Tir Connail,59th

 

 

 

Senior Men Team Results

 

1
Dublin (A) 46 4 5 7 8 10 12
2
Antrim (A) 109 2 6 16 23 28 34
3
Donegal (A) 192 1 27 31 33 41 59
4
Clare (A) 195 13 20 25 35 40 62
5
Galway (B) 306 11 18 63 65 73 76
6
Kilkenny (B) 333 15 46 48 64 77 83
7
Meath (C) 381 45 51 66 70 74 75
8
Offaly (B) 435 39 67 71 85 86 87
9
Wicklow (C) 445 47 61 69 80 89 99
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Donegal Success

 

It addition to Murray’s outstanding victory, it was one of the most successful days ever, for Donegal athletes, at this level of competition. Ian Ward in the 'Under 18 Boys' was a most impressive winner.The Finn Valley lad, one of the most exciting talents to emerge on the local scene in a number of years, is quickly developing a winning All Ireland portfolio on track and cross-country.

 

Ian Ward (571)

Ian Ward (571)

 

The ever improving Michelle English (Letterkenny), was third in the under 18 Girls race while team titles came to Letterkenny, Under14 Boys, Cranford Under 12 Girls and 3rd team place finishes to Finn Valley’s Under 18 Girls and Under 14 Boys

 

Michelle English (1196)

Michelle English (1196)