25 Oct 2010 - Success for Clubs Boys Under 16 Cross Country Team in Belfast

 

The spacious grounds of the University of Ulster in Jordanstown, Belfast was the venue on a cold Saturday 23rd October for a success story for the clubs Boys Under 16 Cross Country Team. The occasion was the superbly organised 'Ulster/Northern Ireland Championships' and the carrot for the individual and team winners was a place in the 'All Ireland Club Finals' in three weeks time.


The opening half of the race found a group of eight athletes breaking away from the pack. This group included Tír Chonaill pair Mark McGuinness and Karl Griffin, Shane McGowan from Derry, Glen Willis North Down, Tom Magee, Lagan Valley and the free flowing Conor Christie from the Springwell club in North Derry. The team battle at this stage was between Lagan Valley, St Malachy’s and Tír Chonaill. At this stage Sean Kerrs and James Morris were running in the twenties and giving McGuinness and Griffin good support.

 

As the race entered the final 1000m Christie, last years National U14 Champion, had open up a thirty metres gap on the chasing bunch. On a slight downhill stretch and with 600m to the finishing pen, the Tír Chonaill pair of Griffin and McGuinness decided to make an effort to close down the Derry man. They moved away from the group and whittled the lead to five metres as the race entered the final 300m. However Christie responded to the challenge and found another gear to enter the finishing pen in a winning time of 14mins 8secs. McGuinness, continued to challenge, and finished an impressive 2nd - time 14mins 15secs with Karl Griffin an excellent 3rd - time 14mins 21secs.

 

Sean Kerrs, in his best CC race to date was 18th - time15mins 17secs while James Morris , was forced back over the final 1500m - he lost a spike in a muddy patch - and finished bravely in 35th position - time 16mins 34 sec's.

 

Congrats and well done to this quartet who when the points were totted up finished 2nd team behind Lagan Valley - and gained a place in the Nationals.

 

Club Result

Lagan Valley

33

Tír Chonaill

58

St malachys

96

Letterkenny

145

Monaghan Phoenix

185

 

Result  Boys U16  - 4000m

Conor

Christie

Springwell RC

00:14:08

Mark

McGuinness

Tír Chonaill AC

00:14:15

Karl

Griffin

Tír Chonaill AC

00:14:21

Tom

Magee

Lagan Valley AC

00:14:22

Shane

McGowan

City of Derry AC Spartans

00:14:24

Glen

Willis

North Down AC

00:14:37

Paddy

Robb

St Malacy's AC

00:14:40

Henry

Aiken

Lagan Valley AC

00:14:42

Declan

Donaghy

Inishowen Athletics

00:14:43

Harry

Speers

Lagan Valley AC

00:14:46

 

 

 

Start of last lap Boys U16 XC Belfast

Griffin & McGuinness challenge

 

Ulster CC Boys U16 Race - after 1500m

 

Tír Chonaill AC U16 Team Second Place Winners

Sean Kerrs, Mark McGuinness, James Morris & Karl Griffin

 

Start of Boys U14 CC Belfast

Peter Gibbons LAC & Mark Hegarty Killybegs lead out

 

Peter Gibbons LAC winner Boys U14 CC in Belfast