AAI Masters & Juvenile “B” Cross Country 2018
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All-Ireland Gold for Eileen Kenny
The weather certainly took a significant turn for the worse on Sunday 11th February when snow showers and a bitingly cold wind made conditions very harsh for the AAI National Masters and Juvenile “B” Cross Country Championships in Clarinbridge, Co. Galway.
Leading the Mullingar women home in the master women 4,000m in an excellent 23rd place overall of nearly 170 finishers was Aine O’Reilly, followed by Jane Creevy, Patricia Broderick, Emer O’Hanlon, Eileen Kenny, Nuala Moran, Caroline Mullen, Terri Greene and Michelle Kavanagh. When the results were sorted after the race, the Mullingar team of Patricia, Eileen, Nuala and Terri finished a very creditable 6th Club and Eileen Kenny finished 1st in her master age category to win the All-Ireland title. In the master men 4,000m Christy Creagh put in a great performance and was initially given 1st place in his master age category, which would have given Mullingar two All-Ireland Champions, but the result was subsequently reviewed and Christy was placed 2nd, which is still a fantastic result. We had no team in the master men 7,000m race but Liam McGlynn put in a solid performance and was pleased with his race.
Earlier in the day Aoife McGouran competed in the u/15 girls 2,500m. Illness had robbed Aoife McGouran of her best for the All-Ireland uneven ages cross country in Waterford before Christmas but she more than made amends and can be very satisfied with her excellent 9th place finish in Galway.