Leinster “B” Cross Country (25th Feb)
A new event in Leinster, the Athletics Leinster “B” Cross Country Championships took place in a cold but dry and beautifully sunny Stradbally Hall in Co. Laois on Saturday afternoon 25th February. Stradbally Hall is better known as the venue for the Electric Picnic Music Festival in September. Obviously the attendance last Saturday couldn’t match the 70,000 that attended Electric Picnic last September, but there was still a great buzz in the air and the inaugural event was very well received and is sure to grow in the coming years.
Confined to those that didn’t win an individual, club or county team medal in Leinster cross country last autumn meant that most in Mullingar Harriers were ineligible to compete but we still had two girls in action. Maria Gouldsbury went out fast in the u/11 girls 1,000m and remained in contention for much of the race, finishing well up in the big entry and was delighted with her race. Chloe Duggan led out the u/13 girls 1,500m at a very fast pace, which quickly stretched the field and though she had to reduce her pace midway and surrender the lead, she still battled on well and finished strongly and was also pleased with her race.