Springwell success in cross country

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Springwell success in cross country thumbnailSpringwell’s U18 girls team which finished second at the NI and Ulster Even Age Group Cross-Country Championships at Kilbroney Park in Rostrevor. Included are, from left: Rebekah Hunter, Ellie Beveridge, Aine McKinney, Molly Brennan and Holly Woodhead.

THE Kingdom of Mourne was the scenic venue on Saturday October 22 for the opening event of the ANI cross country championship with the annual Bobby Rea Cross-Country and the NI and Ulster Even Age Group Cross-Country Championships taking place at Kilbroney Park in Rostrevor. The NI & Ulster Even Age Group Championships opened the event with athletes turning out to compete against their peers for honours as well as county selection for the All Ireland XC Championships.
The Championships are contested over four age categories from U10 to U18 for both girls and boys. The long journey to Rostrevor by 14 of Springwell's junior club proved to be a very successful trip.
Niamh McGarry and Cara McLaughlin were the first Springwell runners in the U14 girls race, finishing in 13th and 14th place, each with a time of 9:57, followed by Jide-Ojo Tulope in 26th in a time of 10:20, Alana Burns, 39th in 10:44, Toni Donnelly, making her club debut, 46th in 10:44, and Erin Bratten, 84th in 12:07.
Springwell narrowly missed out on third place in the team event being pushed into fourth by only one point.
In the U16 girls race Niamh Carr enjoyed a fantastic run up the front and taking control of the race on the last climb to hold the gap for the last kilometre and finish in 13:22 to claim 1st place with team-mate Hermione Skuce finishing in fourth with a time of 13:54.


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