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Ryan and Harty deliver master class


Ryan and Harty deliver Master class

Rosemary Ryan (Dooneen) and Michael Harty (East Cork) had the glory of being first across the line in the Irish Life Health Masters Cross Country Championships in Waterford IT which also hosted the Juvenile B Championships.

Harty dominated over 7,000m with a winning time of 23:24 to take the O35 title proving his stint of altitude training in Iten, Kenya was a successful one.

Rosemary Ryan, who represented Ireland over 5,000m in the Sydney 2000 Olympics, rolled back the years to win the women’s 4,000m race in 14:51 and with it the O40 title. Sara Doohan (Corran) was first O35 and second across the line with Barbara Cleary (Donore Harriers) third past the post overall and second O40.

Carmel Crowley (Bandon) finished eighth overall and first O45 – one place and four seconds ahead of Tullamore Harriers’ Pauline Curley. Niamh O’Sullivan (An Riocht), Anne Sullivan (DMP) and Carmel Parnell (Leevale) showed their class in winning their respective O50, O55 and O60 categories.

Youghal AC pipped Sli Cualann by a single point in the women’s O35 team battle with Sportsworld a close third. Cork finished best of the counties. In the women’s O50 age group, DSD came out on top, beating An Riocht and Mayo AC.

Back to the men and it was An Riocht’s Tim O’Connor second across the line and first O40 with Tim Twomey of Leevale third over the line. Ian Conroy lead Raheny Shamrock to M35 team victory finishing fourth overall. Raheny also won the O50 title with Damian Martin leading them home. 

Peter Mathews (DSD) was first O45 in 24:15 and 8th overall. Winning the M50 title was pre-race favourite Pauric McKinney (Inishowen) as was JJ Murphy of Tinryland in the O65 categord with Galway’s Martin McEvilly second and Jim Patterson of Newcastle  and District third and first M70.

Pauric McKinney (Inishowen) O50 24:56 – 15th overall

Juveniles star early on

Lucy Lynch (Carraig na Bhfear) and Alan McCutcheon (Dooneen) won the first races of the day in the U11 age group. Claragh Keane (DMP) Callum McElhinney (Bantry) U13. Doireann ni Fhlatharta (Dunboyne) and Tadgh Donnelly (Drogheda & District) U15. Isabelle Cummins (Ferrybank) and Ben Carr (Finn Valley) U17

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