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Galloping Gidey shines at Autumn Open

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Galloping Gidey shines at the SPAR Autumn Open International Cross Country Festival in association with Fingal County Council

Efrem Gidey (Clonliffe Harriers) was the star turn at the SPAR Autumn Open Cross Country at a resplendent Sport Ireland National Sports Campus today (October 20).

The purpose-built cross-country course was picturesque and in magnificent condition considering all the heavy rain – there were some small muddy patches out the back section but in general it was full of running.

With the main races combined over different distances, Gidey was to the fore throughout – the Clonliffe Harrier was in the U20 men’s section covering 6,000m (over a 1500m loop) with the seniors running 7,500m.

Gidey galloped away towards the end covering 6,000m in a swift 18:20. The best of the rest was Conor Bradley (City of Derry Spartans) who continues his fine run of form to win the senior men’s 7,500m in 22:55.

In the women’s 6,000m race it was England’s Abbie Donnelly who took home the honours in 20:52 with Mary Mulhare (Portlaoise) the first Irish runner home in third in 21:27.

The U20 women’s 4,500m was won by Grace Carson (Mid Ulster) representing Northern Ireland in 15:55 with Jodie McCann (Dublin City Harriers) second in 16:20.

The masters’ races proved competitive once more with Teresa Doherty (Finn Valley) F40 the first home over 6,000m in 21:48.

Colm Rooney (Clonliffe Harriers) M35 was the first men’s master home over 7,500m in 23:31.

 

It was a hugely successful day with close to 1,000 runners taking part including the mass participation SPAR Cross Country Xperience over 4.1km – the runners got to experience the course that will be used for the European Cross Country Championships in Dublin in 2020.

Colin Donnelly, SPAR Sales Director said: “I would like to congratulate everyone who took part in the SPAR Autumn Open International Cross Country Festival and the SPAR Cross Country Xperience. It was a fabulous day and you should all be proud of your accomplishments and we really hope you had a great day with us.”

 

Full results of the SPAR Autumn Open HERE 

Full results of the SPAR Cross Country Xperience HERE 

 

RESULTS

SPAR Autumn Open International Cross Country Festival in association with Fingal County Council. 

Women 6,000m

Senior

Abbie Donnelly (England) 20:52

F35

1 Fiona Kehoe (Kilmore) 22:18

F40

Teresa Doherty (Finn Valley) 21:48

F45

Breda Gaffney (Mallow) 24:06

F50

Mari Johnston (Sligo) 25:04

F55

Niamh O’Sullivan (An Riocht) 24:02

F60

Pauline Moran (Mayo) 26:29

F65 4,500m

Margaret Glavey (Mayo) 21:29

F70

Joan Coyle (DSD) 24:28

U20

Grace Carson (Mid Ulster) 15:55

Jodie McCann (Dublin City Harriers) 16:20

Men 7,500m

Conor Bradley (City of Derry) 22:55

M35

Colm Rooney (Clonliffe Harriers) 23:31

M40

Brian Maher (Kilkenny City Harriers) 23:42

M45

Brian Geraghty (Sli Cualann) 25:48

M50

Francis Marsh (North Down) 26:58

M55

Tommy Hughes (Rathfarnham WSAF) 26:55

M60

Martin McDonald (Ballyroan Abbeyleix & District) 29:11

M65 6,000m

Paul Elliot (Beechmount Harriers) 24:33

M70

Liam O’Hare (Barney & District) 29:03

M75

Joseph Stewart (Jog Lisburn Running Club) 31:15

U20 6,000m

Efrem Gidey (Clonliffe Harriers) 18:20

 

SPAR Cross Country Xperience 4.1km

Race 1

Women

Clodagh Kelly 15:50

Men

1. Stephen Butler 14:06

Race 2

Women

1. Sophie McDaid 19:12

Men

Darragh Fitzpatrick 16:47

All photos can be accessed through SPORTSFILE.

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