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Miah

Rose Gavaghan with Caolan Mc Fadden

Miah Fletcher

Clodagh Eoin & Joycelene

Miah and Caolan with Eamon

Miah Fletcher and Caolan McFadden with proud parents and Eamon Giles.

John Friel Miah Eoin Caolan with Eamon Giles

Oisin Kelly with Eamon Giles

Clodagh Neely

Eoin Friel Caolan Mc Fadden Joycelene Diver Miah Fletcher & Clodagh Neely

Successful day at National Cross Country Championships for Cranford AC

A bright and crisp day met the seven Cranford athletes who qualified to represent their club and county at the All Ireland National Championships held in Abbotstown on Sunday.  Following months of commitment and training from coaches and athletes this was an opportunity for these athletes to compete against the best in Ireland, each age category had a huge field of over 180 athletes so medals and placing are hard fought for.

A great undulating well maintained cross country course followed loops for each race and was well laid out in preparation for the day. This can be overwhelming for many young athletes but the Cranford athletes demonstrated their maturity and experience and supported by their coaches were well prepared for the challenge.

Cranford had two runners representing us in the U12 girls category, Miah Fletcher and Leah Gallagher representing Donegal and Ulster. The girls worked hard to maintain their places in this challenging 2k course with both girls getting out well at the start.  Miah fought to the end to gain a well deserved 4th place Individual medal and Ulster Gold medal, Leah showed great composure and came home a well deserved 67thplace. Leah was out of her age group but will be well placed for the uneven age groups in a few weeks time.

Caolan McFadden showed great determination in his 2k race in this strong category of Under 12 boys, this was again another challenging race and Caolan came home is a respectable  14th place  and being a counter in both the Donegal and Ulster teams who both won silver. Medals. Caolan showed great maturity and skill and gained a number of places coming up to the line.

Clodagh Neely and Jocelyn Diver represented their county and club in the under 14 girls and what a great race to watch as both these girls showed grit and determination throughout this tough 3k course.  As always the girls enjoyed great support from their Cranford team mates and coaches which helped them home to very respectable run finishing well up the field.

Eoin Friel was the only qualifier in the boys Under 14 race and again Eoin  did his club and county proud, battling through illness Eoin finished well up this large field of athletes.

The final athlete to run for Cranford today was Oisin Kelly who competed over 4K in an exceptional field of strong Under 16 boys, Oisin looked comfortable throughout his race and challenged every position, Oisin finished a outstanding 20th place in Ireland today, and was a counter on the Donegal team who finished in 2nd place winning himself a silver medal.

Well done to all our athletes, parents and family who travelled to make this a successful day at the National championships,  Preparation is now under way for those who qualified for the Uneven championships in Navan 15th December.

Remember our hamper draw tickets are available for a fabulous Christmas hamper purchase from any club member.  Boxing day race for adults and children to work off your Christmas indulgence, Cranford park 1 o clock  everyone welcome. A lovely time to get together and enjoy some bracing sea air and exercise!

Having a look at the course

 

Cranford AC Athletes coaches and parents

Caolan