Caolan mc Fadden takes silver and  shines for Cranford at the National cross country championship.

A bright and frosty morning welcomed our athletes to the beautiful well laid out cross country course in Gowran Park, Kilkenny. All our athletes had travelled the night before to ensure they were well rested and ready for todays races. Our coaches Rose and Eamon had our athletes well versed with an early morning track inspection and tactic talk.
The Under 11  Boys team were the first to run for Cranford AC in this the first experience of a National Championship for some. Lining up for Cranford AC were Ben Mc gee, Oisin mc Hugh, Oisin mc bride, Lorcan Boyce, and Edward Boyce running over this  1500m undulating course. The excitement was mounting and they were off with the starter gun in this large field of 200 athletes. Oisin McBride (22) led this team home and was well up this field of athletes, he fought off the challengers well, despite the tight corners leaving little room for passing. Next finishing on this team was Oisin McHugh who again showed a gutsy performance holding his own. Matthew Giles, Ben McGee and Edward Boyce held well together as the race stretched out, and bringing this team home was Lorcan Boyce who recovered well from his fall to finish this challenging 1500m national event. Exceptional racing from this young team today. Well done to all
Darragh mc Hugh also recovering from injury was up for his event and ran well across his 2500m course, Great experience for Darragh who was representing Donegal today.
Next up were Miah Fletcher and Laoise lynch both representing Donegal running over the 3500m track, Miah got off to a strong start but her last few weeks illness paid the toll and she could not sustain that pace, nevertheless both Laoise and Miah ran well for their county. More to come from both these young ladies in the future.
Caolan  Mcfadden was the star in a Cranfords squad today without a doubt, Caolan stayed with the lead pack in his U15 challenge around this fabulous cross country course. Each lap saw the positions change, with Caolan alternating between 2nd and 3rd place, with a final flourish towards the finish Caolan challenged for the gold but was out sprinted by the Cork man to earn a well deserved Silver national medal. Exciting racing again from Caolan and an excellent result today.
Oisin Kelly our final athlete for today was running in the under 19event over 6km. Oisin ran a strong race and maintained his position in the top half of the race throughout. Oisin finished this challenging race strongly in 24th place. Another exciting race with Oisin today.
Cranford AC would like to thank the coaches who travelled to support our athletes, the parents and family support which means so much to our athletes when the legs get tired in the final lap and of course our dedicated athletes who train regularly to represent their club, County and province today. It is a huge achievement to qualify at this level and we hope all our athletes and parents enjoyed the experience.
Christmas Hamper Draw
We would like to thank everyone for their efforts to sell their lines for the hamper draw and hoping we win some of the generous prizes at the draw on Friday in the Beach Hotel.
We are looking forward to the Boxing day race in Cranford Park for adults and children, a Good opportunity to dust off the spikes and enjoy a family day of fun.

Darragh Mc Hugh

Caolan with Terri and Danny Mc Fadden

Matthew Giles Lorcan Boyce Ben Mc Gee Oisin Mc Hugh Edward Boyce Lorcan Boyce and Oisin Mc Bride.

Caolan Mc Fadden Miah Fletcher and Laoise Lynch

Caolan with Rose Gavaghan and Eamon Giles.