SURPRISINGLY good conditions last Friday helped deliver an exciting second round race in the ongoing local Primary Schools’ Cross Country League in St. Columb’s Park.
Three races in all took place with no shortage of endeavour from the young runners involved. Cian Thompson of St Patricks P.S. and Grace Norris of Broadbridge P.S. got the programme off to a great start winning the Mixed Fun Run over the testing 1.2 km. course and set the scene for the girls and boys races which followed.
Broadbridge continued their domination of the girls’ competition with four in the first five but this time Lily Toorish took top spot ahead of race one winner Alea Stewart, a single second separating them at the line.
Steelstown’s Cara Laverty improved from fifth last time to claim third with Broadbridge pair Aisling Walsh and Anya Hockley next.
St Therese’s Leah Moore moved up from eighth at the Templemore race to round off the top six in a terrific race.
In the team race, six to score, Broadbridge, St Therese and Oakgrove finished in that order, same as in race one and look set to qualify for the N. Ireland finals in February.
With the members of the top three teams guaranteed a trip to Mallusk the battle for the other five individuals will be very interesting with only Cara Laverty, top six in both previous races, looking good to go. A lot hinges the final race.
St Theres’ Stephen Quigley hung on to hold off a strong challenge from Mark McDaid from St Patrick’s, again just the one second in it at the line.
Eoghan Coyle of Long Tower was a close up third, repeating his run at Templemore, where he finished behind St Anne’s pair Oisin Gallagher and Patrick McLaughlin, both missing at St. Columb’s Park.
Peter Boyle of St. Patrick’s and Broadbridge’s Kyle McEleney improved significantly from race one and were fourth and fifth with Mark Toland of Long Tower completing the top six.
St. Therese packed very well to take the team win ahead of St Patrick’s and Templemore winners Broadbridge. These three and fourth placer Oakgrove who were third in Templemore will go head to head for the three Mallusk qualifying spots when the final race is staged next month.
The full results can be viewed online at athleticsni.org