The club's Master athletes made the most of home advantage in today's Dublin Masters Cross country championships which were staged in St Anne's Park. As well as supplying the bulk of the athletes for the two races - 39 in total - the club amassed a most impressive collection of medals, winning seven individual medals and three team medals.
Pride of place, however, goes to the indomitable Mick Traynor (right) who was a most impressive winner of the men's race even though he was 13 years older than his rivals in the 0 35 age category. It was his fifth success in the event and as well as winning the race he also won his category prize in the O 45 grade.
The leader board was dominated by Raheny runners - they filled five of the top seven positions. Chasing Mick Traynor home was David Kirwin who won the 0 35 class; Damien Martin was 4th overall and picked up the silver medal in the 0 45 category while Simon Reede was sixth and second in the O 35 class.
Predictably this quartet of Traynor, Kirwin, Martin and Reede took the gold in the team event with just 14 points. Eoin Brady who was seventh overall won the bronze medal in O 45 class.
Brid Ni Chonaill was the club's top finisher in the women's race finishing 8th overall and she won the bronze medal in the 0 40 class. Club captain Ann Reede was a double medallist - individual silver in the O 60 category as well as gold in the O 50 team event in which her team mates were Bernie Manley, Fiona Kirwan and Sandra McDonagh. The Masters women's team of Brid Ni Chonaill, Sharon Phelan (13th), Lorraine Byrne (14th) and Orla Gormley (16th) won the bronze medal in the team event.
The other club finishers in the women's race were Helen Carr, Ann Marie Gargan, Mary Purdue Smith, Roisin Bennett, Zara Rogers and Denise Kelleher.
Outside the medallists the other finishers in the men's race were Des Kennedy, James Kelly, Brian Kelly, Damien Kehoe, Dave Gargan, Ronan Walsh, Seamus Rooney, Paul Conroy, Michael King, Michael Gygax, Tom Loftus, John Frier, Jim Keogh, Sean McGoldrick, Vinny Clohisey, Shay Byrne, Des Lyons, Dave Brady, Mick Martin, Ray McCormack. Full detailed results on Dublin Athletic Board website.
For an excellent selection of pictures from the two races snapped by Eoin Fegan click on the link below
* Meanwhile, at the Cardiff Met Grand Prix meeting Zoe Browne set a new club indoor record for the pole vault. She upped her 4.13m record from last year to a very impressive 4.20m.