FIONA Roche and Simon Ryan were the individual gold medallists in today's Leinster senior Cross country championships held in Ballyroan, Co Laois.
The Raheny women dominated their event with Elish Kelly taking silver and Maria O'Sullivan claiming third place. Arguably the latter was the hero of the day as she finally delivered on the potential she initially showed in underage athletics. She went out hard at the start against her two more experienced team mates and richly deserved her place on the podium. Aileen Hooper was the team's fourth scorer finishing 50th and the team took the silver medals behind Donore Harriers with Sportsworld in third place.
While the men didn't dominate their race to the same extent as their female counterparts they packed better and were rewarded with team gold. Simon Ryan won individual gold as well and received solid support from Bernard Roe (4th), Ian Conroy (7th), Brian Leahy (8th) and Donal Foley (9th).
Meanwhile the club were well represented the main two Dublin based races which took place yesterday. Despite extensive flooding on sections of the 5km course for the weekly Parkrun in Malahide Castle 17 club athletes splashed their way around in chilly conditions.
Eoin Brady finished second with Ger Redmond third in 17.21; David Sheehy was 6th (18.13) and Dave O'Hara (15th) 19.45 - the latter performance keeps Dave in second place in the yearly overall male points table.
Annette Kealy was 11th overall and first female home while Aine Cremin was the third female finisher in 20.56. Helen Carr (21.31) continued to lead the overall female points table. Other club athletes who ran included Sean McGoldrick (20.36), Jim Keogh (21.06), Keith Moynes (22.34), Roisin Bennett (23.47), Rachel Markey (24.12), Karen McLoughlin (24.14), Denise Kelleher (25.53), David Brady (25.56), Martina Smith (25.59), Liz Keary (26.28).
The action switched to the southside in the afternoon for the annual Eircom BHAA cross country race in Cherryfield Park. In the women's 2 mile race Anne Marie Gargan was the club's first finisher in 26th position in 15.08; other club finishers included Mary Purdue Smyth 15.27; Sinead Lyons 16.35; June Comiskey 16.54.
In the men's 5 mile race Sean Horan continued his comeback with an excellent 45th place finishing in 31.52. Other club finishers included Dave Gargan (32.15), Seamus Rooney (32.52), Vincent Clohisey (33.17), Greg Fitzsimons (34.02), Vincent Clohisey (sen) (35.02) Gerry Kelsh (38.26), Des Lyons (38.52), Connor Jennings (40.42), Dave Brady (42.20) - running his second race of the day - Maurice Timmins (43.57), Ray McCormack (45.33).