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Written by Michael Tobin   
Friday, 01 December 2006
Eoin McCormack from Ballinasloe & District AC was Galway ’s star performer at the National Cross-Country finals in Dungarvan at the weekend. McCormack flew over the muddy terrain to claim individual silver in the U12 boys 1000m against top quality opposition, helping the Connacht provincial team to team bronze in the process.

McCormack got right up with the leading bunch from the gun and always looked strong throughout the race as he jostled for the lead with Mullingar athlete Shane Fitzsimons. He was joined on the Connacht team by Martin O’Brien (Portumna) who finished in 42nd place. The U12 girls 1000m also provided tough competition for Galway athletes, with three Galway athletes taking bronze medals with the Connacht team – Maria Touhy (Athenry) in 10th place, Kate Burke (Ballinasloe) 18th and Orla McDaid (Craughwell) 31st.


In the U14 Girls 1200m, fine running from the Ballinasloe team saw them take the team silver with Claire Burke 10th, Sive Brassil 16th, Lorna Payne 27th and Chantal Muldoon 50th. They were joined on the Galway team by Craughwell duo Linda Porter and Ashley McDonnell where they narrowly missed out on further medals with Galway finishing in 4th place. Galway ’s success continued in the U16 girls 2000m with the county team taking the bronze medals with Eimear Hanahoe (GCH) in 12th place, Rachel Finnegan (Craughwell) 18th, Anna Shelton (GCH) 24th, Rachel Shaw (GCH) 28th, Ali Burke (Ballinasloe) 33rd and Maeve Brassil (Ballinasloe) 37th.


In the junior and senior races, the stakes were high where qualification was at stake for the Irish teams for the European Cross-country Championships in December. While there were some strong performances from Galway athletes, they did not yield medals or qualification places on this occasion. Loughrea’s Jason Broderick had a fine run to place 15th in the Junior Men’s 6000m. Broderick can be pleased with this, his best performance at National level to date and fine progress for this athlete who only took up the sport 2 years ago. In the Senior Men’s 10000m, Athenry’s Paul McNamara and GCH’s Gary Thornton were Galway’s foremost runners with McNamara placing 15th followed by Thornton in 17th place. The Galway team placed 7th in the inter-county competition.

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