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Written by Michael Tobin   
Sunday, 12 December 2004
Belvedere House in Mullingar was the venue for National Cross-Country Championships on Sunday for the even age groups and Novice Men/Women Championships. The hilly course was in sharp contrast to the mostly level course 2 weeks previously in Dungarvan for the uneven age groups and proved a testing course for many of the athletes. In the younger age groups, the Galway county teams put in a very strong performance, finishing 2nd in the U12 Boys 1000m, 3rd in both the U14 Boys 1500m and U14 Girls 1200m and 4th in the U12 Girls 1000m.


The competition got underway at 12 noon with the U12 Girls race, in which the Connaught team took 3rd place in the provincial competition with Galway athletes Claire Burke (13) Ballinasloe and Sarah Helebert (16) Craughwell AC featuring amongst the scorers. The Craughwell AC team of Sarah Helebert, Ashley McDonnell, Laura Mitchell, Linda Porter and Kate Bryan narrowly missed out on bronze medals in the club competition, finishing in 4th position by the slim margin of 15 points. There was disappointment also for the Galway county team who finished in 4th position, with the first four of the afore-mentioned Ballinasloe and Craughwell athletes together with Letitia Collins from Athenry AC and Dora Gorman from GCH making up the county team. In the U12 Boys 1000m, the county team put in a fine performance to clinch 2nd place behind Donegal, with the 6 scoring athletes being Conor Daly Ballinasloe AC (11), Conor O’Brien Portumna AC (15), Robert Lyons Portumna AC (34), Micheál Hannon Craughwell AC (41), David Concannon Craughwell AC (43) and John Evans GCH (63).

Galway City Harriers, led by Irene Gorman, put in a strong performance to take 3rd place in the club competition for U14 girls. The rest of the victorious GCH team consisted of Fiona Fitzgibbon, Anna Shelton, Laura Madden, Niamh Walsh and Carol O’Donnell. A strong Athenry team finished in 5th place in the club competition and helped seal bronze medals for the Galway county team. The scoring members of the county team were Irene Gorman GCH (10), Rachel Finnegan Craughwell (19), Fiona Fitzgibbon GCH (20), Rachel Shaw Athenry (30), Julie Larkin Portumna (35) and Aoife Touhy Athenry (54). Not to be outdone by their female counterparts, the county team in the U14 Boys 1500m also took 3rd place – with the scorers being Ciaran Treacy Portumna (15), Darragh McCormack Ballinasloe (20), Niall Daly Ballinasloe (25), Conor Caulfield Athenry (34), Michael Evans GCH (48) and David Gow GCH (83). Full results can be seen at
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