The Morton Stadium Santry was pivotal in the successful hosting by Clonliffe Harriers Athletic Club of the “Brother at your side Clonliffe Schools Cross Country Championship” which was held at Santry Demesne Parkland on Wednesday the 6th of October. This event is proving to be one of the most prestigious on the calendar and in only its second year is already proving to be one of the most popular with some 1,000 young athletes from the greater Dublin area and beyond taking part in the event.
There were races held for the Senior cycle in primary school as well as all age groups and secondary schools. The two primary school races had the biggest fields of the day. The girls primary school race had nearly 150 starters and this race was won by Rachel Ni Dhuinn (Gaelscoil Gnoc Liamhna). The boys primary school race had an even bigger field with over 175 starters won in fine style by Joseph Hession (St. Fiachra’s).
The event also featured one of the current stars of Irish athletics and one of the brightest prospects in Irish sport generally fifteen year old Siofra Cleirigh-Buttner (Colaiste Iosagain) who won the girls 3000 metres intermediate race in tremendous style with her usual front running tactics as she literally ran away from the field to win by a huge margin and in the process lead her school to victory in the inter-schools race which proved pivotal to Colaiste Iosagain being declared as best overall school on the day.
The senior boys race was also one of the races of the day which was won in fine style by Kevin Dooney (CBC Monkstown) from Ian Guiden (St. Aidan’s) and Fintan Doherty (Castleknock College). The senior boys champions were Belvedere College from CBC Monkstown and St. Fintan’s High School Sutton.
The best overall school was Colaiste Iosagain on 13 points, second were St. Fintan’s High School Sutton 12 points and third were St. Aidan’s CBS Whitehall on nine points.
The event was a tremendous success which was held in brilliant autumnal sunshine. All of the athletes taking part received a souvenir Brother at your side schools cross country t-shirt. The presentation party to the winning athletes included Mr. Sean Sheehan M.D. of Brother Ireland, Mr. Liam Hennessy, President Athletics Ireland, Mr. John Foley CEO Athletics Ireland, Mr. Paddy Marley, Presiden of Clonliffe Harriers and international athlete Mark Kenneally of Clonliffe Harriers.
The event director Noel Guiden of Clonliffe Harriers thanked Brother for their sponsorship of the event, he thanked his colleagues from Clonliffe Harriers who had assisted and he in particular thanked the Morton Stadium for their assistance in the hosting of the event and Fingal County Council for use of the wonderful park that is Santry Demesne.
6th October 2010
Very successful schools cross country event held at Santry Demesne