A small contingent of Wexford athletes made the journey to Abbotstown to the national cross country course last Sunday for the Autumn Open Cross Country. The same course will be used for the Spar European Cross Country Championships in December and the event very much had the feel of a dress rehearsal to it. If Athletics Ireland can arrange the same sunshine and the same lack of muck in December no one will be complaining!
Roisin O’Reilly of Menapians AC was first Wexford athlete out of the traps. Still feeling her way back into competitive racing, she ran a sensible and well-paced race to finish third in the junior event, completing the 4,500 course in 16.41 minutes.
Wexford’s top men’s cross country runner Ger Forde, running for Kilkenny City Harriers, placed an excellent 9th in the men’s senior race. Ger Moloney of Sliabh Buí Rovers won the M60 masters race finishing 46th over all. Brendan Lyng, United Striders, was 21stoverall in the master’s race and 6th in the M45 category. His club mate Sean Murphy was 54th overall. Elizabeth Egan from Bree was 24th in the masters and 6th in the M40 category.