Masters and Intermediate XC Report 2009 – Updated with Video!

Masters and Intermediate XC Report 2009 – Updated with Video!

When we arrived at Tymon Park for the Masters and Intermediate championship, the day was bright and breezy and the ground was perfect underfoot.  Martin groaned when he saw the conditions.  Martin is good on any surface, but even better wading in the sort of sloppy mush that saps the life out of lesser men.  Unfortunately Tymon park in Terenure suited the road runners more than the XC specialists and Martin finished 4th in his category for the 3rd time. 

Masters Ladies: Curley defends her crown.
Galway had no runners that I know of in the ladies vets race, but it was won in convincing fashion by defending champion Pauline Curley. 

Results are here.

Intermediate Ladies: Clancy runs well
In the Ladies intermediate, Galway had two entries – Caroline Clancy finished an excellent 7th, just behind her Ennis Track rival and just ahead of her Galway teammate Katheryn Casserly

Womens Intermediate results are here.

Click Read More for a report on the mens races some pictures and a video of the intermediate!

 

Masters Men: Hardy boys
Galway entered a pretty big team this year and we all ran as well as we could have hoped – the 6 scorers were Mark Davis (19), Martin Corcoran (20), Conor Maloney (34), Ian Egan (40), Conrad Conneely (51) and Dan O'Rourke (53). The actual medal winners from Galway on the team were behind this lot with Martin McCevilly winning his category again for what must be the 6th year in a row, and Roger Rushe coming 2nd in his in a tight finish.  TJ Whyte also ran well despite a visibly swollen ankle before the race (!).  About 180 runners in all started the race.

Travelling up to this I thought we had mustered a fairly decent team, but had my eyes opened by the standard on show.  To put it in perspective, if we had swapped our three slowest men for Gary Thornton, Paul McNamara and Mike O'Connor, we may not have managed a medal.  The team event was won by Donegal, who's 6th man (Gary Crossan) finished in 13th position, about 15 seconds ahead of our first man!! In the end we were 5th county with a total of 217 – Cork were close in 4th on 210 and Antrim were a distant 3rd on 100. Antrim's Morwood won again for the second time in a row.

Results are here.

Intermediate men: Lockett locked out

The intermediate race was a walkover for Sean Hehir – the man who finished a close second to Gary Thornton in Athenry last year.  He dominated things from start to finish and ran out a clear leader – sparing time to hand out high-5's on the final 2k lap.  It was a very impressive piece of front-running and I'm sure he is a name for the future.

Matt Lockett was Galway's big hope in this race, but unfortunately misread the leaflet and arrived at the start-line at about 2:14 – 4 minutes after the race had begun.  He showed some character by donning his spikes and racing off after the field.  I'm sure the lap counters got a little confused by this fine runner tailing at the end of the field catching runner after runner.  He also showed his running class by reeling in the pack and getting up to about 60th or thereabouts in the field of well over 100.  In fact he was the top Galway finisher despite the late start, passing the lads in the final lap!!  He timed his 10k race at 34:03 minutes – so when the results are published we can compare that to the winning times.  The good news is that he is eligible to compete again in the race next year!!

Johnny Lane was next home for Galway, followed by GCH's Rob Staunton hot on his heels.  It really looked a tough race and the lads showed their character at slogging through it.  This was a really good run from Rob who was fully 50 places behind Johnny in Cavan, though Johnny was possibly a little dissapointed with his own form on the day.

Results are here.

Some pics – the good ones are courtesy of Dave Bradshaw on http://www.racepix365.com

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