Saturday saw the Even Age Group XC take place in Jordanstown before the Senior Bobby Rea XC. There was a great junior turnout with 39 juniors taking to the start line. First up over a distance of 1000m was the U10 girls. Emmy Thornton was 5th and Leah Finnegan 32nd. In the boys U10, over the same distance, Harry Bassett came in 17th, Caolan McCormick in 34th, Rory Kelly in 36th and Paul O’Hara in 37th.
In the U12 girls (1500m) Eimear McBrien finished 16th, Carla Muldoon 70th, Emma Uprichard 72nd and Rebecca Parke 76th. In the boys U12 Callum McIlroy was 17th, Kelvin Kearney 37th, Luke Kelly 40th, Tiarnan McCormick 74th, Patrick McShane 76th and Adam Thompson 78th.
In the girls U14, over the distance of 2500m, Rebecca Wallace took 9th place, Bryanna Catney 57th, Julia Uprichard 65th, Naoise McCormick 67th, Aoife McCann 70th and Jane O’Hara 75th. Tony McCambridge took a 5th place in the boys U14 race, with Thomas Reid in 17th, Fionn Nagle 47th, Kellen Finlay 61st, Brendan McCambridge 83rd and Nick Parke 86th.
The U16s was over a distance of 3500m. In the girls race Raoisle Hoy came in 37th, Ciara Nielan 41st, Aine Drain 45th and Dominique McAllister 47th. In the boys race Sean McShane placed 66th, Odhran Catney 67th and Piaras McShane 69th.
In the girls U18 Aine Wills finished 26th over a distance of 4000m.
The boys U18 was the longer distance of 5000m with Connor McQuillan finishing just outside the top 12 in 13th position, and Andrew Milligan and Niall Geehan finishing in 25th & 26th places.
Well done to Tony McCambridge and Rebecca Wallace who have qualified for the All Irelands. This was the first cross country for many of the juniors and all finished. Be proud of yourselves, cross country isn’t easy!
Saturday also marked the first outing of the clubs recently purchased tent, which in memory of Jimmy and in consultation with Denise has been named THE JIMMY NOLAN TENT.
The junior section recently passed clubmark inspection which is Northern Ireland’s quality assurance accreditation for junior clubs. Go North!
Rebecca Wallace and Julia Uprichard have been named North’s junior athletes for October. Both girls put a lot of effort in whether it be in to their training or an event and they are always willing to participate. Well done Julia and Rebecca!
(by Sandy Carr)