On Sunday 6th December after making the long and extremely wet and windy journey the previous day to Waterford, 3 female junior NBH athletes donned their club vests to take part in the All Ireland Uneven Age Group CC Champs in Dungarvan Co Waterford.
It was Eimear McBrien’s and Holly Diamond’s first time competing at this level and both ran encouragingly well. After the previous day’s torrential rain there was plenty of heavy mud around the mainly flat course. Eimear had a great run to finish 52nd and Holly ran well too, to finish in 130th place in a race that contained 149 other athletes.
Rebecca Wallace was up next. She toed the line with a further 122 U15 girls in a race that was 3500m long. After getting off to a good start Rebecca ran a strong race and maintained her initial position high up in the field to finish 11th overall. She was part of the Ulster team that came 3rd in the inter provincial competition and lead the Co Antrim team home to a Silver medal in the County standing.
Congratulations to all 3 girls, you again represented the club well.
Also a big well done to all the junior athletes who braved Storm Desmond on Saturday to take part in the various parkruns. At Waterworks two of our juniors stepped up to provide pacing for parkrunners, Conor O’Rawe for the 20min group and Niall Armstrong for the 25min group. Piaras McShane also ran Waterworks coming in with a time of 24:42. Over at Ormeau Eva Kissenpfennig completed her event in a time of 22:51. Larne Junior parkrun was able to hold its second event, having been flooded out the previous Sunday, and it was great to see Callum McIlroy finishing in first place and knocking 4 seconds off his PB. Well done to all our parkrunners.
Some races that are coming up that our junior athletes might be interested in taking part in-
12th Dec – Mighty Oaks XC, Mid Ulster Sports Arena, start time 12noon, u11, u13, u15, u17
19th Dec – North West XC, Derry, start time 11.40am, u13, u15, u17
Closer to home, Moira XC takes place on Sat 9th Jan, start time 11.30am, this also includes Primary School races as well as age group races, hope to see some of you there, it’s a really nice flat course.
Thanks to Kieran Carlin and Larne Junior parkrun for the photographs.
Report by Paula Wallace