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North Belfast Junior Report 5-12th Dec 2021


After the excitement of the All Ireland Championships last Sunday in Killkenney it was back to basics this week putting in the hard work for the months ahead.  Unfortunatley this was paired with storm Barra so Tuesday training was a complete wash out giving kids a well earned rest from Seamus’s blinding head torch.

The cross country season continues and this week the kids took the scenic route to Cookstown and took part in the Acorns AC event.  After a week of heavy rain and freezing winds, contiditions were going to be tough but as usual the club was well represented. There was a race in the U10, U12, U14 categories before the senior races.

The first race U10 gave us great hope for the day with Eimear Coy and Cillian McConnell picking up silverwear coming 3rd girl and boy.  Well worth the shivering for a photo.  Well done kiddos.

Next up was the U12 and again we had 2 runners.  Thomas Coy had a great run for 8th place but not to be out performed by his younger brother Senan MCConnell pick up the 3rd boy medal.

In the next race the U14 we had 4 female runners. Treasa McConnell having seen 2 of her younger sibblings pick up some bragging rights ran hard and picked up 3rd girl. Cliona McGinley continues to improve and finished in 6th place with Ella and Aiofe O’Kane running hard to the line in 6th and 8th girl placings.

European Cross Country

All eyes then on Roise Roberts who was running for the U20 Irish female team at the Euro Cross Country Championships in Dublin this morning.  Lining up with some of the best runners in the world she can be excused for looking slightly nervous on the start.  From the gun she ran with pride in the Ireland vest completing each lap in her usual progressive style.  She ended up in 77th place and will learn so much from the event giving her vital experience for more racing to come at that level.  I hope you understand how much of an inspiration you are to the juniors at the club.  You are the model showing that the process works if you commit to the training and stick at the sport.  Well done.  You did your country, your family, and your club proud.

Junior Parkrun

With a bird flu outbreak in the Waterworks the parkrun was cancelled this week but Thomas and Eimear Coy headed up the Shore Road and joined the Jordanstwon Juniors.  Having been there a few times myself i hope you enjoyed the warm up and a change of scenary. Thomas fininsh in 2nd and Eimear in 9th place.