All Ireland Even Ages Cross Country Championships - 17th Nov 2013

Post date: Dec 11, 2013 9:57:37 AM


Youghal AC had five athletes who qualified for the All Ireland Even Ages Cross Country Championships. This was held on 17th November in Demesne Demesne, Santry, Dublin. The course was relatively flat and the finish area was not well laid out. Nevertheless weather conditions were perfect.

Lucy O’ Keefe and Kerrie Barrett ran in the U12 race. Lucy finished in 39th place and was the 5th scorer on the Cork team winning a Gold inter-county medal. Kerrie finished in 68th place just outside the Cork medals. Lucy was also on the Munster team but finished just outside the scoring positions on this occasion.

Eoin O’ Brien and Jake McCarthy ran on the Cork team in the Boys U14 race. Jake finished in 55th place and Eoin in 68th. Jake was 5th for Cork and Eoin 6th for Cork but unfortunately the team finished 5thwhich was such a pity for the lads who ran so well.

Fearghal Curtin competed for Munster and Cork teams in the U16 race. He was leading with a Meath athlete with 300m to go; they left the Ulster athlete at this stage. But there was confusion about the finish area and both lads took a wrong turn with 200m to go. Fearghal had a bad fall and had to be picked up. The Ulster lad came in to win while the two lads were getting onto their feet. Fearghal had a very courageous finish to come in 2nd. He won three silver medals, individual, Munster and Cork team medals also. Fearghal also qualified for the Irish u16 A team to run in the Celtic International Cross Country event in Queenstown, Antrim on 4th January next.

Well done to these athletes and their parents/coaches who have put so much work into getting these athletes to such a big event and for giving their best on the day. It is a great achievement for these young athletes. More photos available at