Flying Flynn masters cats
International mountain runner Eoin Flynn of Rathfarnham WSAF AC, who is based in the Canary Islands, was a surprise winner of the men's master's race at the Leinster Masters and Intermediate Cross-Country Championships in Gowran, Kilkenny last Sunday.
His Rathfarnham team mate Louis McCarth finished second followed by Thomas Lupton of Portlaoise AC in third place.
With Dave Power eighth and Paul Fleming 19th, Rathfarnham WSAF were comfortable winners of a team competition dominated by Dublin clubs, with Raheny Shamrock AC finishing second and Sportsworld AC third. Yet is was Kilkenny who proved best of the counties beating Dublin and Westmeath.
In the age groups, Des Kennedy of Raheny Shamrock AC was fifth overall and first M50 and Sean Murphy of Trim AC seventh overall and first M45. Aengus Burke of Portlaoise AC was first M55 and, on a good day for the McDonald clan, Martin McDonald of Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District AC was first M60.
First of the women masters was Karen Costello of Dunleer AC, with Karen Donnellan of Edenderry AC second and Michelle Cox of Newbridge AC third.
Sli Cualann AC, led by Catherine O'Connor in fifth place, were first of the W35 teams, with Sportsworld AC second and Newbridge AC third and Dublin the winning county. Mullingar Harriers were the winning W50 team, while taking her first W50 category win was Emilia Dan of Dunboyne AC.
Padraig Moran of Mullingar Harriers was the winner of the men's intermediate race ahead of his clubmate Andrew Nevin second and James Kelly of Castlecomer AC third.
First team was Mullingar Harriers, followed by Raheny Shamrock and Tullamore Harriers. Kilkenny was first county ahead of Dublin and Westmeath.
Winning the women's inter title was Irish international orienteer Niamh Corbett of Raheny Shamrock, who made the line with two seconds to spare over Emily Grennan of Tullamore Harriers.
Sisters Kate and Breda McDonald of Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District - daughtrrs of Martin - finished third and fourth.
Best of the teams were Sportsworld AC who packed brilliantly, with Emma Meade in tenth place first home. Host club Gowran AC were second and Kilkenny City Harriers third, while Dublin took the county title by a single point from Kilkenny, with Laois third.
The National Masters and Intermediate Cross-Country Championships take place in Avondale, Rathdrum, Co Wicklow on Saturday February 8 and defending men's masters champion Mark McKinstry of North Belfast Harriers was looking sharp when he raced to victory at the Mathieston Cup cross-country in Mallusk, where master athletes were out in force.
Second was his clubmate Eamon White who finished third M50 last year at the national championships.
First woman and first W45 was Karen Wilton of Jog Lisburn who just held off Amy Bulman of Willowfield Harriers, who was first W35.