Monday 18 February 2019

McCormack's European task

Fionnuala McCormack
Fionnuala McCormack

After last weekend's Antrim International, where Fionnuala McCormack and Hugh Armstrong led home the Irish teams, a mixed relay team will compete in Saturday's Great Edinburgh Cross-Country in Scotland

Selected for the the mixed 4 x 1 kilomtres race are Eoin Everard of Kilkenny City Harriers, Kieran Kelly from Raheny Shamrock, Newcastle's Kerry O'Flaherty and Laura Crowe of An Riocht who finished 18th at the Antrim International.

Fionnuala McCormack is the only Irish athlete selected for the women's Europe team which takes on Great Britain and the USA in the cross-country international.

In Antrim, twice previous winner McCormack of Kilcoole AC had to settle for sixth place in the women's 5.4km race.

There were strong runs from Fionnuala Ross of Armagh AC, who ran at last month's European Championships, in ninth place and Kilcoole's Una Britton, who is Fionnuala McCormack's sister, just one place behind in tenth.

Irish champion Shona Heaslip of Riocht finished 19th and may run in Edinburgh. .

Best of the Irish in the men's 7.2km race was Hugh Armstrong of Mayo AC who finished seventh. Clonmel's Kevin Maunsell was ninth, Mark Hanrahan of Leevale AC tenth and David Flynn of Clonliffe Harriers 13th.

Jamie Battle of Mullingar Harriers won the U20 men's race with Clonliffe's Seán O'Leary second while Cian McPhilips from Longford won the M17 race and led the Irish to their only team victory.

Aimee Hayde of Newport AC came second in the women's U17 race.

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