Saturday 20 January 2018

Running shorts: Mulcaire man on a mission

Hope Saunders
Hope Saunders

Can Kevin Mulcaire of Ennis and Mount Temple's Hope Saunders (pictured) continue their winning streaks at the Glo Health All Ireland Schools Cross-Country Championships at Clongowes, Co Kildare this weekend?

The pair are unbeaten so far this season both at club and schools level.

In the senior girls' race, Saunders takes on Munster champion Rhona Pierce, formerly of Skerries.

Mulcaire's rivals include defending champion, Andrew Coscoran of St Mary's Drogheda.

Other names to watch out for are Emma O'Brien of Dominican Wicklow in the inter girls, and Sarah Healy of Holy Child Killiney junior girls.


Maria going for hat-trick

Maria McCambridge of DSD and Clonliffe's Sergiu Ciobanu lead the entry for Sunday's Ballycotton '10'

McCambridge smashed the Ballycotton course record when she won in 2012 with a time of 54 mins 48 secs. She then ran 55.01 for a second victory a year later.

This year she comes into the race as newly crowned national cross-country champion.

Ciobanu is going for a fifth consecutive victory, something no athlete has ever achieved, although Noel Berkeley did win the race six times in seven years. A record 5,000-plus will run the race.


Nyhan gets a personal best

Dunboyne junior Jack Nyhan threw a personal best 14.26m to win the shot putt at the Dunboyne Winter Throws Festival. Women's winner was Anne-Marie Torsney from Fingallians with 11.57m.

Winning the hammer was Kerryman Adam King,  who threw 62.45m. First woman was Alice Akers from Clare with 52.02m.

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