The Irish Life National Senior, Junior and Even Ages took place at the National Sports Campus recently, where a great day of racing took place.
Laois was represented by a very talented group of athletes in the Ladies Senior Race, which was won by Ciara Mageean.
Mary Mulhare (Portlaoise AC) as 12th in 29:03 for the 8K with Cheryl Nolan (St Abban’s AC) eight seconds behind in 15th position.
Eilish Grady (St Micheal’s AC) was fourth U/23 and 31st overall while Avril Deegan (Ballyroan Abbeyleix AC) was fifth U/23 and 33rd overall.
This super four won a bronze national medal for Loais.
Colin Maher was Laois’s sole representative in the Men’s Senior race, finishing in the 52nd position.
Sorcha Maloney (Ballyroan Abbeyleix AC) was 20th in the Women’s Junior race and she was supported by Amy Walsh (Portlaoise AC).
In the Boys Junior race William Kelly (St Abban’s AC) was first followed by Cian McDonald (Ballyroan Abbeyleix & District AC), Naoise Kettle (St Abban’s AC), Cathal Connaughton (Oughaval AC), Shane Bowe (Ballyroan Abbeyleix AC), TJ Burke (St Abban’s AC) and Darren Foley (St Abban’s AC) both running out of age.
Oisin Jago had another strong race finishing 62nd in the Boys U/16.
Faye McEvoy had a great run in the Girls U/14 race finishing in 10th position.
In the boys U/14 race Jack Fenlon (St Abban’s AC) was first home for Laois in 18th position making the Leinster winning team.
He was followed by club mates Adam Buggy, Lee Murray, Evan English and Eoin Cawley.
St Abban’s AC were sixth out of 13 clubs in the U/14 boys.
The next day our for the athletes is the last of the County Championships on December 2, the Masters, Junior and Development races in Rosenallis.