For this week’s Moment in Time, we look back on the Laois Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships in 2010.
The races were held in the O’Dempsey’s GAA grounds for the first time in a number of years. The steep incline to the finish line made it a particularly challenging course for the athletes.
Clonaslee VS and Portlaoise CBS dominated the races, with Clonaslee taking home three gold medals and two bronze medals in the team events. Portlaoise CBS claimed all three individual medals in the minor boys and intermediate boys events.
Two of Laois’s newest schools at the time, Portlaoise College and Mountrath CS, brought home gold medals. Mountrath won the individual gold medals in minor girls and junior girls as well as the team gold in intermediate girls and team silver in junior boys.
Portlaoise College claimed the gold team medal in the junior girls race and the silver and bronze in the senior boys race.
Kate McDonald and Ailish Brennan of Heywood both won gold in their individual races. Chris Finn and Colin Maher in the intermediate and senior boys also took home gold medals.
The successful runners later went on to the South Leinster section of the cross country races.
You can see Alf Harvey’s photos from the event below.