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European silver medal for Mulhare’s Ireland at Cross Country Championships

Ireland Senior Women Cross Country Team

Mary Mulhare’s Ireland have claimed a silver medal at the European Cross Country Championship in Portugal this afternoon.

The Portlaoise native was part of the six-woman team who took home medals in the Senior race.

Fionnuala McCormack led the team home with a fourth place finish – her sixth time to finish in that position in her career.

Aoibhe Richardson was next in 17th with Ciara Mageean coming home in 20th position.

Portlaoise AC’s Mary Mulhare was next home for Ireland in 35th place with Una Britton 37th and Fionnuala Ross 47th.

With the top three finishers counting in the team competition, Ireland finished second behind Great Britain and Northern Ireland on 41 points.

They edged out Portugal for the silver as they finished third on 43 points.

It capped a brilliant day for Irish cross country as the girls brought home the fourth medal of the day.

Stephanie Cotter claimed silver in the U-23 Women’s race and the team took home a silver medal too.

While Efrem Gidey took home a bronze medal in the Men’s U-20 race

This was Ireland’s first medals at the championship since 2014 and it caps a remarkable year for Mary Mulhare.

She finished second at the Irish Cross Country Championship back in November before today’s fourth placed Fionnuala McCormack.

While just last weekend, she was in Stradbally to win an eight Laois Cross Country Championship title. 

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