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Laois athletes excel on the international stage as Master Cross Country

Martin McDonald and Dick Mullins

Two Laois stalwart Masters Cross Country runners produced medal winning performances in the British and Irish Masters recently.

Martin McDonald and Dick Mullins were in action in the International Cross Country in Santry on Saturday November 12.

Conditions were perfect on an excellent course adjacent to Santry Stadium.

This was the first running of these championships since the pandemic, and it featured a very competitive programme of events in the Over-35 to Over-75 age-groups.

The categories are grouped, with men and women running separate races up to the O-65 category, where both genders run together.

Martin McDonald produced another gold medal performance in his O-65 6k race. He finished 9th overall, and was 3rd scorer on the Irish team as they took top honours ahead of England by a single point.

Dick finished 11th overall and 3rd scorer in the O65 6k with a very consistent run to win 3rd team place and bronze medals for Ireland, behind England and Scotland.

It proved a super day for Ireland over the 18 categories of age-groups.

Ireland teams featured on the team winners podium in 16 of the races, taking 7 gold, 6 silver and 3 bronze, along with a significant number of individual podium positions too.

Mens O-65 6k race
Winners – Ireland
2nd – Joe Gough (Waterford)
4th – Eugene Moynihan (Clare)
9th – Martin McDonald (Laois)
15th – Ed Walsh (Carlow)

1st – Ireland 15 points
2nd – England 16 points
3rd – Scotland 25 points
4th – Wales 44 points

Mens O-75 5k race

Ireland Team
8th – Sean McMullan (Westmeath)
10th – Michael Kiley (Cork)
11th – Dick Mullins (Laois)
14th – Joe Stewart (Antrim)

1st – England 10 points
2nd – Scotland 24 points
3rd – Ireland 29 points
4th – Wales 34 points
5th – Northern Ireland 35 points

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.