Mallusk playing fields, just to the north of Belfast played host to this years All Ireland Schools Cross Country. In the region of one thousand athletes traveled northwards to compete in tough conditions. Even though it didn’t rain much on the day, the damage had already been done by the torrential downpours of the last fortnight! The course was waterlogged and for long stretches athletes ran through five to six inches of muck.
Next home was Ciaran Nolan, who started conservatively and then set about slowly picking his way through the field. This tactic worked a treat as Ciaran put in a massive effort for his team. Michael Moran was the next home and his run is his best performance ever at a Schools All Ireland. He was passing people right through to the final straight and should be rightly proud of his efforts. James Maxwell would usually be the third scorer on this team but a collar bone injury three weeks ago meant that he was in a lot of discomfort. He still ran a fabulous race and finished inside the top fifty. The Mullingar team was rounded out by James Drumm, Ryan Mannering, Euan Lagan and Padraig Heffernan who all ran their hearts out and rewarded by winning All Ireland gold medals.
Intermediate Boys- Jack Moran, John Whitelaw, Andrew Daly, Enda Gaffney, Adam Treanor, Brian Martin, Jenson Nagle and Charlie Drumm.
Junior Boys- Colin Smith, Rian Hogan, Sean Cronin, Paul McCoole, Conor Gibney, Donal Mulvihill, Sam Carey and Ruairi Fagan.
We would like to thank all the parents and supporters who traveled up to Belfast. Every few yards you could find a Mullingar supporter cheering loudly for the Schools young athletes.