The Athletics Ireland Intermediate & Masters Cross Country Championships took place in Dunboyne, Co. Meath on 23rd of February 2014. It was a great day out for the BARRS ladies, who picked up a wad of Silver medals at Intermediate and Masters levels in the Inter Club and Inter County competitions. Despite a blustery day, the rain held off and ground conditions were more or less ideal for Cross Country running.
The ladies O/35 team featuring Denise Twohig, Anne Wolfe, Gillian Cotter, Ann-Marie Healy, Kitty Buckley and Eileen Buckley finished 6th in the O/35 Inter Club competition, while Ann-Marie Healy (#25) and Gillian Cotter (#28) helped the Cork team to a Bronze in the O/35 Inter Country competition.
Pride of place goes to Karina Teahan, Sinead Paley, Katherine Cashell, Margo Dinan, Ann-Marie Holland, Ailise McNulty and Rebecca McEvoy for their great performance in taking the Silver mdeal in the Intermediate Inter Club competition. Moreover, Sinead Paley, Katherine Cashell, Margo Dinan and Ann-Marie Holland were the first four to score on the Cork team thus garnering themselves another Silver medal in the Intermediate Inter Country competition.
The quartet of Mary Murphy, Marion Lyons, Frances Byrne and Mary Sweeney also took home Silver medals in the ladies O/50 Inter Club category, while Mary Sweeney’s performance garnered her a Bronze medal in the O/50 Individual category rounding of a very successful day out at the races for the ladies.
Our Masters men didn’t fare quite so well. A mounting casualty list left them unable to field teams in either the M35 or M50 category and there wasn’t enough time to rearrange entries on the day. Nevertheless, Cathal O’Connell could console himself with a Bronze medal in the O/50 Individual category, while Allen Whitaker, Cornelius Marshall, Trevor Woods and Eamonn McEvoy all finished well up the field in their respective categories. Our Intermediate men had a bit of an off-day. You could say they just didn’t turn up for the races.
The day passed off without incident and everybody was safely back home before 9pm. Well done to the BARRS ladies for their great performance in winning Silver at National Intermediate level and here’s to more success for the club in the future!