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Athletics News - Sunday 31 Oct 2010

Leinster Titles for Doyle and O'Sullivan.

Tinryland athletes had great success in the Leinster Cross Country
Championships which were held in Belvedere House, Mullingar last
weekend. There were some spectacular wins by Tinryland athletes
Mary Ann O'Sullivan and Deirdre Doyle who won the Girls Under 18 and
Novice events respectively. O'Sullivan was always to the fore in her
section and was a convincing winner with her sister Muireann taking
11th with clubmate Jenny Doheny in 12th. In the Novice Ladies Race,
Doyle showed why she is one of the most talented athletes in the
country with a dominant run to win in 10 mins 07, over 30 seconds
ahead of runner up Ailish Brennan of St Abban's and 3rd placed Ciara
Wilson of DMP. Dwayne made an impressive return to form with a 4th
place finish in the Mens Novice event and led home the Tinryland team
of Mick Kehoe 21st, Colin Payne 38th and Jeremiah O'Sullivan 48th
which were part of the Carlow team that were 5th in the county
section. In the Girls Under 12 event, Deana Kealy 27th, Rachel Sawyer
32nd, Ellen Atkinson 34th and Aoibheann Gilmartin were all prominent
on the Carlow team that was 5th in the County section.

The next event on the calendar is the Leinster Intermediate and Uneven
Age Cross Country in Adamstown Co.Wexford on Sunday November 7th next
at 12 noon.

There were some fine displays by Tinryland athletes in the Gerry
Farnan cross Country event in Dublin on Sunday last. John Joe Murphy
had an excellent run in his debut race in the M60 category and was a
fine winner of his section in a time of 30 mins 51 ahead of Pat
Collins of Liffey Valley and Martin McEvilly of Galway City Harriers.
On the basis of this performance, John Joe has now qualified for the
Home Internationals Cross Country to be held in Dublin on November
13th. Also to the fore on Sunday was Tommy Payne who finished 3rd in
the M50 event in 27 mins 55 behind the winner former Irish Olympic
Marathon Runner Tommy Hughes of Derry and now looks set to
compete in the Home Internationals event as part of the Irish Masters
team along with Murphy.. Pat Byrne also ran well on the
day and was 5th in the M35 category in 26 mins 09. Jeremiah
O'Sullivan also placed well to finish 12th in the M45 category.

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