They're off - see posting below this for a selection of images.
Yes, it was tough - but the final race of the 2006/7 adidas Meet & Train Winter League at Santry was the real deal. Mud, slog, wet, wind, ups and downs - what cross country is all about!
Ann Ormsby of Fingallians, who took up running five years ago and only runs Meet & Train and the mini marathon, had a brilliant win over host club Clonliffe's Ailish McDermott. With Bronagh Snow in third place, Fingallians were first team in the diamond section, while Blackrock got the Club of the Series trophy. Blackrock's Mary Butler was first veteran and first over 50 overall; Eithne Reid of Lucan was first over 40, and Hilary Wright of Crusaders first over 55, with another Crusader Marcella Dune taking a special prize.
Big thanks to all who helped make this one of the most successful series yet: the clubs who hosted the four races; the stewards; the tea ladies (and gentlemen!); Paul from adidas, the most undemanding of sponsors; Harry our starter and Mary our results wizard. Plus of course, Sue and Mary, without whom...
DON'T FORGET! Meeting to set dates for M&T Summer League, Wed Mar 7, Donore Sportscentre, 8pm sharp.
M&T Final Race (2m), Santry:
1 Ann Ormsby (Fin) 13.03;
2 Ailish McDermott (Clonliffe) 13.30;
3 Bronagh Snow (Fin A) 13.41;
4 Kathleen O'Callaghan (SW A) 13.51;
5 Louise Keogh (Blackrock) 14.03;
6 Aoibheann Tierney (Tallaght) 14.13.
Overall team winners (17 team reg; 14 completed league):
1 Fingallians A
2 Sportsworld A
3 Clonliffe A.
2 Blackrock A
3 Sportsworld C.
2 Blackrock B
3 Fingallians C.
2 Fingallians F
3 Crusaders B.