Togher AC County Cross Country Champions!

County Intermediate and Juvenile B Cross-Country Championships (16th Oct 2016)

The County Intermediate and Juvenile B Cross-Country Championships took place in Carraig na bhFear on Sunday 16th October. Togher AC ladies; Louise Murphy, Eimear O’Brien, Marianne Haslette and Yvonne Walsh fielded a team in this 5k race – and boy what a team they made!

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Conditions were very wet in Carraig na bhFear, Cork county having had torrential rain the previous two days and nights. Thankfully it was dry on the day itself. Not entirely new to cross country running, Louise, Eimear and Marianne dusted off their spikes that they had hung up many years ago. Little did they know upon joining Togher AC Fit4Life, they would end up back where they started out. It was Yvonne’s debut cross country run and so the others, as well as coaches Frank Doherty and Aidan Hartnett, imparted welcome advice. Given how the race went though, Yvonne may have discovered a well hidden but definite talent for cross country running!

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From the outset, the Togher AC ladies ran as a team. Maintaining their 7th and 8th positions throughout, Louise and Eimear had very steady races. They were closely followed by Marianne, who gradually drew away from the rest of the field and with determination and held her place from 3k. Yvonne showed true grit, battling it out with Galtee, Midleton, Youghal and Mallow  AC runners and from the half way mark steadily picked off her competitors one by one. In what can only be described as an inspirational finish, from 400m out, Yvonne picked up the pace leaving competitors in her wake.

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Cork County Athletics Board Chairperson Bill Allen and Secretary Mary Meaghar presented the Liam Daly Memorial Trophy to the team. Congratulations to coaches Frank Doherty and Aidan Hartnett and of course to the athletes who worked incredibly hard. We are so proud to have Intermediate Senior Ladies County Champions in the club. Click HERE for full results.

County Junior Senior & Juvenile Uneven-Age Cross-Country Championship (9th Oct 2016)

It was a great day at the County Cross Country Championships in Carrigadrohid, Macroom on 9th October. The Junior, Senior & Juvenile Uneven-Age athletes competed.

Maeve McTaggart 5th place, Junior women's race
Maeve McTaggart 5th place, Junior women’s race

Special mention and congratulations to Maeve McTaggart who came 5th in the Junior women’s race, to Robin Farraher, who was 8th in the girls U15 race and to the U15 girls team who came 2nd.

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Well done to all competitors running for Togher AC: Katie McCarthy & Maebh O’Connell (Girls U9); Alex Moloney and Alex O’Connell (Boys U9); Zoe Adeshina (Girls U13); Adam O’Leary, Cian Twomey & Foinnan Leahy (Boys U13); Robin Farraher, Christina Maher, Jennifer Daly & Carol Ann Sexton (Girls U15); Sean O’Connell & Conor Higgins (Boys U15); Fiona Byrne (Girls U17) Click HERE for full results.

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U15 Team Silver Medalists: Robin Farraher, Christina Maher, Jennifer Daly & Carol Ann Sexton

Cork County Athletics Novice Under 23 & Juvenile Even-Age Cross-Country Championships 2016 (2nd Oct 2016)

The Cross Country season opened on Sunday 2nd October in Conna with the County Championships. Togher AC were well represented on this stunning Autumn day. Chris O’Reilly (U16) had an outstanding 1st place finish and is now County Champion. Chris had an inspirational year and is one to watch as he enters a new season set to lead the field.

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Chris O’Reilly, County Champion

We are so proud of Shane Byrne (U10) who came in 5th place, Maeve McTaggart (U18) also 5th place, Andrew Maher (U18) 8th place & Michael Cullinane (Boys U14) 13th in his race. Congratulations on fantastic performances, in what we all know is such a hard event 🙂

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Shane Byrne, 5th Place- with Eoin Barrett, Jack Walsh & Conor Kelleher (U10)
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Andrew Maher, 8th (U18) with Doc Doherty, Senior Mens Coach
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Michael Cullinane, 13th Place (Boys U14)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well done also for superb efforts in challenging races to Ihintza Regan Fernandex (Girls U10); Eoin Barrett, Jack Walsh & Conor Kelleher (Boys U10); Bronagh O’Shaughnessy, Edel O’Sullivan, Lily Fitzgerald (Girls U12); Robert Ahern, Eoin Coughlan, Peter Spiller & Jack Garvey (Boys U12); Caoimhe Byrne & Christina Maher (Girls U14); Fiona Byrne, Aoibheann McSweeney, Jennifer Daly & Mei O’Donoghue (Girls U16). See full results HERE.

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Togher AC would like to thank all athletes for their commitment and hard work, to coaches who volunteer their time and expertise and to parents, without whom our little athletics programme would not be as successful 🙂 We look forward to the next step, the Munster Championships that begin on Sunday 23rd October in Carraig na bhFear.