Athletics: Fionnuala Britton Takes National Senior Crown

Double European Cross Country Champion Fionnuala Britton (Kilcoole AC) put in a stellar performance at the Woodie’s DIY Inter County Cross Country championships at Santry Demesne yesterday to take the National senior women’s title. 

Britton had Sarah Treacy (Moynalvey AC) for company for the opening lap, but she eased away adding to her lead, running strongly throughout. Sarah McCormack (Dundrum South Dublin AC) came through strongly for second, ahead of Treacy.  Both Treacy and McCormack have now secured a place on the team for the European Cross country Championships with Britton already pre-selected.


It was a magnificent run by the Wicklow woman who acknowledged the great support she received all around the course with many of the underage athletes who raced earlier in the day staying on to watch the Junior and Senior races: Speaking after the race she said “The support was unbelievable it felt like Euro Cross  (in Dublin 2009) it was great to have that support at the National Championships.”  Britton will continue her preparation for the European Cross Country next weekend when she races in the Cross de L’Acier in France.


Paul Pollock (Annadale Striders) was an impressive winner in the Men’s Senior race opening up a lead after the first lap. David McCarthy (West Waterford AC) was the only one to go with him, but after a slip he lost momentum and Pollock made a decisive move and wasn’t challenged. Brothers Michael and Dan Mulhare (North Laois AC)  moved up the field  to battle it out  for the minor places. The younger Michael was second and Dan third to become the first pairing of brothers to represent Ireland in the European cross country championships.


Siofra Buttner Cleirigh (Dundrum South Dublin AC) won the junior title in convincing style, leading her club-mates over the line with five in the first six in the combined U18/junior race, including Sarah Fitzpatrick who won the U18 title. Sean Tobin (Clonmel AC) proved a convincing winner of the junior men’s race, with Ruairi Finnegan (Letterkenny AC) racing on strongly for second, and U18 winner Kevin Mulcaire (Ennis Track) third. Tobin  plans to compete in the British Trials next week as part of his preparations for the European Cross


Dublin dominated the Inter-County Championships results winning all four Men and Women’s Senior and Junior, Inter county titles.


Athletics Ireland National Endurance Chris Jones commented: “It was really a good day racing, it was about people delivering performances on the day. We will look now to fine tune our preparations for the European Championships”


Results of Woodie’s DIY Inter County Cross Country Championships, Santry Dublin


Senior Men 10000m

1.            Paul Pollock (Antrim) 2. Michael Mulhare (Laois) 3. Dan Mulhare (Laois) 4. Stephen Scullion (Antrim) 5. Joseph Scullion (Antrim) 6.Michael Clohessy (Dublin )

Inter County Results

1.            Dublin (76 points) 2. Antrim (104 points) 3. Cork (150 points)

Senior Women 8000m

1.            Fionnuala Britton (Kilcoole AC), 2. Sarah McCormack (Dublin) 3. Sara Treacy (Meath) 4. Ann Maire McGlynn (Donegal) 5. Ciara Durkan (Skerries AC) 6. Maria McCambridge (DSD AC)

Inter-County Results

1.            Dublin (20 points) 2. Donegal (93 points) 3. Cork (97 points0

Junior Men 6000m

1.            Sean Tobin (Clonmel AC) 2. Ruairi Finnegan (Letterkenny AC) 3. Andrew Crossan (Meath) 4. Con Doherty (Wesport AC), 5. Mitchell Byrne (Dublin) 6. Hugh Armstrrong (Ballina AC)

Inter County Results

1.            Dublin (93 points) 2. Meath (109 points) 3. Cork (188 points)

Junior Women 4000m

1.            Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (Dublin) 2. Meghan Ryan (Dublin) 3. Clare McCarthy (Dublin) 4. Amy O’Donoghue (Emerald AC) 5. Yasmin Wilson (Ballymena and Antrim AC) 6. Rachael O’Shea (Cork)

Inter County Results

1.            Dublin (13 points) 2. Kildare (67 points) 3. Kilkenny (78 points)



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