Ciara Mageean & Kevin Dooney win Irish Life Health National Cross Country Championships Senior titles

Credit: @irishathletics

UCD’s Ciara Mageean and Raheny Shamrock’s Kevin Dooney won their first Irish Life Health National Cross Country Championships Senior titles at the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus in Abbotstown on Sunday.

Mageean ran strongly over 8,000m to win in 28:02, holding Annmarie McGlynn of Letterkenny in second in 28:05 and Armagh’s Fionnuala Ross in third in 28:08 ensured an all-Ulster podium.

Portaferry athlete Mageean now holds national titles on the track, outdoors and indoors, as well as cross country.

Leevale won the team race led home by Michelle Finn in fourth with Letterkenny second and North Down third.

Kevin Dooney got the better of Clonmel’s Seán Tobin and Kevin Maunsell in the senior men’s race, winning in 30:07, ahead of the fast finishing Tobin in 30:11 with Maunsell back in third in 30:18.

Dooney’s win helped Raheny Shamrock to a third national team title in-a-row, with Clonliffe Harriers in second and Clonmel third.

Sarah Healy of Blackrock won the women’s U18 and U20 4,000m winning in 13:28 ahead of Slí Cualann’s Emma O’Brien in 13:46 and Jodie McCann of Dublin City Harriers in third in 13:53.

Bantry athlete Darragh McElhinney claimed the combined U18 and U20 men’s 6,000m race in 18:21, ahead of Seán O’Leary of Clonliffe Hariers in 18:27 with Jamie Battle (Mullingar Harriers) third in 18:33.

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