On Wednesday October 2nd, Scoil Mhuire Dunkerrin travelled to Thurles to take part in the annual primary schools cross country.
This year due to the large numbers participating, over 2,300 athletes, these championsahips were split into two sections.
Major, Large and Extra Small schools were at 10.30am with Medium ans Small schools at 12noon. We had a 12noon start and were blessed with sunshine after a very wet morning.
Our firt team to take part were the girls of 3rd & 4th class. Isobel O’Meara and Rachel Crowley stepped up to the line for their first race for the school and were joined by Alice Maher and all three got into good positions at the start unfortunately Isobel became unwell as the race progressed and Alice along with Rachel continued to battle well and finished 44th and 74th respectively.
The boys from 3rd and 4th were up next and again this was their first race for the school. They all started well and as the race progressed settled well into position with Niall Madden 19th, Andrew Holland 23th followed by Kevin McCormack 33rd, Micheal Whyte 36th, Thomas Sheedy 48th, Daire Pyne 52nd and Enda Whyte 58th. Our next race was 5th and 6th class girls. They all ran a good race and finished up in the following positions: Lauren Maher 14th, Janina Kennedy 16th, Andrea Kieran 21st, Kate McNamara 23rd, Enya Hogan 29th, Kate Hogan 36th, Aine Gleeson 37th, Caoimhe Ryan 47th, Maria Maher 48th, Kayleigh O’Meara 51st, Niamh McCormack 63rd and Sophia Cooney-Bolger 70th. The girls finished a very creditable 6th place. Our last race of the day was the boys of 5th and 6th. 6 boys went to the start and quickly got into their stride and were led home by Thomas Teehan in 18th place, Next was Shane Whelan in 25h followed by Ben Kennedy 33rd, James Whyte 37th and Jordan Troy 58th and Rory Hogan in 65th.
On Friday, all classes took part in a school Halloween fancy dress assembly. We invited children to make a small donation to the Children Helping Children charity.