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Mary Pyke, Mandy Parslow, Marie O'Shea, Tricha Blackburn, Kathryn Hogan at the Munster Masters Cross Country in Cork.

Stuart Moloney made the club very proud last Saturday as he represented Ireland in the British and Irish Masters Cross Country in Derry. He was competing among the best runners in Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales in this tough, testing and character building discipline. Stuart qualified to take part in this event as he came third in the National Masters Cross Country in Dublin recently. The course was quite mucky in places and runners reported it as being one of the more trying cross country races that they have taken part in this year, yet acknowledged that this is the nature of cross country running.

Ireland prevailed on the day by winning a haul of medals across all categories involved. In Stuart's race Ireland dominated the top places with a win for Ireland and third place too. Stuart ran an amazing race and gave everything he had to cross the line in 10th place overall. He was the 5th Irish man over the line and we were delighted to learn that he was part of the o35 gold medal winning team. This is a fantastic achievement and a well deserved result for Stuart and the whole club wishes to send their congratulations to him.

Mooreabbey Milers AC put in magnificent performances at the Munster Masters Cross Country Championships in Cork last Sunday 19th. Our men's and women's teams were representing club and county at the Riverstick venue in Co. Cork on a cold and damp day. The underfoot conditions were relatively good as cross country goes and the course was reported to have been both tough and enjoyable. 

Our five female athletes ran and placed very well over the 4k course in a lively race ran at a very fast pace. Well done to Marie O'Shea who was our first runner over the line, Mary Pyke followed and then came Mandy Parslow, Kathryn Hogan and Tricha Blackburn. Our's were the only female athletes competing from county Tipperary in this event. Well done to all five ladies.

Four of our men lined up for the final race of the day which took off at a very fast pace and was quite energy sapping for all competitors. Kieran Lees was our first athlete to cross the line and he finished in 12th place. Tom Blackburn was next to finish for the Mooreabbey Milers, followed by Willie O'Donoghue and Kevin Lenihan. Willie earned himself a gold medal in his category, Tom Blackburn won a silver medal in his category and both men were part of the gold medal winning county team in the o50 category. Congratulations to all our members who took part on the day. The next cross county outing will be the County Junior and Senior Championships on December 10th in Dundrum, Co. Tipperary.

Padraigín Riggs took part in the Run the Gauntlet half marathon in Killarney, Co. Kerry on Sunday last. This was a tough test for Padraigín who is well used to running this distance as there was a strong headwind to contend with for the first half of the race. Congratulations go to her on completing yet another challenging half marathon.

The very best of luck to all the Mooreabbey Milers who will support the South Eastern Mountain Rescue fundraiser this Saturday night in Clonmel.

Mooreabbey Milers AC continue to train every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 7pm in the community field, Galbally. All are welcome to join us.