The woman’s Meet and Train cross country series finished on Sunday 21st of February in Irishtown with 4 x 400m relay races and a small prizegiving ceremony. The Sportsworld B team won the Dimond division. Also, by winning each of the four races of the series Edel Madigan won the overall first place and Louise Nolan got the third spot.The whole event was great fun and for many of us it was a first try on the track so we enjoyed the opportunity of experiencing something new. Running in random teams added novelty to the event and the benefit of it was that we got to know girls from other clubs. Congratulations to the winners and see you all in the next Meet and Train series. The dates of the races should be known shortly. Report by Natalia
Meet & Train Swords Feb 2010 The Meet & Train Cross Country Series concluded on Sunday (Feb. 7th) with Swords once again the venue. Although the course was quite muddy surely I wasnt the only one who preferred that to the freezing cold of a fortnight ago. Congratulations to Edel Madigan who won the race, and completed the Series sweep by winning each of the four races. (joining our own Breda Browne in the record to accopmplish this rare feat) With strong runs were Susan McDonnel in third and Ruth Kelly who showed a great spirit finishing fourth after taking a fall in the opening lap. Also with top ten finishes were Louise Nolan (in fifth) and Mairead O’Callaghan (in sixth)Well done to all the girls who ran and see you on prizegiving and relay on 21 February in Irishtown. Race Report byNatalia Sokoowska
Meet & Train 09/10 Photos The second Women’s Meet and Train Cross Country race of the season was held on Sunday, November 22 at Tymon Park. Although, thankfully, the rain held off for the race, the wind certainly didn’t and that combined with the effects of a week of torrential downpour didn’t make for great running conditions – ladies don’t forget to wash your spikes after this one! Despite the wind and mud there was a great showing and the race was very well organized. Kudos to all the Sportsworld stewards and supporters who cheered and steered everyone through the course – and also to those who provided much appreciated refreshments afterwards! It was a great day for Sportsworld with 4 finishers in the top 5. Edel Madigan scored another first place leading the field from very early on. Ruth Kelly came in second – an outstanding performance in her first ever cross country race. Louise Nolan followed in third and Mairead O’Callaghan in fifth. Congratulations to all who finished the race and looking forward to the next race of the series in January! Report By Mairead O’Callaghan
Folks, this Sunday (22nd Nov) is the second leg of the Meet & Train Cross Country Series. It’s being hosted by Sportsworld and so club members are needed to steward the race in Tymon Park, Tallaght. A lot of people are away with the inter-county cross country and the Lanzarote trip also on this coming weekend. So if you’re in Dublin, it would be greatly appreciated if you could give up a couple of hours of your time on Sunday morning between 10-12 to lend a hand. Please contact Steven Willoughby (085-7305477) or Paddy Lynch for more details.
Meet & Train 09/10 The Meet and Train Cross Country Series kicked off on Sunday, Nov 8th in Lucan with a record turn out of 144 runners, which also included a record 8 teams entered from Sportsworld. On the crisp and clear day the weather and the condition of the course were a pleasent surprise given the rains of the previous days. With Edel Madigan and Maraid O’Callaghan making the front running the Red & White figured prominently throughout the two mile event,in the end Sportsworld would take 5 of the top 10 places. Edel Madigan (1st) and Maraid O’Callaghan (2nd) both showed fine form to claim the top two spots. Well done also to Breda Brown (4th) who showed a return to form having a strong run, Ciara Foster (5th) and Ann Higgins (10th) who rounded out the top ten. Congratulations to all that finished the race and special thanks to those who came along to cheer us on! From my personal point of view it was a great experience. Being in the running club only since August it was my first cross country race so it was interesting to participate in the event which is so different to the road race! It was a great challenge and a chance to learn something new too. For example what ‘spikes’ are?. And that I definitely need a pair of these before the next Meet and Train which, hosted by Sportsworld, will take place in Tymon Park on 22nd Nov. Full team & individual results available here. Report ByNatalia Sokolowska