Leinster Cross Country Championships -
The first race of the day was indeed a non Championship under 10 event hosted by the local Club St. Senan's and Dunleer's Fiannaith King did not disappoint! This reigning under 9 and 10 Louth Champion ran easily over the undulating ground and produced a final sprint to edge past the two remaining runners in front to take the victory in fine style. Fiannaith was supported by her Club mate Maya Hurry who also ran very well over the difficult course.
Cliodhna Reilly, the current Louth Champion under 12, was the next to succeed for the Club, producing a confident, controlled run to take the lead with 300m to go and claim the Leinster Championship under 12 title for 2021. Cliodhna had a fine squad of Dunleer AC teammates behind her, with Grace Mc Evoy and Dearbhla Leavy both finishing in the top 12 and earning individual medals, while Aisling Finegan, Sadhbh Greene and Kelly Sheridan all finished in quick succession to ensure Club team gold went to Dunleer AC. Cliodhna also led the County team to gold, with Dearbhla, Grace and Aisling all making the Louth team.
The boys under 12 event featured an incredible run from Cormac Greene, the Louth under 12 Champion, running 2km cross country in 7 minutes and 7 seconds. Cormac finished in 2nd place in a field of 96 of the best under 12 runners in Leinster, claiming a well deserved Leinster silver, while team-
The boys under 14 race produced another individual medalist for Dunleer AC with Dáire Mathews finishing in 6th place, supported by Evan Costello in 26th. Both Dáire and Evan were on the Louth team and secured bronze medals with their County team. Megan Mc Evoy led the Dunleer AC girls under 14 home in 24th place, supported by Sally Sheridan in 44th and Leah Rooney in 53rd.
Under 16, Dunleer AC had 2 girls participating with Lucy Sheridan doing very well on a long tough course to finish her 4km in 17.20 in 33rd and Erin Finegan close behind in 37th and in 17.34. Matthew Fitzpatrick was the first Dunleer AC boy home in the boys under 16 4km in 15 minutes in 21st place, with Sam O Neill in 43rd in 15.55.
The under 18 races produced top class runs for Sean Connaughton and Maebh Eakin with the boys u18 Leinster title going to Seán and Maebh securing bronze in the girls under 18. Sean was 8th overall in the combined under 18 and 20 race, and led the Louth 18 team home to 1st place. Maebh was 3rd overall in the combined u18 and 20 race.
The final races of the day saw Peter Meegan finishing 15th junior, with Nicola Welsh leading the Dunleer AC ladies novice team home, supported by Dearbhla Greene, Áine Mc Bride and Sally Clarke to round off a fantastic day of Provincial Cross country Championships.