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Monday, 12th October 2020

Boyne AC don’t let rain dampen their enthusiasm

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Brothers Leyton (2nd place) and Keilan Byrne wet and muddy but delighted with their performance in the under 10 race.

The heavens opened as a hardy group of Boyne AC athletes made the short journey to Newtownstalaban recently, to compete in the first day of the Louth Cross Country Championships.

Delighted to finally compete after months of cancelled or postponed events, this talented group of athletes certainly did not let the rain dampen their enthusiasm – or their performances.

Day 1 of the event saw the Juvenile even age and Novice races take place in the impressive home grounds of Drogheda and District AC, and with thanks to the rain, a true cross country experience was guaranteed.

The day began with the Novice events, with Andrew White contesting the men’s 6,000m race. A strong field of 58 athletes made for an exciting race, with Andrew digging deep to finish in a fine 12th place overall.

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The girls u10 were the first to the start line in the juvenile races, for an 800m distance, with 9 young ladies from Boyne AC all taking on the challenge. Running out of age, Ava Hand, more known for her sprinting abilities, finished in a superb 3rd place overall, and along with teammates, Isabelle Winters in 8th, Freya Everitt in 9th and Ellen Boylan in 11th, the girls took home the 2nd place team medal. Also running superbly were Hila Raji, Robyn Reilly, Ellie Russell, Ruby Cooper and Sarah-Anne Walsh.

In the boy’s u10 race, it was a silver medal for talented runner Leyton Byrne, out of age, who along with brother Keilan in 10th place and clubmates Eoin McEntee and Spencer Gaynor, finished 3rd team overall, with Ruadhan Fangerau running well also.

The u12 juveniles had the longer distance of 2,000m to contend with, and the ground was getting softer and more treacherous by the minute thanks to the continued driving rain.

Ava Hand drives hard through the rain to finish third in the u10 girls race.

A strong run from Dara Ellie Winters Schipou, saw this talented young lady finish in 2nd place overall, running out of age, with training partner Allie Fennell not far behind in 6th, while Paige Gaynor had a great run to finish in 12th position.

Emmet McShane was the sole entry from Boyne in the u12 boys race, running a great race, and smiling all the way! It was yet another podium position for Boyne AC in the boys u14 3,000m, with Sean Cummins having a super run to finish strongly in 3rd place overall, while in the boys u16 race, Caomhain McShane gave it his all over the tough 4,000m distance.

Unfortunately, with level 3 restrictions now in place, the uneven age event has had to be postponed, but hopefully another large troupe of Boyne athletes will get to showcase their talents very soon.

Dara Winters Schiopu on her way to a second place finish in the u12 girls race.

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