No stopping evergreen McEvilly

Martin Mcevilly of GCH - the National Masters Cross Country gold medallist V70.

Martin Mcevilly of GCH - the National Masters Cross Country gold medallist V70.

There was more national glory for Galway's Martin McEvilly of GCH, who won gold at the National Juvenile B, Masters and Intermediates Cross Country Championships in Dundalk IT on Sunday.

The evergreen athlete, who won the Over 70 event, was one of several Galway runners who competed at the event, which saw Castlegar athlete Gearoid King continue his impressive debut season with a silver medal win in the Juvenile U13 Championship race.

The Galway women's Over 35 team was 9th overall, led home by Galway City Harriers athlete Grainne Ni Uallachain in a great 15th place, followed by Niamh Hennelly and Sinead Foran of GCH , with Eileen McCarthy, also of GCH the fourth scorer.

GCH fielded a men’s club team at O35 level, with Mike Kerrin and Niall Murphy leading the squad to 14th place overall in a high-quality race.

Orna Murray of NUI Galway impressed in the intermediate women’s race. In the colours of Ferrybank, she placed eighth overall with a strong run, as did NUIG athlete Finlay Daly, who was 14th in the intermediate men’s event over 8km.

Indoor AAI Games

Some quality Galway performances were produced at the AAI Games on Saturday in Athlone IT - notably GCH star Nicole Walsh, who won her 200m heat in 25.25 seconds, and Cillin Greene of GCH, who made his debut over 400m and clocked 50 seconds.

10 Mile Races

10 Mile Races: Galway’s Laura Shaughnessy raced the highly competitive John Treacy Dungarvan 10 Mile event on Sunday and clocked 58.56 for second place, and in Co Meath, the talented Jane Ann Meehan of GCH also impressed, placing second in the prestigious Trim 10 Mile race in a time of 60.44.

Maree 8k: John Moroney was first home in the annual Maree 8k on Sunday in a time of 27.13. It came after a good battle with Conor Dolan, who placed second in 27.22, while GCH’s Timmy Jones was third in 28.47. The first woman home was Yvonne Fehilly of Athenry AC, with Laurena Holleran second, followed by Eimear Bray of Corofin.

Connacht Schools Cross Country

At the South Connacht Schools Cross Country in Bushfield, Aaron Brennan of Claregalway and Barry Murphy of St Enda’s were winners of the senior and intermediate boys' events respectively. The Connacht Finals will take place at the same venue on February 16.

Fixtures

Gort 5km: The annual Gort 8k takes place on Sunday in the surrounds of Gort, Co Galway, at 1.30pm. Race HQ is Gort Community centre.

University Indoor Championships: The IUAA Indoor Track & Field Championships for 2019 will be held in Athlone IT tomorrow. NUIG will field strong teams across the programme, with Nicole Walsh, Orna Murray, Sarah Quinn and Shane Mooney all challenging for medals.

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