Galway athlete Keith Fallon of Galway City Harriers has been selected for the Irish European U23 Cross Country team.
The Galway City Harriers man sealed his place with a bronze medal performance at the first day of the National Cross Country season held in Santry on Sunday.
Fallon was 40th overall in the senior/U23 race, with other GCH performances from John Moroney 102, Cian Corcoran 108, Brian Bruton 135, Brian O'Connor 140 and Seamus Leddy 153. GCH were placed 14th club overall.
Connacht champion Niamh Hennelly was GCH's sole female representative and placed 55th of 80 finishers, w while Damien O'Boyle of Craughwell produced a strong run to place 11th in the junior men’s event. Eanna Folan of GCH produced a superb run to take 16th in the U18 boys, with clubmate Mark Powell in 98th.
At juvenile level Emma Moore of GCH placed 11th in the U12 girls, with Ava Mckeon of Ballinasloe AC 27th, and Corrib AC's Maebh Walsh 42nd. GCH’s Dylan Connolly ran superbly to finish 29th in the boys' U12 race. Strong performances too were seen from Jennifer Hughes in 27th place and Eimear Rowe in 37th place in the U14 girls, with GCH girls team placing 11th nationally. Great runs were produced by Sarah Gilhooley Athenry AC in 29th, and GCHs Aoife Sheehy to finish 37th in the U16 race, while Aoife King of GCH and Shannen Lee were placed 41st and 51st in the U18 girls’ race .
Corrib AC races
Michael O'Connor of GCH took the honours in the Corrib AC 8k and 4k series of races in Killannin on Saturday. O'Connor finished in 26.32 for a clear victory ahead of Mark Walsh of Leevale and Gearoid Hynes of GCH. Local runner Jean O'Connor of GCH won the ladies' race in 33.13, with Elaine Walsh returning to action with a good second-place finish. Andy Talbot of Clare River Harriers rolled back the years to win the 4km well in 17.46.
The Ballinderreen 10k takes place on Sunday at 1.30 pm in the south Galway town. Registration on Run Ireland website is €15 or on the day €20 at Race HQ, the Community Centre in Ballindereen.