Ellie stars to take silver in Lough Key mud-bath

North Leitrim AC's U13 girls team, Niamh Carolan, Erin Somers, Sarah Brady, Lara Mulvaney-Kelly, Ella McDaid, Rachel Conlon & Emily Conlon
Ballinamore AC’s Ellie O’Rourke was Leitrim’s top performer at a muddy Western Region Uneven Ages Cross-country championships in Lough Key Forest Park last Sunday.

Ballinamore AC’s Ellie O’Rourke was Leitrim’s top performer at a muddy Western Region Uneven Ages Cross-country championships in Lough Key Forest Park last Sunday.

Over 600 runners braved the difficult conditions in a very muddy Lough Key Forest Park, the event superbly hosted by North Roscommon AC with competitors from North Leitrim AC, Carrick-on-Shannon AC, Ballinamore Ac and Drumshanbo AC.

Leitrim’s top performer on the day was Ellie O’Rourke from Ballinamore AC who followed her third place finish in the U14 race in Moyne just a week ago, with a fantastic 2nd place last Sunday, to claim silver in the U13 Girls race.

Ellie led the race until well past the halfway point and despite a terrific battle in the latter stages of the race, she had to settle for a fantastic second place in the end.

Ellie led the County Leitrim U13 girls to team bronze in the 2500m race along with the North Leitrim contingent of Ella McDaid, Sarah Brady, Niamh Carolan, Erin Somers, Lara Mulvaney-Kelly, Rachel Conlon and Emily Conlon.

In the U13 Boys race, Leitrim claimed a further bronze when the team made up of Iarlaith O’Brien, Jack Casey, Ryan Mulligan and Daniel Bosquette (Carrick AC) and Evan Broughton, Hugo Filan, Jack Kelly, and Daragh Mitchell (North Leitrim AC) finished in third place.

Earlier in the day, Leitrim also won team bronze in the U11 Girls race with North Leitrim AC runners Ella Filan, Ellie Foley, Aoife Maguire, Aiobhin Gilgunn, Ballinamore’s Claire McWeeney, and Mohill’s Sarah O’Beirne on the team.

In the U15 Girls race, Carrick AC’s Anna Corcoran qualified for the All-Irelands in Dungarvan as she finished tenth. After a fast start, Anna found the heavy conditions tough but showed great determination to stay in the top ten.

In the U15 Boys, Anna’s Carrick AC clubmate Fiachra Mac Enri was equally determined as he claimed an excellent tenth place. Fiachra was tracked by clubmates Fionn O’Brien and Eoghan Farrell but got away early on and held his place right to the finish while in the final quarter, Eoghan just outpaced Fionn for 13th spot with his clubmate one place behind.