Mary Broughton of North Leitrim Athletic Club put up an impressive performance in the Woodies DIY All Ireland Under 14 Cross Country Championship in Tattersalls Complex, Ratoath, Co Meath on Sunday last.
Mary, who finished just outside the medals in the Western Region Championships in Ballina, turned that form on its head when she was first Connacht athlete home when she finished 21st in the large field.
Unfortunately the Connacht team was not strong enough to get among the medals so Mary was again outside the medals despite her top class performance.
The two Ballinamore teams which finished fourth in their events in Ballina fulfilled their obligation by taking their places among the four teams from each of the five Regions which qualified for the All Ireland.
The Under 12 Boys finished 16th with 507 points behind winners Mullingar Harriers, West Waterford and Finn Valley which took the first three positions. The Ballinamore placings were Dylan Beirne (91), Fionn O’Brien (120), Fergal McLoughlin (147), Senan Harte (149) and Mark McCaffrey (166).
In the U-14 Boys race Ballinamore finished 14th with 443 points behind Ennis Track Club (94), St Laurence O’Toole (152) and Kilmurray Ibrickane (185 ). The Ballinamore positions were Jack Gilheany (85), Riordan O’Rourke (109), Oisin McLoughlin (123) and Nathan O’Rourke (126). In the Under 16 Boys event Ryan O’Rourke finished in 113th position.
Michael Kenny RIP: Everyone associated with Leitrim Athletics would life to offer their sincere sympathy to the Kenny family on the sad passing of Michael last week. Chairman of Ballinamore Athletic Club and a familiar sight officiating at Leitrim and Provincial events, Michael will be sorely missed by everyone involved in Leitrim athletics. A full tribute from Leitrim Athletics will appear in next week’s Leitrim Observer.