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AIB NIU XCountry 15 March 2008

AIB NIU XCountry 15 March 2008

Hello all,

We got the bank holiday weekend off to a good start at Maynooth last Saturday with some good racing.  The weather was not too bad, a bit cool with the rain holding off until we were on the way home.  Numbers were, perhaps understandably due to the weekend, a bit lower than normal.  Click on "read more"…

It was a good flat course, well laid out and measured, and the surface was reasonably firm despite lots of recent rain.  The organisers, Eddie Hughes and Maurice Timmins of AIB, with assistance from Jim Dwyer and others, did a fine job for which we thank them. 

In the men’s 4 mile race, Gearoid O’Connor (Fannin Healthcare) got the better of Eoin Flynn (Bank of Ireland) with Ivan Kinahan (Indaver) in third.  In the women’s 2.5 mile race, Mary Hanley (Dept of Enterprise and Employment) held off Sonya O’Connell (Blackrock Clinic) with Mags Greenan (HSE) in third.  The results are now attached.

There are photos at the following link:


If you have any comments on the race, or on any other BHAA race, please send them to me and I will pass them on to the relevant person who provides feedback to race organisers. 

The next race will be the North County Farmers 5km cross-country race under floodlights at the Malahide Rugby Club on Wednesday 26 March 2008 at 8pm.  This is an interesting innovation from Paul Barnwall and his farming colleagues who have already given us one fine race in Swords in February.  There will be prizes for the first three finishers in the men’s and women’s categories.  Other prizes will be distributed through the field.  More details and directions will follow later. 

The Maynooth races marked the end of the winter league and the league tables will be updated within a few days.  I think that the table with most movement will be the women’s Division 1 for standards 2 to 16 – with Nuala Reilly and Mary Hanley contesting the first place as far as I can see.

I heard on Saturday that David Forde of Swords Laboratories will be departing soon on a one year trip abroad.  He signed off in style on Saturday by finishing in 11th place, a great performance.  Bon Voyage David and we hope you come back in the same good shape. 

Bye for now.

The Editor