With September focused almost exclusively on training for the new cross country season, the first young athletes from Ardee & District Athletics Club got their first taste of action of the year at Louth Juvenile & Novice Cross Country Championships at the weekend.
On a successful day of competition, Abbie Sheridan was Ardee’s gold medal winner. She emerged victorious in the Girls Under 16 4,000km, running very well to finish well ahead of the chasing pack. Among them was team mate Emma Gillespie, who finished nor far behind.
Earlier in the day, Samantha McCarron, Ava McNally, Ruth Gillespie and Rebecca McCarron combined to claim silver in the Girls Under 14 3,000m while the boys also performed well in the Boys Under 12 2,000km. Jack McCarron, Jayden Clarke, Conall Halpenny and Charlie Sands took home bronze, with Jack finishing a very credible 6th overall.
That was after Arthur Sands came fourth overall in the Boys Under 10 800m. Team mates Tom Maguire, Dylan McCarron and Jack Martin also impressed as the Ardee team took home a team bronze medal. St Peter’s AC hosted an Under 8 race with Chanelle Smyth, Tess Anderson, Max Balfe and Pat Smyth all winning a medal.
Jessica McCarron and Ellie May Smyth both ran well in the Girls Under 10 800m while running in their very first race, Grace Anderson and Gabriele Ruskyre did superbly well in the Girls Under 12 2,000km. In the day’s very first race, Tracey McCarron ran the novice ladies 3,000m.
Ardee athletes will be back in action in day two of competition this coming Sunday, with DKIT hosting events.