Douglas Community School athletes travelled in force to the University of
Ulster Jordanstown for the All-Ireland Schools & University Cross-Country
championships held on Saturday. The course was relatively flat with some
mucky patches but got more testing as the day went on. Douglas CS travelled
to the championships being the only boys’ school in the country to have
three teams qualified for the event. First into action were the junior boys
racing over 3,500m. The Douglas CS team battled hard through out and were
led home by a superb run from Eoin Bourke in 30th place. He was backed up
well with great runs from Billy Murphy, John Durcan and Michael McLaughlin
and the team took 7th place in the team contest. No doubt this team will be
battling for medal in the inter race in two years time.

Next up were the inter boys team who were seeking the schools first ever
team title in any age group. This team is a very special group of guys and
the fight and determination portrayed by this team was something special to
witness. Racing over 5000m the team was to have a real battle with Knockbeg
College Carlow. Patrick Coleman only home from Australia two days ago
epitomized the determination of this team. Patrick had spent 20 hours
travelling home from Australia on Wednesday and then travelled to Belfast
and raced superbly to take 10th place and a place on the Irish team as two
of the top 10 finishers were over age. Behind Patrick, Peter Hanrahan had a
fine run coming 13th and captain Cullen Lynch a superb 30th. The performance
of the day came from Ian Tobin who had been ill for most of January and had
little training done coming into this race. Ian showed true guts and
determination in picking his way through the field and finishing an
outstanding 34th and thus winning the team title for Douglas CS.
Congratulations also to Mark Seacy, Emmet Bracken, Andrew O’ Keeffe and
Conor Foley on their great performances also. Well-done lads on a superb

The senior boys race was held over 6,500m and here the Douglas CS lads
battled bravely to a 7th place finish. The team were led home by Adam
Kelleher in 41st place and other fine runs came from Brian Murray, Alan O’
Brien and Richard Quirke.

Stephen Macklin