Seven young athletes representing Douglas Community School produced a spectacular performance at the World Schools Cross-Country Championships in Slovakia to finish in fifth place. It was a superb result for the team and coach Steven Macklin and Head of Delegation Mark Dineen. The team had to endure a 14-hour ferry journey to France followed by a 2,250km drive across Europe to reach Liptovsky Mikulas in Northern Slovakia for the championships. The boys event was won by Turkey followed by New Zealand in second and Australia third with the DCS boys representing Ireland a mere 4 points behind the fourth placed British team. This was an outstanding achievement in a field consisting of 23 teams from all over the world. Top finisher was Patrick Coleman in a superb 9th followed by his teammates Cullen Lynch (21st), Ian Tobin (22nd), Mark Seacy (36th), Andrew O’Keeffe (61st) and Jamie Sullivan (77th) with the team completed by sub Billy Murphy. Lots of friendships were made and the school has been invited to compete in England, Malta and New Zealand next year. The team should be very proud of their performance and we all look forward to watching their progress over the next few years.