Douglas Community School athletes had an up and down day at the All-Ireland Schools Cross-Country Championships held at Cork Institute of Technology. The team won the silver medals in the u17 race and were joint third in the u20 race, losing out on the bronze medals on countback. The course was flat and firm with ideal weather conditions. Brendan Couch ran a great race in the u15 3500m to finish 35th. In the u17 race the schools first finisher was Mark Seacy with a superb run for 21st and with other great runs by Ian Tobin 25th, Emmet Bracken 32nd and Andrew O’ Keeffe 45th, the Douglas Community School team took team silver. Finally in the u20 race over 6000m, the DCS team under-performed and finished joint-third losing out on the bronze medals on countback. Overall a day of varying fortunes, with plenty of lessons learnt. No doubt the boys will bounce back stronger in the future and try to win that elusive All-Ireland Senior team title.