Douglas Community School athletes finished their 2009 Cross-Country season with some more outstanding performances at the All-Ireland Uneven Ages Cross-Country Championships held at the University of Ulster Coleraine recently. First into action was the u13 team in the boy’s 1200m race. There was chaos at the start of this race resulting in our six-man team left standing on the line while all the others took off before the gun. The team chased courageously but could not make up the ground. Jack O’ Mahony finished a great 40th and Liam Harris 51st considering the start. Other great runs came from Rory Casey, Stephen Cotter, Rory Barry and Luke Varian. Next into action was the u15 team racing over 20000m. Eoin Bourke led them home with a superb 16th place finish and he was ably assisted by Billy Murphy 43rd and other super runs from John Durcan, Brendan Couch, Alan Ring and Jamie O’ Connell. The team came a very creditable 6th.
In the u17 4000m Patrick Coleman made their intentions clear from the gun where he joined a group of 9 runners who broke away from the rest of the field. Patrick kept in touch with the leaders but couldn’t stay with them on the last hill. He raced to a great 6th place and behind him the team was battling hard to retain their All-Ireland title. They were missing there 4th and 5th scorers in Ian Tobin (13th u16 All-Ireland) and Emmet Bracken (14th u16 All-Ireland) but all the others really stepped up when it counted. Conor Foley had his greatest race of the season finishing 46th and other great runs came from Jamie Sullivan, Rob O’ Neill and David Kelly. In the end the team took a fantastic 1st place. In the boys u19 6000m race there proved to be heartbreak stuff for the team losing out on the bronze medals by just 1 point. Peter Hanrahan had an off day leading them home in 34th place and he was followed by great runs from Alan O’ Brien 39th and Adam Kelleher 44th.