Douglas Community School athletes continued their outstanding Cross-Country season with some great individual and team performances at the All-Ireland u12-u20 Cross-Country championships held at Kilbeggan Racecourse, Co. Westmeath. The course was mainly flat, but testing for the athletes with strong winds and some mud. First into action was the u14 team racing over 1500m. These newcomers, only competing for the previous two months, continue to impress. Jack O’ Mahony led them home with a superb 36th place finish. He was ably assisted by Alan Ring 55th, Liam Harris 59th and Alan Horgan 88th. The team finished a great eighth out of 16 teams. No doubt they will improve over the years. In the u16 3000m Ian Tobin led the team home with an outstanding run for 13th place. This time last year they lost the All-Ireland team title on countback but were determined to change the result this time around. Other great runs came from Emmet Bracken 14th, Andrew O’ Keeffe 35th and Eoin Bourke 37th. The team easily won the All-Ireland team title. The boys’ u18 race over 5000m was to prove an historic one, with the school winning both the individual title and the team title.
Patrick Coleman produced his greatest ever running display by taking the All-Ireland title with a real gutsy run. Patrick sat in the main pack for much of the race before breaking clear with a Leinster athlete. Patrick went for home with 400m to go and went on to win his first ever All-Ireland title in style. Peter Hanrahan also ran a superb race to finish ninth and with great runs from Brian Murray 24th and Mark Seacy 26th the team won the title here also. This is their third year winning the All-Ireland title in a row. In the u20 men’s 6000m race two Douglas athletes helped the Cork team to a superb 3rd place finish. Alan O’ Brien finished a great 43rd and Adam Kelleher 46th.