It was another very successful weekend for Douglas Community School with athletes competing at the Ras na hEireann International Cross-Country in Drogheda and the Munster Juvenile Indoor T&F in Nenagh. At the Munster Juvenile Indoor T&F championships in Nenagh Alan O’ Brien was the schools sole representative running in the boys u19 800m and had a superb win.
Fourteen athletes and coach Steven Macklin travelled to Drogheda Co. Louth for the Ras na hEireann International Cross-Country championships. The school had two teams in action u15 and a combined u17/u19 team. The racemoved to a new venue at the battle of the Boyne site just outside Drogheda. First into action was the boy’s u15 team who were running without the services of two of their top runners. Billy Murphy once again had a superb run finishing in 8th place and with other great runs from John Durcan 11th, Michael McLaughlin 13th and Brendan Couch 14th they won the team title.
The u17/u19 boy’s race was combined and held over a 4000m distance. Peter Hanrahan continued his recent impressive form producing an outstanding run against some top competition. Peter led for most of the race and had a titanic battle with two South African athletes. He found himself in 4th place with 400m to go but produced a great sprint to finish 3rd and narrowly piped for 2nd on the line by one of the South African athletes. Behind Peter, Emmet Bracken was having an outstanding run finishing 12th and with Andrew O’ Keeffe 16th and Conor O’ Brien 18th the team came 2nd. The athletes compete next at the All-Ireland Schools Cross-Country championships in Belfast in two weeks time.