Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Irish womens team win Bronze at the European Cross Country Championships

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Irish womens team win Bronze at the European Cross Country Championships

The Irish Senior womens team put in a fantastic performance to take Bronze at the European Cross Country Championships in Hyere in France.

4    519    Fionnuala McCormack    Ireland     26:00   
13    518    Lizzie Lee    Ireland     26:41   
23    512    Caroline Crowley    Ireland     27:01
43    514    Ciara Durkan    Ireland     27:36   
54    515    Michelle Finn    Ireland     28:05
55    523    Kerry O'Flaherty    Ireland     28:11

4+13+23+43 = 83 points

There were of course a number of excellent personal performances. Fionnuala McCormack (nee Britton) finished 4th after moving up through the field.

Lizzie Lee from Cork ran a great race finishing an amazing 13th in Europe! In 2012 when the Irish team won Gold, Lizzie was the 4th scoring member and finished in 23rd place. Fast forward to 2015 and Lizzie is the second scoring member and finished 13th.

Caroline Crowley only started running a few years ago and finished 23rd in Europe! Makes you wonder how much untapped talent is out there?

Ciara Durkan was the 4th scoring member of the Irish team.

Michelle Finn wins her second European XC Bronze

Irish team post race.......Photo: James Veale of West Waterford AC

Outside of the Irish team, there were a few other suprises. Last years winner Gemma Steele of Britain only finished 8th and the 2013 winner Sophie Duarte of France finished way back in 49th.

1 comment:

Keith S said...

Lizzies run was a huge factor re the medal here, great stuff, gutsy and confident, and what a humble athlete Fionnula Britton is , just look at her results in this event over the last 6 years, great team effort, well done to all the girls. You did your country proud.
Ps - was pleasantly shocked to see RTE covering same.