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Autumn Cross-Country Festival Results - October 2021

 Results of Autumn Open Cross Country Festival 2021

Abottstown, Dublin

Sunday October 17th 2021


An Athletics Ireland event

Wins for Jane Buckley (Leevale AC) and Tim O'Donoghue (East Cork AC)

junior womens podium autumn open 2021 tim o donoghue photo credit sportsfile
Jane Buckley (Leevale), flanked by Celine Gavin (DCH) and Roisin O'Reilly (Menapians) Tim O'Donoghue (East Cork AC)


Relatively small, but high quality, fields at today's Autumn Open Cross-Country Meet at Abbottstown, Dublin saw several Cork/Cork related Podium-Topping finishes, with Jane Buckley, Leevale AC, win the Junior Women's Race, with a comfortable 15 second margin. East Cork AC's Tim O'Donoghue continued his impressive form, winning the Masters Mens Race, and beating a high-calibre field.  Former Bantry AC athlete, Darragh McElhinney, now rúnning with his college club, UCD AC, won the Senior Mens Race

Several other Cork athletes were among the fields at the meet; Youghal AC had four athletes in the Junior Womens race; Avril Millerick (8th), Avril Cashman (10th), Emma Landers (12th) and Alex Cashman (15th), with Holly Carroll, Blarney Inniscarra AC, just behind her in 16th place

In the Masters Womens Race, Michelle Kenny, Leevale AC, was 7th overall, taking F40 Bronze, while Carmel Crowley, Bandon AC, took F50 Gold, in 18th place, with Mallow AC's Breda Gaffney, just behind in 19th place, for 5th F45

While Darragh McElhinney won the Senior Mens race, his brother Eoghan, Bantry AC, was 29th

The junior Mens race saw Tommy Connolly, Leevale AC, finish 12th, with clubmates Matthew Lee 27th and Alan Harrington 32nd, and Youghal AC's Ciaran McNamee was 24th

Behind Tim O'Donoghue ihn the Masters Men came Donal Coakley, Leevale AC, in 18th place - no doubt we'll be treated to another '10 Things' from Donal! - and Midleton AC's John Hennessy was 32nd

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Masterful McElhinney Shines at Autumn Open

Darragh McElhinney (U.C.D. A.C.)  was the star turn at the 5th edition of the Autumn Open Cross Country supported by Fingal County Council at a resplendent Sport Ireland Campus today (October 17)

The purpose-built cross-country course was in magnificent condition on this, it’s final day of competition in advance of the SPAR European Cross-Country Championships on December 12th

With the main races combined over different distances, McElhinney was to the fore in the men’s senior race throughout – keeping tabs on GB athlete Tom Mortimer as they leading pack entered the final lap

The UCD athlete galloped away towards the end to clock an impressive 22.59 to back up his recent IUAA title. Mortimer would follow home in second place (23.07) with Thomas McStay of Galway City Harriers looking just as impressive, crossing the line for 3rd (23.08)

The senior athletes had to contend with the company of teen sensation Nicholas Griggs (Mid Ulster AC) who stayed with the leading pack before verging off to claim the junior title over the shortened course (6,000m) in a blistering 18.26. Scott Fagan (Metro/St. Brigid's A.C.) in 19:10 and Aaron Smith (Cilles A.C.) in 19:15 completed the top three

There was a huge entry in the master’s competition, and Tim O’Donoghue (East Cork A.C.) M35 was first of the masters athletes across the line with a 23:36 performance

In the senior women’s race, Abbie Donnelly (GB) went back-to-back, following up her 2019 win with another stunning front running display to take the victory in a brilliant 21.04.  Donnelly went from the gun and a leading pack which included Ann Marie McGlynn (Letterkenny AC) soon developed a break on the field

McGlynn’s marathon stamina saw her stay on powerfully up the final hill to cross the line in second, and in doing so secured the women’s masters title in 20.58. Donnelly’s clubmate Kirsty Walker (GB) would cross in third, while the ever-consistent Mary Mulhare (Portlaoise AC) was next to cross in 21.15

The junior women’s race was another superb finish with Jane Buckley of Leevale AC claiming the bragging rights in a hard-fought battle with Celine Gavin (DCH AC) and Roisin O’Reilly (Menapians AC)

Buckley showed great composure heading out onto the final lap and kept enough in reserve to storm away coming into the final straight to cross in 16.08

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Start of Women's Race

Section of Women's Race


Senior Women

1 Abbie DONNELLY F   00:20:51
2 Kirsty WALKER F   00:21:04
3 Mary MULHARE F Portlaoise AC 00:21:15
4 Alex MILLARD F   00:21:19
5 Bronagh KEARNS F St. Senans AC 00:21:24
6 Catherina MULLEN F Metro/St. Brigid's AC 00:21:25
7 Aoife O'CUILL F St. Coca's AC 00:21:29
8 Meghan RYAN F Dundrum South Dublin AC 00:21:29
9 Niamh ALLEN F Crusaders AC 00:21:30
10 Christine RUSSELL F Letterkenny AC 00:21:32
11 Aoife KILGALLON F Sligo AC 00:21:33
12 Sophie TARVER F   00:21:40
13 Carla SWEENEY F Rathfarnham W.S.A.F. AC 00:21:59
14 Grace CARSON F Mid Ulster AC 00:21:59
15 Una BRITTON F Kilcoole AC 00:22:02
16 Danielle DONEGAN F U.C.D. AC 00:22:03
17 Cliona MURPHY F Dublin City Harriers AC 00:22:08
18 Cheryl NOLAN F St Abbans AC 00:22:14
19 Jodie MCCANN F Dublin City Harriers AC 00:22:23
20 Nakita BURKE F Letterkenny AC 00:22:33
21 Fiona MCKENNA F U.C.D. AC 00:22:33
22 Lauren TINKLER F Dublin City Harriers AC 00:22:35
23 Iseult O'DONNELL F Raheny Shamrock AC 00:22:37
24 Maisy O'SULLIVAN F St Abbans AC 00:22:42
25 Edel MONAGHAN F Dublin City Harriers AC 00:23:02
26 Ellen MORAN F Galway City Harriers AC 00:23:08
27 Sile O'BYRNE F Sli Cualann AC 00:23:30
28 Nuria VIZCAINO-ESTRADA F Ennis Track AC 00:23:45
29 Edel GAFFNEY F Trim AC 00:24:01
30 Aoife NÍ BHROIN F Dublin City Harriers AC 00:24:28
31 Aoife O'BRIEN F Westport AC 00:24:32
32 Emily GRENNAN F Tullamore Harriers AC 00:24:44
33 Aislinn MOOREHOUSE F Dublin City Harriers AC 00:25:20
34 Gillian MARLEY F Milford AC 00:26:04
35 Triona MORAN F Castlegar AC 00:27:04
36 Renee LETZ F U.C.D. AC 00:27:52
37 Treasa BOYLAN F Donore Harriers 00:29:52


Masters Women

1 Annmarie MCGLYNN F40 Letterkenny AC 00:20:58
2 Jennifer ELVIN F35 Finn Valley AC 00:22:16
2 Claire MCGUIGAN F35 Lifford Strabane AC 00:22:16
4 Barbara CLEARY F45 Donore Harriers 00:22:25
5 Helen MCCREADY F35 Rosses AC 00:23:12
6 Noreen BROUDER F40 Sportsworld AC 00:23:12
7 Michelle KENNY F40 Leevale AC 00:23:21
8 Caroline DONNELLAN F45 Edenderry AC 00:23:24
9 Zoe QUINN F45 Raheny Shamrock AC 00:23:39
10 Catherine O'CONNOR F40 Sli Cualann AC 00:23:45
11 Karen COSTELLO F45 Dunleer AC 00:23:48
12 Sorcha LOUGHNANE F45 Donore Harriers 00:23:49
13 Kate O'NEILL F35 Metro/St. Brigid's AC 00:23:54
14 Siobhan O'DOHERTY F35 Borrisokane AC 00:24:12
15 Sinead WHITELAW F35 Mullingar Harriers AC 00:24:12
16 Niamh O'SULLIVAN F55 An Ríocht AC 00:24:24
17 Michelle COX F35 Newbridge AC 00:24:33
18 Carmel CROWLEY F50 Bandon AC 00:24:37
19 Breda GAFFNEY F45 Mallow AC 00:24:52
20 Nicola WELSH F40 Dunleer AC 00:25:45
21 Aoife PARRELLA F40 Star of the Sea AC 00:25:54
22 Jacqueline MCMONAGLE F50 City of Derry AC Spartans 00:25:57
23 Sinead TIGHE F45 Brothers Pearse AC 00:26:14
24 Elizabeth EGAN F40 Bree AC 00:26:51
25 Maura DERVIN F55 Mullingar Harriers AC 00:26:53
26 Debbie GRIFFIN F55 Sli Cualann AC 00:27:54
27 Adrienne ATKINS F55 Raheny Shamrock AC 00:28:23
28 Susanne O'BEIRNE F45 North Leitrim AC 00:28:31
29 Breda SMYTH F50 Lucan Harriers AC 00:28:33
30 Sally CLARKE F40 Dunleer AC 00:28:41
31 Grainne GRENNAN F60 Blackrock (Dublin) AC 00:29:24


Women Over 65

1 Majella DISKIN F65 An Ríocht AC 00:20:54
2 Noreen BONNER F65 Finn Valley AC 00:21:47
3 Brigid MCCABE F65 Mullingar Harriers AC 00:22:04
4 Eileen KENNY F70 Athlone IT AC 00:22:18
5 Mary LYNCH F70 Raheny Shamrock AC 00:22:31
6 Nuala REILLY F65 Drogheda and District AC 00:24:26
7 Eileen O'BRIEN F70 Lucan Harriers AC 00:25:37


Junior Women

Jane Buckley, Leevale AC Wins Junior Women's Race


1 Jane BUCKLEY FJ Leevale AC 00:16:08
2 Celine GAVIN FJ Dublin City Harriers AC 00:16:23
3 Roisin O'REILLY FJ Menapians AC 00:16:41
4 Cara LAVERTY FJ Finn Valley AC 00:17:08
5 Niamh O'MAHONY FJ An Ríocht AC 00:17:09
6 Nuala BOSE FJ Finn Valley AC 00:17:17
7 Ava COSTELLO FJ Trim AC 00:17:22
8 Avril MILLERICK FJ Youghal AC 00:17:27
9 Eimear MAHER FJ Dundrum South Dublin AC 00:17:27
10 Avril CASHMAN FJ Youghal AC 00:17:30
11 Laura HEALY FJ Ennis Track AC 00:17:38
12 Emma LANDERS FJ Youghal AC 00:17:40
13 Sarah BRADLEY FJ Finn Valley AC 00:17:45
14 Aoife COFFEY FJ Lucan Harriers AC 00:17:47
15 Alex CASHMAN FJ Youghal AC 00:18:04
16 Holly CARROLL FJ Blarney/Inniscara AC 00:18:19
17 Phoebe BATE FJ Mullingar Harriers AC 00:18:25
18 Meabh KILLALEA FJ Mullingar Harriers AC 00:18:31
19 Amy GREENE FJ Rosses AC 00:18:43
20 Emma GODDARD FJ Templeogue AC 00:18:47
21 Isabel LYNCH FJ Na Fianna AC 00:19:55


Senior Men

Lap 1 of Men's Race


1 Darragh MCELHINNEY M U.C.D. AC 00:22:59
2 Tom MORTIMER M   00:23:07
3 Thomas MCSTAY M Galway City Harriers AC 00:23:08
4 Pierre MURCHAN M Dublin City Harriers AC 00:23:25
5 Thomas DEVANEY M Castlebar AC 00:23:35
6 Eoin EVERARD M Kilkenny City Harriers AC 00:23:41
7 Conor MAGUIRE M Monaghan Phoenix AC 00:23:52
8 Jake O'REGAN M St. John's AC 00:23:55
9 Gerry FORDE M Kilkenny City Harriers AC 00:24:16
10 Mitchell BYRNE M Rathfarnham W.S.A.F. AC 00:24:20
11 Sean MELARKEY M City of Derry AC Spartans 00:24:21
12 William FITZGERALD M Craughwell AC 00:24:21
13 Zak HANNA M Newcastle and District AC 00:24:23
14 Emmet JENNINGS M Dundrum South Dublin AC 00:24:24
15 Donal FARREN M Letterkenny AC 00:24:28
16 Ian GUIDEN M Clonliffe Harriers AC 00:24:31
17 Craig MCMEECHAN M North Down AC 00:24:40
18 Finley DALY M Sligo AC 00:24:40
19 Jamie FALLON M Craughwell AC 00:24:43
20 David SCANLON M Rathfarnham W.S.A.F. AC 00:24:54
21 Tony MCCAMBRIDGE M St Malachy's AC 00:25:09
22 Daragh FITZGIBBON M Donore Harriers 00:25:16
23 Aaron BRENNAN M Galway City Harriers AC 00:25:26
24 Dylan WRIGHT M Lucan Harriers AC 00:25:29
25 Kane COLLINS M Donore Harriers 00:25:29
26 Abaas ADAM-EDRIS M Castlegar AC 00:25:33
27 Gerard GALLAGHER M Finn Valley AC 00:25:34
28 Sean DORAN M Clonliffe Harriers AC 00:25:38
29 Eoghan MCELHINNEY M Bantry AC 00:25:43
30 Eoin MOLLOY M Castlegar AC 00:25:49
31 Cormac MACDERMOTT M Moy Valley AC 00:25:52
32 Lindsay GORDON M Newcastle and District AC 00:25:56
33 David BOHAN M Galway City Harriers AC 00:26:00
34 Ieuan HOPKINS M Brothers Pearse AC 00:26:01
35 Mark MCPAUL M Milford AC 00:26:14
36 Eoin TAGGART M Clonliffe Harriers AC 00:26:18
37 Conor GALLAGHER M Letterkenny AC 00:26:28
38 Jamie KELLY M Ennis Track AC 00:26:35
39 Robert FREWEN M Raheny Shamrock AC 00:26:38
40 Jack MISKELLA M Craughwell AC 00:26:45
41 Andrew NEVIN M Mullingar Harriers AC 00:26:47
42 Darragh CROSSAN M City of Derry AC Spartans 00:26:53
43 Aaron FARRELL M Dunboyne AC 00:26:59
44 Michael MCCARTHY M Dundrum South Dublin AC 00:27:01
45 Eoin SMYTH M Tara AC 00:27:17
46 Daniel MOLLOY M Newcastle and District AC 00:27:19
47 Alex O'BRIEN M Lucan Harriers AC 00:28:00
48 Conor MCLOUGHLIN M Moy Valley AC 00:28:21
49 Aaron CASHMAN M Crusaders AC 00:29:28
50 Elliott O'BEIRNE M   00:30:33


Masters Men

1 Tim O'DONOGHUE M35 East Cork AC 00:23:36
2 Sergiu CIBANU M35 Clonliffe Harriers AC 00:23:46
3 Paul POLLOCK M35 Annadale Striders 00:23:58
4 John KINSELLA M40 Bilboa AC 00:25:15
5 Paul STEPHENSON M35 Rathfarnham W.S.A.F. AC 00:25:17
6 Shane O'NEILL M45 Rathfarnham W.S.A.F. AC 00:25:43
7 Shane HEALY M50 Metro/St. Brigid's AC 00:25:44
8 Brian GERAGHTY M45 Sli Cualann AC 00:25:56
9 Tony HARTY M45 Killarney Valley AC 00:26:01
10 Niall SHEEHAN M35 Gowran AC 00:26:04
11 Thomas SHERLOCK M35 Clonliffe Harriers AC 00:26:10
12 Brendan MURPHY M35 Crusaders AC 00:26:11
13 Brian MCMAHON M35 Clonliffe Harriers AC 00:26:24
14 Niall O'CALLAGHAN M35 West Limerick AC 00:26:29
15 Paul SMITH M40 Drogheda and District AC 00:26:36
16 Niall O'RIORDAN M40 An Bru AC 00:26:43
17 Paul FLEMING M45 Rathfarnham W.S.A.F. AC 00:26:51
18 Donal COAKLEY M35 Leevale AC 00:26:54
19 David KIRWIN M40 Raheny Shamrock AC 00:27:02
20 Ciaran MCCARTHY M45 Raheny Shamrock AC 00:27:10
21 Ger FORDE M40 Crusaders AC 00:27:20
22 Brendan LYNG M45 United Striders AC 00:27:24
23 Dónal LEAHY M50 Lios Tuathail AC 00:27:26
24 Aogan MACDOMHNAILL M35 West Limerick AC 00:27:30
25 Dave POWER M35 Rathfarnham W.S.A.F. AC 00:27:31
26 Rory KAVANAGH M35 Dunboyne AC 00:27:32
27 Rory O'SULLIVAN M40 Raheny Shamrock AC 00:27:34
28 Ian O'REILLY M45 Brothers Pearse AC 00:27:39
29 Anthony O'ROURKE M40 Brothers Pearse AC 00:27:48
30 Gavin KEOGH M40 Donore Harriers 00:27:51
31 Michael KIELY M35 Crusaders AC 00:27:55
32 John HENNESSY M50 Midleton AC 00:27:56
33 Eamon MURPHY M55 North Sligo AC 00:27:57
34 Ronan MOORE M40 Trim AC 00:28:00
35 Aaron BROWNE M35 Rathfarnham W.S.A.F. AC 00:28:05
36 Declan O'CONNOR M40 South Galway AC 00:28:15
37 Ger HARTNETT M45 Tuam AC 00:28:17
38 Gerry CARTY M50 Galway City Harriers AC 00:28:25
39 Ciaran AYLWARD M35 Rathfarnham W.S.A.F. AC 00:28:28
40 Des TREMBLE M50 Donore Harriers 00:28:32
41 Will BYRNE M45 Lucan Harriers AC 00:28:40
42 Gary EGAN M45 An Bru AC 00:28:41
43 Nat GLENN M55 North Belfast Harriers 00:28:44
44 Kenny MCANDREW M50 Metro/St. Brigid's AC 00:28:47
45 Barry AHERNE M40 Lucan Harriers AC 00:29:10
46 Paul COWHIE M55 Civil Service AC 00:29:15
47 Ger MOLONEY M60 Sliabh Bhuide Rovers AC 00:29:28
48 Kevin GRIFFIN M60 An Ríocht AC 00:29:45
49 Brian FUREY M40 Rathfarnham W.S.A.F. AC 00:29:48
50 Michael COUNSEL M55 Trim AC 00:29:50
51 Patrick MCLOUGHLIN M55 Oughaval AC 00:29:54
52 Dominic HORAN M50 Sli Cualann AC 00:29:59
53 Noel FAHEY M40 Brothers Pearse AC 00:30:01
54 Karl WALSH M40 Crusaders AC 00:30:15
55 Sean MURPHY M45 United Striders AC 00:30:35
56 Michael KEHOE M50 Raheny Shamrock AC 00:30:40
57 Jeremy SULLIVAN M40 Lucan Harriers AC 00:30:53
58 Mel HILLIARD M50 Metro/St. Brigid's AC 00:31:22
59 Brian CONWAY M45 Sportsworld AC 00:31:32
60 Pat O'DYWER M50 Lucan Harriers AC 00:31:39
61 Gary AYLWARD M60 Raheny Shamrock AC 00:31:40
62 John HEALY M50 Lucan Harriers AC 00:35:26
63 Gregory PAUL-O M55 Dublin Bay Running Club. 00:37:03


Men Over 65

1 Paul ELLIOT M65 Beechmount Harriers AC 00:25:23
2 William TYRRELL M65 Sli Cualann AC 00:25:47
3 Desie SHORTEN M65 Sli Cualann AC 00:25:59
4 Martin KERR M70 Milford AC 00:27:07
5 Pat MULDOON M65 Mullingar Harriers AC 00:27:49
6 Terry CLARKE M65 Rathfarnham W.S.A.F. AC 00:28:08
7 Conor COONEY M65 Drogheda and District AC 00:29:54
8 William BELTON M70 Sli Cualann AC 00:30:22
9 Michael SMITH M70 Laragh AC 00:31:17
10 Sean MCMULLIN M75 Mullingar Harriers AC 00:31:36
11 Nicky MCCABE M70 Mullingar Harriers AC 00:32:12
12 Richard MULLINS M75 St Abbans AC 00:32:55
13 Joseph STEWART M75 Jog Lisburn Running Club 00:33:08
14 Martin KEANE M75 Athenry AC 00:38:35


Junior Men

1 Nicholas GRIGGS MJ Mid Ulster AC 00:18:26
2 Scott FAGAN MJ Metro/St. Brigid's AC 00:19:10
3 Aaron SMITH MJ Cilles AC 00:19:15
4 Mark HANRAHAN MJ Ennis Track AC 00:19:33
5 Niall MURPHY MJ Ennis Track AC 00:19:37
6 Jonas STAFFORD MJ Ashford AC 00:19:37
7 Callum MORGAN MJ St Malachy's AC 00:19:52
8 Luke JOHNSTON MJ Moy Valley AC 00:19:55
9 Cathal O'REILLY MJ Kilkenny City Harriers AC 00:19:58
10 Matthew GLENNON MJ Mullingar Harriers AC 00:20:05
11 Luke PURCELL MJ Nenagh Olympic AC 00:20:07
12 Tommy CONNOLLY MJ Leevale AC 00:20:08
13 Oisin MURRAY MJ An Ríocht AC 00:20:09
14 James TANNER MJ Nenagh Olympic AC 00:20:15
15 Diarmait KEOGH MJ Finn Valley AC 00:20:15
16 Ryan SMITH MJ Annadale Striders 00:20:20
17 Marcus CLARKE MJ Ratoath AC 00:20:24
18 Luke KELLY MJ North Belfast Harriers 00:20:25
19 Niall CARBERY MJ Clonliffe Harriers AC 00:20:26
20 Finn WOODGER MJ Metro/St. Brigid's AC 00:20:33
21 Kyle THOMPSON MJ Loughview AC 00:20:35
22 Sean CONNAUGHTON MJ Dunleer AC 00:20:39
23 Jack MCCAUSLAND MJ City of Lisburn AC 00:20:40
24 Ciaran MCNAMEE MJ Youghal AC 00:20:54
25 Tom MCKEVENEY MJ Burren AC 00:21:02
26 Kyle MOORHEAD MJ Craughwell AC 00:21:06
27 Matthew LEE MJ Leevale AC 00:21:25
28 Daniel O'BRIEN MJ Lusk AC 00:21:28
29 Daragh CARTER MJ Clonliffe Harriers AC 00:21:33
30 Lorcan MULLEN MJ Mullingar Harriers AC 00:21:45
31 Tomas O'CEALLAIGH MJ Burren AC 00:21:58
32 Alan HARRINGTON MJ Leevale AC 00:23:21

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