Monaghan home in sixth at Irish champs

From left, Enniskillen Running Club athletes who competed at Santry, Edel Monaghan, Jade Ballantine,, Catraoine McDonnell and Victoria Watterson.

From left, Enniskillen Running Club athletes who competed at Santry, Edel Monaghan, Jade Ballantine, Catraoine McDonnell and Victoria Watterson.

Last weekend saw a feast of running at the GloHealth Inter-Clubs Cross Country Championships in Dublin last weekend.

It was a momentous day in the short history of Enniskillen Running Club with their under 18 girls team, who had qualified as Ulster silver medallists, competing in the Irish under 18 Juvenile Even Age Cross Country Championships in Santry.


It was a crisp autumnal day for racing and considering the recent rain, the running surface was good. There were over 150 girls toeing the line for the combined u18 and u20 race. All-Ireland medals were on offer for the first 12 individual finishers, top three clubs and top provincial runners

Edel Monaghan led the team home in sixth at Santry Demense. It was a superb, mature run from the Irvinestown girl who worked her way through the crowded field before a blistering final lap. She was rewarded with an all-Ireland individual medal and she also led Ulster to a provincial bronze medal.

Monaghan was 28 seconds behind Skerries AC runner Isabel Carron who was first home in a strong field. Good runs from Victoria Watterson, Catraoine McDonnell and Jade Ballantine helped Enniskillen finish fifth in the overall interclub standings.

ERC U18 girls placings and times at Santry

Pos – Name – Time 6 – Edel Monaghan – 14:39
56 – Victoria Watterson – 16:47
72 – Catraoine McDonnell – 18:04
74 – Jade Ballantine – 18:23

Overall u18 girls club standings
1 Inbhear Dee AC
2 Mullingar Harriers AC
3 West Waterford AC
4 Springwell Running Club
5 Enniskillen Running Club
6 Beechmount Harriers AC

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