Three Leevale athletes have been selected on the Irish teams to compete at the European Cross Country Championships in Hyeres, France on December 13th.
Lizzie Lee and Michelle Finn are selected on the women’s team. Both athletes have previously tasted success at the European Cross Country Championships; in 2012 Lizzie was member of the Irish team that won gold in Budapest while in 2014. Michelle was a member of the Irish team that took bronze in Samokov, Bulgaria. This is the first time the two Leevale athletes will compete on an Irish team together.
Ryan Creech achieved his first senior international selection when he was named on the men’s team. Ryan ran a storming race in Santry yesterday to finish 4th, securing his position on the team.
Credit, in no small way, goes to coach Donie Walsh for developing one of the strongest middle distance groups in the country. It was a major achievement and a first for the club to have teams finish first in women’s and second in the men’s in the AAI Senior Cross Country Championships, this is topped off nicely with the three international selections.
Selected team to date below for European Cross Country Championships in Hyeres, France on December 13th:
|Men’s Senior||Mick Clohisey||Raheny Shamrock||Dick Hooper|
|Men’s Senior||John Coghlan||Metro St Brigid’s||Eamonn Coghlan|
|Men’s Senior||Paul Pollock||Annadale Striders||Andrew Hobdell|
|Men’s Senior||Ryan Creech||Leevale||Donie Walsh|
|Men’s Senior||Joe Sweeney||Dundrum South Dublin||Jerry Kiernan|
|Men’s Senior||Sergiu Ciobanu||Clonliffe Harriers||Jerry Kiernan|
|Women’s Senior||Fionnuala McCormack||Kilcoole AC||Joe Doonan|
|Women’s Senior||Lizzie Lee||Leevale AC||Donie Walsh|
|Women’s Senior||Caroline Crowley||Crusaders AC||Susan Walsh & Michael McGovern|
|Women’s Senior||Kerry O’Flaherty||Newcastle & District AC||Richard Rodgers|
|Women’s Senior||Ciara Durkan||Skerries AC||Joe Warne|
|Women’s Senior||Michelle Finn||Leevale AC||Donie Walsh|
Great to see Cork cross country runners back to the fore. Well done Leevale and a special word of congratulations to club coach Donie Walsh, no bullshit there.