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British & Irish Masters Cross Country International

British & Irish Masters Cross Country International, Santry Park, Dublin – Saturday 14th November

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Helen Berry British & Irish International

Ireland made the most of the home advantage at the British and Irish Masters Cross Country International on a wet and windy day in Dublin on Saturday, but they could still not quite beat England in the team event.

The host country was expected to turn out strong teams and they didn’t disappoint. With tremendous home support they put a stop to England’s usual domination of this event but couldn’t quite take the overall win.  It was a close call, with England winning 9 team golds to Ireland’s 8.   The other home countries went home with a few silver and bronze team medals.

Non-stop rain meant that the course in Santry Park  – which was multi-lap and very flat - was a quagmire even before the end of the first race.

The women’s race started proceedings with 144 athletes taking part and featured Holmfirth’s Helen Berry in the W40 category.  There was an easy win for Ireland’s Ann Marie McGlynn. She had run for Ireland’s senior team in the European Cross Country championships and was making her debut in the event, winning W35 gold.

Second place went to four-time overall winner Claire Martin, who won the W40 title for her sixth successive gold medal. Louise Rudd, who last year won W35 gold behind Helen, here took W40 silver.

Meanwhile Helen was battling with Ireland’s second W35 athlete, determined to make it a 2, 3, 4 for England.  The pair were running very close together into the third lap but Helen broke away in the final kilometre to take 4th place and individual W40 bronze and secure the Gold for England’s W40 team.

Englands Gold V40 team

England's Gold V40 team

Results: (England unless otherwise stated)

1st AnneMarie McGlynn, Ireland W35 20:57

2nd Claire Martin, England W40 21:48 (Club: Telford AC)

3rd Louise Rudd, England W40 22:04 (Club: Stockport Harriers)

4th Helen Berry, England W40 22:21 (Club: Holmfirth Harriers) 

5th Natasha Adams, Ireland W35 22:25

 

Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/hhac/albums/72157661214363242/with/22614132728/

Full results: http://www.irishmasterathletics.com/#!race-results/mia2s

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