Sli Cualann Athletics Club had one of their top results of the year on Sunday at the Irish Cross Country Championships in Dungarvan. In the aftermath of Storm Desmond, the underfoot conditions proved tricky for some, but the Sli Cualann men ploughed through the muck to finish as the sixth best novice team in the nation.
Middle distance specialist Richard Owens made his first appearance for a Sli Cualann team in some time and his presence was crucial in Sli Cualann securing such a high placing. The Bray Runners athlete battled against the leading athletes in the field to snatch a strong sixth place finish individually.
Tim Grummell also had a strong showing, making it to the finish with only thirty one athletes ahead of him. Neil Wiktorski has been making a name for himself on the road racing scene and he made a good transition to cross country terrain to place 59th and score valuable points for the team. The fourth and final scorer on the team was Jamie Cullen, who led Sli Cualann at the recent Irish senior championships. His 71st place finish in Dungarvan ensured Sli Cualann placed just outside the top five. Stephen O’Kennedy (86), Gary Condon (120), Donal Flannery (130), Joe Cawley (146), Patrick Kinsella (171) and Risteard O’Hannrachain (182) were also members of the strong Sli Cualann squad in the men’s race in Waterford.
The Sli Cualann team was well represented by several clubs, with athletes from Bray Runners, Inbhear Dee and Parnell coming together to make a mark on the national scene.
About Sli Cualann
Slí Cualann Athletics Club is the largest senior athletics club in County Wicklow. It is an amalgamation of the following athletics clubs within Co Wicklow: Bray Runners, Greystones & District, Inbhear Dee, Roundwood & District, Parnell and St Benedict’s Arklow. Our mission is to help improve athletics at junior (ages 17 to 19) senior (age 20 and over) and masters (age 40 and over) level for our member clubs and to provide support and opportunities to everyone who wants to take part.