Fionnuala Britton put in a stellar performance at the Woodie’s DIY Inter County Cross Country championships at Santry Demesne today to take the National senior women’s title.
The double European cross country champion had Sarah Treacy (Moynaley AC) for company for the opening lap, but she eased away, adding to her lead and running strongly throughout.
Sarah McCormack of Dundrum South Dublin AC then came through strongly to take second ahead of Treacy.
Both Treacy and McCormack have now secured a place on the team for the European Cross Country Championships with Britton already pre-selected.
It was a magnificent run by the Wicklow woman who acknowledged the great support she received all around the course.
Speaking after the race Britton of Kilcoole AC said: “The support was unbelievable it felt like Euro Cross (in Dublin 2009) it was great to have that support at the National Championships.”
Britton will continue her preparation for the European Cross Country next weekend when she races in the Cross de L'Acier in France.
Paul Pollock (Annadale Striders) was an impressive winner in the Men’s Senior race opening up a lead after the first lap.
David McCarthy of West Waterford AC was the only one to go with him, but after a slip he lost momentum and Pollock made a decisive move and wasn’t challenged.
Brothers Michael and Dan Mulhare (North Laois AC) moved up the field to battle it out for the minor places. The younger Michael was second and Dan third to become the first pairing of brothers to represent Ireland in the European cross country championships.
Siofra Buttner Cleirigh (Dundrum South Dublin AC) won the junior title with Sarah Fitzpatrick taking the U18 title.
Sean Tobin (Clonmel AC) proved a convincing winner of the junior men’s race with U18 winner Kevin Mulcaire (Ennis Track) third.
Dublin dominated the Inter-County Championships results winning all four Men and Women’s Senior and Junior inter county titles.
Athletics Ireland National Endurance Chris Jones commented: “It was really a good day racing, it was about people delivering performances on the day.
"We will look now to fine tune our preparations for the European Championships.”