Myles Smiles !!!! Myles Hewlett won the BU15 National Cross Country title, in sensational style today and led the Striders team to another National Club title. Myles was joined by the current national and Ulster champion, as they forged ahead of the chasing pack, on the third and final lap. Entering the home straight Myles made a decisive move and won in style, with arms aloft. Eoin Shannon also claimed an individual medal, with a magnificent ninth place finish, to give us real hope of a club medal. Next home was Striders newcomer, Will Park, finishing inside the top twenty, in just his second race at national level. Finn Kelly and Aidan Kehoe sealed the club title for the Striders with fantastic performances, on a course that had turned to a mud-bath. A special mention for Sean Lennon who should have been part of today’s national winning team, only for illness to prevent him making the journey.
With Robert Wall unable to compete, also due to illness, the BU17 Striders team was down to three. Aidan Shannon was first home, just outside the individual medals. Ben Wall ran a solid race ahead of Darragh Flannelly and all of this quartet can look forward to the indoor season, with some great winter training under their belt.
It’s a special time for our juvenile athletes achieving such a level of success. Getting one athlete to a national event is quite a feat, let alone the numbers we had competing today. Competing against, and beating, the biggest clubs, from the four corners of Ireland is something that doesn’t come around that often. We’ll enjoy this for a long time. Well done Myles and boys!