A great Irish Championships for 3ROC!

Very well done to all the 3ROC winners in the weekend’s Irish Championships! We had gold, silver and bronze medallists in Middle Distance on Saturday and Classic on Sunday, and Gold and Silver in the Relays on Monday.

In the Middle Distance race, Una May won the W21 Elite middle and Ger Butler was third in M21E. The Men’s Elite was won by Conor Short (CN)OC).

In the Classic Distance, Marcus Pinker (Cork) retained his M21E title and Niamh O’Boyle win W21E.

In the Relays, pride of place must go to the Junior 48- Relay team of Clíona McCullough, Clodagh Moran and Aidan McCullough on their dead heat with the Ajax team in 66 minutes and 26 seconds. In an epic finish, Aidan outsprinted the Ajax anchor-man, fellow M12 Oisin Wickham, only to be obstructed on the line by one of the race officials. This caused consrernation among the teams and spectators and resulted in the race being declared a dead heat – a fair result in the circumstances.

The other 3ROC team of Ger Butler, John McCullough and Mary O’Connell were unfortunate to fall slightly behind the Setanta team in the Handicap 6 class and finish in second place, six seconds adrift.

CNOC won the Open Relay and CorkO won the Women’s.

First place went to the following 3ROC runners:

Middle Distance: Cian May M14, Eoin McCullough M20, Pat Flanagan M70, Con Carroll M80, Caoimhe May W10, Una May W21E.

Classic Distance: Con Carroll M80, Caoimhe May W10, Una May W40L, Nora Lee W45S, Mary O’Connell W50L.

Second place

Middle distance:Seán Rothery M80, Mary O’Connell W50L, Brigid Flanagan W65L.

Classic Distance: John McCullough M55L, Pat Flanagan M70, Cliona McCullough W18A, Máire Walsh W65L.

Third place

Middle Distance: Aidan McCullough M12, Ger Butler M21E, John McCullough M55L, Áine UiShúilleabháin W60L, Máire Walsh W65L.

Classic Distance: Brigid Flanagan W65L.


Oisín May also finished 1st on the entry on the day Yellow Course on Day 1 and 2nd on Day 2: well done Oisin!

John McCullough has a collection of unclaimed maps and uncollected prizes.

See the full middle distance results here, classic here and relay here.

(Photos by Pat Healy).