First up were the Third Class boys with Rhys Hayden and Aaron Wilson both narrowly finishing outside the top 10 and just missing out on points. The Fourth Class boys were next to toe the line with Eoghán Finn leading the charge. Eoghán put in an immense effort and ran with the lead pack throughout the entire race and was rewarded with a superb 4th place finish. Not far behind was Luke Walsh, who ran a very intelligent race and reaped the rewards of running at a controlled pace in the early stages by overtaking several boys over the final 300 metres. Michael Ijoma and Jordan Hayden both ran very competitive races and just finished outside the scoring positions.
With 13 points scored by the Fourth Class, it was up to the Fifth Class harriers to keep the momentum going. Again, the boys ran very strong races and succeeded to put more points on the board for Scoil Naomh Pádraig. In the first heat, Michael Adedeji ran a fantastic race to finished 4th place. Chasing closely was David Ijoma, who fought all the way to the finishing line and scored another 5 points for the school with his 7th place finish. The final two Fifth Class heats again produced some more heroic performances with Fintan Carroll finishing in 4th position and Kelvin Olutu in 5th place.
A fantastic day of running was concluded by the Sixth Class boys. Ran at a ferocious pace, both Kyle and Shane Nevin ran very brave races and were in close contention in the early stages of the race. Unfortunately, the chasing pack eventually made up lost ground and both Kyle and Shane slipped out of the top 10 places.
Overall, the day was a huge success for the team who took part and it was a great learning experience for all. The team scored a combined 41 points which leaves Scoil Naomh Pádraig in a great position after Round 1. Well done to all of the Cross Country Team on their fantastic efforts. The next race will take place in Clondalkin Park on March 12th.
Finally, all the children and staff of Scoil Phádraig would like to express their gratitude to Jim Aughney (Race Director) and The Dublin Marathon for making a financial contribution to help fund the school’s transport costs to and from Dublin.