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It was a successful day for Northern athletes in yesterday's Irish Life Senior Cross Country Championships at Abbotstown, Dublin. (stock photo)
It was a successful day for Northern athletes in yesterday's Irish Life Senior Cross Country Championships at Abbotstown, Dublin. (stock photo)

By Brian Hill

It was a successful day for Northern athletes in yesterday's Irish Life Senior Cross Country Championships at Abbotstown, Dublin.

Armagh's Fionnuala Ross followed up her third place in the recent Dundonald International with fourth position in the 8K Senior event.

Scotland-based Ross once again seemed to thrive in the heavy conditions and now stands an excellent chance of again being selected on the Irish team which will compete in the European Championships in Lisbon in two weeks' time.

Armagh colleague Danielle Fegan may also be selected after her surprise sixth place.

Former Titanic 10K winner Fegan, who has rarely raced in the past two years, was just behind steeplechase Olympian Michelle Finn. North Down's Jessica Craig also produced a solid performance to finish 10th.

The race was won, as expected, by former double European champion Fionnuala McCormack who dominated the event from the gun. She was a huge two minutes ahead of silver medallist Mary Mulhare of Portlaoise. McCormack's sister Una Britton took bronze.

In the Men's 10K event City of Derry Spartans Conor Bradley continued his vintage season with an excellent fourth place behind winner Liam Brady of Tullamore. If selected this will be the 32-year-old Conor's first representative honours and round off a perfect year when he set PB's over 3,000 and 5,000 metres.

In the 4K U16 races, prolific Loughview racer Catherine Martin added the Irish title to her NI Age group win last month and, in the boys event, Willowfield's Joel Chambers, who finished fourth in his NI age group, excelled to take silver in Dublin behind winner Daragh Donoghue of Lucan.

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