Cross Country Running

St. Pat's Qualify for Connacht Finals

The Galway County Championship of the National Schools Cross-Country Running Competition took place in Renmore,Galway on Tuesday the 26th of September at 2:00pm. The St.Patrick's team consisted of Shane Gaffeney, Christy Corcoran, Neil O'Dea, Rory Gaffney, Leigh Ralph and Luke Mannion.

Close to 150 boys took part in the 1,000 metres race, which is one fifth of the Olympics race in which Sonia O'Sullivan won silver. Each one of them ran a fantastic race. Shane Gaffney fared best in 8th position, while Christy, Neil and Rory came in the top 30 with Luke and Leigh just outside.

The team's good performance means the school has qualified for the Connacht Championships which are to be held in Sligo on Saturday the 7th of October. Well Done!

Report by Martin O'Donaghue (fifth class)