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Mageean takes 17th in Europeans

Ciara Mageean
Ciara Mageean in action in Sunday's European Cross Country

Ciara Mageean ran a solid run to take 17th in the junior women's race at the European Cross Country Championships.

The City of Lisburn athlete was the third best Irish finisher in the race as Sara Treacy took 12th and Charlotte Ffrench O'Carroll was 15th.

The Irish junior women's finished fourth in the team event in Brussels.

Late call-up Kerry Harty was the final Irish senior women finisher in 60th while Paul Pollock was 57th in the men's under-23 event.

Gary Murray was 36th in the senior men's race with another Donegal man Ian Ward placing 40th in the junior event.

Best Irish performer was Sligo woman Mary Cullen who ran a tremendous race to finish fourth in the women's senior race.

Cullen led for much of the race but Kenyan-born Dutch competitor Hilda Kibet broke away in the closing stages and the Irishwoman was also unable to keep pace with Portuguese duo Jessica Augusto and Ines Monteiro.

However, Cullen should be proud of her performance which augurs well for the remainder of this winter and beyond.

Next best Irish senior woman was Deirdre Byrne who took 29th with Rosemary Ryan 41st, Hazel Murphy 57th and Harty 60th.

Martin Fagan was in contention in the early stages of the men's race but he eventually dropped back to finish 24th.

Inter-Counties champion Alan McCormack was 32nd while the other finishers were Murray in 36th, Andrew Ledwith 37th, Mark Carroll 42nd and Mark Christie a disappointing 74th.

Linda Byrne finished 10th in the women's under-23 event with Roseanne Galligan next best Irish athlete in 21st.

David McCarthy was top Irishman in the men's under-23 race in 24th ahead of Richard Yeates (33rd), Michael Clohissey (37th), Pollock (57th), Jason Fahy (60th) and John Coghlan (65th).

Craig Murphy led the Irish in the junior men's race in 19th place ahead of Ian Ward (40th), David Flynn (51st), Michael Mulhare (59th) and Patrick Flynn (84) with Shane Quinn failing to finish.

Other Irish finishers in the junior women's race were Lorraine McCarthy in 33rd, Tara Jameson 54th and Rebecca Ffrench O'Carroll 60th.

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