Cross Country

Intercounties Emergency Review

We had a medical focus on our podcast special reviewing the Woodie’s DIY National Inter County Cross Country Championships in Santry Demesne on Sunday. 

Of course Paul Pollock, the doctor on leave as he focuses full-time on athletics, dominated the men’s race and Fionnuala Britton cruised to victory. We review all the major talking points from the races – the good and the bad. 

We then look at the IAAF Gala and our thoughts on the athlete of the year awards. From there we look at Derval O’Rourke’s lament of athlete involvement in high performance.

Finally Cathal Dennehy tells about his adventure buying avocados off a drug cheat.  

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Feidhlim Kelly

Feidhlim Kelly

Con Houlihan once told me that tomorrow is now. In taking on this venture I’ve started to try and put his words into action.

I worked for Con from 2007 till his passing in 2012 taking down his copy and a whole lot more. I have a Con Houlihan section which will go in to more depth on that.

I’m a long-time contributor to the Irish Runner magazine and am also working for the Irish Examiner.


  1. guest1
    November 20, 2013 at 8:00 pm — Reply

    On the ‘mis-direction’ of the U16 boys race, I was at that very point of the course where this happened most of the day, and the athletes were not misdirected at all.

    Tape was across the course on this bend the entire race, as it was when needed on all races. to prevent athletes incorrectly taking this route. The two athletes came around the corner and rather than follow the course they had taken on the previous laps, they angled to the left in a flat out sprint for the finish, wherein they ran in to the tape and yelling voices telling them they were wrong. They should have known the course and that their finish did not take the route.

    Three points

    1. The organisers should not have had two possible finishes in the races across the day. All except the U14 Boys and Girls finish were the same all day.

    2. The officials at this point, did have tape up refusing access to the finishing straight but could have done a better job making 200% the athletes would follow the intended course by having additional tape up (which I saw them with for later races, when it was too late)

    3. The behaviour of the coaches/parents? and one official when this event occurred was a disgrace. Shouting and yelling profanities in front of children and getting in each others faces ready to fight was embarrassing for the sport.

  2. Guest
    November 20, 2013 at 9:04 pm — Reply

    Regarding the error at the boys U16 race, I was at that part of the course also and could not understand why the course was so complex. There was three different lanes intersecting at this point. Surely there is an easier way of designing a course to combat stewarding errors. Also, the parents that were roaring and shouting at the stewards should be ashamed of themselves. I appreciate this was a massive deal to the runners and parents involved but there is a time and a place and a "manner" to sort these things out. Disgraceful behaviour by adults in front of other kids, poor reflection on an otherwise great day of running..

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