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Deegan delivers promising performance as Scots dominate Leinster & Celtic XC Champs

Avril Deegan was the surprise performer at the Leinster Cross Country and Celtic Games in Dunboyne last Sunday. The 16-year old Ballyroan Abbeyleix athlete wasn’t selected for the Irish team but put in a gutsy performance to finish fourth behind Scottish trio Gillian Black, Katherine Gillespie and Catriona Graves.

She started running for the first time at 10 minute mile pace 30 months ago. She comes from an area with little athletics tradition and in the last 6 months has garnered a national U17 juvenile silver over 1500m on the track, Leinster U17 girls cross title and has now added the Leinster junior title.


The Scots dominated the day with GB European cross representative Jonathan Glen one of their individual winners in the U20 boys race.

Some of the Scottish girls that dominated in Dunboyne

Some of the Scottish girls that dominated in Dunboyne

In the U23 category David Harper and Shona Heaslip were the star Irish performers.

Full Results of the day are on Precision Timing here

Check out our photo album by Loughlin Campion on Facebook here

Celtic Boys Under 17: Ulster 15pts Ireland 18pts, Wales 21pts, Scotland 29 pts Ireland Dev 42 pts

Celtics Boys Under 20: Scotland: 6 pts, Ireland 18 pts, Ulster 27 pts, Ireland Dev 39 pts.

Girls Under Under 17: Scotland 6 pts, Ireland 21 pts. Ulster, 29 pts, Wales, 37 pts, Ireland Dev 43 pts.

Under 20: Scotland 6 pts, Ireland, 21 pts, Ulster, 26 pts, Ireland Dev 34 pts

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