Christy Conlon showed his potential with a sweeping victory in very cold conditions at the Lisburn Cross Country in Moira Demesne.
The brilliant Ulster and Irish U16 and U17 champion had finished second in this race last year.
He was always prominent in the leading headed by Chris Madden from the promoting club, Martin Cox, Alan O’Hara, Eamon White and James Edgar.
They came to half distance when Conlon from the Beechmount Club made a blistering burst to open a gap.
He was on his own at the bell and went on to win by thirty nine seconds from Madden who ran well for second.
Cox, Edgar, O’Hara, White and Neil Weir followed with John Black, Stuart Kennedy and Gerard Heaney make up the top ten.
The Ladies race was a real thriller as Greencastle winner Heather Foley and Lauren Quee moved to the front with last year’s runner-up Shileen O’Kane, Gerrie Shortt, Catherine Diver and Catherine O’Connor close up.
It was Foley and Quee from Shortt and O’Connor entering the last lap with Heather holding on to win by one second from Lauren with Gerrie a further three seconds behind before a gap of four to Catherine O’Connor. Catherine Diver and Shileen O’Kane completed the top six.
Earlier Scott McKeague and Kate Mulholland had produced good U18 victories with other age group wins going to Jack O’Farrell and Jessica Scott Year 9 and 10, Jack Scott and Rachel Scott Year 8 and Ogrhan Hamilton and Hannah Cochrane Primary.
p Paul Barbour came out on top of a race long duel with Alan Bogle to win the Acorns Cross Country at Cookstown.
The Omagh athlete came home eight seconds ahead of his City of Derry rival with Darrell McKee and Pius McIntyre next.
Karen Alexander won the Ladies race – winning by almost a minute.
Acorns won both Men’s and Ladies team prizes, Eoin Woodman of Orangegrove was first M65 with age group awards going to Callum Dalzell and Dominique McAllister U17, Tony McCambridge and Grace Carson U15, Fionn Nagle and Freya Kennedy U13 and Conor Gourley and Sarah Monaghan U11.