NI competitors successful in cross- country

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The Northern Ireland team had a successful outing at the British and Irish Masters Cross Country International at Santry, Dublin on Saturday.

Eamon White ran brilliantly to take second in the M45 section and was well backed by Gary Henderson in fifth, Philip Tweedie 10th and Cathal McLaughlin 15th as the team clinched the silver medals.

It was silver also for the F45 Ladies with Shileen O’Kane running impressively for fifth, Pauline Thom seventh, Debbie Matchett 10th and Jackie McMonagle 15th.

Gerry Lynch showed his class by coming second in the M70. Davy Seaton 10th, Fred Murdoch 14th and Jim Platt 17th followed as the team took bronze.

There were good performances also by Terry Eakin with fourth at M65 and Gerry O’Doherty 10th at M60.

Denise Logue ninth, Catherine Diver 10th and Jodi Smith 13th led the F35 squad with Gerrie Short impressive as she came fifth in the F40 ahead of Julie Butler 11th, Sonia Knox 13th and Sharon Leetch 15th. Ann Terek with fifth headed the F50 team with Hannah Shields 10th while Bridget Quinn clinched the bronze medal in the F70 section.

There were top performances also by local athletes on the Irish squad who took seven team golds.

Ann-Marie McGlynn and Natasha Adams came first and second in the F35 and were backed by Fionnuala Diver in fourth as the squad claimed gold.

Declan Reed second and Ciaran Doherty third spearhead the gold medal M40 team with Pauric McKinney striking gold in the M60.

There were rostrum places too in the M60 as Matt Shields second and Paul Elliot third led the success side.

Meanwhile, IAAF president Lord Coe has admitted he should have seen the warning signs before athletics became engulfed in a doping crisis.

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Coe said he and his colleagues should have been “more alert” during the events which led up to Friday’s decision to provisionally suspend Russia following revelations of systemic doping.

Coe was elected president of the IAAF in August after spending eight years as deputy to Lamine Diack, who is being investigated by French police on suspicion of having taken more than 1million euros in payments to cover up positive drugs tests.

Citing the Edmund Burke quote which says ‘It is necessary only for good men to do nothing for evil to triumph’, Coe wrote in the Telegraph: “It is an observation that stabs between the ribs, and something that I have thought about restlessly and incessantly over the past awful week for athletics.”