The Battle of the Boyne site at Oldbridge, Drogheda was the setting for another clash yesterday as teams from all around Leinster competed at the annual Rás na hÉireann event.
Muck was in plentiful supply but at least the rain was there to wash it off faces and jerseys as the competitors bounced around the field.
Our school was represented there in four categories, U9, U 11, U13, and U15. Coached and organized by Ms Brennan, they wereteams from highly competitive athletic clubs such as the Tullamore Harriers, Bohermeen, Boyne A.C, St Peter's Dunboyne and of course, Dunleer AC.
Dunleer AC were the organizers of the entire event and they did a superb job. Instructions were clear, the field and carpark were well stewarded, the track well marked and supervised and each of the races were run off on time.
U9s ran 500 metres, U 11s ran 1,000 metres, U 13s 1,500m and U15s ran 2,500m.
But this was cross country and the going was tough.
Nevertheless, our teams showed great spirit and character claiming gold, silver and bronze in the U15s, U13s and U9s respectively.
But more importantly, they all showed great determination and spirit on that most famous of battle sites. Every one of them completed the course. Some indeed fell, picked themselves up and continued on. We are proud of them all and wish them many more days of happy running.