Roisin Long (left) and Anna Hymanson (right)
Last Saturday saw a good turnout for the annual fixture of the colours cross country race between UCD and Trinity College in Phoenix Park. Despite the national indoors athletics championships also taking place in Athlone, both universities were able to field teams into the men’s and women’s races. A sunny, blustery day in the park made for perfect cross country conditions on dry ground over a largely flat course.
Anna Hymanson (Trinity) and Róisín Long (UCD) set a quick pace at the start of the women’s race, with Sally McHugh (UCD) staying in touch for the first lap. Hymansan and Long kept the pace high and duelled it out until the final five hundred metres. Roisin Long kept the tempo up and drove home to secure the win, with Hymanson (2nd) and McHugh (3rd) filling the podium.
In the men’s race, Colm O’Laoire put out a solid performance, powering around the course on a long-distance solo, taking a comprehensive win that never looked in doubt. Eoin Taggert and John Moroney kept a close eye on one another until Taggert got away to take second place.
With intervarsity cross-country taking place on the 7th March 2015, the colours race provided a good opportunity for some final race-day preparations for the athletes.