Fionnuala Britton (Kilcoole AC) finished in second place in the Great Edinburgh Cross Country International on Saturday.
Britton was competing against the current European cross country champion Sophie Duarte of France and the silver medallist Gemma Steel of Great Britain.
Britton along with Duarte, Steel and GB duo Charlotte Purdue and Emelia Gorecka were to the fore of the field from the offset. Gorecka and in particular Gemma Steel were keen to keep the pace fast, as Britton sat back in fourth place. The crucial part of the race came when Steel and Gorecka broke clear as the athletes headed out on the final lap. Britton dug deep over the last lap to power past Gorecka, however Steel ran out the winner in a time of 20.35. Britton finished nine seconds back in a time of 20.44 with Gorecka third in a time of 20.51. European champion Duarte finished in fourth place in a time of 20.57.
Sarah Treacy (Moynalvey AC) finished 22nd in a time of 21.39
Michael Mulhare (Portlaoise AC) continued his brilliant cross country season with a fifth place finish in the senior men’s 8km race. Mulhare attacked the race aggressively from the beginning as he ran stride for stride with the leaders. On the final lap of the race Mulhare was in a big battle for fourth place as the pace began to quicken over the final kilometre. Mulhare battled all the way to the line to finish in fifth place in a time of 24.32. The race was won by Chris Derrick of the USA in 24.11.
David McCarthy (West Waterford AC) finished in 11th place in a time of 24.49.