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Mr P. Cunning with Y8 students Caleb Wan (1st), Odhran McLarnon (2nd) and John Butcher (3rd) - View Full Size Image
Mr P. Cunning with Y8 students Caleb Wan (1st), Odhran McLarnon (2nd) and John Butcher (3rd)
Mr P. Cunning with Y8 students Ellie McBroom (1st), Olivia Mullan (2nd) and Kate Doherty (3rd) - View Full Size Image
Mr P. Cunning with Y8 students Ellie McBroom (1st), Olivia Mullan (2nd) and Kate Doherty (3rd)

The nineteenth annual Mary McCabe Trophy race, involving all Year 8 students, took place at Loreto College Coleraine on  Tuesday 21st January 2014.  This event was held first in 1996, following the presentation of the trophy by Dr. McCabe, in memory of his wife Mary. The McCabe family had three daughters, Geraldine, Jemma and Anne –Marie, who attended Loreto in the 1970s.  All three girls were keen and successful athletes and their parents often came to races and were very supportive of the girls. The silver cup was for Minor Girls’ cross country and has been competed for each year. There is also a boys’ shield and each year, Year 8 boys and girls compete for these two trophies.

The event saw Year 8s completing a taxing run just short of 2000m through the College campus, and this year’s winners were Ellie McBroom and Caleb Wan.  Mr Paul Cunning, co-ordinator of Cross Country running at Loreto, joined College Principal Mr Michael James in offering congratulations to all those who took part, and commiserations to those who could not do so, or who dropped out due to injury.  Mr Cunning added a word of special thanks to the members of staff and senior students who acted as marshalls. 

Mr Cunning added that a number of previous winners of this event had gone on to sporting success in athletics, hurling, gaelic football and camogie at national and international level, and that many of the medallists could have a bright sporting future ahead.   Many of these promising young athletes were selected to represent Loreto at the Cross Country District Championships at the University of Ulster, along with some talented athletes from throughout the school.  The students were congratulated on their success to date and wished well for the challenges ahead by Mr Michael James, Principal of Loreto College.

Medals were presented as follows:
1st  Ellie McBroom
2nd  Olivia Mullan
3rd  Kate Doherty

1st  Caleb Wan
2nd  John Butcher
3rd  Odhran McLarnon

The two individual winners, Niamh Carr and Cathal Kearney, had their names added to the trophies to join an illustrious list of Loreto athletes:

1996 Grainne McGoldrick
1997 Judith Kelly
1998 Gemma McCullough
1999 Elizabeth McWilliams
2000 Zakiyya Devaney
2001 Orlagh Daly
2002 Claire Doherty
2003 Louise Bogues
2004 Ciara Cunning
2005 Katy Lemon
2006 Anna Breslin
2007 Maeve Lofthouse
2008 Nicole O’Neill
2009 Theresa McIlwaine
2010 Orla Rafferty
2011 Aoife Carr
2012 Abigail McBroom
2013 Niamh Carr

1996 Sean O’Connell
1997 Eamonn Morgan
1998 Ryan Mullan
1999 Sean Paul Henry
2000 Sean Leo McGoldrick
2001 Stephen Friel
2002 David McCulloch
2003 Fergal McCloskey
2004 Steven Dooley
2005 Dermot Morrow
2006 Daniel McAleese
2007 John McLister
2008 Edward Lane
2009 Calvin Heavern
2010 Oran Barton
2011 Shane McIntyre
2012 Eamon McLaughlin
2013 Cathal Kearney

Mr Michael James, Principal of Loreto College, congratulated all the Year 8 students on their enthusiastic participation in the event, and paid tribute to Mr Paul Cunning and his team of Year 14 marshals who had organised the race.