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Mr P Cunning presents the Mary McCabe Trophy to Niamh McGarry, along with runners-up Clodagh Moore and Rose Christopher - View Full Size Image
Mr P Cunning presents the Mary McCabe Trophy to Niamh McGarry, along with runners-up Clodagh Moore and Rose Christopher
The Y8 Boys’ winner and runners-up: Peter Passmore (3rd), Cahir McFerran (winner) and Thomas McDonnell (2nd). - View Full Size Image
The Y8 Boys’ winner and runners-up: Peter Passmore (3rd), Cahir McFerran (winner) and Thomas McDonnell (2nd).
The Y8 girls line up for the annual Mary McCabe Cross Country race - View Full Size Image
The Y8 girls line up for the annual Mary McCabe Cross Country race
The Y8 boys begin the annual Mary McCabe Cross Country race - View Full Size Image
The Y8 boys begin the annual Mary McCabe Cross Country race
26/01/2017 YEAR 8 CROSS COUNTRY RACE AT LORETO COLLEGE

The twenty-second annual Mary McCabe Trophy race, involving all Year 8 students, took place in blustery conditions at Loreto College Coleraine on Wednesday 25th January 2017. 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 Niamh McGarry and Cahir McFerran.  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 paid tribute to Year 9 student Cormac Carr who acted as ‘hare’, guiding the Year 8 students around the course, to the senior students and members of staff who acted as stewards, and to the Loreto PE Department and the Year 13 students, Abigail McBroom and Niamh Boorman, who organised the event.

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 Ulster University, along with other talented athletes from throughout the school.

Medals were presented as follows:
Girls
1st  Niamh McGarry
2nd  Clodagh Moore
3rd  Rose Christopher
4th  Cara Kearney

Boys
1st  Cahir McFerran
2nd  Thomas McDonnell
3rd  Peter Passmore
4th  Tochi Jide-Ojo

The two individual winners, Niamh McGarry and Cahir McFerran, had their names added to the trophies to join an illustrious list of Loreto athletes.  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.