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McCormack Delivers Incredible Mother's Day Weekend Run At World Cross Country

McCormack Delivers Incredible Mother's Day Weekend Run At World Cross Country

On a weekend where mothers up and down the island will be getting their fair dues, we feel it's important to take time out to acknowledge one mother who must be one of the more resolute in the land.

Irish Cross Country specialist Fionnuala McCormack has finished 18th at today's World Cross Country Championships meet in Aarhus, Denmark.

For anyone that hasn't heard yet about the utterly wacky challenge that competitors faced this year, the course presentation video should give you some sort of idea.

The 34 year-old completed four laps of the track - which meant four times through a mud pit, four times through a sand trap and four times running up the bloody roof of a museum - in a fantastic 37.59, the second non-African athlete across the line, with home favourite Anna Emilie MØLLER finishing 15th overall.

And whilst that's a seismic achievement in itself for the veteran, it's made even more mind-boggling brilliant when you consider that only six months ago, McCormack became a mother to baby daughter Isla.

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What a woman!

She made her return to competitive action as early as January when she secured an incredible top ten finish at the IAAF Northern Ireland Cross Country International in Belfast. She finished sixth overall at the Comber track.

The former two-time European Cross Country champion led a six-strong Irish team to Scandinavia this week with fellow athlete Sara Tracey coming in almost a minute behind her compatriot in 73rd place.

Darragh McElhinney and Jamie Battle secured solid midfield finishes in the U20 race whilst men senior's pair Sean Tobin and Kevin Dooney placed 61st and 105th in the final race of the day over 10km.

Balls.ie wishes Fionnuala and all Irish mothers a very Happy Mother's Day. We're lovely lads like that.

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