Fionnuala McCormack has won her ninth National Cross Country Championship this afternoon, but this one was made all the more special by the fact she would share the podium with her sister.
Una Britton medaled for the first time in the event, coming in third place behind Portlaoise AC's Mary Mulhare.
Speaking to Athletics Ireland after race, McCormack said she was keeping a close eye on her sister after finishing her own race.
Sister sister! 🙏
Gold and bronze medallists Fionnuala McCormack and Una Britton react after the national cross country 🇮🇪🏆🇮🇪
"It's a great day for our family, our club." pic.twitter.com/pggcHPl4vn
— Athletics Ireland (@irishathletics) November 24, 2019
I could hear the commentary but I could also hear family and friends telling me she was chasing me home, so I had go out and make sure that she was...
It's a great day for our family and our club as well.
Una Britton was thrilled to earn a medal, saying that it adds to the thrill she gets from just taking part in the sport.
I love running. I've loved it all the time, whether I was coming last or getting lapped, or now when you're at the good end of it. I think if you love it you'll stay with it.
Sometimes it pays off in medals, other times it just pays off in the craic you have.