Following his immense victory in the Athletics Ireland Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships, Paralympian Michael McKillop took his place on the start line with the Irish Team for the Junior Mens race at the Spar European Cross Country Championships last weekend. On a beautiful day in the impressive setting of Santry Demesne, thousands flocked to the Dublin venue to support Ireland’s athletes in the 6 races, including a no. of McKillops’ Beijing 2008 team mates.
McKillop put in a stirring display in tough underfoot conditions following the recent rains in Dublin to finish in 63rd place out of the 88 starters in the race in a time of 20:12. The race was won by Belgium’s Jereon D’Hoedt in 18:46.
In the team event, McKillop was the fifth Irishman home and helped secure 11th place for Ireland behind the winners Great Britain.
INFO SOURCE – Paralympic Council of Ireland – www.pcireland.ie