Mulhares dominate on record-breaking day

As the Laois cross country championships celebrated their 50th staging on Sunday in Tolerton, it was the Mulhare family who had most reason to celebrate as they swept the boards in the three feature races.

As the Laois cross country championships celebrated their 50th staging on Sunday in Tolerton, it was the Mulhare family who had most reason to celebrate as they swept the boards in the three feature races.

Eldest brother Dan claimed a record breaking seveth Senior Mens title, with sister Mary retaining the senior ladies crown and younger brother David securing his first Junior Mens gold medal to cap a fantastic day. The fourth member of the family competing on the day, Michael, took silver in the Senior Mens race.

There were further records on offer during the day too, as a record number of entrants took part in both the senior mens and ladies races, with the St Michael’s ladies team winning the club’s first ever team gold medal at the championships.

A record breaking run was brought to a halt too, as Portlaoise AC’s incredible run of 21 straight team gold finishes in the Senior Mens race was ended by host club St Abban’s, with just eight points separating first and second place in the team standings.

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