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History made at National Cross Country Championships as two sisters medal

Fionnuala McCormack landed the title in style, and she was joined by her sister on the podium.

fionnuala-mccormack-and-sister-una-britton-celebrate-after-the-race Fionnuala McCormack and sister Una Britton celebrate after the race. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

THERE WAS A nice piece of history written at the National Cross Country Championships today, as two sisters made the senior women’s podium for the first time ever.

Fionnuala McCormack stormed to the gold medal — her ninth national title — in style, leading the field from gun to tape, to record a time of 28.41 in the 8km.

Her sister, Una Britton, landed bronze in the same race, making the senior women’s event at the Irish Life Health National Senior, Junior and Juvenile Even Age Cross Country Championships a real family affair.

And afterwards, the Kilcoole AC duo shared their joy at the Sport Ireland Campus:

“Getting to be on the podium with her is definitely good,” Britton smiled afterwards, while her Olympian sister added: “It’s a great day for our family, for our club, and it’s always good when you stand on top of any podium.”

Now, they both head to Lisbon for the Europeans.

It tops a good few weeks for Wicklow star McCormack, who recently smashed her marathon PB to secure Tokyo 2020 qualification. But she shone at her beloved Cross Country today.

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It was Portlaoise AC’s Mary Mulhare who finished second, while elsewhere, Tullamore Harriers’ Liam Brady produced a brave run from the front to take the senior men’s 10,000m crown.

Knocking on the door for years, today he was crowned Irish cross country champion for the first time — and it meant quite a lot.

liam-brady-celebrates-winning Brady crossing the line. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

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