Efrem Gidey of Le Chéile Secondary School in Tyrellstown is congratulated by school-mates on his way to defending his Irish Schools Cross Country title at Clongowes Wood College in Kildare. Photograph: Ian O’Riordan

With a smile about as big as his victory margin, and to a suitably welcoming chorus of approval, Efrem Gidey underlined his status as the best schoolb(...)

Sarah Healy fell during the Women’s Under-20 race at the European Cross Country Championships. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Between the soft muddy surface and treacherous corners everyone said it was proper cross country running – only that also proved the downfall of the b(...)

Shona Heaslip of An Riocht AC on her way to winning the women’s senior cross-country championships  at the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown, Dublin. Photograph:  David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Properly testing cross-country conditions seem like a rare thing these days, and yet Shona Heaslip still made light of them in defending her national (...)