IRELAND’S women’s cross country team, captained by local athlete Ann Marie McGlynn, stormed to a podium finish on Sunday at the European championships in Bulgaria.
The six-strong squad pipped France by a single point to take bronze in what was a fiercely contested race.
Ahead of the tournament McGlynn had expressed confidence that they could come away with a medal. And her prediction came to pass as the Irish runners combined to clinch a deserved third place.
Leading the charge for Ireland was two-time European cross country champion Fionnuala Britton.
But when she slipped back to sixth in the final lap it looked that the squad’s medal hopes were gone.
In a titanic effort though team captain McGlynn managed to fend off competitors in the final throes to take 46th position and, more significantly, bronze medal glory.
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