LOCAL athlete Ann Marie McGlynn will round off 2014 on a high after being handed the captaincy of the Irish team for next week’s European Cross Country Championships.
The Tullamore born runner will lead the six-strong Irish senior squad to Bulgaria next Friday where two-time European champion Fionnuala Britton will again be targeting glory.
McGlynn said she was delighted to be awarded the captain’s armband and said it was a job she was relishing taking on.
“It definitely rounds off the year on a positive note and I really wasn’t expecting it,” the athlete said.
“When I got the call I was over the moon because it is what you train for. It is never easy to make an Irish squad and I didn’t have the best of races in the run up to selection so to get the call and to be asked to captain the team, it’s a huge honour for me.”
McGlynn will be looking to better the 49th spot she took in last year’s European competition but says she is remaining realistic about her medal hopes.
“I was 49th last year and I will be aiming for a top 30 spot this time around. There are a lot of class athletes taking part in the Spanish, the French and the English who have a very strong team. It’s a hard race, put it that way.
“Fionnuala will be looking for a medal and if she can make the top three and we are all well bunched, I don’t see why we can’t give it a good time.”
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