AFTER almost six months on the sidelines due to injury, Strabane athlete Ann Marie McGlynn made a tremendous return to form on Sunday when taking gold in Dublin.
For the first time in its history the annual cross country race moved from its traditional home in Phoenix Park to the new purpose built course in the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown.
The race is one of Athletics Ireland’s most high profile and quality events with runners, including several Olympians, from all over Europe lining up to compete.
McGlynn was first in her age category and finished fourth overall on a very challenging 6km course where sand and mud combined to make conditions very heavy under foot.
Around 200 athletes took part in the race with McGlynn finishing ahead of big names such as Kerry O’Flaherty who put in a big showing over the summer at the Olympic Games in Rio.
McGlynn’s dream return to the podium was further cemented with a call back up to the Ireland international squad.