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Mixed emotions for Cox

Omagh runner Marty Cox with Stephen Cassidy

WHILE delighted to have been part of the Northern Ireland over-35s team that claimed the silver medal at the British and Irish Masters Cross-Country Championships at Gransha, Omagh runner Marty Cox was disappointed by his own performance.

With only the top four finishers from each team counting as a points scorer, the 35-year-old was frustrated that a long season, which began in March after an illness, caught up with him and he was unable to bring his A-game to the event.

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“I think fatigue after a long season kicked in because I wasn’t feeling myself during the qualifying race and it’s continued since then,” he observed.

“I finished well down the field, it wasn’t my best performance. But it was good to qualify for the team and to be part of the Championships.”

Despite feeling like he didn’t contribute to the team’s second place finish, Cox believes any disappointment from the weekend will help him focus to achieve more next year. That won’t be easy though, as apart from Saturday he was more than happy with his overall achievements this season, which included winning the Irish Masters 1,500 metres title. However, he is now looking forward to a well-earned rest before regrouping for the indoor season, which gets underway in early 2018.

“Now and again you need to be below par in order to keep your feet on the ground, remain focused and now I can try to be better in 2018,” said a determined Cox.

“I’ve had a good year despite Saturday, but it was good to get onto the team and I will be better for the experience, which will serve me well in the future.”

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