Forty years ago

Forty years ago six local lads attached to Ballon Athletic Club won the senior cross country race in the County. In December 2010 they met for a group picture to celebrate the occasion organised by John Blanche.

Cross Country runners of 40 years ago

The occasion merited an article in the Nationalist with an extract below by Kieran Murphy.

It has been said before but it is worth saying it again. Ballon has a reputation for possessing a formidable community spirit and John Blanche epitomises that spirit.

When the Carlow senior cross country championship takes place on the 2/1/11, he, his team mates and Ballon will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the famous win when a power packed performance from Ballon AC took the Odlum Cup for the one and only time.