Karl Griffin opened his indoor season at the National Junior and U-23 championships in Athlone on Sunday last with an impressive front running display and victory in the 800m – 1min 51.18secs.
Karl, who earlier in the week returned from two weeks of warm weather training in Portugal, continues his season with the Athletics Ireland Games next weekend and an International Invite meet in Gent the following week.
Conal Mahon, in the Triple Jump, continued his progress in the event with a 13.44m, best and a silver winning performance. Conal medalled at National Senior level last season and now has his sights on the Indoor seniors in three weeks time and the possibility of breaking a county record that has stood for over thirty years. Barry Quigg 12.45m, finished 4th, just outside a podium place in the U23 TJ while the clubs top juvenile in 2014 Caolan O’Callaghan, stepped up to the U20 ranks and finished fifth in the Triple Jump -12.62m.
The club was represented by three female athletes stepping up to the Junior/U20 ranks in the 400m and 200m. Eva McMullan finished 3rd in her 400m heat - 61.90secs while Kelly McGrory, 25.92secs and Kate McGowan, 25,63secs finished 2nd in their respective heats of the six heats 200m. – the top six times qualified for the final. Kelly narrowly missed out -7th fastest while Kate was involved in an exciting 200m final at the end of the day. Drawn in in the unfavourable Lane 1 Kate ran a blinder to finish 4th in 25.73secs - 0.4secs separated 2nd and 5th.
Congrats and well done to all and best wishes for next weekend when this group will again be contesting either at the Athletics Ireland Games in Athlone or at the Ulster/ANI juvenile c/ships in the Meadowbank Stadium, Magherafelt.
Club Awards 2014
The club’s annual awards function in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town, on Friday night last was well attended by athletes, supporters and club members.The function recognised all aspects of club life and activities during 2014 – highlighting the many and various achievements of juvenile, senior and master athletes, recognised the outstanding work being done - behind the scenes – by the club executive, administrators and coaches. Numerous positives were highlighted including the expansion of membership to 342, the upskilling of fifteen club coaches, the new club group now training weekly in Glenties and the club lead Couch to 5k, fit4life groups and meet and train groups in Ballyshannon, Bundoran, Donegal Town and Glenties.
Presentations were made by members of the club executive Brian Mc Gonagle, Rosemary Dewhirst, Brenda Morris, Paul O’Gara, Richard McCarthy and Edwina Sweeney
Senior Athletes of the year
Male Conal McMahon – numerous top class performance during the year including a medal winning Triple Jump performance at the National Seniors in Santry
Female Geraldine Stewart – the former multi tomes International bounced back with a medal winning performance in the Shot Putt at the National Seniorss in Santry
Master Athletes of the Year
Male – Paul Ward – numerous top class performance on the Road and Track
Female – Martina McGee – numerous outstanding performances on the road including DCM
Coach of the year – Brian McGonagle
Clubperson of the Year Jackie Harvey
Juvenile Athlete of year
Overall female –Kate McGowan – won National Junior, Irish Schools 400m H and was part of tem that smashed Donegal and National U19 4 x 100m record
Overall Male – Caolan O’Callaghan – represented Irish Schools in the U17 International in Cardiff and won numerous individual medals at Ulster and National levels
Awards were also presented to the top male and female juvenile sprinters, jumpers, throwers and middle distance athletes, athletes that represented the club in CC and Track & Field at Ulster /All Ireland c/ships, senior and master athletes that performed on the road and in distance events –including DCM.
Special awards were made to three club relay teams who distinguished themselves in Ulser and All Ireland competitions. The Girls U19 team of Eva McMullin, Kelly McGrory, Emma Brady and Kate McGowan –winners of National Junior/U20 and U19 [National record] 4x100m titles were given a special mention.
Club AGM: The club’s AGM takes place on Monday 2nd February -8pm in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town. A good turnout is anticipated when the year just gone will be reviewed and plans put inplace for the upcoming twelve months
Ulster Indoors: The Ulster/ ANI Indoor U12 to 19 c/ships takes place in Magherafelt on Sat/Sunday next. Forty club athletes will compete in individual and relay events. Final plans will be given out at training in Glenties and Donegal Town
Cara Bundoran Challenge 2015
Entries are pouring in for the Cara Bundoran Challenge -13/14/15th March. Club members will contest and assist with planning and organisation on the day. The numerous club couch to 5k, fit4life,meet and train groups have this prestigious event as their main goal for the year. Tir Chonaill ACare organising two lead in runs/races on the 14th February –‘Snog and Jog 5k’ in Ballyshannon and 1st March, ‘March Hare’Donegal Town which will be used by athletes as ‘stepping stones’ towards the Cara Bundoran Challenge