McKinney leads Donegal masters to national gold

Letterkenny AC’s Pauric McKinney led the Donegal masters men team to gold medals on Sunday at the ALSAA Complex in Dublin when placiing second overall.

Letterkenny AC’s Pauric McKinney led the Donegal masters men team to gold medals on Sunday at the ALSAA Complex in Dublin when placiing second overall.

In extremely tough conditions, the Ballindrait man was also first in the over-45 category. Peter Matthews of Dundrumn South Dublin took victory when clocking 27:19 for the 7K distance, with Pauric McKinney second in 27:19 and Inishowen native, John Harkin, running with Tullamore Harriers, third in 28:18. The other five scorers on the Donegal team were Joe McKinney, Inishowen (12th in 29:42), Dominic Bonner, Finn Valley (17th in 30:11), Pat Hegarty, Finn Valley (32nd in 31:05), PJ Boyce, Cranford (40th in 31:26) and Kieran Carlin, Finn Valley (42nd in 31:36). Other Donegal runners among the 191 finishers included Michael Penrose, Finn Valley (60th in 32:33), Mark Connolly, Finn Valley (70th in 33:03), Finbar Gallagher, Inishowen (117th in 35.10), Paddy Doherty, Inishowen (123rd in 35:24), Frankie Lavelle, Inishowen (125th in 35:28), Ciaran O’Donnell, Letterkenny (130th in 5:37), Mickey Collins, Inishowen (154th in 37:10), Pat McCrudden, Finn Valley (157th in 37:16), Richard Raymond, Letterkenny (158th in 37:19), Owen McKinney, Inishowen (162nd in 37:48), Patsy Doherty, Finn Valley (172nd in 38:52), Brendan Duffy, Inishowen (181 in 40:52) and Willie John McLaughlin, Inishowen (190th in 49:31).

Paul McGlinchey from Letterkenny AC was the highest placed local finishers in the men’s intermediate race over 10K which was won by Michael Mulhare of North Laois in 38:33. Paul’s time of 47:14 placed him 52nd overall in a field of 135 finishers and he was backed up by club mates, Barry Meehan (92nd in 49:21) and Kevin Ferry (101st in 51:10).

Karen Crossan of Inishowen AC finished an impressive ninth in the women’s intermediate race over 4K in 19:32, with her Inishowen club mate, Teresa Doherty, finishing 13th in 20:11. This race, which had 80 finishers, was won by Eilish Kelly from Raheny Shamrocks in 17:30.

Letterkenny AC’s Pat McKenna was the county’s only representative in the masters women’s race over 5K and she finished 57th overall in a field of 67 finishers in 23:41. Annette Kealy of Raheny Shamrocks took the individual honours in a time of 17:32 with Carmel Crowley of Cork second in 17:32 and Pauline Curley of Tullamore Harriers third in 17:44. National Juvenile Inter-Co Relay Championships

Donegal won two gold and one silver medal championship

The girls U-14 team of Natasha McArdle, Leanne Kelly, Karen Gallagher and Sarah Doherty and the boys U-14 team of Peter Gibbons, Oisin Gallen, Stefan McCrossan and Padraic Patton were the gold medal winners.

The silver medals was claimed by the U-12 boys team of Denver Kelly, Calvin O’Brien, Charles McDaid and Arron McGlynn. Finn Valley AC also enjoyed club success at the championships.

Photos: Kieran Carlin