Donegal Athletics is celebrating more national success this week following a number of outstanding performances at the National Inter Counties Cross Country Championships.
Finn Valley youngster Aaron McGlynn, from Glenfin, won the U-14 race to claim the gold medal.
Letterkenny AC’s Ruairi Finnegan came second in the U-20 race at the championships to capture the silver medal.
The Donegal senior women also were silver medal winners when they came second to Dublin, in the senior women’s race. Cork finished in third place.
The Donegal team was Anne Marie McGlynn, Lifford AC; Fionnuala Diver, Letterkenny AC; Teresa McGloin, Caitriona Devine and Catherine Dooher, all Finn Valley AC.
Anne Marie McGlynn, was the top placed Donegal finisher. The Lifford woman finished in fourth place and just outside the medals. Gerard Gallagher, Finn Valley was the first Donegal senior man to cross the finish line. Gallagher came home in 43rd place. Finn Valley’s U-12 and U-14 boys and girls teams finished in third place in their respective races.
Finnegan’s second place finish means he is an automatic selection for the Irish U-20 team that will compete in next month’s European Cross- Country Championships in Belgrade.
Anne Marie McGlynn’s fourth place is also good enough to see her make the Irish Senior Ladies team for the Europeans.
Meanwhile, Mark English, Letterkenny and Tori Pena, Finn Valley picked up the outstanding athletes of 2013 awards at Ulster Athletics annual awards ceremony in Belfast on Friday evening.
There was also young athlete of the year awards for Finn Valley brothers John and James Kelly and Jade Leeper and Sommer Lecky, also Finn Valley .
Services to Athletics awards were also presented to legends of Donegal athletics Eamonn Giles, Danny McDaid and Fr. John O’Donnell.
Fr John O’Donnell is a native of Kilmacrennan and a former President of Athletics Ireland.