Shauna McFadden triumphs at Rás na nÓg

Shauna McFadden triumphs at Rás na nÓg
Shauna McFadden from Letterkenny won the girls U-12 category at Rás na nÓg in Drogheda over the weekend.

Shauna McFadden from Letterkenny won the girls U-12 category at Rás na nÓg in Drogheda over the weekend.

Raced over two days in three separate stages this is one of the premier youth events in the Irish race calendar and Shauna put in a great performance in each of the stages to triumph over the best riders in Ireland.

Shauna has went from strength to strength since the start of the racing season and will now be one of the favourites for both the Ulster and National Championships later this year.

Also representing Errigal at Ras na nOg the U-12 category was Dylan Traynor who finished seventh in the GC with a fifth place finish on race day one whilst PJ and Ciara Doogan in the U14 category where very unfortunate to be involved in a nasty smash on the Saturday afternoon having taken second and eighth places respectively in that mornings stage.

Ciara was leading the girl’s race and would have been favourite to go on and win had she been able to continue. Luckily both children were released from hospital that evening with no major injuries but had to withdraw from the race.

Other notable performances this weekend included a second place in the overall GC for Christina Russell in the Girls U13 Category whilst Jordan McGinley rode a great race to take second place Junior in Saturdays senior A3 race.

Other Errigal youths taking part in the weekend long event included Michael McGlynn, Conor Halvey and Orla Fogarty, all of whom acquitted themselves well in what was a top class field of the best Irish youths.

This weekend Errigal Cycling Club will host this year’s Donegal Championships with the Time Trial being held on the Saturday, sign on at Foxhall at 1pm with the first rider away at 2pm.

On the Sunday is a 65-mile road race with sign on at the PCC in Falcaragh at 10am with the race starting at 11.00. Local Errigal riders Sean McFadden (Time Trial), Conor McIlwaine (Road Race), Brian McBride (Veteran RR) and Margaret Kelly (Ladies) will be out to defend the titles they won last year. This race should make for an exciting spectacle and as it follows a simple loop there are a number of places where spectators can watch the action unfold.

Starting in Falcarragh the race will roll out to Gortahork and then on over the mines turning right at the Dunlewey junction through Arduns to Bunbeg Cross Roads then to Dore, Dunlewey, up over Errigal to Glenveagh, Termon, Creeslough, Dunfanaghy to finish in Falcarragh.

Great places to watch the race would be as the riders climb up over Errigal and at any of the towns and villages along the route.