Medals galore for Donegal athletes at Ulster finals

Medals galore for Donegal athletes at Ulster finals
There were plenty of medals for young Donegal athletes who travelled to Rostrevor in Co. Down on Saturday last for the Ulster finals.

There were plenty of medals for young Donegal athletes who travelled to Rostrevor in Co. Down on Saturday last for the Ulster finals.

Letterkenny Juveniles

Letterkenny ac juveniles began the early morning journey to Rosstrevor Co.Down on Saturday last , with a return haul of three team medals (one gold and two bronze), Two top three finishers and nine top 12 finishers. In the picturesque surroundings of Rosstrevor some great athletics took place, with the club to the fore in many of the races.

U10 girls

The U10 girls took the team title here with gold for these girls; unfortunately there are no National finals for these young ladies. But these young athletes will have gain valuable experience form these finals. Michaela Galvin 5th, Sarah Bradley 6th, Ellie Crossan 7th, 12th Chloe Shiels, 13th Darcy Crossan. So well done to these girls.

U12 girls

With only one athlete in the U12 girls Megan Ryan took the silver individual medal with a fine run, this young lady will now head to the AAI finals as part of the Ulster and Donegal teams.

U12 boys

A well deserved bronze medal for these young lads and a trip to the National finals as the reward. Oisin Farren in a super race took the individual bronze medal and will be very happy with his performance, he will be in line to take his place in the Ulster and Donegal Teams likewise club mate David Smith finished just behind with a great 4th place finish,. Adam Duncan 21st Shane Mc Ateer 43rd, Donnacha Devenney 59th and Thomas Crossan 83rd. These six young lads now fly the flag for the club as they all head to national finals Ulster bronze medal winners.

U14 boys

Only one club athlete at this age group, Conor Farrell finished in an excellent 15th place in a field of 70 athletes and will be happy with his run.

U16 girls

A good run from all these young ladies to take another bronze team medal for the club and a trip to the national finals in Santry Dublin on the 17th of November. Ciara Finnegan 11th, Alison Higgins 16th, Megan Skinnader 31st and Edel Smith 32nd where all well placed in a field of over 60 runners and should be well pleased with their performances.

U16 boys

Donal Farren was the only club member in the 16 boy’s race and a fine 9th place finish saw him cross the line as the first Donegal athlete and a member of the Donegal team as well as part of the Ulster team, so well done.

U18 boys

No team medal as only three club runners, but these lads should be well pleased with their efforts ., Enda McBride 16th Sean McCann 32nd and Luke Murphy 33rd .

All athletes qualifying for the national finals in Santry Dublin will be notified shortly. Selection for Donegal teams will be selected by the county board shortly.

All athletes are asked to attend training nights between now and national finals.

Next outing uneven age finals in gransha Derry on the 10th November

Rosses AC

Well done to all our athletes that travelled to Rosstrevor on Saturday last. Great runs from Odhran Rodgers boys u16 finishing third runner for Donegal and looking forward to seeing him run in Gransha in the u15s. Saskia Boyle again showed great determination and finished fifth runner in for Donegal in the girls u16 and again running u15 in two weeks time. Strong runs from girls and boys in the u10, u12 and u14 races and the experience will stand them all good and better things to come for all next year. Cross country training in Mullaghderg has now finished for all with the exception of those athletes that are entered for Gransha on Sunday 10th Nov. Coaches will be in touch with you regarding training times.

Well done to all the Rosses athletes who ran in the Dublin City Marathon yesterday. Results to date are: Edward Harkin 03:17, Gavin Boyle 04:35, Sadie Mc Devitt 04:35, Patricia O Donnell 05:27, Lorna O Donnell 05:09, Carleen Gallagher 04:41, Anne O’ Donnell Rodgers 04:58, Marion Doherty from Cruit running for the Garda team 03:22. Well done all!!!

This weekend, Nov 3rd, will see the Donegal Senior Cross Country 2013 take place at Tulnaree, Carndonagh (The Show Fields). Time/ Distance Senior Women 12.00 – 5k. Senior Men 12.30 – 10k. This event is being hosted by Inishowen Athletic Club. Registration and Payment will be at the Course from 11am on Sunday

Training has switched to the Industrial Estate on Wednesdays and Sunday at 12 noon at Mullaghderg for all senior athletes. Numbers have been good and this training will form the basis for next year’s races while for others there are upcoming cross country events. The Ulster novice and Ulster uneven age group will be help on November 10th in Grancha, Derry. For women this is a 4k race with teams of 3 to score and 6k for men with teams of 4 to score. All athletes are asked to continue with the training at Mullaghderg in preparation for the Ulsters.

Pobal Scoil Ghaoth Dobhair are hosting the Donegal Secondary Schools Championships in Magheragallon on Tuesday 19th November.

Sportshall Athletics will now begin after the mid term break in Ionad Spóirt na Rosann at Rosses Community School on Monday 11th November from 6.45 pm to 7.50 pm.

Lifford AC

In a week which saw two Lifford AC senior athletes – Ann Marie McGlynn and Natasha Adams – gain international selection for upcoming cross country events in Belgium and Wales, Lifford AC juvenile athletes also stood up to the plate, this time at the Ulster Juvenile Cross Country Championships at Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor in Co. Down.

In weather definitely suited to the cross country season, Lifford AC athletes mixed it with the best athletes from all over Ulster and were certainly not overawed by the occasion. The u14 Boys team of Niall Quinn, Tom Mullen, Charlie McElwaine, Conor McGinley and Fionntan Moore all had outstanding runs to take team silver for the border club – the first Ulster team juvenile cross country medals for the club in several years. Stepping up an age group from u13, Niall Quinn followed on from a most successful Donegal Championships a couple of weeks back to lead the Lifford team home finishing a fine individual 6th place overall. The team packed well with both Tom Mullen and Charlie McElwaine also making it into the top 12 finishing 11th and 12th respectively. Strong runs from Conor McGinley in 28th place and Fionntan Moore in 35th place completed the scoring with the Lifford lads just missing out on team gold by 6 points. The team will now go forward to contest the All Ireland Juvenile Cross Country Championships in Santry, Dublin on 17th November.

There was a strong run too from Alan McGinley in the u16 Boys. McGinley had to step up an age group from u15, but this did not deter the dedicated Lifford youngster as he dug deep to come home in 25th place and the 2nd Donegal athlete overall. This qualifies McGinley for the Donegal squad to contest the national championships next month.

Wilson Craig was the sole Lifford AC competitor in the u12 Boys race. Craig had every reason to be delighted with his performance as he ran the race of his life to finish in 30th place.

Cormac O’Donnell and Mark Mbuli were the Lifford AC representatives in the u10 Boys race. Mbuli led the race for long periods but just ran out of steam towards the end to still finish a very creditable 34th place, with clubmate O’Donnell having his best ever cross country run to come home in 24th position.

Lifford AC juveniles now turn their attentions to the Ulster Juvenile Uneven Age Group Championships in Gransha, Derry next week while the club seniors look forward to the Donegal Senior Cross Country Championships in Carndonagh this weekend.

Letterkenny AC

Congratulations to Maria McCambridge who took the Dublin City Marathon women’s tile in 2:38:51, the first Irish winner since Sonia O’Sullivan in 2000. “I am so happy to win my home town marathon” said McCambridge afterwards.

The 38-year-old mother of one was locked in a tussle with Cork’s Clare McCarthy, with McCarthy edging out into the lead with four miles remaining.

“I had to take a pit stop around 18 miles” revealed McCambridge. “My legs just started to go on me. I just had to run through it, it was big battle, but I’m very proud to win Dublin.” 2008 Bejing Olympian Pauline Curley from Tullamore took third place.

Her husband and former national marathon champion, Gary Crossan, was just a minute behind - the Letterkenny AC stalwart clocked 2:39:18. Other Letterkenny AC runners in the record field of 14,500 participants included Shaun Stewart (2:58:24), Padraig Friel (3:04:18), John Daly (3:11:26), Kieran Coyle (3:15:47) and Noel Lynch (3:58:18). Well done to all who put in many hours of training over the last number of months.

The focus switches back to cross country this weekend, with the Donegal senior championships being hosted by Inishowen AC in Carndonagh on Sunday morning. Good luck to our seniors as they go in search of medals.