Donegal athletes claimed ten gold medals at the All-Ireland Masters Athletics Championship in Athlone on Saturday.
Isabella Breslin, Lifford AC and Aidan Gillespie, Rosses AC with three gold each topped the honours list while 89 year-old Hugh Gallagher, Carrigart AC, with two gold and Ciaran Carlin, Finn Valley AC and Senator Brian O’Domhnaill, also Finn Valley, completed the gold winners.
Isabella Breslin captured her gold in the 60 metres hurdles, high jump and shot-putt while Gillespie, the Donegal senior record high jump holder, won his in the high-jump, the long-jump and the hurdles.
The indomitable Hugh Gallagher captured his in the long jump and the 60 metre race, while Ciaran Carlin won the 800 metre race and Brian O’Domhnaill came home first in the 3000 metre walk. Aidan Gillespie, Donegal record stands at 2.05 metres.
Among the silver medal winners at the championships were Brian Breslin, Lifford AC (long jump), the Tirchonaill AC pair of James Flanagan and Paul Ward, who won the 1,500 metres in their categories.
Meanwhile at the Ulster Games, in Lurgan, also on Saturday, Fionnuala Diver, Letterrkenny AC was the big Donegal winner. The Rosses took gold in the Masters Women’s race with Finn Valley Masters women taking the team gold.
Pauric McKinney came second the Masters Men’s race in Lurgan while Katherine Dooher, Finn Valley, was the top Donegal finisher in the Intermediate Women’s Race. The Castlefin woman finished in third place.
In the big race in Lurgan, the Ulster War Memorial, Finn Valley lost out by two points to Newcastle, Down for the number one position. Boyne Valley AC, Derry were third. Mark Hoy, Finn Valley, was second in the individual race.