Donegal Novice Crosscountry Fintra, Killybegs County Donegal 2007

 

The club was active on two fronts again last weekend, with the cross country opener taking place in Fintra on Saturday and the traditional Grange 10k Sunday.  Fintra, splendid in an autumn glow, hosted the Donegal Novice Cross-Country Championships and the club had both a women’s and men’s team competing for the first time in many years.

 

The women were first away and prominent from the start was Sharon Meehan, up with the leaders and ably supported by Brenda Morris, Ann Donoghue and Bernie McNeely.  Sharon went on to take the individual bronze with a great third place.  Brenda, recovering from injury, had a strong run, while Ann and Bernie, their first time over the country, had excellent runs to ensure the team gold went to the club.

 

L-R: Bernie McNeely, Ann Donoghue, Brenda Morris & Sharon Meehan

L-R: Bernie McNeely, Ann Donoghue, Brenda Morris & Sharon Meehan

 

The men had a tougher battle on their hands.  Richard McCarthy, with his customary strong run and Vinny Duffy, with one of his best runs over the country, were up there mixing with a trio of Letterkenny men, while Sean Cassidy and Canice Nicholas, both with excellent runs, fought hard to maintain team positions and, supported by John Sneddon, brought the team home in a superb silver medal place, just two points behind a strong Letterkenny.

 

Back Row: John Sneddon, Vinnie Duffy, Sean Cassidy Front Row: Canice Nicholas, Richard McCarthy

Back Row: John Sneddon, Vinnie Duffy, Sean Cassidy

Front Row: Canice Nicholas, Richard McCarthy

 

 

In the boys under 18 race, we had Gearoid McBhaird, in his first race over the country, giving a great account of himself with a fine 6th place finish in a high calibre field.

 

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Results Donegal Novice Crosscountry Men

Position
Number
Name Club
1
260
Diarmuid Fullerton Finn Valley AC
2
259
Enda Doherty Finn Valley AC
3
262
David Conwell Killybegs AC
4
257
Danny Ryan Letterkenny AC
5
249
Richard Mc Carthy Tír Chonaill AC
6
254
Mark Monaghan Letterkenny AC
7
252
Vinney Duffy Tír Chonaill AC
8
261
Richard Raymond Letterkenny AC
9
251
Sean Cassidy Tír Chonaill AC
10
253
Canice Nicholas Tír Chonaill AC
11
256
Paul Kelly Letterkenny AC
12
255
Noel Lynch Letterkenny AC
13
250
John Sneddon Tír Chonaill AC

 

 

 

Team Results Men

Position
Team
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
Total
1
Letterkenny AC
4
6
8
11
29
2
Tír Chonaill AC
5
7
9
10
31

 

 

Results Donegal Novice Crosscountry Woman
Position
Number
Name Club
1
86
Elaine Morrow Letterkenny AC
2
83
Bridget Moohan Inishowen AC
3
79
Sharon Meehan Tír Chonaill AC
4
80
Brenda Morris Tír Chonaill AC
5
84
Eilish Bell Inishowen AC
6
88
Fionnuala Bruton Finn Valley AC
7
85
Michelle Duffy Letterkenny AC
8
81
Ann Donoghue Tír Chonaill AC
9
82
Bernie Mc Neely Tír Chonaill AC

 

 

Team Results Woman
Position
Team
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
Total
1
Tír Chónaill AC
2
3
4
5
14
2