Holian and McGloin continue dominance at Donegal Town 5k 2008


Finn Valley pair Kevin Holian and Teresa McGloin continued their dominance of this year’s Brian McCormick/Mizuno sponsored Donegal Athletic Board’s Grand Prix of road racing, with comprehensive victories in the men’s and women’s categories on a balmy Friday evening last in Donegal Town. Even at this early stage in the series, the Donegal Town race being the sixth, and barring injury, it is difficult to see who can topple the reigning overall champions from last year.


Start of 'Donegal Town 5k'


Holian, adopting a more cautionary approach than usual, sat with the pack until the 4k point before making his move for home, aware of the challenge from unknown North Belfast Harrier Paul Blaney, who was always a threat, with Letterkenny athlete Ivan Toner following closely.  Once he went, Holian raced clear for a good victory in 15.45 with Blaney second in 15.51 from Toner in third with 15.53. 


Kevin Holian leads the field


The women’s race, though not quite so close, was nevertheless a good one to win for Teresa McGloin, going clear from three strong athletes over the final kilometre, McGloin crossed the line in 17.47. North Belfast pair Louise McClean with 18.03 and Cathy McCourt with 18.09, took second and third respectively with ultra runner Helena Crossan from Inishowen a gallant fourth with 18.20 on the clock.


Teresa McGloin (Finn Valley AC), going clear


In the junior girls section North Leitrim girls Louise Mulvaney with 22.06 and Chloe Gilligan with 24.34 were separated by Tír Chonaill’s Rose McCauley with 23.30 for the first, second and third places, while Tír Chonaill’s Gearoid Ward won the junior men section.


Louise Mulvaney North Leitrim AC


Tír Chonaill’s Rose McCauley


The upward trend in numbers competing at the grand prix series this year continued with a 21% increase in Donegal Town and with athletes travelling from all across Donegal, Inishowen, Cranford, Letterkenny, Finn Valley, Ballyshannon, Bundoran, from Leitrim and Sligo, to Belfast, where a large group from North Belfast Harriers have decided to make it a weekend trip and are staying in the Donegal Town area for the few days. Race director and RDO for Athletics Ireland Eamon Harvey; thanked all the athletes for coming in their numbers, the volunteers, both out on the road and those who prepared the refreshments, the local gardai, the ambulance service and the local press for their coverage of the event. The Donegal Athletics Board chairperson Mr Neil Martin was welcomed by Eamon and invited to make the presentations to all the winners, both overall and category.


The grand prix juggernaut now moves on to the picturesque Inishowen peninsula, where the Buncrana 10k, a challenging if rewarding race, takes place on Saturday 14 June with a 6.30pm start… and please note the earlier start of 6.30pm. Registration and changing take place at the Buncrana Leisure centre and further information can be had from Eamon McLaughlin on 074 9362320.



Winner of Donegal 5k, Kevin Holian


Members of Tír Chonaill AC who ran the Donegal 5k

Back L-R: Jonathan Kennedy, Oliver Thomas Snr, John Cannon,

Noel Thomas, Philomena Gallagher, Richard McCarthy

Front L-R: Paul Ward, Gary Thomas & Canice Nicholas

missing are Rose McCauley, second Junior Girl

and Gearoid Ward winner Junior Men


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