Donegal Masters & Even Age Group Cross Country, Finn Valley

Sunday 04 October 2009


The cross country season began in earnest on Sunday with the 'Donegal Even Age Championships'. Hosted by Finn Valley AC and ran on a new course a short distance from the centre, the event saw great numbers in the younger age groups but once again dwindling numbers in the older age groups.


The club had athletes compete in all races up to U-18 level and many very fine performances were witnessed. It was good to see young Kathy McEniff as the club’s flag bearers in the U-8 girl’s race and Darragh Ward as the sole athlete in the boy’s U-10. Nine girls competed in the girl’s U-10 race, where we saw a super run from Mary Flora Scott to take third place and excellent runs by the other eight girls.


Moving up to the U-12 age groups, we saw eight girls compete with Aimee McCafferty, Eva Duncan and Ruby Hurst to the fore with great team performances from the other girls. The U-12 boys, led by Ronan McMullin all put in a great effort. In the U-14 girl’s race, where we had the largest number of athletes compete, we saw some super and courageous running, with Eva McMullin and Dearbhla Hoey leading the charge ably supported by excellent runs from all the other girls. Mark McGuiness and Christopher Doherty led the U-16 boys to a superb team victory while Rose McCauley and Lisa competed in the older girl’s race. Congratulations and very well done to all.


Next Sunday all of these athletes will compete in Fintra at the 'Un-even Age Group Championships' and with the Novice races getting under way at 12 noon, athletes are asked to be there by latest 11.45am.

Donegal Juvenile Championships Even Ages Results 2009.pdf


Master Men and Women

The master women’s team, led by Marie Rooney finished a creditable third team, with good support from Philomena Gallagher and Brenda Morris. Likewise the master men, led home by Paul Ward and ably supported by Richard McCarthy, Noel Thomas, John Cannon and Ollie Thomas, who all had good solid performances. Results.pdf


Tír Chonaill Master Men


Boys U16


Katie McEniff with coach Jackie Harvey


Louise & Rose (Girls U16)


Paul Ward and son Daria


Girls U10


Boys U12


Girls U12


Girls U14


Boys U16