Flanagan and McGloin impressive winners in Ballyshannon

Friday Evening, 06 May 2011


The Tír Chonaill sponsored Ballyshannon 5k road race, ran in ideal conditions on Friday evening last attracted a field of one hundred and fifty athletes from all over the North West. Keen competition in the various categories, excellent organisation and hospitality, and outstanding prizes were some of the highlights of the evening. Locals, James Flanagan, Ballyshannon/Tír Chonaill AC and Teresa McGloin, Tullaghan/Finn Valley AC, were popular Senior winners and posted very fast times of 15mins 32secs and 16mins 51secs. The incentive of awards, sponsored by Paddy Donoghue, S.A.F., for the first male and female athletes to reach the 1mile marker, [ Roger Bannister smashed the 4minutes barrier so many years ago on this date] insured that the opening pace would be fast and competitive. As the race reached the Rossnowlagh road and turned for home and the finish at the Mall Park, young James Speight, Belcoo/Finn Valley was having the race of his life and went onto to challenge Flanagan over the final kilometre and record an excellent time to finish runner up and 2nd overall.

Category top three prizes went to Seniors, Over 40/50 and 60 plus juniors and as can be gleaned from the results it was indeed a difficult task to get into the frame.

At the presentation of prizes in Scoil Colmcille, Tír Chonaill Chairman, Paul O'Gara, thanked the athletes for supporting the race in such large numbers, congratulated all prize winners, thanked the management of Scoil Colmcille for use of excellent changing, administration and hospitality facilities. He had a special word of praise for members of his own club who worked tirelessly to insure that the organisation and hospitality for the race was good. Finally he thanked club member and Director of S.A.F. for generously sponsoring the race and Rosaleen Branley, daughter of the late P.J.Branley, who presented the PJ Branley cups to overall winners Teresa McGloin and James Flanagan.


Top Three Men and 1st Women

Pic by Ciaran Carlin


Category Winners ie 1st 2nd and 3rd


A group at the finish of the race at the Mall Park

Pic by Ciaran Carlin


Paddy Donoghue, Director, S.A.F

makes presentations to

James Flanagan and Teresa McGloin


Start of the Race


Race at 1k


Rosaleen Bramley presents the PJ Branley cups

to James Flanagan


Rosaleen Bramley presents the PJ Branley cups

to Teresa McGloin


The next Brian McCormick/Donegal Co Athletics Board, Tír Chonaill Ac sponsored road race in South Donegal takes place on Friday Evening the 3rd June in Donegal Town - when over €1,000 in cash and merchandise prizes are on offer.