Donegal Masters & Juvenile Even Age Cross Country

Sunday, 07 Oct 2012


Tir Chonaills James Flanagan [16mins.18secs ] was an impressive winner of the Donegal Masters Cross Country, held in glorious conditions on a dry undulating course at Castlefinn on Sunday last. The Ballyshannon man, making a welcome return to competitive athletics, went to the front shortly after halfway and overcame late efforts from Pauric McKinney [16mins.28secs] now competing in the colours of Innishowen and Keith Shiels [16mins 39secs] Foyle Valley to hold on for victory. In a closely fought team competition Tir Chonaill filled 4th team place on 75pts - behind Finn Valley35pts, Innishowen, 50pts andLetterkenny, 73pts.

Team captain Richard McCarthy [19.08 ] 15th, Noel Thomas[19.21] 17th, Ollie Thomas [19 42] 19th, John Cannon [20:04] 20th and Donal Haughey [20.44] 28th.

Donal, recently made a welcome return to the sport after an period of 25years. Donals words - and now trains with Kevin McGlynns Donegal Town club fit4life group.


The clubs masters women's team finished in silver medal team position on 43pts - an outstanding team performance - behind winners Finn Valley 19pts and ahead of Innishowen, 47pts and Rosses 54pts. Marie Rooney [12.21] led the group home in 6th position followed by Philomena Gallagher [12.49] 10th, Brenda Morris [12.54] 12th and team captain Jackie Harvey [13.12] in 15th position.


The juvenile even age programme, where huge fields finished, also had notable performances from Tir Chonaill athletes.


The Boys U16 Team were narrowly beaten by Letterkenny for the gold medal positions. Led by Frosses man Mark Boyle in 2nd overall position and supported by Mark Hegarty, Mark Breslin, Christopher O'Loughlan and newcomer Dylan Johnstonn. The U18 race found Karl Griffin and Mark McGuinness finishing 2nd and 3rd. Both are recently back in training following very successful track seasons.


Masters Results.pdf


James Flanagan on the way to victory

in the Donegal Masters Cross Country

at Castlefinn on Sunday


Richard McCarthy, Donal Haughey,

NoelThomas in action


Tír Chonaill ac Mens Masters Team

Richard McCarthy, Ollie Thomas, Noel Thomas

James Flannagan (Race Winner)

Donal Haughy & John Cannon


John Cannon and Ollie Thomas

in action in the Master Cross Country at Castlefinn


Donal Haughey


John Cannon



Tír Chonaill Ladies Team

at Castlefinn last Sunday

Brenda Morris, Marie Rooney,

Philomena Gallagher &

Jackie Harvey (Team Captain)


Brenda Morris


Jackie Harvey & Philomena Gallagher


Christopher OLoughlan



Karl Griffin 1s tU18


Mark Boyle 2nd in the U16 Cross Country at Castlefinn


Mark Hegarty


Mark McGuinness 2nd U18


Martin Breslin