Donegal Novice and Juvenile Cross Country Championships

Sunday, 14 Oct 2012


Fintragh near Killybegs, the most scenic cross country venue in the country, attracted over 400 athletes last Sunday for the 'County Novice and Uneven Age Groups Championships'. Held in summerlike weather, on a demanding course that including over 300m of loose sand, we witnessed a festival of great running and competition.

Ran over 6k the men’s race had the largest field in recent times, five complete finishing teams and numerous individual and team battles. Finn Valley’s Gerard Gallagher ,[22.41] was an impressive winner and led his team to victory on a score of 12pts. The team battle behind Finn Valley was exciting with lots of duals and continuously changing team totals. When the officials concluded their mathematical process Tir Chonaill had 46pts.and silver medals for their efforts, Lifford 53pts and bronze medals with, Letterkenny 57pts and Innishowen 95pts filling the remaining team places.


However the points scoring only tell a small part of the tale. Ballyshannon man Eoin McManus, [24.44], started conservatively and moved through the field as the race progressed and finished in 6th position. Eoin a notable triathlete, got great satisfaction from this run and no doubt we will see him again grace the Cross Country scene. Ciaran Clancy, [25.58] a triathlete colleague of Eoin’s and club mate John Coyle, [26.02] filled 12th and 13th finishing positions. Ciaran ran a steady and even paced race while John dug in over the final quarter and may have paid the penalty for mixing it at the front over the opening few kilometers. Richard McCarthy, [26.06] in 15th place battled from an early 20 position with 1.5k to go to pass numerous - much younger athletes - to ensure a great team finish position. Noel Thomas ,[27.08] in 25th position was also happy with his performance. Well done lads.


Results Men.pdf

Results Women.pdf

Donegal Uneven Age Cross Country Championships Results 2012.pdf








Eoin McManus, Tir Chonaill AC,

who led the Tir Chonaill Team

to a silver medal winning team position

in Killybegs on Sunday last


The Tir Chonail Men’s Team: 2nd in Killybegs last Sunday

L-R: Noel Thomas, John Coyle, Richard McCarthy,

Ciaran Clancy and Eoin McManus



The Boys U17 and U19 age groups was combined and ran over 4k. Peter Gibbons from LAC following various front running attempts to break the field over the opening 1.5k went to the front and came home an impressive winner. Tir Chonaill’s Daniel Gallagher, ran the opening 2k conservatively and as the final two laps unwound passed runner after runner to finish an equally impressive 2nd with Oisin Gallen, Finn Valley filling 3rd position.


U17 Boys before Race


U17 Boys Team winners in Killybeg’s last Sunday

L-R: Diarmuid Mac a Bhaird, Daniel Gallagher,

Paddy Cannon, Richard McCarthy, Coach,

Mark Boyle, Mark McGuinness, 2nd U19,

and Patrick McGroarty


Mark Boyle from Frosses and impressive new comer to the club, Diarmuid Mac a’ Bhaird from Bundoran filled 4th and 5th finishing positions. The pair battled and helped each other throughout the race. The fourth scorer, Paddy Cannon, from the Glengesh area, near Ardara, finished in 13th position with newcomer Patrick McGroarty, from the Frosses area in 18th position. When the points were totaled Tir Chonaill on 24pts were victorious by one point from Letterkenny with Finn Valley, 42pts in 3rd. Well done lads and like the clubs Mens Novice Team will now look forward to the 'Ulster Cross Country Championships' which will be held at the same venue on the 11th November.


Mark McGuinness, was the clubs sole representative in the U19 race where he finished 2nd behind Mark Bonner from Finn Valley.

Thank you to the County Board and the local hosting clubs , Finn Valley and Killybegs , from Tir Chonaill AC, on two well organised 'Donegal Cross Country Championships'. You must have a special relationship with someone for your planning of the weather.