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written by Chris McNulty December 2, 2019

THE legends of Donegal Athletics gathered in the Finn Valley Centre on Sunday night to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Donegal Athletics Board.

Members enjoyed a gala dinner and presentations marking the achievements of the last fifty years. 

The four surviving members of the first County Board – Chairman John Carlin, Raphoe, Vice Chairman Eamon Giles, Cranford, Secretary Patsy Mc Gonagle, Ballybofey and Public Relations Officer ... read more..

[caption id="attachment_3925" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Eamon with his award on Tuesday evening[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3926" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Cliodhna Mc Bride getting her 3rd place ulster medal[/caption] read more..

12 year old Caolan McFadden of Cranford AC storms home in 6th place in the under 14s National Championships.

Sunday last saw 9 qualifying athletes travel to the National Championships to represent Cranford AC, Donegal and Ulster. Abbotstown provided a superb venue for this event, with mild weather the track was muddy and soft underfoot but this did not deter our determined Cranford athletes.

Cliodhna McBride also representing D ... read more..

Eamon Giles of Cranford AC was inducted into the Ulster Athletics Hall of Fame last night, while Brendan Boyce was named as Ulster Athlete of the Year. 

Eamon took his place in the pantheon at the Ulster Athletics Star Awards presentation, which took place in the Bay View Hotel, Killybegs.

He set up Donegal’s first athletic club in Cranford in 1961 and has been ever present in the Donegal and Ulster scene ever since. 

The Cranford club attracted athletes from all over the county and within eight years of its formation, thr ... read more..

Ulster Title for Caolan Mc Fadden of Cranford AC. Ulster Title for Caolan McFadden of Cranford AC. Well it’s hard not to mention the weather conditions we had on Saturday at the Ulster cross country uneven ages but to say when it got tough the tough got going our Athletes showed their true determination and passion for their chosen sport. We got the day off to a good start with our U15 Girls - Clodagh Neely led the girls home with a very impressive run fighting to the end of this 3,000m race to come home in 23rd place and 4th counter on th ... read more..
Cranford U14 girls Gold medal winners at Donegal relay championships at Finn Valley centre on Sunday. A fine bright day saw Cranford back at the Finn valley centre for the Donegal relay championships. Cranford had 6 teams representing the club at the county championships. A well laid out cross country track saw each team compete over 500m x 4 against stiff competition from all Donegal clubs. Under 10 girls were all lined up in their team colours and ready for this challenging course, Sadie McGettigan, Tara McGarvey, Katie McBride and Olivia Ni Curran ran a fabulous race coming home 4th in D ... read more..
Greenmount college Antrim plays host to NI and Ulster Championships. Team Bronze for Cranford AC Girls U14. A bright and crisp day welcomed our early start for Cranford AC teams. 22 athletes travelled to compete at the Ulster Cross Country even ages Championships and represent the club. The day started with the under 10’s doing a large lap of this beautiful cross country track running 1000m in their first Ulster event. This can be quite daunting for these young athletes with such a large field of entrants. Sadie McGettigan ran an excellent race finishing 24th in her age group, Odhran ... read more..
Cranford AC had 2 athletes travel to Finn Valley centre to compete in the Ulster Winter Throws Festival. On what was a mixed day weather wise with showers throughout the day. Aoife Giles and Orla Neely represented the club both girls were competing in the girls U16 Aoife got off to a good start in the shot and just back from injury threw over 10m earning herself a bronze medal, Aoife went on to won a silver medal in the Discus just missing out on gold by 4cm. Orla competed well in both events and with her moving up age group this also meant moving up weights for the first time in competition. Well ... read more..
The Donegal uneven championship and Novice took place in Mullaghderg Kincaslslagh hosted by Rosses AC with great weather it was ideal running conditions. Dymphna Gallagher made her come back in the Novice the first race of the day with a good strong run finishing well up the field. Our U 9 took to the track next with very good running from these young athletes and ones to watch in the future, Aimee Bassett lead the girls home in 16th place Olivia Curran 21st and Niamh Mc Geever 24th. Our under 9 boys were up next over this 800m race the boys went out well and with Lorcan Boyce leading the ... read more..
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