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Cranford Athletic Club was formed in 1961 by Eamon Giles and Jim Hunter. At this time there were no organised athletics in the County, just local sports. Many people in Cranfordand the surrounding areas thought it was madness to train in the Winter, but we got great encouragement from the coverage that Oak Leaf were getting in the Derry Journal. A report appeared every week about how the club was dominating Ulster track and cross-countryevents.

We continued our training and were soon joined by Pat Marley of Drim and Bill Hunter.We competed at all the local sports that summer, our main rivals at these events being Paddy Marley and Hugo Duggan of Milford. After the track season they both joined Cranford. Aftera short break we started training for the cross-country; we were then joined by a number of local lads, Con Duffy, J. A. Hunter, Michael Mc Hugh, Mandy and John Boyce of Tullagh. Wethen decided to affiliate our club to the Ulster NACAI. We wrote to the then secretary of the association, Jim Vallelley from Armagh and he was more than helpful. On Boxing Day we held our first race which was over 4 miles and was to become an annual event for the club.The winner on that day was Eamon Giles, 2nd Jim Hunter, 3rd Bill Hunter & Pat Marley 4th. Wewere then joined by Enoes Mc Bride, John James Mc Bride and Edward Mc Grory.

L-R: Bill Hunter, Pat Marley, Eamon Giles, Jim Hunter

L-R: Bill Hunter, Pat Marley, Eamon Giles, Jim Hunter

We then decided to invite Oak Leaf to a race in Cranford on the 17th of March 1963, they accepted our invitation and on St. Patrick’s Day at 2pm we came face to face with this great team we were reading about for the past few years. The race was over 4 miles, at about oneand a half miles into the race we knew they were a good outfit, we tried hard but the leadersjust kept going away from us. Our first man home that day was Paddy Marley in 5th place,with Jim Hunter 7th, Eamon Giles 8th, Pat Marley 9th, and Edward Mc Grory 11th. Little did OakLeaf know that day, that in less than 4 years we would take the Ulster senior cross-countrytitle from them.

On one occasion that track season, we travelled to Washing Bay in Monaghan. We had great success at these sports in the 100 yds; Eamon Giles scored his first big win by beatingGerry Campbell of Dungannon, the Ulster Champion at the time. Paddy Marley also wentwell coming second in the 880 yds.

After competing in all the local sports, it was time to start training for the Cross Countryseason. The first race we had that year was our Club Championship run over 8 miles inCranford Park. This was a very competitive race between Pat Marley, Jim Hunter and JohnWalsh. Those three battled it out from start to finish with Walsh eventually coming out the winner. We decided to try long distance training on the road on a Sunday morning. The routewe decided was starting in Cranford, up by Coole Chapel, and down into Glen, then headingfor Carrigart and back to Cranford.

L-R- Bobby Buchanan, James A Hunter, Con Duffy, John James McBride and Enoes McBride

L-R- Bobby Buchanan, James A Hunter, Con Duffy, John James McBride and Enoes McBride

We made two groups of those who turned out on the first Sunday, they were, Bobby Buchanan, James A Hunter, Con Duffy, John James McBride and Enoes McBride, we gave them ten minutes of a start then Jim Hunter, Pat Marley, Bill Hunter and Eamon Giles headedoff after the first group, we didn’t see any of the first group until we came through Carrigart,shortly after that we were all together. We eventually got back to Cranford, we all thought it was tough but not that bad. Monday morning was a different thing we all awoke with very stiff legs; it took two good training sessions in the park to get back to normal. My father gave us some advice, he told us to do our long runs on a Sunday morning on the grass, it would be more beneficial and that was the start of the twelve mile runs in Cranford which continued for many years.

Around this time, we lost one of our best long distance runners, one of our formermembers Jim Hunter, who went to Scotland to work. Jim was badly missed but we had to carry on as best we could. Our first participation in a distance team race in Ulster was the Black Mountain Climb on the 27th October 1963 in Belfast. The team that travelled that daywas John Walsh, Eamon Giles, Pat Marley, Con Duffy and Bill Hunter.

Back L-R- Con Duffy, Eamon Giles, Enoes McBride Front L-R- Pat Marley, John Walsh, Bill Hunter

Back L-R- Con Duffy, Eamon Giles, Enoes McBride Front L-R- Pat Marley, John Walsh, Bill Hunter

We didn’t know what to expect but we knew that at around the half way mark, we were well in the running for the team event. At this stage, John Walsh was in second place fightingit out with Cathal Mc Carron of Clann Eireann AC, with Pat Marley and Eamon Giles just behind Neil O Boyle of Casement. At the three-quarter mark, Marley and Giles passedO’Boyle, Bill Hunter was making good progress in 12th place, Walsh went ahead of McCarron but was unable to hold the advantage and with one mile to go, Mc Carron got away but Walsh held on well to finish a good 2nd. At this stage O’Boyle was putting in a good finishbut Marley who was keeping Giles going through a bad patch held off the challenge of O‘Boyle, Giles just out sprinted Marley at this time for 3rd, Marley 4th and Bill Hunter got upto 8th position to ensure Cranford Athletic Club of their 1st big team victory. The first Ulster cross- country championship the club took part in was the Ulster Novice on the 01/12/1963in Shaws Rd. Belfast. This was the second time in five weeks that Cranford travelled toBelfast. Fresh from their win in the Black Mountain Climb, we were confident of taking the novice title back to Donegal for the first time. The team that day was John Walsh, EdwardMc Grory, Eamon Giles, Paddy Marley, Bill Hunter and J. A. Hunter. The team ran well but failed to take the title by the smallest of margins. The winning team that day was St. Mary’sfrom Derry. The Cranford placing were, John Walsh 5th, Edward Mc Grory 6th, Eamon Giles8th and Bill Hunter 12th. After the defeat we changed our training and introduced speed workin distance training for the first time.

We prepared well for the Ulster Junior Championship which was held in Melmount,Strabane on 05/01/1964. We got there early and inspected the course and did a good warmup routine. We decided to start fast and make everyone work hard all the way through. At the1 mile mark Paddy Marley, Eamon Giles & John Walsh were making the pace closely followedby Christy Mc Monagle of St. Mary’s, Derry. At this stage the team race was between Cranford and Casement A.C. Belfast. With 4 miles gone it was evident that this Donegal Clubwas on their way to the first Ulster cross-country championship title. With a half mile to got here was a bunch of 10 athletes out in front, leading this bunch was Mc Monagle of Derry,with Marley in close contention. With 400yds to go Mc Monagle and Marley opened up agap of 20yds, from the rest of the field, Marley challenged Mc Monagle and drew level, andthat’s the way it finished, a dead heat after 6 miles. Cranford took the title back to Donegalfor the first time. The scoring members of the team that day were Paddy Marley, Eamon John Walsh, Edward Mc Grory, Pat Marley and Bill Hunter. They were well supported by HugoDuggan, Michael Mc Hugh, John Boyce, Peter Mc Cafferty, Enoes Mc Bride and HughieBirney.

Most of the Cranford Athletic Club members joined D Coy 24 Bn (FCA) and the training officer of the 24Bn at that time was Lt. Sean Hurley. Sean entered us in the Western Command Championship in Athlone, so on the 12/01/1964 we competed successfully in this event taking the title back to Donegal. Hugo Duggan led the team in 2nd place with Eamon Giles in 3rd and the rest were Paddy Marley, John Walsh, Bill Hunter and Pat Marley.

Fresh from the win Cranford invited all the clubs in Ulster to Cranford Park to compete for the John F Kennedy trophy presented to the club by Tom Logue and Denis Martin. The race was run over 6 miles; this would be the first time the locals would see the club competing in a cross-country race. It put a lot of pressure on the team competing in front of their home crowd. Casement AC Belfast made the long journey to Cranford as did St. Mary’s from Derry. It was a close fought race but in the end Cranford beat the team from casement and John Walsh scored a very good individual win. The team representing Cranford that day was JohnWalsh, Paddy Marley, Eddie Mc Grory and Bill Hunter. On Easter Sunday 1964 they travelled to Newry to compete in the Lisburn Cup, the team finished 3rd, that was the last distance race that the club competed in that year.

The track season of 1964 was a very exciting one for Cranford. Hugo Duggan and Eamon Giles dominated all the sprints while Paddy Marley emerged as a good 880 yds, & 1 mile athlete.

Western Command Championship Back L-R: Lt. Sean Hurley, Hugo Duggan, Eamon Giles, Paddy Marley Front L-R: Pat Marley, John Walsh, Bill Hunter 12 The club held sports under NACAI rules in June that year. Oak Leafs Kevin O’Donnell who was Ulster Junior Champion at the time wasn’t able to match Giles and Duggan in the sprints and Paddy Marley was too strong for J Mc Kinney of Strabane in the 880yds.The Ulster Junior track and field championship were held in Maghery in July 1964. Here again Duggan, Marley and Giles took medals in the 100, 220,440, 880 yds and long jump.

Cranford athletes who competed in the Ulster junior Championships in Maghery L-R: Paddy Marley, Michael McHugh, John James McBride, Hugo Duggan, Pat Marley, Hughie Bernie, Anoes McBride, Bill Hunter, Eamon Giles and Joe Gallagher bus driver Front Row L-R: Martin McHugh, Brian Marley and Paul Giles. July 1964 Junior Championships L-R: Eamon Giles, Paddy Marley, Hugo Duggan, The last event on the Ulster calendar was the Carlton Dalton games – a track and field event for clubs of Ulster and Co. Louth. It was at these games that Hugo Duggan emerged as a long jumper; he took the title away from Gerry Campbell of Cookstown.

L-R- Eamon Giles, Paddy Marley, Hugo Duggan,

L-R- Eamon Giles, Paddy Marley, Hugo Duggan,

The Dalton Games

Left, Jim Vallelley presenting the Cardinal Dalton Shield to Eamon Giles

Left, Jim Vallelley presenting the Cardinal Dalton Shield to Eamon Giles

Fr. John O’Donnell presenting the Cardinal Dalton Shield to Eamon Giles

Fr. John O’Donnell presenting the Cardinal Dalton Shield to Eamon Giles

The club then settled down after the track season and prepared for the coming crosscountry season. On the 01/10/1964 Cranford held the club cross – country championship. It was at these championships that Michael Mc Hugh emerged as a cross – country athlete. John Walsh won the race but only just from Mc Hugh. The club now prepared for the Ulster Novice cross – country. So, it was back to Shaws Road Belfast on 06/12/64. This time Cranford made no mistake. Michael Mc Hugh led the team home with Billy Buchanan 3rd, Hugo Duggan 6th Bobby Buchanan 8th assuring Cranford of a great team victory.

The club lost one of their top runners just before this event; John Walsh emigrated to England. Representing Cranford that day were Bill Hunter, Eamon Giles, Pat Marley, Hugo Duggan, Anoes Mc Bride and Paddy Marley. The club competed in the Ulster Juniors but ran badly being put back to 3rd place.

On January 1965 D Coy 24 Bn won theWestern Command Championship for the second time. This team was Michael McHugh 2nd, Hugo Duggan 4th, Eamon Giles 5th, Paddy Marley 7th, Pat Marley13th and Tommy Doherty 15th.

The 1965 track season started with the Ulster Boys and Youth Championship. Cranford made a clean sweep of all titles. Competing for Cranford was Anoes Mc Bride, John James Mc Bride, Pat Marley, Hugo Duggan and Paddy Marley. In June 1965 John Carlin from Raphoe joined the club from Strabane AC. This was to strengthen the Cranford middle distance squad. In July 1965, the Ulster Junior Championship were held in Raphoe; Eamon Giles won 220 yds, while Paddy Marley won 440 and 880 yds from club mate John Carlin. That same weekend Hugo Duggan won the National Junior Long Jump in Santry Stadium Dublin, that was a great day for the club. Hugo went on to win seven National Long Jump titles, a feat that has never been equalled by any other athlete in Ireland.

Hugo Duggan competing in Emmyvale where he jumped 24 ft 2.5 ins

Hugo Duggan competing in Emmyvale where he jumped 24 ft 2.5 ins

The club competed in the first medley relay that track season, 2 x 200, 1 x 400 & 1 x 800 and won easily. The team that season were Giles, Duggan, Marley, and Carlin they were never beaten in this event.

Hugo Duggan extreme right winning the Guinness 100

Hugo Duggan extreme right winning the Guinness 100

Eamon Giles went to England to work in September 1965 which was a big lost to the club as he was the organising secretary, but he left the job in the capable hands of Pat Marley. In the winter of 1965, Danny Mc Daid joined the club, closely followed by his brother Neily. Danny made a great start by winning the Boxing Day Road race in Cranford. He went on to win the Ulster Novices cross-country and in February 1967 led Cranford to the first Ulster senior cross-country title over Oak leaf.

Back L-R- Neilly McDaid, Billy Buchanan, John Carlin, Bill Hunter, Pat Marley Front L-R- Danny McDaid, Michael McHugh, Paddy Marley

Back L-R- Neilly McDaid, Billy Buchanan, John Carlin, Bill Hunter, Pat Marley Front L-R- Danny McDaid, Michael McHugh, Paddy Marley

The winning team that day was 1st D. Mc Daid, 4th Michael Mc Hugh, 9th Paddy Marley, 10th Neily Mc Daid, 19th John Carlin and 23rd Billy Buchanan. A great team win over Casement Belfast, Armagh City Harriers, and Oak Leaf. Cranford dominated the Ulster seniors from then untill 1973 except for one season.

In the summer of 1967 Cranford dominated the Ulster senior track season and they won the Cardinal Dalton Shield. Hugh Duggan, Paddy Marley and John Carlin all won Ulster senior titles. Eamon Giles returned from England in time to compete in the Dalton Shield which the club dominated and won for the first time and held the Shield until 1973.

Back row Danny McDaid, Paul Giles, Edward McPaul, Sean Marley, Frankie McDaid, John Carlin. Front row- Pat Marley, Neily McDaid, Eamon Giles, Paddy Marley.

Back row Danny McDaid, Paul Giles, Edward McPaul, Sean Marley, Frankie McDaid, John Carlin. Front row- Pat Marley, Neily McDaid, Eamon Giles, Paddy Marley.

Left - Right- Eamon Giles, Neily McDaid, John Carlin, Hugo Duggan, Paddy Marley. All Ulster title holders.

Left – Right- Eamon Giles, Neily McDaid, John Carlin, Hugo Duggan, Paddy Marley. All Ulster title holders.

L-R- Joe Boyce, Patsy McGonagle and Neily McDaid Front- Eamon Giles being presented with the Cup

L-R- Joe Boyce, Patsy McGonagle and Neily McDaid Front- Eamon Giles being presented with the Cup

Philip Connolly, Neily McDaid, & Jim Hynes, pictured with Eamon Giles winners of the 15 mile road race Ulster Championships late 60’s

Philip Connolly, Neily McDaid, & Jim Hynes, pictured with Eamon Giles winners of the 15 mile road race Ulster Championships late 60’s

Back row L-R- Pat Marley, Neily McDaid, Edward McPaul, Michael Logue, Billy Buchanan, Front row L-R- Frankie McDaid, Pat Marley, Eamon Giles, John Carlin, Danny McDaid.

Back row L-R- Pat Marley, Neily McDaid, Edward McPaul, Michael Logue, Billy Buchanan, Front row L-R- Frankie McDaid, Pat Marley, Eamon Giles, John Carlin, Danny McDaid.

The club had a new squad of runners in 1970 and they travelled to Dungannon on the 6th of December to compete in the Ulster Novice championship. Cranford beat the team from Armagh City Harriers. Competing for Cranford were Joe Boyce, Patsy Mc Gonagle, Charlie Mc Ginley and Paul Gallagher.

Hugo Duggan, Eamon Giles, Joe McGrath and Hughie Sweeney.

Hugo Duggan, Eamon Giles, Joe McGrath and Hughie Sweeney.

In 1971, Brian Mc Bride won the National U/13 cross-country championship at Mountmellick. The team of Brian Mc Bride, Michael Friel, Kevin Gavaghan and Tommy Gavaghan were 4th in the National Cross Country Championships in Mountmellick.

On the 5th of November ’72 in Omagh. Cranford again won the Ulster Novice for another time. The winning team that day was Myles Gallagher 3rd, Brian Mc Bride 8th, John Friel 10th, and John Gallagher 13th.

On the 14th of January ’73 Cranford won the Ulster Junior Championship at Killybegs. The team that day was Myles Gallagher 3rd, John Friel 4th, Jim Hynes 6th, John Giles 8th, P Mc Gonagle 11th and Phillip Connolly 17th.

John Friel, James Doherty, Eamon Giles and Michael McBride, relay winners at the Ardara show in the 70’s

John Friel, James Doherty, Eamon Giles and Michael McBride, relay winners at the Ardara show in the 70’s

Cranford’s James Duffy in the early 70’s competing in the Ulster Junior Championships in Cavan

Cranford’s James Duffy in the early 70’s competing in the Ulster Junior Championships in Cavan

Joe Boyce, Jimmy Giles and James Doherty pictured at the Ulster Track and Field Championships Derry

Joe Boyce, Jimmy Giles and James Doherty pictured at the Ulster Track and Field Championships Derry

Grace Boyce, Grace McLaughlin, Rose Gavaghan, Marjorie McCallum pictured after competing in the Ulster Championship.

Grace Boyce, Grace McLaughlin, Rose Gavaghan, Marjorie McCallum pictured after competing in the Ulster Championship.

Eamon and John Giles competing in the 200 metres in Portnablagh in the mid 70’s.

Eamon and John Giles competing in the 200 metres in Portnablagh in the mid 70’s.

Back row- Gerry Gallagher, Charlie McGinley, Eamon Giles & Michael McBride. Front row- Myles Gallagher, Noel McBride, James Doherty and John Friel pictured after competing in the Ardara show

Back row- Gerry Gallagher, Charlie McGinley, Eamon Giles & Michael McBride. Front row- Myles Gallagher, Noel McBride, James Doherty and John Friel pictured after competing in the Ardara show

Winning Ulster relay team 71/72: John McGrath, Eamon Giles, Hugo Duggan, Michael McBride.

Winning Ulster relay team 71/72:
John McGrath, Eamon Giles, Hugo Duggan, Michael McBride.

Kill sports Cavan1976 Back L-R: Rose Gavaghan, Eamon Giles Senior, John Giles Front Eamon Giles junior.

Kill sports Cavan1976
Back L-R: Rose Gavaghan, Eamon Giles Senior,
John Giles
Front Eamon Giles junior.

Brian McBride winning the Ulster 880 yard Championships.

Brian McBride winning the Ulster 880 yard Championships.

Clare Giles posing for a photograph after winning the Gold Medal in Mosney

Clare Giles posing for a photograph after winning the Gold Medal in Mosney

Belinda McDaid pictured after training in Swilly Park Ramelton

Belinda McDaid pictured after training in Swilly Park Ramelton

Left to right- Marie Sweeney, Lorraine Kelly, Clare Giles, Tara Friel, Siobhan Giles.

Cranford athletic club members early 80’s after winning medals at the Donegal Championships pictured with Eamon Giles.
Left to right: Marie Sweeney, Lorraine Kelly, Clare Giles, Tara Friel, Siobhan Giles.

Cranford athletes pictured after cross country training in Cranford Park early 80’s. Left to right: Siobhan Giles,Tanya Boyle, Brenda Duffy, Marie Sweeney, Marguritte Hagan.

Cranford athletes pictured after cross country training in Cranford Park early 80’s.
Left to right: Siobhan Giles,Tanya Boyle, Brenda Duffy, Marie Sweeney, Marguritte Hagan.

Ulster senior ladies cross country team titles 1982/83 Cranford won Ulster senior ladies cross-country team titles in 1982 and 1983. Team member were L-R: Bridie Trearty, Rose Gavaghan (1st individual), Matina Sandilands, Irene Irwin pictured with James Sweeney - Asst. Coach and Eamon Giles - Coach

Ulster senior ladies cross country team titles 1982/83
Cranford won Ulster senior ladies cross-country team titles in 1982 and 1983. Team member were
L-R: Bridie Trearty, Rose Gavaghan (1st individual), Matina Sandilands, Irene Irwin pictured with
James Sweeney – Asst. Coach and Eamon Giles – Coach

Rose Gavaghan won the Ulster senior cross-country in 1981’82’83. The first Donegal lady to do so, she won the Northern Ireland women’s senior cross-country in 1981.

Rose Gavaghan won the Ulster senior cross-country in 1981’82’83. The first Donegal lady to do so, she won the Northern Ireland women’s senior cross-country in 1981.

Nancy McNamee, Aisling McBride, Kathleen McFadden, Pauline Logue who competed in the Ulster Championships.

Nancy McNamee, Aisling McBride, Kathleen McFadden, Pauline Logue who competed in the Ulster Championships.

In 1982 Cranford finished 3rd team in the national U_13 girls. The team on that occasion was Una Hagan, Mary Watters, Claire Giles and Tara Friel.

In 1982 Cranford finished 3rd team in the national U_13 girls. The team on that occasion was Una Hagan, Mary Watters, Claire Giles and Tara Friel.

Cranford athletes with Eamon Giles and Rose Gavaghan at the Donegal track relays in Glenties in April 1986. Back row: Turlough Giles, Aidrian Divine, Siobhan Giles, Marguritte Hagan, Clare Giles, Lorraine Kelly. Front L-R: Damian Toland, Thomas Peoples, James Duggan, Colm McFadden, Hugo Duggan, Brendan Giles.

Cranford athletes with Eamon Giles and Rose Gavaghan at the Donegal track relays in
Glenties in April 1986.
Back row: Turlough Giles, Aidrian Divine, Siobhan Giles, Marguritte Hagan, Clare Giles, Lorraine Kelly.
Front L-R: Damian Toland, Thomas Peoples, James Duggan, Colm McFadden,
Hugo Duggan, Brendan Giles.

1986 pictured on Boxing Day Seamus Kelly and Kevin Giles

1986 pictured on Boxing Day Seamus Kelly and Kevin Giles

Martina Sandilands competing in Monaghan road relay race 1983.

Martina Sandilands competing in Monaghan road relay race 1983.

Turlough Giles, Kevin Giles, Michael McFadden, James Duggan and Brendan Giles, after competing

Turlough Giles, Kevin Giles, Michael McFadden,
James Duggan and Brendan Giles, after competing

Back row- Kathleen McFadden, Eilish McGowan, Eamon Giles, Nancy McNamee Front row- Rose Gavaghan and Bridie Trearty who competed in the National Cross County Championships in Limerick.

Back row- Kathleen McFadden, Eilish McGowan, Eamon Giles, Nancy McNamee Front row- Rose Gavaghan and Bridie Trearty who competed in the National Cross County Championships in Limerick.

In 1990 Cranford U/12 Boys won the Ulster cross-country championship in Derry. The team were Back L-R: Joe Cullen,Edward Sweeney & Turlough Giles. Front L-R: Charlie Doherty, Seamus McHugh & Brendan Giles pictured with Eamon Giles.

In 1990 Cranford U/12 Boys won the
Ulster cross-country championship in
Derry. The team were
Back L-R: Joe Cullen,Edward
Sweeney & Turlough Giles.
Front L-R: Charlie Doherty, Seamus
McHugh & Brendan Giles pictured
with Eamon Giles.

On January 1994 Cranford won the U/14 girls race in Mallusk International cross-country. The team was Siobhan Monaghan 1st, Orla Monaghan 3rd, Louise Doherty 6th, Paula Cullen 11th, Shauna Giles 21st. The same team were second U/12 girls cross-country and third in U/13 cross-country championship.

Cranford athletic clubs novice ladies were also in fine form competing in the Ulster novice where they won 2nd place in the team event, Competing for Cranford were Annette McCausland, Grace Giles, Nancy McNamee, Clare Hewitt, pictured with Rose Gavaghan.

Cranford athletic clubs novice ladies were also in fine form competing in the Ulster novice
where they won 2nd place in the team event,
Competing for Cranford were Annette McCausland, Grace Giles, Nancy McNamee, Clare Hewitt,
pictured with Rose Gavaghan.

Ulster Cross Country in Derry Taking silver medals in the Ulster Cross Country in Derry, the team were Back L-R: Louise Doherty, Paula Cullen, Siobhan Monaghan, Michelle O’Donnell, & Ann Marie Gallagher. Front L-R: Grainne Kearns, Orla Monaghan & Emma Gallagher

Ulster Cross Country in Derry
Taking silver medals in the Ulster Cross Country in Derry, the team were
Back L-R: Louise Doherty, Paula Cullen, Siobhan Monaghan, Michelle O’Donnell, & Ann Marie
Gallagher.
Front L-R: Grainne Kearns, Orla Monaghan & Emma Gallagher

Pictured at the National vets in Dublin in the mid 90’s left to right- John McDaid, Joe Cullen, Liam Marley, Freddie Connors, Brian McBride, Eamon Giles and Manus Peoples.

Pictured at the National vets in Dublin in the mid 90’s left to right- John McDaid, Joe Cullen, Liam Marley, Freddie Connors, Brian McBride, Eamon Giles and Manus Peoples.

Pictured at the Ulster Championships track and field 1996 were Eamon Giles, Brendan Giles, Tony O’Donnell and John McGrenra.

Pictured at the Ulster Championships track and field 1996 were Eamon Giles, Brendan Giles, Tony O’Donnell and John McGrenra.

Pictured at the Ulster track and field 1996 are Turlough Giles, Brendan Giles, Tony O’Donnell & John McGrenra. Front L-R- Paula Cullen, Siobhan Monaghan and Louise Doherty.

Pictured at the Ulster track and field 1996 are Turlough Giles, Brendan Giles, Tony O’Donnell & John McGrenra. Front L-R- Paula Cullen, Siobhan Monaghan and Louise Doherty.

1997…

Sinead McBride finished 2nd in the U/13 girls 800meters, Margaret Boyce 3rd, in the U/14 shot, Orla Monaghan 1st in the U/14 girls 1500 meters and Louise Doherty 3rd in the U/18 1500 metres at the Ulster Championships in Templemore, Derry and qualified for the National Championships.

Cranford athletic club U/13 girls won the Northern Ireland Cross Country Championship in Lurgan in February 1997 and was another great start to a new year.

Orla Monaghan & Tony O’Donnell being presented with their achievement awards by Tommy Ryan in 1997 also pictured Eamon Giles

Orla Monaghan & Tony O’Donnell being presented with their achievement awards by Tommy Ryan in 1997 also pictured Eamon Giles

In March Cranford ladies team finished 2nd in the road relay in Glaslough- the team were Bridie Trearty, Rose Gavaghan and Julie Ann McAteer.

In March Cranford ladies team finished 2nd in the road relay in Glaslough- the team were Bridie Trearty, Rose Gavaghan and Julie Ann McAteer.

Sir Shane Lesley presenting the cup to John McClafferty for best overall club at the Glaslough road race pictured with Rose Gavaghan and Eamon Giles

Sir Shane Lesley presenting the cup to John McClafferty for best overall club at the Glaslough road race pictured with Rose Gavaghan and Eamon Giles

Louise Doherty, Siobhan Monaghan, Orla Monaghan and Jennifer Hunter who won the Ulster Cross County Championships in Cranford Park 1997

Louise Doherty, Siobhan Monaghan, Orla Monaghan and Jennifer Hunter who won the Ulster Cross County Championships in Cranford Park 1997

Back row- John McClafferty (Senior) team manager, Karol Duggan, Tony O’Donnell, Seamus O’Donnell, Front row- John McClafferty (Junior), T. Pierini, Adam Speer

Back row- John McClafferty (Senior) team manager, Karol Duggan, Tony O’Donnell, Seamus O’Donnell, Front row- John McClafferty (Junior), T. Pierini, Adam Speer

Roy McElhinney, Lorraine McElhinney, Declan Duffy and Victor Hunter checking the results of the time trials in Cranford Park 1997.

Roy McElhinney, Lorraine McElhinney, Declan Duffy and Victor Hunter checking the results of the time trials in Cranford Park 1997.

Pictured in Cranford Park after a cross country training session are Margaret Boyce, Siobhan Monaghan and Heather Duffy

Pictured in Cranford Park after a cross country training session are Margaret Boyce, Siobhan Monaghan and Heather Duffy

In August Cranford U/11 girls relay team broke the Irish record for the 4 x 100 meters. Team members were L-R: Tara McElhinney, Louise Peoples, Labhaoise Gillespie, Zoe Speer and Dympna Gallagher pictured with Rose Gavaghan and Eamon Giles..

In August Cranford U/11 girls relay team broke the Irish record for the 4 x 100 meters.
Team members were L-R: Tara McElhinney, Louise Peoples, Labhaoise Gillespie, Zoe Speer and
Dympna Gallagher pictured with Rose Gavaghan and Eamon Giles..

Cranford U/15 boys had a very good victory in the Ulster Championships Back L-R: Adam Speer, Karol Duggan taking the 1st individual medal,Gareth Moore & Joseph Boyce, Front L-R: Christopher Logue and Declan Duffy pictured with Madge Duffy.

Cranford U/15 boys had a very good victory in the Ulster Championships
Back L-R: Adam Speer, Karol Duggan taking the 1st individual medal,Gareth Moore & Joseph Boyce,
Front L-R: Christopher Logue and Declan Duffy pictured with Madge Duffy.

Cranford U/13 boys who won the Donegal Cross Country Championships. Back L-R: Josie McGee, Thomas Hunter, Eamon McBride,A.Nother, Eoghain McGinley and Michael Coyle. Front L-R: Johnny O’Neill, Craig Speer, Shaun Murray and Karl McElhinney.

Cranford U/13 boys who won the Donegal Cross Country Championships.
Back L-R: Josie McGee, Thomas Hunter, Eamon McBride,A.Nother, Eoghain McGinley and Michael Coyle.
Front L-R: Johnny O’Neill, Craig Speer, Shaun Murray and Karl McElhinney.

Minister for Sport Dr. James McDaid presents Karol Duggan with best juvenile boy athlete of the year, at Cranford Athletic Clubs presentation night, in Logues of Cranford 1999

Minister for Sport Dr. James McDaid
presents Karol Duggan with best
juvenile boy athlete of the year, at
Cranford Athletic Clubs presentation
night, in Logues of Cranford 1999

At national level Karol Duggan won the U/16 All Ireland Championship. An outstanding performance from Karol pulling out a great finish and leaving the rest of the field far behind. Karol also competed in the U/17 All Ireland two weeks later and came away with gold out of his age group.

Declan Duffy pictured with Eamon Giles He was an individual medal winner in the U_15 boys and picked up a gold in the region.

Declan Duffy pictured with Eamon Giles He was an individual medal winner in the U_15 boys and picked up a gold in the region.