Finn valley center played host to the 2019 Ulster championships on Sunday 2nd June , Cranford AC had a good turnout of enthusiastic athletes parents and supporters. the weather was changeable for the athletes with some strong winds to run against and sunshine too. This event also incorporated the Children’s games and U12/13athletes.  The club members saw some great individual and team performances but not always evident on the medal wins.

The day started with the U9 60m heats where Aimee Bassett had a great run coming 3rd in her heat and Niamh Mc Geever 3rd in another heat. Olivia ni Curran also ran a great heat in the 60m.Unfortunately, this was a timed event and not enough to qualify for the finals this time.  Following their 60m race these girls all competed well in the long jump to gain valuable Ulster level experience. These young athletes show great promise for the future, keep up the good work!
Lorcan Boyce ran a strong 60m sprint and did well finishing 2nd in his heat
U10 60m
Anna Giles and Maggie Mc Bride ran well in their U10 60m heats which again were timed events, this gives these young athletes great experience for their next competitions, the girls than ran enthusiastically across the arena to compete in their long jump event.  Great to see such promising athletes.
Meanwhile Cíaron Cooney and Jerry Coyle were competing in their long jump on another pit and both worked well together to qualify for the National championships, with Cíaron Cooney earning a well-deserved Gold medal for his jumps, both these great athletes also competed in the 60m sprint and ran well however Jerry pulled up with a leg injury.
Success continued at the long jump pit where our committed coaches Claire Neely and Dymphna Gallagher were officiating as well as trying to support their young athletes. Where in the U11 Long jump Karen Neely and Cliodhna Mc Bride had great jumping results leading to a gold medal finish for Cliodhna another well-deserved Ulster medal.
Amy Cullen and Ellie McFadden both had fantastic sprints in the 80m timed heats, Amy qualified for the finals and put in a fine performance against some experienced runners.  This has been a great first athletics season for these two athletes.
Cranford had four relays teams entered for today’s event and as always there is great excitement for the relay events with the whole club out to support their teams. The U10 girls relay team comprised of Amy Bassett, Anna Giles, Olivia ni Cullen and Maggie McBride did really well in their event and showed great promise for the future, lots of practice will have these girls improving their skills.
The U11 girls worked well together to compete in their 4 x 100m relay with team members Cliodhna McBride, Karen Neely, Anna Giles and Cliodhna Ni Connell all putting in great performances but unfortunately not gaining medals on this occasion
The U11 boys team looked like they had a good chance but again just missed out on the medal position with strong opposition keeping them at bay, Cilliian Caldwell, Ciaràn Cooney, Lorcan Boyce and Odhran McGroddy a great team of promising athletes. Watch out for these boys in the future.
The final relay team of the day did not disappoint, the Cranford U13 girls relay team stormed home into a convincing Bronze medal position in the 4 x 100m relay with Mevagh McBride running first leg followed by Amy Cullen, Miah Fletcher and finishing strongly Ellie McFadden. Well deserved Ulster Bronze medals for these committed athletes.
Again, these athletes continue to demonstrate their enthusiasm by competing in the U13 girls long Jump Amy Cullen and Ellie McFadden had some great jumps but unfortunately did not achieve medals but this experience of competing at Ulster level is invaluable.
Odhran McGroddy had great run in the U 10 500m finishing in 4th place in his heat, well done Odhran
The U11 girls 600m saw Karen Neely and Cliodhna McBride competing in different heats both girls ran well and Cliodhna fought hard and won her heat well ahead of the chasing athletes, however again as a timed heat this is a challenge for these young athletes and unfortunately Cliodhna was not placed in a medal position today.  Disappointing result for Cliodhna who shows great commitment to her athletics.  Although not to be deterred again these young girls went on to compete in the long jump.
Killian Caldwell ran a strong race through the wind and rain in his 600m heat, followed by Michael Moore in his 600m who finished 11th in these tough Ulster championships
The U13 boys and girls 600m were the last to race today, Ellie McFadden challenged well and finished 4th in her 600m heat with Miah Fletcher winning that heat. Mevagh McBride again put in a fine performance in her timed heat. Caolan McFadden ran a strong heat winning well, however it was a nail-biting time for both these athletes until the timed results were announced, Caolan was awarded Bronze medal in these Ulster championships and Miah finished the day with a well-deserved Gold Ulster medal.
Thanks to the coaches for all their help and dedication to the parents who travelled and helped out on the day and for supporting and encouraging the athletes.


Ciaran Cooney with Garry Cooney and Ernie Mc Elihnney

Mevagh Milan Amy and Ellie

Caolan McFadden


Miah Fletcher who won the 600m

Caolan McFadden

Ciaran Cooney 1st long jump.

Ciaron Cooney with Eamon

Cliodhna mc Bride with Eamon.

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