Cranford perform well at Donegal uneven age championships held in St Eunans Letterkenny

The weather was kind and mild for our early morning start in Letterkenny for the Uneven ages Donegal championships.
Cranford AC had a great turn out of enthusiastic athletes, parents and supporters. Club coaches Eamon, Rose, Claire and Seamus supervised the early morning warm up ensuring our athletes were well prepared for their events.
While the underage athletes were warming up it was a good opportunity to watch our only female Novice entrant Dymphna Gallagher put in a fine performance over this 3k track. Dymphna was able to share her experience with the junior athletes and discuss the heavy going in the outer field of the track.
Cranford had a large entry for these events and first up for the underage under 9 girls in the Donegal championships was Sarah Coyle running over 800m in her first event this season, Sarah put in a gutsy performance today. Well done Sarah!
Fresh from last weeks fabulous medal winning event, this team have been strengthened by a few additions to the age group, in the U9 boys, leading this team home over the challenging 800m was Charlie Rogers, (15) Seamus Mccloskey (26), Oisin Giles, (15) Faolan Caldwell,(19) Darragh Mc Hugh (30) Harry Mc Hugh, (33)
Great running for these boys today.
U11 had another challenging race over this 1200m track which was now heavy under foot following the overnight rain. Olivia Curran (27)led well at the start of this race and held on to finish well up this field, Niamh McGeever, (55) Cadhla Coyle (56) all had a great run out today in these mild conditions.Lily Mc Hugh found the going tough but give it her best in her first ever cross country race.Great running for these girls in their first event of the season.
Next on the track were the experienced U11 boys again a strong team performance finishing in 4th team place from these boys. Many of whom ran in the U12 medal winning team last week. Oisin Mc Bride stayed in the leading pack and established a good lead with this pack, finishing a storming 2nd silver medal position, Matthew Giles (21)and Oisin Mc Hugh (22) followed closely behind with Lorcan Boyce, (47) Darragh Mc Hugh (30) Ben McGee,(32) Rory Boyce (48) and Roan Ladley (42) who had a fine run finishing strongly in his first cross country event. A great team performance well done boys.
Cranford had 3 keen runners on the line ready for their u13 girls 2000m challenge, Cliodhna Mc bride (12) ran a strong race throughout finishing well up in this experienced field of athletes, next home for Cranford AC was Lilla Gerwatowska (21) with another gutsy performance and bringing this team home was Karen Neely (30)who had a strong sprint finish in the final 200m of the tough course.
A strong team of U13 boys lined up for this 2k challenge and first bringing this team home was Darragh McHugh in a strong 6th place closely followed by Odhran Mc Groddy, (26) Cian Mc Hugh, (24) caoimhin Coyle, (34) Dylan Finnegan, (38) killian Caldwell, (20) all these boys put in exceptional performances with strong finishes throughout.
U15 girls had a great run today with Miah Fletcher, Ellie Mc Fadden, (16) Laoise lynch (10) who all ran well in this heavy going 3km track with the sun coming out it was also warming up for these athletes. Miah held her place in the lead pack throughout to finish in a strong silver medal position fighting throughout this well challenged race. Laoise brought the team home with strong finish in this her first cross country run, great sprint finish from Laoise today, Ellie McFadden maintained her even stride finishing strongly in this challenging field of athletes.
Caolan Mc Fadden was the only representative for Cranford AC in the
U 15 boys who challenged well in this strongly fought 3k event. Caolan true to form held his lead and also managed to widen his lead with every step. His gold medal performance was never in doubt, a well earned title of Donegal U15 champion.
Cranford U17 girls were a 1,2 and 3 finish and had a strong team performance over the heavy 3k course today Clodagh Neely led from the start running strongly throughout earning herself a well deserved gold medal and Donegal Champion title closely followed by Jessica Cullen in her elegant running style finishing in Silver medal position, in followed by Orla Neely bronze and Blathnaid Gallagher bringing this team of experienced athletes home. Great well deserved team gold for our U17 girls team.
The final athlete for Cranford Ac was Oisin Kelly in the u 19 event over 5 k this hotly contested race stretched out through the race and Oisin fought hard to stay with the lead pack. Oisin finished strongly in 4th place.
Cranford AC look forward to the NI and Ulster championships in Belfast in 2 weeks time. A big thank you to all the parents who travelled to the event and supported our athletes with warms up and encouragement. Our reliable and professional coaches and volunteers who make this such an enjoyable family event.

Clodagh and Orla Neely with Eamon

Caolan Donegal Champion

Miah Fletcher who came 2nd U 15 girls

Oran Mc Groddy Killian Caldwell and Coyle

Donegal champion Clodagh Neely

First 3 girls in the U 17 race Clodagh Neely 1st Jessica Cullen 2nd Orla Neely 3rd 🥉

Oisin Mc bride

Lily Mc Hugh Cadhla Coyle Olivia Curran

Cranford AC boys U 9 Harry Mc Hugh Charlie Rogers Faolan Caldwell Seamus Mc Closkey Darragh Mc Hugh and Oisin Giles.

Lily Mc Hugh Cadhla Coyle Olivia Curran

Lily Mc Hugh Cadhla Coyle Olivia Curran

Cranford AC Boys U11