National championships held in Dunboyne AC.

Caolan McFadden brings home 4th place Individual medal.

A Beautiful frosty, sunny morning greeted our 7 Cranford AC athletes who travelled to Dunboyne Co Meath for the uneven ages Nationals Championship.

Cliodhna McBride was first to run for Cranford and Donegal over this 1500m track which was heavy going, Cliodhna kept her position in the middle of this field of 160 qualifying athletes, she worked hard throughout the race and helped her Donegal team to a 8th place finish overall.

The under 13 race was over two laps to compete on this 2500m course, as the track became heavier going our two under 13 athletes were lined up representing both Donegal and Ulster. Miah Fletcher stayed in the top 20 throughout and finished a respectable 15th place and a well deserved silver medal on the Ulster team.

Caolan McFadden still fresh from his 6th place in the under 14 race three  weeks ago in Abbotstown kept his place in the lead pack, following a stumble in the first 1000m Caolan managed to regain his poise and  was able to join the leading group again, Caolan back in the race dug deep and fought hard to the  line and was awarded a well deserved 4th place all Ireland individual medal and led his  Ulster team home  to a bronze medal and his Donegal team to a 4th place finish. An exciting race to watch throughout.

Cranford had 3 girls representing Donegal in the under 15 girls race, leading the girls home was Clodagh Neely, followed by Jessica Cullen and Orla Neely. Great racing representing Donegal for these girls.

Last to run for Cranford and Donegal was Oisin Kelly competing against the best under 17 boys in Ireland over this now heavy under foot 5000m course. Oisin held steady in the front half of the field maintaining a steady pace throughout to finish in 5th place on his Donegal team and helped them to a silver All Ireland team medal.

Well done to all our athletes who were proud representatives of club and county.

This brings to an end a successful cross country season for Cranford AC and we now look forward to our Boxing Day race at Cranford park. This is a fun family day to blow off the Christmas cobwebs with a race for both adults and children. Prize giving and get together afterwards in the Beach Hotel Downings.  Please join us to celebrate. See our Facebook page for more details.

The annual Christmas draw was a huge success and we thank all the families who contributed so generously with donations and time. We would also like to thank all the local shops and businesses who give prizes for our draw and Millbridge Kilmacrennan, Boyce’s Carrigart and Primo supermarket  Creeslough.The draw was held on Friday night in the Beach Hotel and winners will be published on our Facebook page.

Athletics training is underway every Tuesday and Thursday evening 6.30 pm at Tramore training ground, and new athletes are welcome. The athletes train for a number of track and field events so even if your child is not a runner they might enjoy shot, javelin, long jump or high jump.

Map of Track


Finishing Tape

Walking the track on Sunday morning

All ready to go in Dunboyne Co Meath

Miah Fletcher who came 15th Attleboro Nationals

Miah Fletcher with Eamon Giles

Caolan Mc Fadden who was 4th at the National Juvenile championship

Caolan McFadden with his father Danny and coach Ernie Mc Elhinney

Orla Neely Jessica Cullen and Clodagh Neely who were all on the Donegal team at the National Juvenile championship at Dunboyne Co Meath

Cliodhna McBride who representing Donegal at the National Juvenile championship

Oisin Kelly

Caolan Orla Jessica Miah Clodagh and Cliodhna

Caolan McFadden and Miah Fletcher

Caolan and Miah with Ernie and Eamon

Orla Jessica Miah and Clodagh

Caolan Jessica Clodagh Miah Cliodhnaand Orla

Orla Jessica and Clodagh

Cranford AC medal winners at the National Juvenile championship