Champions cup cross country at Finn Valley

Sunday past was the first run out of the cross country season for most of our young athletes for the Champions Cup event held at Finn Valley.
Racing got off to an early start with Dymphna Gallagher putting in a fine performance in the Seniors race over the challenging tracks. Dymphna settled into a steady pace finishing strongly in 4th place, a great start for Dympna’s season
Under 9 category ran a good strong 500m lap saw Megan Logue lining up as the first of the Cranford AC junior squad, this was Megan’s first run out today and the blustery conditions did not deter. Megan put in a gutsy performance finishing 23rd in a large field of competitive under 9’s.
In the boys under 9 , Charlie Rogers, Faolan Caldwell and Seamus Mc Closkey lined up fresh from the schools cross country earlier in the week, these boys ran over the 500m course against the strengthening wind to finish, a great first run out for the club. Charlie and Faolan battled it out to finish 10th and 11th respectively and Seamus had a good run finishing 28th in another large field of athletes.
Cranford had two boys in the under 10 category to run over 600m, both boys Matthew Giles (8) and Ben McGee (10) ran a gutsy race to finish well up this strong field.
U 11 race was over 800m of the undulating track at Finn Valley, Caoimhe O Doherty represented Cranford in the girls race, Caoimhe ran a great race over this tough course finishing well up the field her first ever cross country race.
Oisin Mc bride had a fabulous run in the U11 boys earning himself a well deserved 3rd medal position, coming of the back of his 600m on Saturday at the National community games finals in Carlow.
u12 girls saw Lilla Gerwatowslo line up to compete over this 1000m track as the weather turned wintery with the rain battering down ,Lila battled well in her race to finish a respectable 10th place.
Dylan Finnegan took to the track in his first ever cross country race for Cranford AC and ran well in this challenging race and under foot conditions.
Karen Neely and Killian Caldwell ran in the U 13 event both ran well in their events over this challenging 1200m race.
The U14 and U15 boys ran in the same race with Caolan Mc Fadden leading from the gun earning himself a well deserved gold medal, Diarmuid Gallagher competed well in the U14 race over 1500m.
Miah Fletcher had a closely run race again with the U14 girls and U15 combined. Miah made her strike in the last 200m to win the race in style.
Finally under 17 girls took to the track where ground conditions were a bit slippery, the girls all got off to a good start and kept up with the pace, Jessica Cullen, (17) Clodagh Neely, (14) Blathnaid Gallagher (19). All fresh from gold medals at the schools cross country on Thursday all ran well in these deteriorating conditions.
Thanks to all the coaches and parents who helped out on the day. We now look forward to the Donegal Championships even ages this weekend in Inishowen.


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Seamus Mc Closkey Faolan Caldwell and Charlie Rogers

Matthew Giles and Ben Mc Gee with Blathnaid Gallagher

Caoimhe o Doherty

Karen Neely

Oisin Mc Bride with Declan Ann and Saoibhe

Miah Fletcher

Blathnaid Jessica and Clodagh

Jerry and Tara

Clodagh Karen Ivor Neely

Caoimhe Oisin with Clodagh

Lilla Gerwatowska and Dylan Finnegan

Karen and Killian

Megan logue

Dymphna Gallagher

Karen Neely

Caolan Mc Fadden

Matthew and Ben