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Cranford AC Notes.

Finn valley short cross challenge cross country competition

Sunday morning saw a bright and dry day for the start to Sunday’s short course cross country challenge at the well laid out and firm under foot cross country course.

Cranford athletes were up early and enthusiastic to run in this event which will make a smooth transition to the track season and shorter distances.

First with their toe to the line for Cranford was Bobby Brown running in the under 9 competition over 600m of this track which was in good condition.

Bobby ran a storming race getting off to a great start, maintaining his bronze medal position and fighting off a chasing pack, great running and a well deserved bronze medal for Bobby.

A strong group of U11 boys were all warmed up with coach Claire Neely and had reviewed their 800m track. Oisin Mc Hugh led this race from the start, fighting off stiff competition he maintained his lead to earn himself a well deserved silver medal position having just caught by Letterkenny runner in the final 200m, Oisin was  closely followed by Matthew Giles (8), Faolan Caldwell, Roan Ladley, Oisin Giles and Seamus mcCloskey. Impressive running from this young team with more to come in the track season.

Cranford U13 boys Odhran Mc Groddy and Oisin Mc bride got off to a strong start in their 1000m course. Oisin pushing through to the

Lead the pack after the first 200m. Both these boys fighting all the way against strong opposition, in this exciting race, Oisin finished with a well deserved 5th place and earning himself an individual medal. Odhran had a great sprint finish in 13th position.

Next up for Cranford were the under 15 boys who had a challenging 1600m of this course to run. Darragh Mc Hugh got off to a strong start however as the race got underway the pack stretched out, Darragh running well in 10th place and killian Caldwell challenging in 14th position. Both boys ran a superb race in excellent times.

Caolan Mc Fadden put his toe to the line this afternoon despite a bout of illness through the night to run in the Under 17 competition over 1800m around this well laid out course. A disappointing turn out for this race however saw Caolan challenging along with the under 19 boys. This provided Caolan with some strong opposition, not to be deterred Caolan held his form to storm home in the lead in both age groups and earn himself a gold medal.

We look forward to watching Caolan’s performance next week in the International cross country championship in Belfast where Caolan has been selected to represent NI and Ulster in Under 17 event.  This is very prestigious for this young 14 year old Creeslough man.

The final race of the day for Cranford saw three of our Under 17 girls line up again alongside the U19 girls.  Miah Fletcher 4th, Clodagh Neely 8th and Jessica Cullen 12th all put in gutsy performances today and enjoyed the competition.

Thanks to all the coaches and parents who travelled and helped out on the day.

Training continues on Tuesday and Thursday evening at 6.30 in Downing’s New members welcome.

Bobby with his mum.

Clodagh and Claire.

Our boys u 10

Oisin Mc Bride

Caolan and Eamon

The Mc Hugh Family

Darragh Mc Hugh with killian Caldwell

Clodagh Miah and Jessica