Cranford AC U11 Boys take Ulster Team Title and Mc Fadden takes Individual Ulster Title 

2022 Ni and Ulster Championships for Novice and Uneven ages cross country held in Finn Valley centre.


Saturday saw a beautiful bright and sunny morning for the Cranford athletes who travelled to Stranorlar to compete in this event. The well laid out course at the Finn Valley centre was going to be a challenge as the day progressed and long spikes were the order of the day for our athletes.

It was encouraging again to see two novice teams line up today for Cranford.

To get the day off to a good start, the Under 9 girls ran a storming fast 600m lap of the Finn Valley course and get Cranford off the mark. Siabh Mc bride led this team home closely followed by Allanah Curran, Rose  o Tool and Sarah Boyce also finished well up this large field of athletes, well done girls, Great to see this team doing do well!

Three Cranford Boys put their toe to the line in the under 9s event.  Bobby Browne led this team home finishing strongly and earning himself an individual medal, closely followed by Dara Gallagher and Darragh Mc Hugh.

Our under 11 squad had a challenging 1200m, two small laps of this course up and down the hills of this track to contend with and every one of our talented athletes were ready and warmed up for action.

These Boys did us proud today battling to the very end, what fabulous racing from this team. First over the line for Cranford was Matthew Giles,(6) Ben McGee,(11) Roan Ladley (15), Charlie Rogers(22).  Faolan Caldwell (72) , Rory Boyce (63), James Cooney (79), Great to see such a strong team line up this morning. This earned this team Ulster Champion titles, and are now qualifiers for the National Championships in Cork in December, congratulations Boys!

Olivia Curran was our only Under 13 Girl running strongly over this 2k course and finishing with a great sprint finish in the middle of this strong field of athletes.

Under 13 boys put in another fine performance today and ran exceptionally well in this challenging under 13 event over this winding 2k course. First home for this team was Oisin Mc Bride (17), who ran strongly throughout, Ciaron and Odhran  battled it out together throughout the race with a close sprint finish,  final placing Oisin Mc Bride (17) , Ciaron Cooney (45), Odhran McGroddy (46), Cian McHugh, (61), Dylan Finnegan (83), Lorcan Boyce (81) ,

In the Under 15 boys event over 3000m Diarmuid Gallagher held his steady pace throughout in this highly contested Ulster Championship race.

Under 17 girls event was run alongside the under 19 girls on this fine 4k course which was starting to become heavy under foot. All our girls battled throughout in this field of fine athletes and worked hard as a team to complete this Challenging course. Miah Fletcher (25) led this team home followed by Clodagh Neely (33) , Loaise Lynch (39) and Blathnaid Gallagher (51).

Caolan McFadden was in the lead pack throughout this challenging 4500m course in the  U 17 Boys today, Caolan looked strong and comfortable as he completed the first lap of the outer field emerging at the front of this talented pack. Caolan fought hard and broke from the pack in the final lap to be crowned Ulster U17 Champion, fabulous running from Caolan today.


The final two races of the day saw our two novice teams line up waiting for the starting gun.

First up this afternoon were the Novice Women who had 4k to cover of this increasingly slippery track, our ladies fought hard in this large field and all had great individual runs.

Ann McBride (32) brought this team home closely followed by, Sinead Giles, (34) the experienced Dymphna Gallagher  (43)had a great race and her debut performance for Cranford AC, Downings lady Claire McGee  (50) brought this team home.  Well done ladies and great to see such team spirit from all club members and support crew.

Novice Men had 6k to cover in this enduring race, this team showed great grit and determination today digging in and maintaining their places throughout this tough race. Brothers Declan (71) and Ryan McBride,(80) stayed together for most of this race with some healthy sibling rivalry, Anthony Sweeney,(100)  James Lee McBride (97), John McBride (108). Again each competitor had great individual runs in this large field of athletes.


Cranford AC would like to thank all our coaches for their continued support every evening at training and the Sunday morning sessions which get our Sunday off to a healthy outdoor start.  Congratulations to all those athletes selected to represent their club and county at the upcoming national competition. 

Reminder the Even ages and Senior National  championship will be in Downings 20th November. This will be a busy Sunday in Downings, please note: there will be local traffic diversions in place.

Cranford AC athletes coaches and parents

Cranford AC U9 team

Boys U11

Diarmuid Gallagher

Boys U13

Girls U 9 with Edna Boyce

Roan Ladley

Matthew Giles and Ben Mc Gee

Charlie Rogers

Rory Boyce

Faolan Caldwell

Matthew Giles

Charlie Rogers

Boys under 11 team who got Gold Roan, Matt,Ben, Rory, Charlie, Faolan and James

Cranford AC

Boys u13 Odhran Lorcan Ciaron Oisin Dylan and Cian

Diarmuid and Paul Gallagher

Miah Fletcher

Clodagh Neely

Aoife and Karen

Novice ladies Sinead Giles Ann Mc Brlde Dymphna Gallagher Clare Mc Gee.

Novice Men and ladies

Dara Mc Hugh

Oisin kelly



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