Ulster Title for Caolan Mc Fadden of Cranford AC.

Ulster Title for


McFadden of



Well it’s hard not to mention the weather conditions we had on Saturday at the Ulster cross country uneven ages but to say when it got tough the tough got going our Athletes showed their true determination and passion for their chosen sport.

We got the day off to a good start with our U15 Girls – Clodagh Neely led the girls home with a very impressive run fighting to the end of this 3,000m race to come home in 23rd place and 4th counter on the Donegal team who came 3rd and will now go on to represent the Donegal team at the Nationals in December, she was followed closely by her team mates Jessica Cullen,  Blathnaid Gallagher and Orla Neely who all ran very well on this challenging  course and the team were placed 7th in Ulster.
Eoin Friel was our only U15 boy with very muddy conditions under foot he gave a gutsy performance to come home in 58th position.
Next up were our U17 duo of Oisin Kelly and Oran Mc Menamin, well to say it never stopped raining was an understatement, the boys race had to be cut short as part of the course was now flooded but the boys ran 4,000m in tough conditions with both boys doing very well successfully crossing the finishing line well up the field Oisin in 23rd position and was 5th counter on the Donegal team who came 2nd,
Oran finishing closely behind just missing out on the Donegal team.
Cranford under 11’s were up next and with the ground now very muddy the conditions were very slippery under foot but with their usual grit they got off to a great start.  Cliodhna McBride took the race on from the front and with a great battle upfront for this ulster title she was in it to the end crossing over the finishing line in 4th place, a
great performance from Cliodhna and her team mates of Karen Neely in 47th Sadie Mc Gettigan in 49th and Beth Mc Clafferty in 66th these girls earned themselves a 6th place overall team finish.
Our U11 boys were up next and despite the cold and muddy conditions these boys ran with great spirit over this 1200m race with  Odhran Mc Groddy coming home in 52nd position followed by Killian Caldwell in 57th and Luke Murray in 78th in his first Ulsters. Well done boys.
Our U 13 had to wait until the end of the day for their race over 2,000 m, this was pure cross country conditions and our girls didn’t disappoint. Miah Fletcher who was a bit under the weather gave it her all and what a great performance she had Miah dug deep and came from 8th with 300m to go into 4th place the muddy conditions didn’t stop her, her teammates packed in behind her with Ellie Mc Fadden in 41st Mevagh Mc Bride 46th and Amy Cullen in 49th position the team got a 6th place finish in Ulster.
The race of the day for Cranford was the boys U13 with Caolan Mc Fadden keeping up his past good form, Caolan got off to a great start and lead the field where he powered around this course making it look easy in the difficult conditions, with 1,000m left he had broke away and there was no stopping him and claimed the Gold medal and Ulster title, he also led the Donegal team to silver, Michael Moore had a good race coming home in 35th and Daithi Cannon in 82nd in this large field of athletes.
Well done to all our athletes who competed so well today. Thanks to the coaches for all their support and thanks to all the parents who travelled and helped out on the day as it was all hands on deck. We now look forward to the Nationals next weekend in Abbotstown. Good luck to all our Athletes.
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Warming up

Blathnaid and Orla

Clodagh Neely Blathnaid Gallagher Jessica Cullen and Orla Neely Girls U15

Sadie Mc Gettigan Karen Neely and Beth Mc Clafferty

Killian Caldwell

Amy Cullen

Caolan McFadden

Daithi Cannon with his mother Shauna

Start of the girls U11

Michael and James Moore

Daithi Cannon

Cliodhna Mc Bride

Johnny and Dymphna

Caolan with Danny and Ernie

Clodagh Neely sprinting for the line after running 3k

Eoin Friel

Start of the boys U 17

Start of Girls U11

Under foot conditions

Girls U 15

Clodagh in action

Cliodhna Mc Bride

Sadie Mc Gettigan

Clodagh Neely

Oran Mc Menamin

Oisin Kelly

Miah Fletcher

Caolan Mc Fadden

Cliodhna Mc Bride

Caolan Mc Fadden crossing the finishing line

Ellie Mc Fadden

Girls U13

Girls U13