Sunday, 7th October - DL Uneven Age Juvenile XC Championship - Report
16 degrees, bright sunshine and not a cloud in the sky, hardly the weather you’d expect for the first race of the cross country season. Nevertheless these were the conditions that greeted the athletes in Castlefinn on Sunday for the Donegal Even age Cross Country Juvenile Championships.
Inishowen AC were represented by a tremendous 40 young athletes, which is a fantastic turnout for the club, whose numbers are increasing week on week at training and the training seems to be paying off, with the first race of the day being the non – championship U-8 girls Keri Loughrey 06th, Erin Whoriskey 09th & Jodi Loughrey 10th all finished in the top ten medal position with Keelan Collins 07th and Rian O’ Gallachóir 08th making the top 10 in U-8 boys, Dylan Mulholland & John James Doyle were in 15th & 16th places completed a great team performance in these youngsters first and indeed the clubs first race at this age level.
Next up were the U-10 girls where Caitlin Doherty & Connie Doherty finished 03rd & 05th respectively with Ava Rijkers 14th Aoife Gallinagh 15th helping the team to a well deserved silver medal. These girls were assisted by other Inishowen athletes Brenda Collins 16th, Ciara mc Daid 25th & Louise Gallinagh 26th who all put in strong performances. The U-10 boys race saw a dramatic sprint finish where Seamus Harley made up five places to clinch first place and Michael Bernard Doherty pushed hard & secured 03rd place with Jamie Mc Daid 09th & Drew Mc Kinney 12th, with four Inishowen athletes in the top 12 the lads secured an impressive Gold team medal, also giving 100% effort for the team were Caolan Mulholland 16th, James O’ Hagan 17th, Oisin Porter 24th & Niall Breslin 32nd.
After that it was the turn of the U-12 girls, and the quartet of Anna Mc Ginley 07th, Hannah Doyle 14th, Jade Doherty 21st & Cara Doherty 26th put in superb performances to ensure the team lifted a well deserved bronze medal also running a great race in this age group was Una Cox 43rd.
The U-12 boy’s race saw strong runs by James Loughrey 14th, Adam Whoriskey 16th Jason mc Laughlin 23rd & Cein Mc Colgan 24th resulting in another team bronze for the club. The team were well backed up by Lughan Devenny 27th & Luke Whoriskey Doherty 41st in this category.
Inishowen AC were represented by three girls in the U-14’s Eadaoin O’ Rawe led the race from the whistle but was overtaken in the final stages but still finished in a very creditable 07th place bearing in mind Eadaoin has another year to run in this category the future is looking bright for this young athlete, and with great finishes by Niamh Doherty 20th & Aimee Whoriskey 27th only the fact they did not have a fourth team mate denied the girls a team medal.
Again only three boys made the start line in the U-14 race. Pat Loughrey 08th pushed the leaders all the way but finished outside medal positions he was closely followed by brothers Michael Doherty 15th & Daniel Doherty 23rd and the super run by these three boys would most certainly have won a team medal had they had one more team-mate. An important reminder to the athletes in the club to attend these races as every place counts for the team even last place! Cross country running is as much a team sport as an individual one.
Our last runner on the day was Mary Teresa Doherty in the U-16 girls pushing all the way to the finish line to earn herself an individual bronze in this hotly contested category Mary Teresa also has another year left in this age group, a girl to watch for the future I’m sure.
All in all every child that turned up on Sunday & competed did fantastically well & they should be very proud of themselves. It made the coaches very proud to see such a great turnout and such strong performances from the yellow vests of Inishowen Ac
Next up is the Uneven age U-9 – U19 Cross country in Fintra, Killybegs on Sunday 14th October starting at 12 noon. Let’s see another big turnout & more strong performances for the club. “Remember every place counts!”