Sunday, 14th October - DL Uneven Age Juvenile XC Championship - Report
Fintra beach Killybegs was the setting for the 2nd race in the juvenile cross country calendar, where just over 300 youngsters donned their spikes & club vests ready to compete. Inishowen A.C. had 44 young athletes on the start line, again a fantastic turnout for what now is a steadily growing club with conditions surprisingly fair, a good days running was guaranteed.
First up was the non-championship U-9 girls race. Keri Loughrey was first home for the club in 07th place overall followed by Brenda Collins in 08th, Erin Whoriskey 14th, Jodie Loughrey 15th & Niamh Corry 18th. All had great runs to see the five girls finish in the top twenty. The same age group in the boys race saw Niall Breslin & Oisin Porter secure 07th & 08th places respectively, Kealan Collins 14th & Rían Ó Gallachóir 27th. John James Doyle 31st made up the team for Inishowen.
Next up was the U-11 girls running over a distance of 1,200m. Caitlin Doherty & Aoife Corry finished in 13th & 14th place with Hannah Doyle 20th & Cara Doherty 22nd. This gave the girls a good score to take the team silver. As in all cross-country races, the other team positions are equally as important as they can take points off the opposition. The rest of the team did not disappoint with great finishes from Brianna Doherty 32nd, Ciara Kelly 36th, Beth Doherty 37th, Demi Donaghey 39th, Emma Mc Daid 43rd & Niamh Doherty 46th.
The U-11 boys race was a very tight affair with Inishowen A.C. having 5 athletes finish in the top ten. First home for the club in 04th place overall was James Loughrey with Jared Flynn 05th hot on his heels. Michael Mc Laughlin 08th & Seamus Harley 09th fought hard for the team. There was a long wait for the team scores that saw the boys miss out on gold to Finn Valley by just one point. Making up the top ten with a super race was Adam Whoriskey. Again, the other team mates played an important roll & we had some brave runs by Jamie Mc Daid 15th, Caolan Mullholland 25th, James O' Hagan 26th, Drew Mc Kinney 31st, John Jackson 34th, Luke Whoriskey Doherty 35th & Darragh Corry 47th. This looks like an age group that, with a little hard work in training, Inishowen could see themselves dominate in the future.
In the U-13 race Inishowen A.C's girls earned themselves a team bronze where Anna Mc Ginley 12th and Eadaoin O' Raw 13th put in gusty performances, pushing hard over the gruelling 2,000m course. Helping to secure the bronze medal was Niamh Doherty 19th and Dervla Gleeson 32nd.
The boys race in the same age category was a battle from start to finish and Pat Loughrey fought all the way, making up 3 places on the final lap to win a well deserved individual silver medal. Michael Doherty 08th followed up on last week's great run and gave 100% for the team. Ciaran Doherty was a late call-up for the team and ran fantastically well to finish in 12th place. Helping the boys secure a team bronze was Jason Mc Laughlin in 28th place. There were only two Inishowen runners in the U-15 girls race, so a team medal was out of the question. Mary Teresa Doherty ran an absolutely brilliant, intelligent race over the 3km course to see the impressive young athlete take the individual gold medal. Mary Teresa is training hard and following her race plan, and it is definitely paying dividends for her. Also, in the same race, Claire Callan battled her way around the course and came in 22nd place overall. Putting in another gutsy, professional performance was Connie-Ann Hession in the U-17 girls race where she led from start to finish, being pushed all the way. She showed her class by pulling away in the final lap, winning another individual gold - a good day for the girls! Our final runner for the day was Declan Donaghey in the U-17 boys race. Declan put in a super performance over the 4,000m distance and he did his club proud by coming home in 07th place overall.
Another fantastic day's running where Inishowen A.C. took home a total of 19 medals in a hotly contested competition. Next up for the Juveniles is the N.I & Ulster Even-age Cross-country Championships in Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor, Co. Down on October 27th.