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November Round-up (Juveniles) - Seamus Harley takes Gold at NI & Ulster XC Championships - Report

NI & Ulster XC Championships

NI & Ulster XC Championships (Juveniles) photo album

Inishowen AC Juveniles were in action at two cross country events in November, the first being the Northern Ireland and Ulster Championships in Rostrevor, Co Down. The result of the day undoubtedly Seamus Harley taking an individual gold in the U-10 boys’ race and inspiring his team to take a fantastic team gold medal. Seamus ran a perfect race, sitting just off the leaders the whole way round and, with his now familiar burst of pace in the final few hundred metres, picked them all off to earn himself a superb gold medal...well done Seamus! Jamie Mc Daid also ran a great tactical race, keeping himself in contention throughout and finishing in a well earned 04th place overall. Next home for the club was Michael Bernard Doherty in 07th place and James O Hagan in 13th place; a great run and finish by both boys in such a high level competition. This gave the boys a total score of 25 points, good enough to secure a fantastic gold team medal. With their nearest competitors Analee AC some 21 points adrift in 02nd place this was some achievement for the young athletes at Ulster level. Also running in the same race for Inishowen AC were Oisin Porter 22nd, Niall Breslin 41st & John Jackson 59th, all good strong performances by the boys. In the same age category for the girls, Inishowen AC’s sole competitor Caitlin Doherty ran a terrific race and finished in 06th place overall, earning herself a well deserved top ten Ulster medal.

Next race up was the U-12 girls where Hannah Doyle and Dervla Gleeson finished 65th & 94th respectively, good runs for their first race at this level. In the U-12 boys Inishowen AC again only had two athletes on the start line, James Loughrey finishing 25th & Adam Whoriskey 44th, both boys running strongly considering they both have another year in this category.  

The U-14 girls’ race saw Eadaoin O’ Raw finish in 29th place & Aimee Whoriskey in 59th place - gutsy performances by the two girls. The boys’ race in the same category saw five Inishowen athletes on the start line. First home for the club was Michael Doherty in 28th position with Pat Loughrey right on his tail in 28th place. Ciaran Doherty ran a powerful race to finish 42nd and rounding things off for the team were Daniel Doherty in 56th & Niall O’ Doherty in 69th, not a good enough score to see them get a team medal, but again the boys have another year left in this age group.  

In the U-16 girls’ category Mary Teresa Doherty ran exceptionally well to finish in 17th place. Being the 02nd Donegal girl home earned her a place on the County team for the upcoming National finals. The same race saw Claire Callan finish in 58th position. The only two Inishowen AC competitors left to run were Connie Ann Hession & Declan Donaghey, both running in the U-18 age group. Both athletes pushed hard and were rewarded with top ten finishes - Connie 09th & Declan 10th - again good enough to secure themselves a place on the County team.

The next race meeting was the uneven age NI & Ulster Championships in Killybegs. Inishowen AC had 22 athletes competing in this high level competition. It was the U-11 boys who led the way for the club, bring back a hard fought team silver medal. In a hotly contested race Jared Flynn pushed hard & gave everything to finish in 06th place overall, closely followed by James Loughrey with a brilliant 08th place, which ensured the two Inishowen athletes get a place on the County team for the upcoming National finals in Wexford in December. Next home for the club was Seamus Harley in 19th & Adam Whoriskey 21st, great runs by the boys. This gave the team a good enough score to take a team silver by 1 point from Omagh Harriers. With the scoring so tight, the rest of the team played a vital part in keeping the boys in 02nd place, so credit has to be given to Jamie Mc Daid 35th, Drew Mc Kinney 37th & James O’ Hagan 38th who all played their part in this race. The U-11 girls’ race did not produce any medals but saw some spirited runs by Clara Doherty 17th, Hannah Doyle 30th, Caitlin Doherty 35th & Ciara Kelly 44th - all great performances at Ulster level. Tthe finish by Clara was good enough to see her on the Donegal team for the National final in Wexford.

In the U-13 girls’ race Anna Mc Ginley also ran her way onto the Donegal team with a great 22nd place finish. She was followed in by Eadaoin O’ Raw in 27th & Niamh Doherty in 52nd. The U-13 boys’ race was a tight affair all the way round the 2k course and fantastic runs by Pat Loughrey in 06th and Michael Doherty 09th cemented their place on the Donegal team. Putting in another super performance in this race was Ciaran Doherty, coming home in 18th place. The Inishowen line-up was completed by Niall O’ Doherty in 58th place.

Mary Teresa Doherty put in a strong performance to finish 16th in the girls’ U-15 race. She was the third Donegal athlete home, giving her a well deserved place on the County team. In the same race Claire Callan ran impressively and finished 51st in a highly competitive field.

Connie Ann Hession finished the U-17 girls’ race in 15th position & 04th for Donegal; another powerful run & another Inishowen athlete on the Donegal team. Rounding off events for the club was Declan Donaghey who is getting back to his best race by race. Declan ran a super race in the U-17 boys’ category and picked up 3 places in the final lap of the course to finish 13th overall & 04th for the County. A great run by Declan means he will have to make the long trip to Co. Wexford to compete for Donegal in the All-Ireland finals. 

Next meeting in the cross country season is the National Even Age Juvenile Championships in County Meath on Sunday 25th November, and the Uneven Age Championships in Co Wexford on Sunday 09th December. We would like to wish all of the Inishowen athletes best of luck in these two prestigious races. The following athletes will represent Inishowen at the upcoming National finals: Carla Doherty U-11, Jared Flynn U-11, James Loughrey U-11, Seamus Harley U-11, Adam Whoriskey U-11, Anna Mc Ginley U-13, Pat Loughrey U-13 & U-14, Michael Doherty U-13 & U-14, Ciaran Doherty U-13, Niall O’ Doherty U-13, Eadaoin O’Raw U-14, Mary Teresa Doherty U14 & U-15, Connie Ann Hession U-17 & U-18 & Declan Donaghey U-17 & U-18.

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