Saturday, 26th January - Northern Ireland and Ulster Intermediate and Masters XC Championships - Report


Inishowen AC made the trip to Lurgan for the Northern Irish and Ulster Intermediate and Masters Cross-country Championships on Saturday, 26th January, hoping to improve on last year's bronze medal-winning performance by the Inishowen ladies Masters team. With strong teams from North Belfast, Annadale, Finn Valley and City of Derry in attendance it was going to be a hard task to come away with a medal from these championships.

Evelyn Mc Ginley ran the race of her life to win an individual bronze medal, missing out on the silver by seconds from Finn Valley athlete, Catriona Devine. Kim Mc Lauglin, making her cross-country debut, ran to a superb 24th place finish, with Tracy Harley 59th, Elizabeth Mc Daid 63rd, Trina Mhic Dhonaill 73rd, Breege Collins 73rd and Sonia Mc Grory 116th. Springwall AC pipped the Inishowen ladies to the bronze medal.

In the men's 10k Master race, Joe Mc Kinney was the top performer, making a welcome return to the Inishowen vest and showed his quality with a superb 15th place finish in a highly competitive 8k race. Scoil Isogain school teacher, Pat Gallagher was the next Inishowen athlete over the line in 62nd place, with Finbarr Gallagher next over the line in 63rd. Sean Mc Daid crossed the line in 73rd place and Owenie Mc Kinney finished in 84th place.

After the Master race it was the turn of the Intermediate Men's 10k race and with top club athletes from all over Ulster on the start line. With Benny Mc Daid and Karol Mc Laughlin the sole two Inishowen AC men involved, it was a personal battle to get through the tough 10k race. Benny Mc Daid ran to a 63rd place finish in what was his cross-country debut and Karol Mc Laughlin ran to an 88th place finish in a field of 120 on the day.

Next on the Fixture List is the AAI Masters Cross-country Championships in Gransha, Derry on Sunday 3rd February.

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