Sunday, 3rd February - AAI Masters, Intermediate and Juvenile Development Cross Country Championships - Report

Inishowen AC were out in numbers for the AAI Masters, Intermediate and Juvenile Development Cross Country Championships in Gransha, Derry on Sunday, 3rd Febuary. The rain with held until the last race of the day, but the underfoot conditions made it a challenging course for the athletes. With the Juvenile Races underway from 11.30am, parts of the course were beginning to get heavy by the time the Masters women race got underway at 2pm. It was a former guest to Inishowen AC, Pauline Curley of Tullamore Harriers who romped home unchallenged to win the ladies title in a time of 15.13. Best for Inishowen was Evelyn Mc Ginley who ran to a superb 12th place finish to help Donegal win the team title and get a National medal.

Elizabeth Mc Daid was next home in 39th place followed by Tracy Harley in 40th. other Inishowen AC finishers were
Sharon Mc Daid 43rd
Henrietta Elves 50th
Breedge Collins 54th
Marie O'Donnell 81st
Sonya Mc Grory 82nd

In the Masters club standings, Inishowen AC finished in a highly comendable 7th place.
Next up was the Master men. Inishowen had a team of seven on the start line. From the gun the pace was set by Peter Matthews from Dublin and Declan Reid From Derry, who went on to finish 2nd behind Matthews. Best for Inishowen was Joe Mc Kinney who is gradually getting back to his best. Joe ran to a superb 30th place finish which got him on the scoring Donegal team that won a bronze medal on the day. Joe was followed home by Jim Harkin in 49th place with Malcolm Mc Gee in 73rd, Finbarr Gallagher 94th, Shaun Mc Daid 112th, Philip Callaghan 120th and Owenie Mc Kinney 123rd, earning Inishowen AC a 9th place finish in the team result. Next up was the Intermediate women. Inishowen had three athletes in the field of 67 and with the course now heavy underfoot, the 5000m race was a difficult one for the athletes. First home on the day for inishowen AC was Kim Mc Laughlin in 34th place followed by Karen Mc Dermott in 62nd, with Ursurla Lynch coming home on her cross country debut in 67th place.
The last race of the day was the Intermediate men's race, which was a high class race with Donegal Senior Champion, Chris Johnstone from Letterkenny winning comfortably to take the title. First home for Inishowen was new recruit, Benny Mc Daid in 72nd place followed by Martin Mooney in 77th place, with Karol Mc Lauglin in 95th and Gerard Doherty in 97th.
Well done to all athletes on the day and was good to see the club well represented at  a national cross country event.

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