AAI Woodie's DIY Inter-county and Juvenile Even Ages
Cross Country Championships.
Valley athlete wards off the challenge
Ian Ward, Finn Valley saw off the strong challenge to come home to
victory in the AAI Woodie's DIY Juvenile Even Ages
Cross Country Championships at The Curragh
on Sunday afternoon.
Competing in the under 18 age bracket his national impact remains
strong and he once again had the Belfast athlete Andrew Gourley for
company. But Ian had matters in control as the rush for the line began.
No such luck for his squad as they failed to medal and should be most
disappointed but life will have to move on and therein lies the
Earlier in the day the under 14 boys took medals in a close fought
battle led out by Mark Bonner, 4th, an excellent return and with Dean
Bonner, Eoghain Bonner and Justin Browne supporting.
It read Letterkenny 102, Limerick 113, Valley 147, with Valley getting
in ahead of Clonmel to get the medals.
The other positive story was the impact of the under 18 girls their
reward bronze medal the result reads Celtic 67, Ferrybank 77, and
Valley 126 ahead of Galway City.
Led by Breda Mc Ginty continuing to improve in 6th, then Shauna Guthrie
15th, Ailish Patton 43rd and Clara Dunnion 62nd.
Well done coach Mark Connolly and Patsy Doherty who looks after the 14
Rebecca Ward came really strong in the 14 girls got up to 7th but while
that was noteworthy she must get involved in the early race when her
age group event comes round in Dungarvan, right from the off. County
medals for two of the U12 age girls, Blaithnaid Patton and Olivia Roe,
but the girls lost out on the medals; they did not respond well as a
group but the belief in the quality of this squad is serious. No doubt
Anne Murphy and Rosemary Mc Dermott who put in such an effort will be
rewarded in the future with a more real performance as the girls
That story read Cranford top of the pile and congratulations to them
and Letterkenny winners of 14 boys title.
The senior men county team with Kieran Carlin on board secured bronze
behind Dublin and Antrim continuing a great record over the years of
medalling in this event the scoring team Murray, Mc Kinney, Crossan,
Brennan, King and of course Carlin. The absolute highlight an
individual victory for Gary Murray from Stranorlar.
This weekend a north-west coaching session at the Centre on Sunday morning
invitation only 10-30 with normal club training going ahead that day as
There is an under 9/11 Sportshall county competition at Valley
Dec. 11th; registration from 6pm to start 6-30. To prepare for this the
club will have a competition for members Dec 4th training ongoing each
Athletes born 92-95 should now sort their entry for Ulster AAI indoor
and money is due from athletes travelling to Algarve to train Jan 3rd.
Results on AAI website.
Some pictures by Kieran Carlin.