Finn Valley Athletics Club, Archive of Home Page 2005

Results from Annual 5K Handicap Race.
28th December 2005: A record-breaking turnout of 230 participants, kind weather conditions and an opportunity to socialise with old friends meant that two local charities were the real winners. The large field made up of serious runners, joggers, walkers and women pushing prams insured this turned out to be the best charity event the club has organised in many years or perhaps ever. The response from the general public must be congratulated and maybe the best way to congratulate them would be to join them next year to experience the sense of enjoyment, which you can have by making the effort to get out of the house. A word of thanks to everyone who took part in or organised the event, including those who provided the welcome refreshments which were served afterwards. Thanks to Brendan and Teresa Mc Daid for their help with computerising the event. Results

Pictures by Conor McGonagle.

Handicap 1.

Handicap 2.

Handicap 3.

Handicap 4.

Handicap 5.

Handicap 6.

Handicap 7.

Handicap 8.

Handicap 9.

Handicap 10.

Handicap 11.

Handicap 12.

Handicap 13.

Handicap 14.

Annual 5K Race Event Wraps up 2005.
19th December 2005: Finn Valley wind up another successful year at every level on and off the field of competition with their annual 5k road event on Boxing Day in aid charity. Start time for this years event is 2pm with registration beginning at 1pm All are welcome. more...

Night Scene at Finn Valley Centre. (Pic: Conor McGonagle.)

International Selection and Team Gold for Finn Valley.
14th December 2005: Ian Ward topped a great day for Valley at Athlone I.T. when he finished 3rd in U16 boys event; this was his best individual performance this season and he led his team to victory with 9 points to spare from Clonliffe ... more superb team and individual performances ... U16s again dominant ... a great credit to coach Peader McGranaghan ... more...

Pictures From National Novice and Juveniles at Athlone. Pictures by Alan Cowzer (D.S.D.) and Richard Alcorn.

Teresa Mc Gloin finishes National Novice. (Pic: Alan Cowzer.)

Breda Mc Ginty in action. (Pic: Alan Cowzer.)

Ian Ward on his way to a National championship medal. Ian has been selected on Irish U17 team. (Pic: Alan Cowzer.)

Finn Valley U18 Girls: Bronagh Sweeney, Fionnula Bruton, Maeve Culhane and Nikki Alcorn.

Finn Valley U16 Girls.

Finn Valley U14 Girls, with coaches Anne Murphy and Maureen Doherty.

Finn Valley U12 boys, Gold medallists. Back Row: Dean Bonner, Mark Bonner, Eoghan Bonner with coach Mark Connolly, Front Row: Oisin Merritt, Justin Browne and Gary O’Donnell.

Rebecca Ward, Bronze medallist U12.

U12 Individual medallists. Finn Valley's Mark Bonner, 3rd from left front row and Eoghan Bonner on left, back row, with AAI president Michael Heery.

Karen Ferguson (306), U14 Individual medallist.

Finn Valley U16 Boys, Gold Medallists. Back Row: Ian Ward (Individual Bronze), Aiden Connolly, Ryan McDaid, Coach Peadar McGranaghan. Front Row: Michael Penrose, Darren McGlinchey and Shane Bonner.

Donegal Mafia on tour in Tilburg (European C-C Championships).

Good results for Valley in Sligo.
1st December 2005: The day began positively on Sunday at Sligo for Valley as Rebecca Ward produced a capable confident performance to win the U11 individual national title ... Oisin Merritt silver for Ulster ... U13 boys ... Mark Bonner and Pauric McLaughlin ... The senior men's scene saw medals for Donegal men in 3rd with Dominic Bonner and Kieran Carlin on board while the senior women were 2nd behind Dublin ... more...

Pictures From Inter Counties at Sligo --- by Alan Cowzer (D.S.D) and Bernie Alcorn.

Rebecca Ward (748), Finn Valley national U11 cross country champion pictured with other medallists in her age group. (Pic: Bernie Alcorn.)

Rebecca Ward on her way to become national U11 cross country champion.

Ian Ward, in foreground, leads this group which includes team mate Aiden Connolly in the U17 national cross country championships.

Breda McGinty leads out the national U17 girls national cross country race in Sligo where she finished 7th.

Pictures From Inter Counties at Sligo --- by Kieran Carlin

Donegal Womens Team Silver Medallists with manager Neil Martin.

Catriona McGranaghan in action.

This young Valley competitor (Jonathan Connolly) jumps the gun!

Ian Ward in action.

Picture From Hurdles Coaching Clinic in Donegal Town last Saturday.

Coaches and athletes.

Announcement of Finn Valley Boxing Day 5K.
22nd November 2005: Finn Valley Boxing Day 5K announced, in aid of Special Olympics and North West Cancer Care.

Valley's All-Conquering Team.
21st November 2005: Article on Finn Valley's All-Conquering Women's Team released. By Ritchie Kelly.

Donegal Secondary Schools Cross Country Pictures.
16th November 2005: Pictures from Donegal Secondary Schools Cross Country held at Scoil Mhuire Buncrana.

Valley's Joe Byrne makes NCAA C-C finals.
15th November 2005: Sunday brought the good news that Joe Byrne, a student at Illinois, had qualified for the NCAA Cross-Country finals this weekend at Indiana University ... In Dublin at Santry four club athletes competed for Ireland Masters, the best return being from Noleen Porter who placed second overall in her category on the winning team beating England into second ... James McMahon with a top 20 finish was also on the winning team after a slow start as was Dominic Bonner. Pat Hegarty finished in 31st. The club are proud of these athletes ... The club hosted the north-west squad get-together on Sunday and are most appreciative of Eamon Harvey's continued efforts in this regard ... more...

Peadar McGranaghan retirement function.
14th November 2005: There was a large turnout of committee and members at the Finn Valley centre on Saturday night to mark the retirement of Peadar McGranaghan ...

Pictures by Richard Alcorn

Peadar McGranaghan pictured at his retirement function in the Finn Valley centre with Finn Valley A.C. committee members. L-R: Neil Martin, Bridgeen Doherty, Patsy McGinley, Patsy McGonagle, Peadar, Bernie Alcorn, Kieran O'Donnell, Neil McGonagle and Noreen Bonner.

Peadar McGranaghan with his wife Sadie and their family.

Peadar McGranaghan with his wife Sadie, club Chairman Patsy McGonagle, Eodanne McGowan and County Councillor Patrick McGowan and Club Officers Neil Martin and Bernie Alcorn.

Peadar McGranaghan with fellow coaches Patsy Doherty, Neil Martin, Maureen Doherty, Sean Carlin, Christine Feely, Ann Murphy, Bernie Alcorn, Brendan Patton and Patsy McGonagle.

Peadar McGranaghan with his family.

Peadar McGranaghan pictured with some of Finn Valley's juvenile athletes.

Pictures From Santry Masters International --- by Kieran Carlin

Valley athletes on duty at Santry International. L-R: Noeleen Porter, Pat Hegarty, Dominic Bonner, and James McMahon.

Start of the men's race.

Noeleen Porter leads this group in the women's race.

Dominic Bonner in the middle of this group.

James McMahon (4554) in action for the Irish Masters team that beat the other home nations on Saturday in Dublin.

Pat Hegarty (4558).

Valley athletes at Santry International. L-R: Pat Hegarty, James McMahon and Dominic Bonner.

Announcement of North West Young Athletes Squad for Coaching.
14th November 2005: Composition of squad announced.

Finn Valley Dominate Ulster Underage; Clodagh Mc Cool Wins First Senior Title.
7th November 2005: Finn Valley youngsters responded in a most positive manner to emerge with numerous honours at Ballyclare last weekend ... pictures below ... The Donegal Cross-Country championship at Finn Valley had everything, a serious team battle in mens, enthusiastic crowd, good weather and a new womens champion, Clodagh McCool from Stranorlar will mark Sunday last as her greatest athletics memory to date ... she led her Valley team to yet another team victory thanks to the contribution of Noleen Porter 2, Catriona McGranaghan 3, Teresa McGloin 7. ... unfortunately men second to Letterkenny ... more...

Results from Donegal Senior and Ballyclare Even Ages.
7th November 2005: Results from Donegal Senior and Ballyclare Even Ages.

Pictures by Richard Alcorn

Finn Valley scoring team that won Donegal senior cross-country title; Clodagh Mc Cool, Catriona Mc Granaghan, Noleen Porter, Teresa Mc Gloin.

Top three Donegal Senior Cross-country: L-R Catriona Mc Granaghan, Bronze, Clodagh Mc Cool, Gold, and Noleen Porter, Silver.

Pictures by Paul O'Neill

Peter Browne no. 94 leads the boys U10.

Caoimhe Mc Menamin leads this group in the Girls U10.

U14 girls -- Emily Murphy, Niamh Doherty, Karen Ferguson.

Boys U12 winning team with coach Patsy Mc Gonagle.

Top three U12 Boys Mark Bonner, Finn Valley, 1st, and Ruairi Finnegan LAC 3rd.

Top three girls U12; winner Rebecca Ward Finn Valley in centre.

Top three Girls U16; Breda Mc Ginty on left silver medallist.

Enda Doherty, Finn Valley, 5th U18 Boys.

U12 Girls with Rebecca Ward the individual Ulster Cross Country Champion in centre.

Pictures by Richard Alcorn

U16 Boys Ulster Cross Country Champions with coach Peadar McGranaghan.

U18 Girls, Silver Medallists.

U10 Girls, Ulster Cross Country Champions, with coach Brid McMenamin.

U10 Boys.

U12 Boys, Ulster Cross Country Champions, including Mark Bonner individual Gold Medallist 2nd from right, back row, and coach Patsy McGonagle.

U14 Girls, Ulster Cross Country Champions with coaches Maureen Doherty and Brendan Patton.

U14 Boys.

U16 Girls, bronze medallists, with Breda McGinty (647), the individual silver medallist.

Busy Weekend for Valley Athletes.
1st November 2005: A busy weekend beckons for Valley athletes young and old with the Ulster 10-18 championships at Ballyclare. They leave on Saturday at 8.30 a.m. for a noon start while the Donegal senior cross-country event is at Finn Valley with a noon start on Sunday ...Peader McGranaghan retires as club centre manager ... more...

Mc Ginty Shines for Finn Valley.
24th October 2005: Breda Mc Ginty from Dooish returned to competition on Sunday at Scotstown and with only limited training behind her recorded an excellent victory in the U-17 age group leading her Finn Valley team to silver medals ... Rebecca Ward wins the U-11 girls ... best team finish was by U-15 girls winning their event; very encouraging for coaches Brendan Patton and Maureen Doherty as this squad are all under 14. Finish positions: Karen Ferguson 6th, Clara Dunnion 14th, Amy Slevin 16th, Niamh Doherty 17th, Eilish Patton 20th and Emily Murphy 21st ... silver for U-13 boys ... more...

Pictures by Richard Alcorn

U13 girls.

U17 girls who were silver medallists.

U13 boys team, silver medallists, with coach Patsy McGonagle.

U15 girls, Ulster champions, with coaches Maureen Doherty and Brendan Patton.

U11 girls team with individual winner Rebecca Ward centre.

Juvenile captains Nikki Alcorn and Enda Doherty.

New Donegal Records.
21st October 2005: Donegal Athletics Board have annnounced New Donegal Athletics Records ratified during 2005.

North West Squad training days.
20th October 2005: Donegal Athletics Board have announced details of the Donegal - North West Squad training and coaching days.

Stranorlar's Marathon Family.
19th October 2005: A rather unusual sporting achievement is on the cards for twelve members of the Irwin family from Stranorlar who plan to run this years Dublin City Marathon at the end of this month with all proceeds going to Concern.

Picture by Conor McGonagle

Irwin Family Marathoners. Pictured are seated from left Frank, Margeret, Kathleen and Martin, while the back are Cecila Katrina, Barry, Veronica and Rosemary. Family members not in the photo who make up the team are Maria, Geraldine, Patricia and Josephine.

Joe Byrne finishing 4th in the NCAA regional cross-country championships at the University of Indiana. (Track And Field Photo Magazine)

Finn Valley Master Athletes on International Teams.
17th October 2005: The Finn Valley club have once again had athletes selected on various Irish masters teams for the home countries cross country international in Dublin on March the 13th ... As a result of a selection race at the Phoenix Park, Dominic Bonner has been included again after a second placing ... James Mc Mahon has been included in the over-45 squad ... Noeleen Porter gains selection with a third place finish position ... the womens only 3k on Sunday saw a new course record 10:32 to former Valley athlete Rosaleen Campbell ... Nicola Alcorn did well ... more...

Finn Valley Start the Cross country Season on a Winning Note.
10th October 2005: Finn Valley produced some exciting results at a windy Cranford on the banks of Mulroy Bay ... Dominic Bonner, who has proved to be such a boost to club teams in recent years, won the county masters leading his clubmate Pat Hegarty across the line and with Gerard Bogle and Mark Connolly on board they were assured of victory over host club Cranford ... In the county even ages the club had significant victories in U-12 boys led by Mark Bonner, U-14 girls with Niamh Doherty leading what was a Finn Valley 1,2,3,4 with Karen Ferguson, Amy Slevin and Jodie Stewart ... more...

Pictures below by Kieran Carlin

Finn Valley U18 county champions. Bronagh Sweeney, Nicola Alcorn, Maeve Culhane.

U12 Boys winning team with Noreen Bonner.

U10 Girls with Brid Mc Menamin.

Pat Hegarty and Enda Doherty battle it out.

What a day on the banks of Mulroy. Patsy Mc Gonagle, Enda Doherty, Bernie Alcorn, Bridgeen Doherty.

Niall Finn, Finn Valley, who won the Donegal U8 race.

Annual General Meeting Report.
10th October 2005: Report from club AGM, including election of new officers ... more...
... Club Officers for 2005--2006

Pictures below by Conor McGonagle.

Recent developments at Finn Valley Centre: August 2005.

Recent developments at Finn Valley Centre: September 2005.

Winter Fixture List Announced.
10th October 2005: Fixture list for September 2005 to March 2006 announced ... more...

Cross Country Season Underway at Finn Valley.
3rd October 2005: The Cross Country season got under way last weekend with the Donegal Uneven age group and Novice Championships being held at the Finn Valley Centre ... results ... The Annual Awards night party for our juvenile athletes was held on Sunday last and it was very well attended by athletes and parents alike ...


Pictures below by Kieran Carlin.

Family shot of U17 boys. Peader McGranaghan, Sam, Ian Ward, PJ Bonner, Shane, Mark, Aiden Connolly, John, Darren Mc Glinchey.

Dan King leads U17 boys.

U17 boys. Top 3; Ian Ward centre.

Peader McGranaghan with the U17 team.

Results of 35th Annual Primary Schools Challenge and 7th Annual Secondary Schools Cross-country.
1st October 2005: Although the organisers and children had to endure atrocious weather conditions, somewhere in the region of 600 youngsters participated in the 35th Annual Primary Schools Challenge. Schools were represented from a wide area, from Malin in the north to Kilcar in the south. A special word of thanks to the workers involved ... results of 35th Annual Primary Schools Challenge ... The 7th Annual Secondary Schools Cross-country event attracted some 300 plus secondary school students from Donegal and West Tyrone, again it proved a successful venture and gave an opportunity to many to sample the sport for the first time. Regrettably the obvious decline in children’s general fitness becomes more evident each year. The organisers are most appreciative of the coaches from the twenty four schools who attended. results of the 7th Annual Secondary Schools Cross-country ...

Pictures below by Conor McGonagle.

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More Pictures from World Student Games.
1st October 2005: More Pictures from World Student Games. Irish Team manager Patsy McGonagle.





Donegal 5K Championships wrap up Grand Prix.
19th September 2005: There was a large turnout for the Donegal 5K Road Championships which were hosted by Finn Valley A.C. on Sunday last. Kieran Carlin ran very well to finish 2nd to Pauric McKinney in a time of 15.33. Frank Chaney also put in an excellent run finishing 5th in 15.56. Dominic Bonar 16.13, Gerard Bogle 16.14 and Pat Hegarty 16.26 show that the Masters men's team are all in good shape. Good running also from Conal McBride 16.31 and Barry Harron 16.40. Enda Doherty was our first Junior athlete in 16.41 with Ian Ward 17.01, Aiden Connolly 17.09 and Shane Bonner 17.39 also running very well and will look forward to contesting their U16 Cross Country Championship on 2nd October. Clodagh McCool (17.41) and Catriona McGranaghan and Teresa McGloin were our leading female athletes ... Rosemary Bogle won the V2 Category of the Waterside Half Marathon ... upcoming fixtures announced ... AGM announced ... Grand Prix 2005 Results (PDF) ...


35th Annual Primary Schools Challenge Announced
31st August 2005: Finn Valley have announced details of the 7th Annual Primary Schools Cross-country to take place on 28th September 2005 and the 5th Annual Secondary Schools Cross-Country to take place on 29th September 2005. more...

Club athletes in action at home and abroad.
30th August 2005: Ann McGill, Dominic Bonner and Jim Hynes are in San Sebastian, Spain at present competing in the World Masters Championships. Ann has already competed in the 5K Walk and finished 11th in the O/45 category in a time of 29.36.79 but her stronger event, the 20K Walk, will take place today (Thursday). Dominic Bonner and Jim Hynes also have one event completed with Dominic finishing an excellent 12th in the Cross Country (O/40) and Jim 21st in the O/65 category ... Jamie Lewis wins Welsh 10K Championships ... results from Brockagh Four Mile Grand Prix Race and the third round of the Golden Cow League ...


Pictures from World Student Games.
17th August 2005: Pictures from World Student Games. Irish Team manager Patsy McGonagle.

Irish team manager Patsy at World Student Games in Izmir, Turkey, with coaches Karen Mills and Letterkenny's Teresa McDaid and Ailish Mc Sweeney, silver medalist 100m.

Patsy with Mickey Whelan, Chef d'equipe, and bronze medallist Derval O'Rourke.

Ailish Mc Sweeney with Patsy McGonagle.

Finn Valley members on international service.
9th August 2005: Congratulations to Breda McGinty and Ian Ward who were selected for the Celtic Games in Wales last weekend and both competed well in their respective 1500m events ... Patsy McGonagle who was selected as Irish Team Manager for the World Student Games ... The Finn Valley Masters athletes competed very well at the National Championships in Tullamore last Saturday ... National League reults ... more...

Pictures below by Conor McGonagle.

Ian Ward and Breda McGinty who have been selected to compete for Ireland in the forthcoming Celtic International. They are pictured with their coaches; on left Peader McGranaghan and, on right, Patsy McGonagle.

Results of Ramelton 5K.
7th August 2005: Donegal's leading junior male middle distance runner, James King, recorded his first ever victory on the Donegal Athletics Board Grand Prix Series on Friday night ... Valley's Kieran Carlin 2nd ... Clodagh McCool, who ran a personal best of 17:12 on her last 5K outing two weekends earlier in Rathmullan, was again a comfortable winner of the senior women's section in 18:05, with Helen Leonard second in 18:53 ... Pat Hegarty wins masters ... more...

Results of Rathmullan 5K.
25th July 2005: James Flanagan of Letterkenny AC chalked up his second win in the space of three days in the Donegal Athletics Board Grand Prix Road Series when taking victory in the Rathmullan 5K on Friday night ... Finn Valley's Clodagh McCool made it three wins on the bounce ... The top three veteran runners - the Finn Valley duo of Pat Hegarty and Dominic Bonner and City of Derry's Declan McCarthy - all finished in the top ten ... more...

Picture below by Conor McGonagle.

Finn Valley National Relay gold medal winners (16th July).

Finn Valley juveniles triumphant.
11th July 2005: Finn Valley juveniles recorded their greatest ever success at the national track and field championships last weekend in Tullamore, winning a total of 18 individual medals over the weekend ... more...

Pictures below by Nikki Alcorn.

Gavin McCrudden (on right) who won a bronze medal.

Laura Friel (on right), high jump bronze medallist.

Aoife Whelan, gold and Clara Dunnion bronze in the 2000m U/15 walk, with coach Bernie Alcorn who presented the medals.

Nikki Alcorn left silver medallist U/18 3000m walk with S. Fennelly, winner and A. Prenderville bronze, and Finn Valley coach Bernie Alcorn.

Shuana Guthrie, silver medal U/16 2000m walk with coach Bernie Alcorn.

Laura Feely (on right), bronze medallist in both the U/15 hammer and shot putt, with Finn valley coach Bernie Alcorn.

Paul Doherty(1406), silver medal, and Christopher Britton (1425), St. John Bosco, gold in U/16 100m hurdles.

Clive Heapes (on right), silver medallist U/15 javelin, and bronze in hammer.

Stewart McClean (on right), bronze medallist U/19 400m.

Shane Bonner (on left) who won the silver medal in the U/16 3000m walk.

Matthew Kelly (on left) silver medallist U/14 javelin.

Sareen McCrudden (centre), gold medallist U/14 javelin.

Geraldine Kelly (on right) bronze medallist U/19 triple jump.

Breda McGinty (on right), bronze medallist U/16 1500m.

Finn Valley athletes who competed at Tullamore.

Finn Valley athletes who won medals in Tullamore. Missing from photo is Shareen McCrudden, Gavin Mc Crudden, Shane Bonner, Ian Ward and Clive Heapes (two medals).

Valley host round of Donegal Grand Prix.
4th July 2005: Finn Valley Athletic Club hosted a 5K road race as part of the Grand Prix Series last Friday with many Finn Valley athletes to the fore ... results... ... Congratulations and good luck to club coaches Bernie Alcorn and Neil Martin who have been selected for International Duty next week. Bernie has been selected as Irish Team Coach and Manager for the World Youth Championships in Marrakesh, Morocco whilst Neil has been selected as Irish Team Manager for the European Junior and U23 Championships in Erfurt, Germany. more...

Picture below by Conor McGonagle.

Bernie Alcorn, Irish Team Coach and Manager for the World Youth Championships in Marrakesh, Morocco.

Results of Finn Valley AC Ballybofey 5K.
2nd July 2005: Results of Friday's Finn Valley AC Ballybofey 5K ... more...

Jeff Cassin Wins Nations 50K Title, results from Ulster-N.I. Juvenile Championships.
27th June 2005: Congratulations to Jeff Cassin who won the National 50k Walk Title at the Phoenix Park last weekend ... Ann McGill also put up a great battle in the Senior Women's 20K race taking bronze in an excellent time of 2.04.09 ... We had many excellent performances at the Antrim Forum recently at the Ulster/N.I. U14 to U19 Championships where the top four qualified for Tullamore ... Gary Murray breaks Donegal 5k record ... Catriona McGranaghan weds Thomas Devine ... more...

Pictures below by J. Campbell.

Catriona and Thomas just after their wedding.

James Gibbons, Bernard McCabe and Ciaran Carlin (partially hidden) congratulate Catriona and Thomas outside the church.

Cutting the cake.

Finn Valley stalwarts: Patsy Doherty, Ciaran Carlin, Neil Martin, Richard Alcorn and Bernie Alcorn.

Patsy McGonagle and Rosaleen (back to camera) congratulate Catriona and Thomas outside the church; Peadar and Mrs. McGranaghan on the right of the picture.

New Email arrangements.
19th June 2005: Apologies to people who have emailed jc or recently. Because of a new setup, I simply forgot to read that email for a long time. In future,
finnvalleyac at gmail dot com
will be read more frequently and reliably.

Donegal Athletics Board Grand Prix 2005 Fixture List.
19th June 2005: Donegal Athletics Board Grand Prix 2005 fixture list posted ... more...

Results of Donegal 5k Road race.
11th June 2005: The latest round of the Donegal Athletics Board Grand Prix was last night's Donegal Town 5k ... Ballyshannon man James Flanagan had to fight of the advances of Finn Valley youngster Alan Cavanagh in the closing stages of a very well supported and competitive 5k Donegal Road Grand Prix at Donegal Town on Friday night, to win in a time 15 mins. 56 secs ... Ian Ward (Valley) wins juvenile race, with Daren McGlinchey second ... Alan Cavanagh second overall in main race . more...

Pictures below by Eamon Harvey

Shortly after the start.

Ian Ward (Finn Valley) wins the juvenile section.

Irish Schools Gold for Aoife Whelan; results from Irish Schools; results from Ulster Juveniles -- Six Gold medals.
6th June 2005: The Irish Schools Track and Field Championships were held in Tullamore on Saturday and highlight of the day from a Finn Valley and Donegal point of view was Donegal's only Gold medallist Aoife Whelan ... Breda McGinty was the 2nd St. Columba's athlete to win a medal ... Ulster Juvenile Track and Field Championships -- Six Gold medallists at the U9 to U13 ...Clodagh McCool was 1st in the Senior Women's race (17.39) and Frank Chaney was 3rd in the Senior Men's race (16.00) in the Bob Mullan 5K road race in Buncrana. Gerard Bogle was 1st veteran man (16.12) and his wife Rosemary was 1st in the veteran women's race in 19.28 ... more...

Pictures below by Richard Alcorn

Aoife Whelan, St. Columba's college, Stranorlar. Irish schools junior champion 2000m walk.

Alan Cavanagh, St. Eunan's Letterkenny who took the senior boys 5000m bronze medal at the Irish schools track and field championships.

Finn Valley U10 girls who competed at the Ulster juvenile track and field championships at the Finn Valley centre. From left Grainne and Caoimhe McMenamin (Gold), Shannon McLaughlin (Bronze) and Blaithnid Patton (Gold).

From left, Kevin Byrne, Christopher Gallagher and Sean Bannigan.

Breda McGinty, St. Columbas college Stranorlar. 1500m bronze medallist, intermediate girls.

Finn Valley's Chantelle McAteer silver U13 shot putt and bronze high jump and Tori Lafferty, silver U12 high jump.

Finn Valley juveniles who competed at the Ulster championships at the Finn Valley centre last weekend. Included are Erin McGranaghan, Justin Browne (gold U12 Shot), Sharron Heapes (bronze U11 ball throw), and Rochelle Tourish.

Jacinta Lynch, Cheyanne Griffin, Megan Stewart and Aisling Gallagher Finn Valley who became the U11 4 x 50m relay Ulster champions.

Finn Valley U10 relay team who took the bronze medals in the Ulster juvenile track and field. From left Shannon McLaughlin, Caoimhe McMenamin, Blaithnaid Patton and Shauna Finn.

Results from Primary Schools Championships.
3rd June 2005: Results from Primary Schools Championships published. more...

Donegal Track and Field Championships
30th May 2005: The 2nd round of the Donegal Track and Field Championships for the even age groups, Juniors, Seniors and Masters was held in Letterkenny on Sunday ... superb results for Valley ... more...

Ulster Schools Track and Field Championships Results
23rd May 2005: The Ulster Schools Track and Field Championships were held on Friday and Saturday last at the Antrim Forum ... wins for Aoife Whelan, Fionnuala Bruton, Aileen Brennan, Breda McGinty ... more...

Track and Field Season Underway.
16th May 2005: The Track and Field season has begun in earnest with three competitions taking place in the past week. On Wednesday last we had a number of our athletes competing in the District Schools in Antrim, on Wednesday night the Donegal U9, 10 and 11 Championships were held at the Finn Valley Centre and on Sunday the Un-even age groups and Senior and Masters Championships were held at the Finn Valley Centre also ... more...

Strong performances at Deep River Rock Meeting. Finn Valley Masters Honoured.
9th May 2005: Fourteen of our young Track and Field athletes travelled to the second Deep River Rock Meeting in Belfast on Thursday evening last and enjoyed the experience very much. The meeting run by Lagan Valley A.C. was very well organised with large fields in every event and although the very cold conditions were not conducive to fast times, heights etc. we had many excellent performances ... Congratulations to Brendan Alexander who won the Athletics Award at Letterkenny I.T. last Thursday night ... successful function at the club centre on Friday to honour the success of the Masters road and cross country teams in recent years at national level ... more...

Pictures below by Conor McGonagle

Jim Hynes and Anthony Murray, National Masters individual category champions.

James Gibbons and Ann McGill, European Master medallists.

Margaret Murray, Bernie Alcorn, Bridgeen Doherty and Ann McGill.

Una Brennan, Kay Byrne and Joe Brennan.

Ann McGill, Michael McGill and James Gibbons.

Joe Brennan, Mark Connolly, Patrick Hegarty and James McMahon National Cross Country team winners.

Bridget McGlynn, Mary Bond and Breda McNamee.

All conquering Women's Masters team.

Mens Masters team.

Finn Valley Summer Camp Announced.
5th May 2005: Finn Valley Summer Camp announced ... 1st to 12th August ... ages 7--12 ... places limited ... book early to avoid disappointment ... more...

Charlie Gallagher Wins North West 10K.
2nd May 2005: Charlie Gallagher has an impressive victory in the North West 10K ... time 32:24 ... Gary Crossan second in 33:35 ... Alan Cavanagh wins U19 in 34:13 ... Noeleen Porter was 3rd in the Senior Women's race in 37:49 ... Ann McGill won the walking section ... Pat Hegarty wins masters (34:37) ... results from Donegal v Connaught Match. more...

Pictures below by Conor McGonagle

Charlie Gallager on his way to victory.

Ann McGill receiving water from James Gibbons.

Finn Valley Masters Take Silver Medals in National 10K.
25th April 2005: Finn Valley Masters Men's team was 2nd in the National 10K Road Championships last weekend. There was a great battle for the team medals with Civil Service taking 1st place in a cumulative time of 100 minutes 26 seconds with Finn Valley 2nd on 101 minutes 22 seconds and Tullamore in 3rd position. James McMahon finished in 6th place in a time of 33.13 minutes, Dominic Bonner 7th in 33.33 minutes and Pat Hegarty 3rd in 34.40 minutes ... Jim Hynes wins V6 ... Brendan Alexander in National Universities Championships ... Donegal Schools Track and Field was held in Buncrana last Friday ... more...

Summer Fixture List Announced.
17th April 2005: Fixture list for April to September 2005 announced ... more...

Double Gold and Silver for Finn Valley at National Indoors.
4th April 2005: The second weekend of the National Juvenile Indoor Championships were held in Nenagh last weekend with the Finn Valley juveniles bringing home two Gold and one Silver medals plus many excellent performances with ten of our athletes finishing in the top six in the country ... gold for Aoife Whelan and Nikki Alcorn ... silver for Shauna Guthrie ... results from National Senior and Masters Road Relays ... more...

Pictures below by Richard Alcorn

Finn Valley juvenile athletes at Nenagh with Noreen Bonner and Brendan Alexander.

Matthew Kelly, silver medallist U14 shot putt pictured with gold and bronze winners and Breda Synott Athletics Ireland.

Aoife Whelan (centre), winner of the U15 1000m walk.

Finn Valley team at Nenagh along with coaches.

Shauna Guthrie (on left), silver medallist U16 1500m walk.

Nikki Alcorn (second from left), winner U18 1500m walk, with A. Prenderville, 2nd Estuary A.C.; A. Drew 3rd Mullingar and Breda Synott Athletics Ireland.

U19 relay team who were 4th in the final of the 4x200m. From left Owen McNeill, Stewart McClean, Pauric Feely and Joe McGinley.

35th Annual Primary Schools Challenge Announced
23rd March 2005: Finn Valley have announced details of the 34th Annual Primary Schools Challenge to take place on 1st June 2005. more...

History pages further updated.
22nd March 2005: We have added further pictures to the history section ... 1999... 1996... 1992... 1990... 1989... 1980... 1975... 1960s...
History pages updated; Results from National Juvenile Indoor Championships.
21st March 2005: We have added a large number of pictures to the history section ... 2005... 1996... 1994... 1993... 1992... 1990... 1989... 1988... 1986... 1985... 1983... 1982... 1980... 1979... 1978... ... Congratulations to Matthew Kelly who won a Silver medal in the U14 Shot Putt at the National Juvenile Indoor Championships in Nenagh at the weekend. This was Matthew's first Indoor medal as he is better known for his talent outdoors in the Javelin and Ball Throw in which he is the current All-Ireland Champion... many other excellent performances ... more...

Noeleen Porter 3rd in British Masters
14th March 2005: Congratulations to Noeleen Porter on her Bronze medal in the over 40 category of the British Masters Cross Country Championships which were held this year in Bangor. Noeleen had a terrific run finishing 5th overall in the race but 3rd in her category... Very well done to Nikki Alcorn and Fionnuala Bruton on their excellent performances in the National Senior Indoor Relay Championships in Nenagh where they were part of the Donegal team which won the Bronze medals in the 3 x 1000m Walk ... Finn Valley had three athletes on the Donegal teams who were very successful at the Ulster Sportshall Finals this week ... Finn Valley had a large onumber of athletes competing in the Glaslough Road Races which attracted large numbers ... Jonathon Carlin 4th in the U9s, Rebecca Ward 1st in U11s, Niamh Doherty winning the U13s with Karen Ferguson 2nd and Emily Murphy 3rd. Eilish Patton 7th in the U15s and another 1, 2, 3 in the U15 boys race won by Ian Ward, Darren McGlinchey 2nd and Aiden Connolly 3rd. Clodagh McCool looked very impressive winning the Senior Women's 3K leading her team of Gloria Devenney and Noreen Bonner to 2nd place just one point behind Armagh. Kieran Carlin was 6th in the Senior Men's race ... more...

Stefan Connolly and his father Tommy in Glaslough. Photo by Brendan Patton.

U15 girls squad in Glaslough. Photo by Brendan Patton.

Mark Bonner in action at Glaslough. Photo by Brendan Patton.

St. Columbas, Stranorlar team which was 5th in the intermediate schools cross country championships in Dungarvan at the weekend. From left, Breda Mc Ginty, Fionnuala Bruton, Shuana Guthrie and Maeve Culhane. Photo Richard Alcorn.

Loretto College Letterkenny team which came 6th in the senior girls schools cross country chamionships in Dungarvan last weekend. From left: Yvonne McLaughlin, Ciara Ryan, Niamh McDaid, Joanne English, all Letterkenny A.C., and Nikki Alcorn, Finn Valley A.C. Photo Richard Alcorn.

Donegal 3 X 1000m racewalk team which took bronze medals in the national senior indoor relays. Pictured with Paddy Marley (Irish team manager for the recent European indoor championships) are from left: Nikki Alcorn, Fionnuala Bruton, both Finn Valley A.C., and Bernie O Callaghan, Killbegs A.C. Photo Richard Alcorn.

Finn Valley Women Win All-Ireland Short Course Championships.
7th March 2005: Congratulations to our women's team who retained their National Senior Title at the Short Course Cross Country Championships in Dublin at the weekend. Noeleen Porter had a terrific run finishing in 3rd place and was delighted with her first National individual cross country medal at Senior level. Noeleen led her team of Catriona McGranaghan who had an excellent run finishing 7th, Clodagh McCool also running very well over the shorter distance in 10th and Kay Byrne winning her 14th National Senior Cross Country Championship medal in 19th place. Teresa McGloin also ran very well to finish in 40th place ... Our men's team also did very well finishing 6th team led home by Kevin Holian in 26th, Dominic Bonner 32nd, Kieran Carlin 41st, Charlie Gallagher 51st, Gerard Bogle 60th, John McGlinchey 61st, Frank Chaney 63rd and Bernard McCabe 72nd... Ann McGill competed in the Isle of Man International Race Walking Grand Prix and finished an excellent 2nd place in the 10K in a time of 59.58... results from Irish Schools Championships ... more...

Results from National Senior Cross-Country and Ulster Schools Cross-Country.
21st February 2005: Our Senior Women's team competed in the National Inter-Club Cross Country Championships in Santry last weekend and were very disappointed to finish out of the medals for the first time since 1989. Noeleen Porter 11th and Catriona McGranaghan 12th both ran well but Kay Byrne 25th would be disappointed with her race, running below her best and Clodagh McCool 30th ... big hopes for short course championships on 6th March ... congratulations to Gary Murray, senior men's champion ... first Donegal winner since Cyril O'Boyle in 1951 ... The Ulster Schools Cross-Country Championships were held in Mallusk last Wednesday with many of our club athletes involved representing their various schools ... more...

Gary Murray with Glenswilly man Cyril O'Boyle, Donegal's only other winner of the prestigious title, won in Belfield Dublin back in 1951. Photo Conor McGonagle.

The St.Columbas College Stranorlar Intermediate team which won silver at the Ulster Schools Cross Country. Included with coach Patsy McGonagle are, from left: Shauna Guttery, Finnoula Britton, Breda McGinty and Maeve Culhane. Photo Conor McGonagle.

Results from Scottish indoor combined events and Ulster Winter Track & Field Championships.
14th February 2005: Congratulations to Gavin Carlin who put in great performances throughout the day to win the Bronze medal in the U15 Scottish Combined Events. Gavin had four new p.b.'s ...Lorcan McMenamin also had a great day with a new p.b. in the hurdles ... Our juvenile athletes travelled to Antrim Stadium on Saturday and Sunday last to contest the Ulster Winter Track & Field Championships ... Finn Valley had thirteen new Ulster Champions at the end of the weekend ... more...

Pictures below by Richard Alcorn

Finn Valley team at Ulster Winter Track & Field Championships.

Finn Valley medal winners.

Women's team return from European Champions Cup. Results from Scottish indoors.
7th February 2005: Our senior women's team travelled to Mantova in Northern Italy last weekend to compete in the European Champions Cup Cross Country. The conditions although cold and frosty were good for the 5K race. Our lead runner was Noeleen Porter who finished in 36th place in a time of 17.51minutes with Catriona McGranaghan in 42nd (18.06), Clodagh McCool 44th (18.25) and Kay Byrne who was suffering from a bad stomach bug turning out for her team and finishing 48th (18.50). The team finished in 12th place which was a good result as the standard in Cross Country running in Europe is so high ... Our juvenile athletes travelled to the Kelvin Hall in Glasgow last weekend and enjoyed the experience very much. Brendan Alexander was our top performer winning a Bronze medal in the U20 men's pole vault ... more...

Pictures below by Conor McGonagle and Richard Alcorn

l-r: Catriona McGranaghan, Noeleen Porter, Neil Martin (team manager), and Kay Byrne. (photo: Conor McGonagle.)

Catriona McGranaghan. (photo: Conor McGonagle.)

Valley Women's Team at European Clubs Cross Country Athletics Championships in Italy.

Clodagh Mc Cool in action in Italy.

l-r: Tara Hegarty, Aoife Whelan, Niamh Doherty and Ailish Patton at Scottish indoors

Brendan Alexander (on left), Bronze Medallist in the U20 Pole Vault.

Results from Carlow and Nenagh. Masters Retain National Title.
31st January 2005: The men's masters team won the National Masters Cross Country Team Championships for the 4th year in a row in Carlow last weekend ... led once again by Dominic Bonner who continues his great season finishing 7th fighting in the leading group all the way. James McMahon, put in a great run despite a terrible start working his way through the field to finish in 8th place with team captain, Pat Hegarty coming back into form at the right time in an excellent 14th with Gerard Bogle completing the scoring team in 35th place. This was Gerard's first time to make a Finn Valley scoring team at national level so many congratulations to him. Great back-up here also from Joe Brennan 47th, Mark Connolly 70th, Bernard McCabe 75th and Gerry O'Doherty who travelled from England in 134th (14th in his own V3 category). The team scores were Finn Valley 64 points, DSD, 118 points, and Rathfarnam 137 points. Donegal won the Silver medals in the Inter-County Championships behind Dublin with Dominic, James, Pat, Gerard and Joe Brennan making the scoring team ... women's club team also ran very well to finish in 4th position with Noeleen Porter having an excellent run in 3rd place overall and 2nd in her O/40 category. Kay Byrne ran strongly to finish 11th (5th in O/40), Rosemary Bogle also coming back to good form in 35th place with Nancy McNamee 44th and Gloria Donaghey 65th. Donegal won the Inter-County Championships with both Noeleen and Kay on the scoring team. Donegal won with 38 points, Cork 2nd 41 points and Mayo 3rd on 68 points ... results from intermediate ... more...

Picture below by Richard Alcorn

Aileen Brennan, Aaron McMenamin and Jodie Stewart, who competed very successfully in Nenagh, with coaches Bernie Alcorn and Brid McMenamin.

Results from Cardiff and Athlone
24th January 2005: Congratulations to Kieran McConnell, competing for Ireland, who finished 2nd in the Junior Men's Shot Putt (13.49m) at the Cardiff Indoor International ... We had several athletes involved in the National X-C relays which were held in Athlone ... more...

Pictures below by Bernie Alcorn and Joe English

Donegal U12 boys relay team who were unlucky to miss out on medals with Donegal finishing in 4th place at the national juvenile championships.

Donegal U14 cross country relay team medallists at the national juvenile championships, with Michael Heery, AAI President.

Gemma Vance, Eilish Patton, Niamh Doherty and Karen Ferguson (Finn Valley) made up the County team and put in a great performance to take the Bronze medals behind County Clare and County Galway. Pictured with AAI President Michael Heery.

Kieran McConnell, 2nd in Junior Men's Shot Putt at Cardiff International.

Kieran McConnell with his parents Sue and Packie.

Ireland's Team Management L to R: Liam Hennessey, International Secretary, Sean Naughton, Stephen Maguire (Men's Coach), Bernie Alcorn (Women's Coach) and Angela O'Sullivan (Physio).

Clean Sweep for Finn Valley at Ulster Senior Cross Country Championship
17th January 2005: Finn Valley had a very successful Ulster Cross Country Championships on Sunday last. Catriona McGranaghan had a great run in the senior women's race pulling away in the last lap after a ding-dong battle with club-mate Noleen Porter and Letterkenny's Helena Crossan ... Kay Byrne 5th ... Teresa McGloin 9th ... Valley team first with 17 points ... Charlie Gallagher was our leading runner in the men's championships finishing in 2nd position behind Letterkenny's Pauric McKinney with 44 year-old Dominic Bonner having yet another great run finishing 3rd title was secure with great back up from Kevin Holian 6th, Pat Hegarty 8th, Frank Chaney 9th, Kieran Carlin 13th and Martin Bonner 16th ... Rosemary Bogle wins masters ... team title for Valley (Bogle, Nancy McNamee, Noreen Bonner) ... Joe Brennan won the men's Ulster masters title with another 1,2,3 for Finn Valley with Gerard Bogle 2nd and Bernard McCabe 3rd. Finn Valley won the Team Title here also with great back-up from Drew Doherty in 5th position ... results from County Trials for National Juvenile Cross-Country Relays ... results from Winter Track & Field Meet more...

Pictures below by Conor McGonagle

Senior Men's Team.

Catriona McGranaghan after retaining her Ulster title, with Patsy McGonagle.

Top three in men's race: Charlie Gallagher (2nd), Pauric McKinney (1st) and Dominic Bonner (3rd).

Killybegs Women's Team, medal winners.

Letterkenny AC athletes lead this bunch.

Dominic Bonner leads this group.

Senior men in their final placings order: Pauric McKinney 1st, Charlie Gallagher, 2nd.

John Cannon leads this group with Barnesmore looming in the background.

Dominic Bonner strikes gold at Stormont International
10th January 2005: Congratulations to Dominic Bonner on his great victory at the Stormont Cross-Country. Dominic won the 6K Masters race in a time of 20.08, eight seconds clear of Deon McNeill, Newcastle A.C. ... To put icing on the cake Dominic led his Finn Valley Team to victory as well with great running from Pat Hegarty, 13th 21.22, Joe Brennan 17th 21.29 and Bernard McCabe 28th 22.05 ... more...

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