Action from The Curragh of Kildare

It began at 11.30 and by noon Valley were on a roll The diminutive Castlederg girl Aoife Mc Grath pushing into a top position with buncrana s Emer O Neill ,Daniella Jansen a pupil at Dromore N S. and a fast finishing Lauren Mc Daid closing in only Naas ac getting in ahead by a few points . Also on duty Zoe Kelly ,Dromore and Sinead Gallagher St Mary's .

On to the boys 11 age division Keith Mc Colgan hits the front ready to give it a serious shot didn't exactly hang on but didn't throw in the towel either battling with eventual team leader Shane Mc Monagle who hails also from Tooban N .S ., newcomer Jack Gillespie ,Gleneely N. S. , and completing the team Alex Mc Geehin ,Stranorlar . Joined by Dylan Crossan , Pauric Harold and  Adam Mc Crudden  again just beaten by Munster champions West Waterford with a Co Clare squad in bronze .
Shortly after noon the under 13 groups a dissapointing return from the girls but the boys were ready to have a go led by national under 12 champion Aaron Mc Glynn Glenfin always in contention as was Convoy St Bridget's lad Bryan mc Namee ultimately 5th and 8th with Luke Gavigan St Mary's , Stranorlar and just back from injury Denver Kelly with Charles Mc Daid ,Calvin o Brien , jamie Keegan and Samuel Mc Clintock in support silver medals for these lads behind Craughtwell ,Galway .
No luck for Valley under 15 but they came close under 19 boys but the absence of Patrick Hynes Foy sick was telling as Mark Bonner , Ryan Porter , Justin Brown and Patrick Gallagher were on duty just missing out . In a most competitive novice women's race no medals but a very brave effort from these ladies Kathleen Mc Nulty , Catherine Brogan ,Charmaine o Brien ,Mary connolly and Maria Mc Gonagle with Mark Hoy Donegal lead runner men's novice
The Lifford 5k Sunday had a cross section of athletes Fit4life etc won by recent recruit crossroads native Gerard Gallagher and the women's section winner student Ailish Patton a double for the Valley contingent .
Very encouraging to see so many parents travel to the Kildare venue and next up Boxing Day / stephens Day 5k @ Finn Valley 2pm and there is an open invitation to all young and old to come out and make it a great family occassion
Finally a big well done to Fionnuala Britton European cross country champion only the second Irish ever the previous winner Catriona Mc Kiernan.
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