Autumn Open International Cross Country



Nuala Bose at the Autumn Open International Cross Country

Cara Laverty at the Autumn Open International Cross Country


Finn Valley 3 - SN An Choimin pupils receive their medals from Finn Valley AC schools coach Ciara Kearns


Finn Valley AC hosts the annual Remembrance 10k on November 7.

The Remembrance 10k first came into being in 2013 and this year will return as an in-person event having been held virtually in 2020.

The 2021 Remembrance 10k will be held at Finn Valley on November 7 at 10am.

Entries are open online and cost €10. Over 200 are already entered - an encouraging sign for a memorable day.

The Remembrance 10k is designed to provide an opportunity to those who wish to run/walk in memory of those who have passed away and also to honour people suffering from ailment or illness.

November is chosen as the traditional period during which Irish people remember their loved ones who have passed on.

Many of those who come to take part in the event sign the white boards, leaving messages in memory of those for whom they are doing the race. Others don t-shirts bearing messages or photos of the people they wish to remember. 

The Wall of Remembrance has become a real feature of the event in the years since its inception.

A nominated local charity will be confirmed by the club prior to the event. A link to enter is available on the Finn Valley AC Facebook page or contact the club for further details. 

A number of Finn Valley AC athletes took part in the Autumn Open International Cross Country at the Sport Ireland Campus in Dublin. This is the course that will hold the European Cross-Country Championships in December.

In the junior women’s race, Cara Laverty continued her good 2021 with a fourth-placed finish. Nuala Bose was sixth and Sarah Bradley 13th in the same race.

Jennifer Elvin laid down a marker in her age category, finishing joint second in the masters race with Lifford-Strabane AC’s Claire McGuigan, the masters even won by Ann-Marie McGlynn of Letterkenny AC.

Gerard Gallagher, Finn Valley AC’s recently crowned Donegal 5k champion, was 24th in the senior men’s race while Diarmait Keogh came 15th in the junior men’s race.

The Finn Valley AC Sprint Academy continues every Sunday morning and is now really gathering momentum under the direction of former BBC Coach of the Year Stephen Maguire.

The Finn Valley AC active schools' run—jog-walk challenge is continuing as the club celebrates its 50th anniversary. Medals this week were presented to SN An Choimin pupils by coach Ciara Kearns. Several schools are currently engaged in this 10-mile challenge and others are encouraged to participate. Contact Finn Valley AC for further details.

The Ulster even ages cross-country takes place this Sunday. Finn Valley AC has around a dozen teams set to compete in Dundonald. Transport leaves the Finn Valley Centre at 7am on Sunday.

The fourth Ulster winter throws festival takes place at Finn Valley AC on October 31 at 9.30am.

The Valley Bar & Bistro is once again open for business: Friday 4.30-11.30pm; Saturday 2pm-11.30pm; Sunday 12noon-11.30pm. Please direct all bookings to 087-2847912.






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