The last of the schools cross country events at Finn Valley AC was in 2019 with 2020’s versions falling due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

There has been a great response to confirmation that the 2021 primary and secondary schools cross-country events will be held.

To ensure compliance with public health measures, the primary schools cross country will take place across two days, September 21 and 22, from 11.15am-1pm. Schools are asked to indicate their day of preference to the club.

The secondary schools cross country takes place on September 23 from 11.30am-12.45pm.

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The schools cross-country - this will be their 20th staging - have been a staging post for many excellent athletes over the years and this year are being headed up by Dermot McGranaghan.

The Champions Cup takes place on Sunday, September 26. This is an open cross-country event, over shortened distances with the top club awarded the McGonagle Cup.

On the same day, there will be beginners cross-country races for men (4k) and women (3k).

Finn Valley AC is ready for a big cross country campaign. The club is set to host two major meets with the Ulster Novice and Uneven Ages on November 6 before the Donegal Senior Cross-Country and Underage Relays on November 14.

Catriona Devine, a star of Finn Valley AC’s eight-in-a-row Irish senior cross country teams in the 1990s, rolled the years back at the 2021 National Master Championships in Santry.

The Castlefin woman delivered a masterful last 150m to win the W45 800m gold, showing all of the old resolve and character to edge out Geraldine Fahey from Ennis Track AC.

Noreen Bonner also took a pair of golds, winning the W65 800m and 1500m races, while Brian Ó Domhnaill won silver in the M40 5k walk, finishing  in 25:17.3.

Former Finn Valley AC star Danea Herron - the 1984 and 1984 Irish heptathlon champion - won the W60 javelin with a 19.12m effort in the colours of City of Derry Spartans.

Nuala Bose won a super bronze medal at the British and Irish Mountain Running Championships in County Down on Saturday.

Bose was the bronze medalist in the under-20 girls race.

Bose was one of five Finn Valley AC representatives in action in Down.

The Glenswilly woman was backed up by the eighth-placed Sarah Bradley for a team silver in the under-20 event.

In the under-20 race, Valley duo Oisin Toye (9th) and Diarmait Keogh (14th) were team bronze medalists while in the under-17 event, Eimear McCarroll was eighth overall.

In America, Cassie Lagan helped Augusta University to a team bronze at the Eye Opener Invitational. Lagan was 22nd overall in the race held in Spartanburg.

At the UK School Games, Finn Valley AC’s Blaine Lynch set a new PB in the men’s javelin.

Competing at Loughborough University, Lynch reached out to 54.09m to finish in sixth.

Well done to Dean Toland who won the Hugo Duggan Memorial 10k in Milford. Dean won in 33 minutes and seven seconds. 

Seven Finn Valley AC athletes will compete at the Irish Life Health Tailteann School’s Interprovincial Games on Saturday next, September 11 in Santry.

Good luck to Oisin Thompson (high jump and long jump), Blaine Lynch (javelin), Hannah Murray (300m and 4x300m), Flionn McLaughlin (800m), Eimear McCarroll (3000m), Michael McGonagle (hammer) and Daniel McHugh (4x300m).

Little Athletics is back at Finn Valley AC with coach Ciara Kearns on Wednesday, September 15: Age 4-5 from 3.30-4.20pm; age 6-7 from 4.30-5.20pm. The six-week training block costs €25. Booking link is available via the Finn Valley AC Facebook page.

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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