Finn Valley AC twins Eilish and Roisin Flanagan were just edged out of medal positions at Sunday’s European Cross Country Championships in Dublin.

The St Stephen’s Day 5k has been one of Finn Valley AC’s biggest success stories - and it returns again on Sunday-week.

Numbers have swelled from the early days, when the race was held in Drumboe Woods, with entries touching 1000 in recent years.

The event has attracted world stars in the form of Mo Farah (2006) and Vivian Cheruiyot (2007).

This year’s St Stephen’s Day 5k has a 12 noon start and online entries are both opened and encouraged. 

Finn Valley AC twins Eilish and Roisin Flanagan were just edged out of medal positions at Sunday’s European Cross Country Championships in Dublin.

Eilish finished an excellent 15th with Roisin - making her senior debut in the Irish vest - running strongly for 26th. The Adams State University Masters students were inched to medals at Abbotstown.

It has been an encouraging year for the Gortin girls, for whom an exciting future seems in store.

Olympic race walker Brendan Boyce returns to action on Sunday when he takes part in the National Senior 35k.

Boyce finished tenth in the 50k race walk at the Olympic Games in August, coming home in 3:53:40. 

The 50k event has been ditched from the Olympic programme by the International Olympic Committee, who have preferred the shorter 35k distance.

An Olympian at London 2012 and Rio 2016, Boyce - who finished sixth at the 2019 World Athletics Championships - goes for the first time over 35k at St Anne’s Park, Raheny.

Three Finn Valley athletes have been selected to compete at the World Cross Country Tour silver level event at Billy Neill MBE Country Park in Belfast next month.

Cara Laverty and Nuala Bose are on the Under-20 women’s team while Oisin Toys is included on the Under-20 men’s team.

The history of Finn Valley AC is to be told in a new book due out next month.

Beyond The Line, Finn Valley Athletics Club, A History, written by Donegal-based journalist and author Chris McNulty and supported by Donegal Local Development Company (DLDC), will be launched on January 14, 2022.

Beyond The Line is available for pre-order and gift vouchers can also be bought online at

Finn Valley AC was founded in August 1971 at a meeting in Jackson’s Hotel, Ballybofey. Since its inception, Finn Valley AC has become one of the most successful clubs in the country, winning 434 national gold medals - all of which are listed in the book.

Finn Valley AC would like to wish Siloé Coat all the best as we say a fond ‘au revoir’ this week.

For the last four months, Siloé, who is from Locquirec in Birttany, France, has trained at Finn Valley during her time as an English language student at St Columba’s College.

Siloé returns to France with fond memories of her training with us and we were pleased to have her as part of our group.

Jon-Jo Doherty recorded a new personal best over 10k while competing in Telford. Jon-Jo finished in 31 minutes and 33 seconds to continue his good recent form.

Entries are also open for the 2022 Balyiffin Coastal Challenge, which takes place on April 16th next.

Finn Valley AC Sprint Academy continues on Sunday morning under the direction of Stephen Maguire.

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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