Finn Valley Retain County Senior Title

Historically organized Donegal athletics is a relatively recent development when one compares to golf soccer and Gaa activity and in that regard the first ever Donegal senior cross country championship was held 1970 and so begins the historic build up and stats through the years to a point where we arrive at Finn Valley Sunday for the 2016 version .

In the end the talking points were the impressive individual mens victory to Chris Johnstone leading  Finn Valley to their 4th title in a row their 27th since that Day one 1970 in Falcarragh . Chris a stand out cross country athlete who had previously won in 2012 is now a veterinary student at Warsaw Univ. and flew in for the event . Supported capably by Dermot Mc Elchar 3rd ,Mark Hoy,John Mc Enhill ,James Mc Fadden and Mark Mc Paul this squad in placing all in top 9 only Letterkenny athlete Eoghain Mc Ginley 2nd mixing it they had victory in their heads and ran aggressively from the off . They now become part of that proud Valley roll of honour .A word of congrats to their team leader Mark Connolly who has put endless hours and support behind this and other squads having been a member of many successful winning groups in the past himself . Team result Finn Valley ,Letterkenny and Inishowen .

The womens as expected had Olympian Caitriona Jennings winning leading Lac to the team win their first ever another chapter in that history referred to with Nikita Burke,Noelen Scanlon and Irene Mc Fadden scoring . Team result Lac,Finn Valley ,Lifford /Strabane . Valley scorers Stacey Dolan ,Natasha Kelly ,Marie Harper and Catriona Devine .

The county board held the inaugural underage cross country relays proved successful and were capably organized indeed added to the overall enjoyment and atmosphere of the day . Valley won the u 10,12,14,16 girls and u 10 boys with Lac u 14 boys and Inishowen u 12 and u 16 boys victors . The event hosted by Valley and under the auspices of the County Board drew high praise and another good event delivered .

This Sunday its the Remembrance 10k 11 am again back to Valley . Reg on the day from 9am . 


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