Finn Valley Score Co. Masters Victory

How quickly the seasons come round and on Sunday yet another athletics year begun at Donegal Co Board level with the staging of the Donegal Masters and even age champs. at Carndonagh  and despite wintery weather a good days x country to get us on our way .

Topping the list were the Masters champs and a team victory was recorded by the Valley women getting in ahead of Inishowen scoring squad led by Linda Emery ,with support from Noleen Merritt Kay Byrne and Marie Harper . The mens team on 36 pts  garnered silver team spot behind Letterkenny  on 21 pts .Mark Connolly showed how its done winning the Co. Over  50 category a case of leading by example.


THe underage section always proves interesting and with a team victory u 10 boys led by Conor Gallagher a close team battle 24 for Valley against 28 for Lac . Best of the girls in this age division emily Kelly 2nd the team also in silver .THere followed team victories for the u 12 and u 14 girls with former having 13 pts to spare over Lifford /Strabane with the u 14 group capably led by Sarah Bradley ,ably supported by Eimear O Brien ,Crossan and Hannah Murray with additional back up of a high standard if required as athletes push to make scoring team , the new Co . champion in the age category scoring a convincing victory with a solid squad behind her . Fvac boys u 12 silver team spot while the u 16 girls had a team victory Andrea Browne Abby O Connor Emma Murphy and lead Valley athlete Sara O Neill whose mum Lynn had taken part in masters earlier . . OIsin Toye the young Deele College lad had an excellent run in the u 16 boys very encouraging second to Sean mcGinley  Olympian ac in this one .

Finally to the u 18 age group Karen Gallagher 2nd in her event to Sarah Kelly ,Inishowen while Ben Carr looked impressive in winning the equivalent boys taking Valley to a team victory with Chris Kearns,Karol Mc Ginley and Oran O Donnell in support to score

This Sunday the journey moves on to Finn Valley Centre Stranorlar Donegal novice and uneven ages starting with u 9 . Its a 12 noon start for novive with juvenile races due for 12.50 .


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