HIGHLIGHTS from Hungarian Grand Prix & Irish Life Health Children's Games


Finn Valley AC’s Sommer Lecky had a season’s best of 1.82m in the women’s high jump at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Tuesday.

Lecky was in action at a World Athletics Continental Tour bronze level series meeting in Budapest’s Lantos Mihály Sportközpont. 

The encouraging performance is the best high jump by an Irish woman this season, surpassing Kate O’Connor’s 1.80m. 

At the same meet in Budapest, Finn Valley’s Eilish Flanagan was fifth in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase.

Flanagan finished in 9:49.31, the race won by Anna Tropina in 9:31.44. Nataliya Strebkova was second (9:32.05) with Anna Lili Til third (9:38.59).

Eilish and her twin sister, Roisin, will compete in the same 3000m race in Rovereto, Italy next Tuesday with Roisin set to take part in a one-mile race in Milan on September 4.

Finn Valley AC had success at the Irish Life Health Children’s Games at the weekend.

Lee McGranaghan and Harry McGlinchey were silver medalists in the under-11 boys long jump.


Jasmine Barrett-Doherty had the fastest 500m time in the age group, and combined with Caoimhe McElhinney for bronze in the under-10 girls. 

Jasmine and Abbie Lyons combined for bronze in the under-10 60m, while Amy Timoney was the bronze medalist at the under-15 girls pentathlon. 

Amy won her 80m hurdles heat in 12.59 seconds, jumped 4.95m in the long jump, recorded an 8.85m throw in the shot, got over at 1.49m in the high jump and was fifth in the 800m (2:39.11).

Six Finn Valley AC athletes have been selected to compete at the British and Irish Mountain Running Championships on September 4 in County Down.

Oisin Toye, Diarmait Keogh and Sean McGinley have been chosen on the Under-20 boys squad with Nuala Bose and Sarah Bradley included among the Under-20 girls squad and Eimear McCarroll is on the Under-17 girls squad

The announcement follows a successful weekend at the Nimra Juniors British and Irish Mountain Running Trials .

McCarroll won the Under-17 girls race and finished fourth overall. Bose was the Under-20 girls winner with Bradley in second while Toye and Keogh were second and third in the Under-20 boys race.

Declan Ferry of Rosses AC won Sunday’s Finn Valley AC’s Golden Jubilee 10k in 33:09. Charlie O’Donnell of Rosses (33:12) was second with Finn Valley’s John McElhill third (33:38). 

Finn Valley AC’s Natasha Kelly was the first female home, finishing in 38:02.

The 52nd Donegal Track and Field Championships will be held at Finn Valley AC this Sunday morning with the seniors and masters competitions taking place.

Club members are reminded of a full return to training next Tuesday evening.

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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