KAREN Gallagher of Finn Valley AC was the winner of the Donegal Novice Cross-Country on Saturday.


Ciara Kearns (9th), Daniella Jansen (10th) and Martina Quinn (11th) were the other scorers on the team, backed up by Geraldine Browne, Tori Glacken and Michelle McMenamin.

The Donegal uneven ages cross-country championships also took place and there was plenty of success for Finn Valley AC.

It was a Finn Valley AC 1-2-3 in the U19 race with Sean McGinley, Oisin Toye and Diarmait Keogh all on the podium, Sean taking another gold to add to his superb collection from this year.

Cara Laverty was the winner of the U19 race with Nuala Bose in second, while Ryan Quinn was the U17 silver medalist.

Odhran McBrearty was fourth in the U15 boys race to lead Finn Valley AC to a team gold, edging Letterkenny AC by just two points with Harry Gallagher, Connor Lyons and Shaun Gallagher also scoring.

Holly McNulty was the U13 bronze medalist, leading Finn Valley to gold on a day when Niamh McGlunchey, Nia Byrne, Chloe Burns, Amy McElchar, Adriana McGlinchey, Anna Ward and Aoibhinn McElhinney were all inside the top ten.

Finn Valley AC won the U13 boys gold with Oisin Mullen in fourth and Niall McBrearty fifth leading the charge with Mark Alexander and Shay McNulty also scoring.

Silver medal winner Saorla Gilligan guided Finn Valley to gold in the U11 girls. Jasmine Barrett Doherty (4th), Kayla Toner (5th) and Katie McElhinney (6) all came inside the top six.

Saturday began with an under-9 individual double for Finn Valley AC with Shay Irwin and Rhia Toner winning their respective races.

Finn Valley AC athletes Brendan Boyce and Sean McGinley were the winners of the senior male and junior male athletes of the year at the 53rd Annual General Meeting of the County Board, which was held in the Finn Valley Centre on Monday night.

The Finn Valley AC active schools' run—jog-walk challenge is continuing as the club celebrates its 50th anniversary. Medals this week were presented to SN Taobhóige pupils by coach Ciara Kearns.

Finn Valley AC’s sprint academy, under the direction of former BBC Coach of the Year Stephen Maguire, continues Sunday mornings at 10am.

Ben Carr and Tristan Kelly have settled in well at their respective universities in America, while Oisín Ó Gailín continues to impress at Wyoming University. The focus for twins Roisin and Eilish Flanagan is building miles at Adams State University - where they are studying for Masters degrees - with a view to impacting at the National Senior Cross-Country Championships.

Finn Valley AC’s Remembrance 10k takes place on Sunday, November 7 with a 10am start. Come and share the memories of the loved ones we love and miss with our community spirit, remembrance wall and balloon release.  Online entry is open.

The fourth Ulster winter throws festival takes place at Finn Valley AC on October 31 at 9.30am.

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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