Teresa Doherty Takes 9th Donegal X Country Title

The major positive stories emerging from the 2017 Donegal senior x country champs held Sunday at Finn Valley from a local perspective was the runaway victory by Teresa Doherty formerly Mc Gloin her 9th . It began in 2007 and with the exception of 2008 when MIchelle Harvey won in the colours of Tirconnaill and last year Caitriona Jennings, Lac, the stage has been hers . Running well right now after the birth of daughter Aine she was pre race favourite . She recorded her victories on 8 of those occassions leading Valley team to the title but it wasnt to be as a stronger Letterkenny quartet took the honours in that aspect of the race with Valley 2nd.

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An anticipated battle with Letterkenny in the mens 10k didnt materalise as the Valley lads scoring 37 pts . had 15 pts to spare making it 5 in a row . Placing 6 scorers in the top 9 with a determined spirited display as has been their hallmark in this event for decades led by Chris Johnston a former 2 time champion in 2nd spot behind a strong run by Lac Karol Duggan . Chris currently studying in Warsaw came in for this event an effort appreciated by teamates . In support and scoring Dermot Mc Elchar ,John mc Enhill , Mark Mc Paul ,James Mc Fadden and Gallagher brothers Gerard and Shane . This was in every respect a team effort and all would acknowledge the leadership of Mark Connolly .

A new addition to the senior programme has been the 4 x 500m relays and Valley had numerous squads involved victories at u 10,12,14 age level . 58 teams participated and before completing the report a word of praise for FVAC officials that had prepared an excellent course which will host the Ulster champs. Sunday 11 am back at Valley . 

 



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