What a weekend it has been for Athletics


What a weekend it has been for Athletics with The National Senior 20k Walk in Tuam on Saturday, the AAI Games in Santry on Saturday and Sunday and open meets in Antrim Forum and Mary Peters and great Donegal performances at all the venue and a new Donegal Records for Gavin Mc Loughlin in the Discus and Kelley Mc Grory in the 400m Hurdles bot these athletes improved on their own records,   Ellie Mc Curdy, Lifford Strabane set a new County Senior Javelin record in the Antrim Forum improving on the record held by Sharon Foley/Gallen since 1986 and Adrienne Gallen set a new county record in the Hammer and there was a great run by Mark English at the Sollentuna Grand Prix in Sweden when he won the 800m leaving two of the medal winners from the European Indoor Championships to fill the minor places. His time of1.45.70 was outside his personal best of and was just half a second outside the Olympic qualification standard, but was a very welcome return to winning form for Mark, and another haul of ranking points in his quest for Olympic selection.


National 20 Km Walk

Finn Valley’s Brendan Boyce was the Donegal representative in this event and disputed the lead with David Kenny, Farrenfore-Maine Valley. After 19 Km it appeared that Brendan had broken his opponent but incurred a two minute penalty for a technical infringement and had to settle for the silver.

Result 1. David Kenny, Farrenfore- Maine Valley 88.04

            2. Brendan Boyce, Finn Valley 89.50

           3. Jerome Caprice, Dundrum South Dublin 94.29

John Cronin, President AAI, Kate Veale, West Waterford winner women’s 20km Brendan Boyce, David Kenny, Jerome Caprice and Bernie O’ Callaghan Secretary AAI Competition Committee.


Two Tír Chonaill athletes Kelley Mc Grory and Connell Mahon were victorious in their events at the AAI Games in Santry. Kelley set a new Donegal Record in the 400m Hurdles with a 59.77 sec effort and left the rest of the field floundering in her wake and improving on her own record of 60.44 sec. Conall Mahon had a leap of 14.24m and is closing in on the County record held by Neil Sweeney since the mid-seventies.

Adrienne Gallen, Lifford Strabane was third in the Senior Hammer in the and her throw of 50.33m brought her into new territory. Danny Mooney, Letterkenny was another athlete to impress in Santry and he took third place in the 1,500m with a time of 3,50.48. Oisin Toye and Sean Mc Ginley both member of Finn Valley AC also competed in the 1,500m. Oisin won his heat in a time of 4.10 and Sean ran 3.56 in the final.



Adrienne Gallen             Conall Mahon          Kelley Mc Grory                  Danny Mooney  


There was a raft of good performances at this meeting in all the throws events Gavin MC Loughlin, Finn Valley set a new Donegal Senior Record in the discus with a throw of 46.53m and also finished second in the shot with 16.52m. The shot was won by James Kelly with 16.62m and Bosco Reid was third. In the Women’s Javelin Ellie Mc Curdy also set a new county record with her throw of 34.49m Aoife Giles, Cranford as second in the Javelin with 23.76m and in the Discus with 25.57m.

Gareth Crawford Lifford Strabane won the Javelin with a throw of 65.12m while his brother Aaron was second with 60.77m. Bosco Reid won the senior Hammer wit 27.27m. Una O’ Donnell Lifford Strabane was second in the Hammer and shot and her clubmate Cora Burns was third in the hammer.



Once again Donegal athletes were very much to the fore in Belfast, Riona Doherty, Finn Valley was a   very impressive winner of the U/15 girls 75m Hurdles in a time of 11.80 seconds with Emer Mc Fadden, Lifford Strabane in second. Lucy Mc Glynn, Tír Chonaill won the U/17 girls 80m Hurdles in a time of 12.02 with Lifford’s Ella Costello in second. Asheligh Mc Ardle Lifford was second in the U/17 Girls 80m Hurdles. Finn O’ Neill won the U/17 Men 100m Hurdles in a time of 13.71seconds.


Next weekend sees the National Junior and U/23 Championships in Santry and with the under-age talent on show so far this season we can expect a bumper haul of medals to return to the county.






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