Inviting all community running groups to the Galliagh Gallop 5km Run on Sunday 29th of November 2015!
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Great efforts at Jordanstown in the NI&Ulster Even Age Group XC championships by our talented Juvenile runners!
Girls U 14 individual gold for Cara Laverty and U18 Boys individual bronze for Fintan Stewart.
Congrats also to Girls U14 team, Silver Medallists; Cara Laverty, Aisling Walsh, Grace Flynn Page, Aela Stewart, Katie Devlin, Connie O’Brien, Mollie McGinley, Emily Neill and Eimear Hegarty.
Boys U10 team , Silver Medallists!!!!
One of our U12 boys Oisin Colhoun,came 4th overall, same lad who won schools XC at Thornhill last week.
Our senior mens squad made a big statement by winning the Bobby Rea XC team race in Jordanstown .
Great packing by the squad……Gary Slevin 10th, Chris McPeake 13th, and Noel Logan 17th combined well in the 3 to score team success; Spartans 40 points, Newcastle 47, Foyle Valley 55 (Scott Rankin 3rd overall), Acorns 79.
Its 4 to score in the XC League format and we duly recorded our first win with Dermot McElhinney 20th as we finished comfortably ahead of Valley, Newcastle and Acorns in the League format.
Kyle Doherty 22nd, Peter Melarkey 46th, James Crampsey 63rd and Rob Stewart 91st in the big field, completed our squad!
Peter Lilburn had a good one in the Masters race, runner up to Springwell’s Gerry O’Doherty and ahead of NBH’s Jim Newberry as the three M60′s fought out a good battle.
Well done to everyone!
A good show North and South for our Masters runners in Belfast and Dublin. A beautiful weekend for racing at both venues!!
Confirmed in NI squads for International XC in Santry on Sat 14th November are:
M45 Dermot McElhinney
M60 Peter Lilburn
M70 Gerry Lynch
F45 Jackie McMonagle
F50 Hannah Shields
F55 Una Gavin
Claire Connor is named Reserve in F50 squad.
In Ireland squad definite is:
F65 Roisin Lynch and Arnie’s 6th place age group finish should see him get the nod in M35 category.
Declan Reed is also expected to get the selector’s approval for the Irish M40 squad.
Other locals, Chris McGuinness is on the NI M35 squad and Cathal McLaughlin has been named in the M45 squad.
Well Done to all and good luck in Dublin next month.
The three race Primary Schools meeting in Thornhill starts at 12 noon with separate races for Boys and Girls and also an Open race for those not selected on their respective Schools squads. Another big turnout is expected for this very popular annual three round League and the 205–16 contingent will be seeking to continue the high standards set in previous years, as talented young local runners blazed a successful trail right to the NI finals.
The weekend days bring Masters athletics to the fore with the NI trial races tomorrow at the Queens University Malone grounds and the Irish trials on Sunday in the Santry grounds. Local Masters have a proud record at the trials and indeed have contributed significantly to the success of both squads down the years. Runners from City of Derry Spartans, Derry City Track Club and Foyle Valley will be in action over the weekend and selection across the board is expected.
TOP RANKIN FOR SCOTT AND FOYLE VALLEY AT COMBER XC
Foyle Valley runners flew the local flag successfully over the weekend with Scott Rankin third overall , leading the Valley boys to a terrific Comber Cup cross country team victory on the opening day of the new season at the county Down venue on Saturday last.
A very competitive 8K race on the testing Comber course saw North Belfast’s Mark McKinstry take the individual honours, six seconds clear of Willowfield’s Brian Campbell with Rankin third a further four seconds adrift. Backed up by fifth placed Chris McGuinness, Adrian McGowan 12th, Matt McLaughlin 29th, Martin Gallagher 31st and Setphen Connor 33rd, the purple vests were too good for the North Belfast, Newcastle and North Down squads who chased them home.
Martina McMullan 13th overall in the combined Women / Male Masters 60+ race, had a good run, second F45 behind Debbie Matchett of the promoting club Ballydrain Harriers, and led home Gemma McGinty 25th and the returning Sarah Lindsay 26th at the sharp end for Foyle Valley.