UPCOMING- Galliagh Gallop Entry- UPDATE- 29th November 2015



Entries for the Galliagh Gallop 5K on Sunday week 29th November are coming in steadily from local Community running groups with the 200 limit for race T Shirts beginning to look under threat. Paper entry can be made at the Off the Streets Community Youth Initiative office, 131 Galliagh Park, Monday to Friday between 10am and 1pm. Alternatively online entry is possible by emailing enterthegalliaghgallop@gmail.com Send your name, gender, age on race day, club and TShirt size and then pay the £6 entry fee when you pick up your race pack on race day at St Pauls School or on Saturday 28th November between 9am and 4pm in the Galliagh Residents Centre, just below St Pauls School. The 5K has a 12 15pm start on Sunday 29th , the start line is on the Moss road beside St Pauls School with the finish on the Linear Path adjacent to Heather Road, after a circuit taking in Bracken Park, Glengalliagh Road and Lenamore. Inquiries to 02871 358048 or admin@offthestreets.net

Master’s Internationals, Dublin- 14th November 2015


Saturday the 14th’s British & Irish Masters XC international in a grey and overcast Dubiln, saw several local runners contribute significantly to both the upfront individual and team battles across the age groups to bring home a tidy medal collection, six individual and eleven team medals from the 28th staging of this prestigious annual event.

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Inishowen AC’s Pauric McKinney ran a brilliant tactical race to win the individual M50 race and led his Irish squad to team silver behind a strong English outfit.  Letterkenny AC produced all three scorers in the victorious Irish F35 squad, impressive individual winner Anne Marie McGlynn , runner up Natasha Adams and fourth placer Fionnuala Diver and City of Derry Spartans duo Declan Reed and Gerry Lynch claimed individual silver medals and team gold and bronze medals in their respective M40 and M70 races.


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Female Spartans Jackie McGinley F45 and Roisin Lynch F65 were on their respective NI silver and Irish gold, medal winning teams, while the Spartans Dermot McElhinney and Derry City Track Club’s Cathal McLaughlin helped bump their NI M45 squad to team silver as another Letterkenny AC man Ciaran Doherty took the M40 bronze medal behind Declan Reed and also a team gold with the winning Irish squad.

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In the opening Women and Male 65, 70 and 75 6k race Anne Marie McGlynn swept aside the huge field to post a comprehensive victory in her Masters age group debut and with equally strong runs from clubmtes Natasha Adams and Fionnoula Diver gave the Irish F35 squad a handsome victory. Pauric McKinney took pole position in race two, the Male 50, 55 and 60 8K, a master class in running down the two long term front runners on the last lap, giving him the win in his M50 debut at this level.

We were now chasing a potential North West winning treble but Declan Reed found English number one Christopher Greenwood too hot to handle in the third race, the Male 35, 40 and 45 8K. The gritty Spartan however was a clear runner up for his M40 individual silver with Ciaran Doherty chasing him home to lay the foundations of the Irish M40 team success. Reed will go again at the same venue this Sunday in the National senior Inter Clubs championship with his City of Derry squad.

Earlier in race one, Gerry Lynch had a stormer, grabbing a much coveted podium place in the M70 age group. The Spartan overhauled defending M70 champion Martin Ford of England in the long finish straight to nick the runners up spot , both men given the same time, as another Englishman Peter Giles took the win 16 seconds clear. Lynch also led the NI M70 squad to a well deserved team bronze with his effort.

F65 Roisin Lynch had a big run and helped her Irish squad to a rare team success over favourites England as Jackie McGinley too played her part in her F35 NI squad grabbing team silver behind Ireland but ahead of the English quartet.

Dermot McElhinney made his Masters XC International debut a memorable one as with Cathal McLaughlin he helped push the NI M45 team up into the silver medal position behind the winners England and ahead of the Irish squad.

An excellent medal return for the local contingent who also included M35 Chris McGuinness, M60 Peter Lilburn, F50,s Hannah Shields, Claire Connor and Bridgeen Byrne who was also the NI Women’s team Manager and F55 Una Gavin.

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Thanks to James McCormack for the images!
                                                              GRANSHA IS 2017 VENUE!

Next year’s Masters International is set for Tollcross Park in Glasgow and believe it or not in November 2017 the NI location will be our very own Gransha Park!!!!

This great news was announced to a packed attendance in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dublin at Saturday night’s Awards Presentation and was warmly welcomed by the English, Scots, Welsh and all the Irish athletes and officials present.

With around 500 runners plus officials, friends, families and spectators in attendance this will be a major athletics event for the City and district.

Northwest Triathlon Club 5km- 8th November 2015

At a very windy NWTC 5K yesterday Spartans again were a dominant force as they claimed the first 4 positions. Odhran McKane who has just returned to action following a break after an exhausting triathlon season underlined his talent as he had a runaway victory in 17.12. Mark Mullan returned to action after a lengthy layoff to claim 2nd in 17.38. Another young gun Luke McCarron claimed a podium finish running 17.49 in the process showing a glimpse of his talent. New recruit Conor McDowell made it a 1-4 as he posted 18.42 for a impressive outing. Emmett Deery finished 6th just outside 19mins as the Spartans stamped home some more authority on an already successful weekend. Well done to all!

Milton Keyes and Madrid- 7th November 2015


On Saturday 7th November Spartan Conor Bradley traveled to Milton Keynes for a XC race of high quality ahead of the national XC in Santry in a fortnight. Bradley performed well and was said to be happy with his 14th place finish just behind Kevin Maunsell 12th Brian Maher 13th and ahead of Brandon Hardreaves 14th Darragh Rennicks 25th and Ciaran Doherty in 29th. A big well done to him!

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Meanwhile Spartan Cathal Logue was in action in Spain winning a 4k race in Madrid to keep the Spartan Flag going in Spain. Logue ran 13.04 to win the Race of the Children- la carrera de los ninos. Well done Cathal.

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Ballybofey Stranorlar- November 2015


Ballybofey staged the NI &Ulster Uneven Age Group championships and the Provincial Novice championships on Sunday and in difficult conditions there was some big local performances on view. City of Derry’s Cara Laverty was an U13 Girls gold medallist, adding to her recent U12 win, with another very impressive front running display. The Thornhill student is a rare talent and will be in Dublin in just over a week’s time to shoot for All Ireland U12 championship honours, her performance will be eagerly awaited.

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At U17 Boys level there was another big run from Fintan Stewart, runner up to Beechmount Harriers winner Christy Conlon in a race where the top four finishers were separated by a mere seven seconds.

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Oisin Colhoun, recent winner of the local Flavahan’s Primary Schools League race at Thornhill ran well for a Boys U11 bronze medal, another tight finish here with just three seconds covering the three medallists.Well done to the young Spartans trio!

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County team medals were won by Caoimhe Walsh in the Girls U17, team silver,  and team bronze at Girls U11 by Jessica Bradley, Eva Ferguson, Sarah casey, Sophia Byrne, Veronica O’Neill and Dara McCahill.

In the Novice championships Foyle Valley came home with team bronze in both the Male and Female championship races and Derry City track Club’s Amy McDaid was a good silver medallist in the Women’s individual race. Her clubmate Hannah McGowan finished fifth!

Martin Gallagher in fifth led the Foyle Valley Novice Men with support from Roy McGilloway 7th, Matthew McLaughlin 12th and Jonathan Canning 20th as St Malachys and Finn Valley took the top team awards. Gemma Mahon’s seventh place finish spurred the Valley women to bronze, pipping Acorns AC by one point. Deirdre Shields 11th, Orla Moran 18th and Rachel Doherty 24th completed the local women’s scoring quartet. Finn Valley and Inishowen AC claimed gold and silver.

McConnell Shield Ballyclare Victory- 7th November 2015


It was a busy and rewarding weekend for local clubs with quality Cross Country action from Under Age to Masters in Ballyclare and Ballybofey and podium places for athletes from City of Derry Spartans, Foyle Valley and Derry City Track club.

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The McConnell Shield meeting in Ballyclare on Saturday saw the Foyle Valley and Spartans men’s squads go head to head in the feature 5 miler with the Spartans emerging comfortable winners in the four to score team race, as they posted their second successive win of the new season after their Bobby Rea Memorial win a few weeks earlier in Jordanstown.

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In a huge field recent Dessies Run winner Paddy Hamilton of Slieve Gullion Harriers took the individual win ahead of Declan Reed after a fierce battle, but the Spartan had excellent support from Aaron Doherty 5th, Allan Bogle 9th and teenager Michael Melarkey 23rd as the red vests packed superbly to bring home the coveted McConnell Shield they last won in 2013.

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Scott Rankin as ever led the Foyle Valley challenge in 7th, Chris McGuinness was 12th, Pius McInyre 14th and a resurgent Keith Shields 18th to give the purple vests the runners up spot with North Belfast Harriers and Newcastle AC completing the top four teams.

This was the third race of the popular NI XC League and Derry clubs have won all three team contests to date, Foyle Valley taking the Comber Cup honours in early October. The Valley boys however continue to top the League table, their consistent efforts so far giving them a cushion over Newcastle who lost a little ground with their fourth place finish on Saturday.The red vests added to their points tally but have made it clear the League is not a priority for them this season and they will dip in and out as their season targets dictate.

in the Women’s race Catherine Whoriskey made her seasonal XC debut with an impressive fifth place finish and led a below strength Spartans squad to a fourth place finish behind Newcastle, Ballymena Runners and North Down, with League pacesetters Foyle Valley also minus a few bodies, pipped by Ballydrain to take sixth spot. With the updated League positions yet to be publicised it looks like Foyle Valley are joined at the top now by Ballydrain and North Down.

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Good efforts from the Valley’s Martina McMullan 18th and Sarah Lindsay 26th and for the Spartans Catherine Whoriskey was backed up by Hannah Shields 23rd, Janeen Leese 32nd and Ciara Fraser 55th. Roisin Lynch warmed up for this weekend’s Masters International in Dublin with an emphatic F65 win and Catherine Moran was the leading F55.

In the Male Masters Peter Lilburn and Springwell’s Gerry O’Doherty had another battle for the M60 supremacy with the county Derry man eking out a narrow five second victory and Gerry Lynch cruised to an unchallenged M70 victory in some style, beating all but the aforementioned duo in the combined M60, M65 and M70 3 Miler, run alongside the Women’s race- looking good for Dublin this weekend!


Any photos used are credited to our own runners, Ryan@NiRunning, Mark Ramsey, Chistine and David O’Brien!