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.