Its been another busy and very successful week on the competitive front for Tir Chonaill AC athletes with success in the Irish Indoors Varsities, National Indoor League and National Masters Cross country.
Medals at National Masters in Tuam
The National Masters and Intermediate CC in Tuam on Sunday last ran in good underfoot conditions and at times challenging the eyesight of the athletes as they negotiated at times through fog had three Tir Chonaill Athletes scoring on the silver medal Women’s county team. Well done to Margaret Sweeney, Glneties, Marie Rooney, Ballyshannon and Jackie Harvey, Donegal Town plus Finn Valleys Noreen Marin/Bonner on a fine individual and team performances -only three points seperated 1st and 2nd teams. Tir Chonaill clubmate Richard McCarthy also had a excellent run in the M50+
Young Tir Chonaill AC Mens team finish 6th in National league at Athlone
The Athletics Ireland Indoor National League climaxed in Athlone’s International arena on Saturday last found a young Tir Chonaill mens group that had fought their way through two earlier qualifying rounds compete individually and collectively out of their skins to finish 6th overall.
The 43 points team total was achieved via Conal Mahon’s superb 14.11m Triple Jump victory, 7.48secs/3rd 60m and 23.86sec/5th 200m; Caolan O’Callaghan, 6th Long Jump and a 55.46secs/400m; Mark McGuinness 5th in the 1,500m, 4mins 13.48secs and 6th in the 800m; Barry Quigg, 1.80m/High Jump and 2nd and 6th 60m Hurdles, Chrostopher Doherty 7th Shot Putt and a 6th place finish for the 4 x 200m relay team. Well done to all and to club coach David Doherty the motivator behind th group
1 Tallaght 69pts, 2Clonliffe Harriers 69pts3 Leevale 66pts ;4 Le Cheile 61 ; 5 Raheny Shamrocks 44 5pts ; 6 Tir Chonaill Ac 43 pts
7 Dooneen 43pts ; 8 Tullamore 33pts
l/r Mark Mc Guinness, Barry Quigg, David Doherty[Coach] Christopher Doherty, Conal Mahon and Caolan OCallaghan
Tir Chonaill AC
The Irish Inter Varsities had a number of club members representing a variety of 3rd level colleges when the prstigious Inter Varsities were held in Athlone on Friday last. 2014 Senior club athlete of the year and NUIG continued his fine form and improvement in capturing the Triple Jump title with t a best of 14.11m. Christopher Doherty, Trinity, filled 5th place in the Pole Vault, Mark McGuinness, DIT, 7th in the 1,500m and Barry Quigg,NUIG, 5th in the High Jump
Ballyshannon Snog and Jog 5k
As we count down towards the Cara Bundoran Challenge on the 14/15/16th March – the most popular and best supported road race in the North West calendar, Tir Chonaill AC have organised two 5k ‘stepping stone’ races for athletes preparing for the big event.On Saturday next in tandum with valentines weekend a ‘Snog and Jog’ 5k is planned for Ballyshannon while on the 1st March in Donegal Town, ‘The March Hare’ 5k will also prove popular
The Ballyshannon ‘Snog and Jog’ 5k welcomes walkers,joggers, Couch to 5k, fit4life, Meet and Train, athletes wishing to complete or post a good time or performance. The 5k course is recognised as ‘ the fastest 5k course ‘ in the North West – the finish is 150 metres lower than the start. Its an ideal ‘stepping stone’ run for the Cara Bundoran challenge. The race/walk starts at 11.30am with registration in Scoil Colmcille Gym from 10am onwards. All proceeds from the event go to a charity that has assisted and is currently very close to many Tir Chonaill AC members hearts –