Twenty-seven of Olympian YAC budding young athletics stars contested the recent Ulster and Northern Ireland Even Age Cross Country Championships in Rostrevor, Newry with great success.
With top three medals, All Ireland qualification places for top 12 runners and top three club and county team medals up for grabs, the competition could not have been any fiercer, and all our Olympian’s rose to the challenge and competed with great heart.
First on the course was Olympian’s young u10 Girl’s team, Orlagh Faul, Anna Russell, Caitlin McCabe, Aoibhe McBrearty, and Chloe Deeney.
The girls brimming with confidence from their Gold medal at the Donegal Cross Country Championships, worked hard together as a team yet again and prevailed with a brilliant Bronze team medal.
Boyd Russell just keeps going from strength to strength in the u12 boys race.
Yet again it was between himself and Caolan McFadden of Cranford in a tightly fought race throughout.
This time however Boyd was determined to beat the Donegal Cross Country Champion, and that he did with it all left on the course to be crowned Ulster and Northern Ireland Cross Country Champion and walked away with an extremely well deserved Gold medal.
Boyd was also first counter for the victorious Donegal County team so it was double Gold and double delight for young Boyd.
Sean McGinley was simply in a class of his own. As the race unfolded he put clear distance between himself and some of the best runners in the province and in the end was the clear winner of the u16 Boys race and added an extremely well deserved Ulster and Northern Ireland Cross Country Title to his ever growing collection of cross country Gold medals.
Sean was the first counter for the Donegal County team that gained a brilliant team Silver medal.
One of Olympian’s most improved athletes, Nuala Bose, competed with great heart out of her skin yet again in the u14 Girls race, coming a very creditable 24th overall.
She was also the 5th counter for the Donegal County team meaning that she bagged herself an extremely well deserved Bronze medal and a place at the All Ireland Even Cross Country Championships with her club mates, Boyd and Sean.
Again every single one of our Olympians competed with such great heart and certainly gave it their best, which you couldn’t ask for any more. Olympian’s full results are as follows:
U10 Girls: Orlagh Faul 10th, Anna Russell 13th, Caitlin Mc Cabe 20th, Aoibhe Mc Brearty 21st, Chloe Deeney 28th.
Team 3rd – BRONZE MEDAL
U10 Boys: Adam Daly 30th, Oliver Bose 34th, Jaime Barrett 39th
U12 Girls: Orla Duddy 49th; Grace Doherty 64th; Tara Mc Dermott 83rd; Grace Duddy 93rd; Ellen O’ Donnell 95th; Aine Carlin 96th; Louise Carberry 98th, Sarah Carberry 99th.
U12 Boys: Boyd Russell – 1st – GOLD MEDAL – Ulster and N. Ireland Cross Country Champion. GOLD MEDAL Donegal County Team.
Finlay Bose 49th; Jack Duddy 64th; Patrick Mc Cormick 65th; Peter Russell 68th; Shea Wallace 74th.
Team – 4th overall
U14 Girls: Naula Bose 24th; – 5counter Donegal. BRONZE MEDAL Donegal County Team
Holly Duddy 39th;
U14 Boys: Daniel Hall 50th
U16 Boys: Sean Mc Ginley – 1st – GOLD MEDAL – Ulster and N. Ireland Cross Country Champion. SILVER MEDAL Donegal County Team.
Senior Woman: Karen Wilson 51st overall; 10th over 35s category
Senior Men: Kevin Wallace 90th overall ; 13th over 35s category
Training will continue every Tuesday night at 7:00 – 8:15pm and Saturday mornings from 11am till 12.15pm at the Glenswilly pitch.