ON what was a glorious autumnal morning, Lifford Strabane AC athletes, alongside their coaches and supporters, made the trip to Mullaghderg for the Donegal Novice & Uneven Ages Cross-County Championships hosted by Rosses AC extremely worthwhile with two team medals and three individual medals earned.
The course combined a few inclines and sand dunes, complemented with spectacular scenery and a fantastic atmosphere, making it the perfect day for cross-country racing!
First up was the Novice Ladies 3K race. Lifford Strabane AC’s team finished 3rd overall in what was a true team effort with all team members finishing positions crucial. The ladies’ team was led home by individual silver medallist Elaine Connor, who had a fantastic race to place 2nd overall in a field of 28 competitors. Linda McGrath battled hard for a 9th, Dympna Houston finished 16th, followed by the final scorer for the ladies’ team, Veronika McGillian, placing 17th overall.
Next up was the Novice Men’s 5K race. First scorer for the club was the experienced Paul Kelly in 15th overall in a large field of over 50 competitors. Newbie to cross-country, Gavin McCullagh, had a strong run to finish 22nd overall followed closely by Charlie McElwaine in 24th. Conor McLaughlin finished in 42nd place with Cormac Carlin, also a newbie to cross-country in 43rd place and Martin Kelly was 49th.
In the U19 Boys 5K race, Lifford Strabane AC was represented by Wilson Craig, who had a fantastic run to finish 3rd overall.
In the U17 Boys race, Lifford Strabane AC’s Conor McAleer displayed great potential in what was his first ever cross-country experience to finish inside the top ten in 9th overall.
In the U15 Girls 2K race, team gold and an individual first place was recorded by Elsa Moore, who was followed by Ashleigh McArdle (9t), Sarah Jane Campbell (15th), with Holly Barr next home to secure the team gold medal.
In the U13 Girls race, Lifford Strabane’s Orlaigh McCrory finished fifth overall with Emer McFadden in 13th place.
A special mention to Emily Rose Kelly, Cabrini Pyne and Stirling Moore, who all performed excellent in their respective races.
FULL STORY IN LAST THURSDAY’S STRABANE CHRONICLE