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Mark Farren touched by support at 5k; full results of fund-raising event

Kevin McHugh, Finn Harps, with Mark Farren.

Kevin McHugh, Finn Harps, with Mark Farren.

BY CHRIS MCNULTY IN KILLEA
PHOTOS BY DONNA El ASSAAD

MARK Farren says the support he received this morning at a fund-raising 5k in Killea will give him added strength in his battle with a brain tumor.

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The 31-year old has to undergo another week of radiotherapy treatment at Belfast City Hospital and the 31-year old Greencastle native was clearly touched by the groundswell of support that have rowed in behind the legendary Derry City striker.

Farren, on the books of Glenavon FC, has been forced to retire from the game again as he battles an illness he thought he’d beaten when he returned to action to become Derry City’s record goalscorer in 2012.

263 participants took part in the 5k, organised by the Finn Harps captain Kevin McHugh.

And Farren, emotional as he addressed the packed hall at Killea FC, said his mental resolve grew this morning at the site of those who braved the cool conditions around the hilly climbs of the border village.

“The last week has been tough,” he said.

“The first three or four were ok, but the last week has been very tough. Thank you to everyone who came out to support today – this will give me the encouragement to push on now.”

Most of the Finn Harps squad took part in this morning’s event, won by 24/7 athlete Michael Black in a time of 16 minutes, 35 seconds.

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Among those who competed were Farren’s former team-mates Eddie McCallion, Kevin Deery, Ruairi Higgins and Ciaran Martyn. Ex-Derry stalwart Sean Hargan was also in attendance, and among the entrants were former Derry assistant manager Paul Hegarty, as well as the Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny, who managed Farren at Derry.

“Mark Farren didn’t just score goals for Derry City – he scored important goals,” Kenny enthused.

“He scored in a play-off to keep Derry in the Premier Division, scored in an FAI Cup final win and got the goal to win promotion to the Premier Division.
“Apart from his goals, success and trophies, he is a tremendous ambassador for young players. He’s an icon. The way

that he carries himself is absolutely terrific.”

PFAI General Secretary Stephen McGuinness and Player Executive Ollie Cahill attended and presented Farren with a donation from the Drogheda United player Gary O’Neill, who has returned as a player for the County Louth side having battled testicular cancer last season.

“Mark has made such a contribution to Irish football,” McGuinness said.

“We made a significant contribution from Gary O’Neill. He decided to donate some money through us to Mark. Hopefully that will help Mark.

“It is important for us to show support to Mark. The football community has really come together.”

While there was a good sprinkling of Derry City fans in attendance, there was disappointment expressed that the Brandywell club had arranged a friendly against Cliftonville for this afternoon. 2013 Derry captain Kevin Derry ran the race while City midfielder Barry Molloy was at the start of the event.

A section of the large crowd who ran the Mark Farren 5k, including Finn Harps players.

A section of the large crowd who ran the Mark Farren 5k, including Finn Harps players.

McGuinness said: “It was disappointing that Derry City had something else on today, but that’s their decision.”

Donations from St Patrick’s Athletic and Dundalk were among those presented, while McHugh received a donation from Cork City last week.

BBC Radio Foyle’s Ritchie Kelly acted as MC for the presentations and McHugh those who ensured the event ran smoothly.

“There was a gale blowing out there, but it didn’t effect the turnout at all,” he said.

“It was a brilliant event and thanks to everyone who came out to show their support.”

McHugh thanked the sponsors Kernan’s Eurospar, Micheál Doherty, Sonia Duddy and Charles Kelly, as well as Paul Duddy, the former League of Ireland referee from St Johnston who aided with logistics and organising of the event and his colleagues in the Referees’ Association, while he paid tribute to Brendan O’Donnell and the team from Lifford AC.

Black took victory in a time of 16:35 with Daniel Quigley of Trident Coaching in second (17:35) and Reach Running Club’s Kyle Doherty coming home in third (17:48). First female was Anna Forbes, first juvenile was Sean McClenaghan (Moville GAA) and the award for the first footballer home was shared by Finn Harps midfielders Thomas Bonnar and Pat McCann.

First 3 finishers at the Mark Farren 5km event on Saturday morning are michael Black, 24/7 Triathalon club, Daniel Quigley, Trident Coaching and Kyle Doherty, Reach Running Club. Photo: Donna El Assaad

First 3 finishers at the Mark Farren 5km event on Saturday morning are michael Black, 24/7 Triathalon club, Daniel Quigley, Trident Coaching and Kyle Doherty, Reach Running Club. Photo: Donna El Assaad

Place

BiB

Forename

Surname

Cat

Club

Mins

 

Secs

1

601

Michael Black M 24 7

16

:

35

2

560

Daniel Quigley M Trident Coaching

17

:

35

3

574

Kyle Doherty M Reach Running Club

17

:

48

4

597

Benny McDaid M Dunree F.C

18

:

21

5

562

James Beattie M Born To Run

18

:

41

6

745

Patrick McCann M Finn Harps

18

:

52

7

608

Thomas Bonnar M Finn Harps

18

:

52

8

696

Peter Middleton M U/A

19

:

20

9

592

Mark Hunter M 24 7

19

:

21

10

539

Seamus Hegarty M Moville GAA

19

:

23

11

649

Aron Cole M U/A

19

:

33

12

566

Ciaran Coll M Finn Harps

19

:

35

13

620

David Shovlin M Finn Harps

19

:

44

14

692

Benny Wilson M Bolt Running

19

:

47

15

565

Aaron Harkin M Finn Harps

19

:

47

16

614

Paul McVeigh M Finn Harps

19

:

51

17

606

John Fullerton M Naomh Colmcille GAA

20

: 09

18

561

Joe Strunks M Trident Coaching

20

:

12

19

737

Ryan Curran M Finn Harps

20

:

17

20

739

Tommy McMonagle M U/A

20

:

19

21

563

Ciaran Bovaird M Kildrum Tigers

20

:

24

22

567

Martin Devenney M Kildrum

20

:

25

23

600

John McElroy M Cockhill Celtic

20

:

26

24

541

Shaun Diver M Moville GAA

20

:

33

25

738

Jonny Bonnar M Finn Harps

20

:

39

26

730

Allister Doherty M Killea

20

:

40

27

549

Declan Moore M Killea

20

:

45

28

540

John McGeedy M Moville GAA

20

:

50

29

545

Sean Lynch M U/A

20

:

55

30

564

Sean McCarron M Finn Harps

21

: 04

31

623

Keith Cowan M Finn Harps

21

: 07

32

531

Shane Martin M U/A

21

:

12

33

619

Packie Mailey M Finn Harps

21

:

15

34

742

Jack Quigley M Blast Bootcamp

21

:

19

35

575

Mark Logue M U/A

21

:

21

36

548

PJ Lynch M U/A

21

:

23

37

605

Gareth Harkin M Finn Harps

21

:

23

38

602

James Doherty M Finn Harps

21

:

24

39

538

Enda Faulkner M Moville GAA

21

:

32

40

1000

Kevin McHugh  M  Finn Harps

21

:

33

41

604

Mark Forker M Finn Harps

21

:

44

42

734

Rory Kelly M Buncrana Hearts

21

:

45

43

658

Eddie McCallion M Blast Bootcamp

21

:

53

44

686

Norman Shongo M Magoos

21

:

54

45

618

Matthew Harkin M Blast Bootcamp

21

:

57

46

515

John McGlynn M U/A

21

:

59

47

510

Liam McGuire M Lifford A.C

22

: 01

48

728

Sean Molloy M Foyle Valley

22

: 06

49

582

William Freney M Raphoe Road Runners

22

:

15

50

617

Manus doherty M Blast Bootcamp

22

:

18

51

657

Ciaran Martin M Glenavon F.C

22

:

20

52

638

James Chambers M St Patricks A.C

22

:

20

53

629

Neil McCafferty M U/A

22

:

22

54

542

Shaun McClenaghan M18 Moville GAA

22

:

30

55

626

Michael Doherty M U/A

22

:

33

56

637

Ollie Cahill M PFAI

22

:

47

57

589

Sean McCallion M Blast Bootcamp

22

:

55

58

588

Tommy McCallion M Blast Bootcamp

22

:

55

59

516

Dessie McGinty M Kildrum

22

:

56

60

518

Jamie Flannery MW UCD

22

:

56

61

752

Kevin McDaid M U/A

22

:

57

62

733

Eoin Kivleehan M U/A

22

:

58

63

555

Kieran Canning M U/A

23

: 02

64

648

Anna Forbes F16 U/A

23

: 05

65

729

andrew Doherty M Naomh Colmcille GAA

23

:

12

66

583

Eugene McGinley M Raphoe Road Runners

23

:

13

67

616

Peter Gallagher M U/A

23

:

16

68

553

Noel Moore M U/A

23

:

18

69

690

Declan Coyle M U/A

23

:

19

70

511

Mark Donaghey M Lifford F.C

23

:

20

71

716

Paul Curran M U/A

23

:

24

72

547

John Lynch M U/A

23

:

29

73

726

Andy Stevenson Jr M U/A

23

:

30

74

727

Gary Stevenson M U/A

23

:

31

75

615

Anthony Faulkner M U/A

24

: 02

76

718

Paul Hegarty M U/A

24

:

29

77

527

Gary Heaney M U/A

24

:

29

78

698

Eamonn McConnell M Castlefinn

24

:

31

79

766

Colm McDaid M U/A

24

:

32

80

640

Tom Bradley M Derry City

24

:

43

81

594

Ruairi Higgins M Dundalk F.C

24

:

48

82

666

Jennifer Deery F U/A

24

:

49

83

642

Sharon Carlin F Lifford A.C

24

:

50

84

741

Owen Morrison M Blast Bootcamp

24

:

51

85

609

Shaun O Donnell M Lifford A.C

24

:

51

86

603

Connor Harkin M U/A

24

:

51

87

523

Katherine Camllin FW U/A

24

:

53

88

568

Iggy Houston M Fit for Life Lifford

24

:

54

89

569

Joe McNulty M Fit for Life Lifford

24

:

54

90

572

Danny Burns M Fit for Life Lifford

25

: 06

91

595

Gareth Kelly M Dundalk F.C

25

:

24

92

746

Tonny McGeedy M Moville Celtic

25

:

52

93

747

Dermott Harkin M Moville Celtic

25

:

52

94

751

Johnathon Doherty M Cockhill Celtic

25

:

55

95

689

Connor Jordan M Blast Bootcamp

26

: 05

96

723

Vincent McLoughlin M Referee

26

: 09

97

628

Ciaran Irvine M U/A

26

:

15

98

645

Calvin Mooney M U/A

26

:

15

99

713

Lisa NiChiobhain F U/A

26

:

16

100

625

Liam Nelis M U/A

26

:

23

101

517

Philip Connolly M Letterkenny A.C

26

:

25

102

667

Lee McColgan M Moville

26

:

28

103

591

Deborah McKinney F U/A

26

:

29

104

590

Laura Bonnar F U/A

26

:

30

105

765

Damien McLoughlin M U/A

26

:

32

106

627

Bobby McMonagle M U/A

26

:

34

107

682

Eoghain Gillen M Moville

26

:

35

108

532

Dessie McGlinchey M Killea F.C

26

:

58

109

612

Darren Lynch M U/A

27

: 02

110

688

Martin McColl M U/A

27

: 03

111

577

Declan McBride M U/A

27

:

12

112

715

James Gildea M U/A

27

:

22

113

706

Daniel McCauley M U/A

27

:

24

114

634

Clement Bonnar M U/A

27

:

24

115

632

Laura Breslin F16 Pace

27

:

25

116

631

Jack Breslin M Oxford UTD

27

:

30

117

630

Anthony Breslin M Pace

27

:

32

118

668

Ryan McColgan M Moville

27

:

34

119

654

Emmett Ohagon M U/A

27

:

46

120

673

John Harkin M Moville

27

:

48

121

581

Sinead Kelly F Blast Bootcamp

27

:

50

122

655

Pat Mc M U/A

28

: 02

123

651

Patrick Gallagher M U/A

28

: 07

124

556

Michael Jackson M U/A

28

: 07

125

677

Pauric Doherty M Moville

28

:

20

126

613

Paddy Kelly M U/A

28

:

34

127

656

Paul O’Reiley M U/A

28

:

35

128

500

UnKnown

28

:

37

129

687

Michael McAuliffe M Moville

28

:

38

130

681

Finn McLaughlin M Moville

28

:

41

131

550

Gerry Ward M Killea F.C

28

:

42

132

647

Chris Radcliffe M Bolt Running

28

:

47

133

650

Cara Radcliffe F Bolt Running

29

: 00

134

536

Margaret Crossan F Raphoe Road Runners

29

: 05

135

537

Michelle Temple F Raphoe Road Runners

29

: 05

136

750

Michael Moore M U/A

29

: 09

137

660

Damien Power M Trojans A.C

29

:

23

138

740

John Lafferty M Blast Bootcamp

29

:

26

139

697

Sean O Farrell M U/A

29

:

29

140

639

Eoin Bradley M Derry City

29

:

32

141

554

Leon Martin M U/A

29

:

34

142

633

Mary Bonnar F U/A

29

:

41

143

584

Eoin Kelly M U/A

29

:

47

144

760

Greg McKeever M Derry City

29

:

48

145

699

Eamonn Page M U/A

29

:

49

146

501

Eugene Hutcheon M U/A

30

:

11

147

675

Emmett McCauley M Moville

30

:

18

148

586

Jackie Martin F Blast Bootcamp

30

:

18

149

585

Lisa McCloskey F Blast Bootcamp

30

:

19

150

685

Sean Doherty M Moville

30

:

29

151

652

Jane Carton F Belfast Running Club

30

:

29

152

653

Teri Forbes F U/A

30

:

32

153

587

Davy Cowan M U/A

30

:

39

154

736

Rodney Dullaghan M Finn Harps

30

:

39

155

721

Fiona McGilloway F U/A

31

: 00

156

735

Paul Devenney M Finn Harps

31

: 05

157

521

Mo McElroy MW U/A

31

: 05

158

679

Wendy McMonage F U/A

31

: 05

159

680

Martin Devlin M U/A

31

: 07

160

552

Paula Quinn F Bolt Running

31

:

20

161

681

Finn McLaughlin M Moville

31

:

20

162

678

Adam Harkin M Moville

31

:

30

163

676

Stephen McElroy M Moville

31

:

55

164

711

B McCaffs M U/A

32

: 01

165

714

Barney Sweeney M U/A

32

: 01

166

522

Jimmy Flannery MW Kerry

32

: 09

167

743

Vivienne McLaughin F Blast Bootcamp

32

:

18

168

645

Calvin Mooney M U/A

32

:

32

169

557

Alexis Holmes F U/A

32

:

33

170

551

Dawn Duffy F Bolt Running

32

:

33

171

546

Noel Lynch M Letterkenny A.C

32

:

34

172

756

Declan Gallagher M U/A

33

:

14

173

674

James Kernan M11 Kilrea F.C

33

:

22

174

754

Fionn Kenny M11 U/A

33

:

28

175

533

Michelle McCole F U/A

33

:

33

176

753

Stephen Kenny M Dundalk F.C

33

:

42

177

534

Caroline Curran F U/A

33

:

45

178

669

Ryan Coyle M Moville

33

:

45

179

664

Pearse Doherty M Moville

33

:

46

180

758

Laura McLoughlin F Greencastle F.C

33

:

56

181

755

Michael McLoughlan M Greencastle F.C

33

:

56

182

624

Martin Bradley M U/A

34

:

11

183

535

Ann McGonagle F U/A

34

:

11

184

670

Thomas Doherty M Moville

34

:

27

185

519

Shane Houlihan MW U/A

34

:

35

186

520

Katie Flannery FW U/A

34

:

35

187

671

Breid Kernan F Kilrea F.C

34

:

37

188

506

Arthur Holmes MW U/A

34

:

38

189

559

Pauline Daniels F Blast Bootcamp

34

:

41

190

558

Kara Saunders F Blast Bootcamp

34

:

44

191

508

Fr Ciaran Harkin MW Kerrykeel 71

34

:

44

192

744

Michael Canny M U/A

35

:

27

193

700

Carla Crossan F Blast Bootcamp

35

:

27

194

703

Kerry Freil FW Blast Bootcamp

35

:

28

195

672

Cormac Boyle M Moville

35

:

51

196

683

John Canning M Moville

36

: 04

197

684

Donal Skelly M Moville

37

:

49

198

695

Margaret McNamee F U/A

37

:

51

199

715

James Gildea M U/A

38

: 02

200

704

Louise Page FW Blast Bootcamp

38

  04

201

694

Jacquline McNamee F U/A

38

  04

202

579

Sarah Keys F Greencastle F.C

38

 

14

203

578

Charlie Gill M Greencastle F.C

39

  00

204

543

Sinead Farren F U/A

41

 

30

205

502

Deidre Bradley FW U/A

42

 

35

206

544

Ruth Farren F U/A

42

 

35

207

611

John McGee M Derry City

42

 

36

208

701

Paul Callaghan M N.Colmcille F.C

42

 

36

209

659

Declan McFarland M U/A

42

 

37

210

761

Paul Early M U/A

42

 

37

211

762

Loretta McNicholl F U/A

42

 

51

212

514

Evelyn Stevenson F Finn Harps

43

 

46

213

513

Andy Stevenson M Finn Harps

43

 

46

214

530

Charlene McCruden FW U/A

43

 

51

215

528

Paul Morrow M U/A

43

 

52

216

529

Laura McCruden FW U/A

44

  08

217

748

Nicole Harkin F U/A

44

 

15

218

749

Darren Harkin M15 U/A

44

 

18

219

509

Collen Smallman FW U/A

44

 

18

220

504

Linda Holmes FW U/A

44

 

18

221

644

Gabrielle Harvey F U/A

44

 

44

222

646

Rachel Harvey F U/A

44

 

44

223

643

Katie Barr F U/A

45

  07

224

720

Roisin Bradley F U/A

45

  09

225

722

Aaron Bradley M U/A

45

 

14

226

503

Kevin Bradley MW U/A

45

 

14

227

573

James Greer M U/A

45

 

14

228

732

Karen Green F U/A

45

 

28

229

731

Bernie Gillen F U/A

45

 

28

230

505

Carole Higgins FW U/A

45

 

53

231

507

Ben Higgins MW U/A

45

 

57

232

724

Charlene McGee F16 U/A

46

  00

233

702

Karen Callaghan F Killea

46

  00

234

691

Emma Coyle FW U/A

46

 

14

235

693

Connor O’Donnell M U/A

46

 

14

236

599

Matthew Whoriskey M11 U/A

46

 

14

237

512

Henry Collum MW Glena UTD

46

 

14

238

725

Tom McGee M U/A

46

 

16

239

663

Gary Carlin MW U/A

46

 

16

240

610

Catherine McGee F Derry City

46

 

16

241

662

Joanne Carlin FW U/A

46

 

20

242

596

Angela Lafferty F U/A

46

 

20

243

763

C McHugh F U/A

46

 

20

244

708

Mary McCauley FW U/A

46

 

20

245

707

Eimear McCauley FW U/A

46

 

20

246

705

Mickey McCauley MW U/A

46

 

27

247

712

K McCafferty FW U/A

46

 

28

248

719

Isabelle O’Kane FW U/A

46

 

31

249

717

Karen O’Kane F U/A

46

 

31

250

571

Bridget McDermott F U/A

46

 

31

251

570

Arlene McDermott F U/A

46

 

44

252

621

Jean Keenan FW U/A

46

 

44

253

622

Jack Keenan MW U/A

46

 

48

254

607

Edwina O’Neill FW U/A

46

 

48

255

764

Sean Cavannagh M Greencastle F.C

47

 

15

256

765

Damien McLoughlin M U/A

47

 

15

257

526

John Callaghan MW U/A

47

 

20

258

525

Grainne Gallagher FW U/A

47

 

20

259

524

Terry McLoughlin FW U/A

48

 

20

260

641

Trisha Farren F Moville Celtic

48

 

22

261

635

Emma Farren F Greencastle F.C

48

 

25

262

759

Thomas Cavannagh M Greencastle F.C

48

 

42

263

757

Patrick Loughlin M Greencastle F.C

48

 

42

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