Slieve Gallion Challenge 2019 Results

Another great day at the Slieve Gallion Challenge. Follow the links below to fine all todays results. Thanks to everyone for attending and we hope you all had a great day.

10K results can be seen here:


5K results can be seen here:


Category Winners:

Male Open: Tomasz Olszewski
Female Open: Karen McGuigan – Sperrin Harrier
Male 50+: Pat Groogan
Female 50+: Pauline Fullen
5K Male: Andrew Gormley
5K Female: Claire McAtamney

Congratulations and thanks again to all our runners.

Thanks also to all out helpers on the day as well as all the local companies for their continued support of this event.

Slieve Gallion Challenge 19th May 2019

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Ready to Run? 

With a challenging 10k route, and and an easier 5k walk or run, everyone can take part in the Slieve Gallion Challenge. The route is fully on road and though it is challenging it is not advanced. At the Club we are committed to health promotion, and this event, now in it’s 4th year continues to generate momentum.

In beutiful surroundings on the slopes of Slieve Gallion Mountain at the edge of the Sperrins, you can take in the views as you push for your best 10k yet. Chip timing included so you can get your officially recorded times, and we are registered with Athletics NI. You must be over 15 to enter the 10k.

10k run entry £15

5k run entry £10

5k Walk £5

Refreshments will be served afterwards and there are shower and changing facilities available also.

So what are you waiting for……..register now.



Walkway Lighting Proposal

The club has been in collaborating with Mid Ulster Council regarding lighting the pitch walkway. This will be a great boost to the club and we are looking forward to providing opportuities for the community to use the facilities for healthy activities such as walking in the darker months of the year.

Sketch of the propsed lighting positions around the pitch

We are nearing completion of the planning phase and we will keep you all up to date on how things are going.

Anti Mining Photoshoot

An anti-mining photo shoot will take place with newspaper photographers at Cullion Crossroads at 12:30pm Saturday afternoon.

Desertmartin GAC stands shoulder to shoulder with the local community groups Protect Slieve Gallion, Love Screen Stop Mining and the wider anti mining fraternity in our opposition to the proposed mineral extraction processes and use of harmful chemicals in OUR environment.

Desertmartin GAC stands shoulder to shoulder with the local community groups

Registration 2019

As the new year begins membership is now due. We will be holding registration nights on Friday 21st Jan, 28th Jan, and 4th Feb – from 8pm to 9pm.

Would need all memebrs to update their data protection consent and permissons, so we would ask that you fill out a form for you or your family.

You can pay by cash and the fees are as follows:

  • Adult Membership £40
  • Youth (Under 18) £20 each, and £10 for 3rd child onwards
  • OAP/Student Cocessions £20

Your name and the names of your family members can go on the one membership form, and this also includes consent for data storage and preferences for contact from St. Martin’s GAC, regarding activities at the club. Everyone needs to be covered by one of these forms.

For playing members with pre existing medical conditions, please fill out a Health Declaration for each individual. This allows coaches and trained first aiders to know who in thier teams they need to know about.

We are embarking on development of our facilities this year and the Club can only be strong and successful with the backing of the community and in turn the community benefits from up to date facilities and services.

Christmas Shop Order Time!

Christmas may still be a few months off but it’s time to start to think about placing your orders. Orders must be placed on or before Monday the 1st of October to guarantee Christmas delivery.

We would also like to introduce the latest item to our range, the Rick Half Zip Fleece top from age 5 and up. This half zip is only available for pre order and will not be stocked in the club shop so order to avoid disappointment.

Prices: Adult £36 & Kids £28

Orders can be placed at the club shop each Monday night from 8 to 8.30 or by contacting Ciaran Higgins directly on 07968837094. All items must be paid for in full before orders will be accepted.

Other available items can be seen here.

Senior Men v Faughanvale

Desertmartin’s recent good form in the league continued last Sunday when they overcame Faughanvale at Longfield.  Both teams started the game level on points and a victory was paramount to each in their quest to avoid a place in the bottom six of the league at the end of the season.  From the throw-in both sides fought hard for dominance and nothing separated them as they were locked at 0-4 each after twenty minutes.  But Desermartin finished the half stronger to lead 0-8 to 0-5 at the break.  St Martin’s started the second period in determined fashion hitting three quick points to go six up after five minutes from the restart.  But the mood of the game changed.  Desertmartin relaxed too much,  Faughanvale snatched their chance and fired over four points to cut the Saffrons lead to two on the 44th minute.  From then until the final whistle it was a battle.  Possession was hard won,  difficult to retain and scoring chances were rare.  The odds for a draw were prominent entering the last five minutes as Faughanvale closed to within one point of the lead.  Somehow the Saffrons found a late surge of energy and forcing the play through midfield and working their way into the Vale’s 20m line they slammed over three points to go four up into injury time.  Faughanvale finished the game with a pointed free but Desertmartin emerged three point winners  0-14 to 0-11.

Desertmartin scorers:  G McGreevy (0-5  2f);  A Trainor (0-2);  Donal Murray (0-2);  P McGovern (0-1);  G McGovern (0-1);  Declan Murray (0-1);  O Kelly (0-1) and M Madden (0-1)

Senior Men v Drum

The seniors continued the good form they showed against Ballerin with a comprehensive victory over Drum in the league last Friday evening.  Played at the North Derry venue Desetmartin were in complete control for the first thirty minutes.  They were 1-4 to 0-2 ahead after fifteen minutes and kept accumulating scores to lead at the break 3-8 to 0-4 with the goals coming from Ryan McGuckin;  E McGuckin (pen) and Declan Murray.  The Saffrons went further ahead shortly after the restart when E McGuckin goaled again from a penalty after G McGovern was fouled in the Drum square.  Further points followed from Ronan McGuckin and Declan Murray but Desertmartin took the foot off the pedal and Drum took over for the remainder of the game.  With Nos.  6;  8;  11 and 12 showing great commitment and no less skill St Colm’s shot an impressive 1-7 in the second half.  The Saffrons came to life in the remaining few minutes with a point from Declan Murray and a very well taken goal from G McGovern to run out easy winners 5-11 to 1-11.

Desertmartin scorers:  E McGuckin (2pen-3).  Declan Murray (1-2);  G McGreevy (0-2);  Ryan McGuckin (1-0);  G McGovern (1-0);  Donal Murray (0-1);  E O’Kane (0-1);  Ronan McGuckin (0-1) and A Trainor (0-1)