Outstanding Results at the NI Ulster Even Age Group Championships
The U10’s had over 70 young athletes competing over the two races, some of which was their first time racing at a NI & Ulster Cross Country Championship. Annalee’s Cait O’Reilly (3.45) took the podium position in the girl’s race, with Eoin Sheridan of Monaghan Phoenix (3.34) taking the gold for the boys. Annalee dominated the team results in both the girls (27) and boys (51) events.
The U12 and U14 races where the talk of the day with sprint battling finishes in all four races. In the U12 girls race Hazel Hughes, Shercock and East Down’s Lauren Madine where neck and neck down the home straight, however after a photo finish examination Hazel (5.42) took the gold, and Lauren (5.42) the silver. Last year’s 5th place Oisin Colhoun, City of Derry (5.11) drove the U12 boy’s race and took the gold position, with Omagh’s Tomas Haigney (5.16) taking the silver.
In the U14 girls, last year’s winner Cara Laverty of City of Derry (9.09) maintained her title with a 23 second lead on City of Lisburn’s Hannah Cochrane (9.32). Joseph Haynes, Armagh and Willowfield’s Dylan McBride made the U14 boys a nail biting race, as these two young athletes battled first and second throughout the course. Even at the finish it was difficult to predict the winner, however Joseph (8.13) stormed ahead in the last couple of metres to take the podium position, with Dylan taking 2nd place (8.14). Letterkenny dominated the U12 (59) and U14 (61) boys team results, with Shercock taking the U12 girls (59) and City of Lisburn (51) taking the U14 girls race.
Last year’s 5th place Niamh Carr of Springwell (13.22) drove the U16 girl’s race and took the gold position, just ahead of North Down’s Murphy Miller taking the silver (13.31). Lagan Valley took the gold for girls’ team with 65 points. In the boy’s race Conor Maguire of Monaghan Phoenix (11.30) took the race by stormed and beat his 3rd place position last year to take the gold medal for the U16’s. Lagan Valley’s Alex Boyd took 2nd (11.53) and Matthew Caves of Willowfield in 3rd (11.55). St Malachy’s won the team results with 49 points.
City of Lisburn’s Kate Gourley (16.07) took the podium position in the U18 girl’s race, with a great improvement on her last year’s 7th position. Enya Haigney of Omagh (16.35), maintained her 2nd position with Beechmount’s Rioghnach Catney taking 3rd (16.46). Craig McMeehan ran a strong race yesterday to go one up on last year’s position to take the gold (16.22). 2nd place went to Fintan Stewart of North Down (16.24) and Banbridge’s Patrick McNiff took the bronze (16.31). The team results went to Omagh (40) girls and Beechmount (68) boys.
Conor Duffy and Rebecca Henderson took the honours in the weekend's well supported Bobby Rea cross country races. Glaslough's Conor Duffy was a comfortable winner in the Men's race in a time of 26 mins 46 secs. The Irish International had a 23 secs victory margin over NI Senior bronze medallist Seamus Lynch of Newcastle. He was followed by team mate David O'Flaherty (27.36) and North Belfast's Andrew Annett (27.44).
In the Women's 100 strong field Dromore's Rebecca Henderson continued her winning form. The recent Larne 10k champion crossed the line in 19 mins 6 secs with North Down's Rachel Gibson some 8 secs in arrears. Belfast Half Marathon bronze medallist Amy Bulman of Willowfield was 3rd in 19.29 followed by Lisburn's Zoe Carruther's (19.48).
Full results can be found in the results section of the website.