Busy weekend for NI Athletes
16 May 2016
Highest Entries for the Les Jones 10K
Friday night brought the highest ever entry to the Mary Peters Track for the annual Les Jones Memorial 10K event. With over 270 athletes taking to the track to start the challenging 10K route through the Lagan towpath, towards Shaws Bridge, tackling the hidden killer hill on the way back to the finish line on the track.
North Belfast’s Philip Goss, maintained a strong lead throughout the duration of the route to avail of the first place podium position in a time of 33:57. Fellow team mate Marc Jennings cross the line in 34:48 to win second place, with Stephen O’Gorman of Dromore taking third in 34:53.
Jodi Smith of North Down had an astonishing run to make her the first women home in 39 minutes and 35 seconds. City of Lisburn’s Diane Watson wasn’t far behind and took second place in 40:10, with third place position going to Cathy McCourt in 40:49.
Rankin & Whoriskey take the titles at the NI & Ulster 10,000m Track Championships
24 athletes turned out yesterday to the Mary Peters Track to take on the 10,000m Championships around the track.
Foyle Valley’s Scott Rankin took the lead from the start and maintained this throughout the duration of the race, even lapping some of the competitors on two occasions. Scott had a strong race and finished in a strong time of 30:17.90, this was approximately two minutes ahead of second place victor David O’Flaherty of Newcastle AC, who finished in 32:32.60. Armagh’s Gary Henderson was the third male home in 33:40.00 to take the final podium position.
The ladies race was very close at stages, with Catherine Whoriskey of City of Derry, Dromore’s Laura Bickerstaff and Natalie Hall of Acorns all in contest for the title position. However, around the half way point Catherine moved ahead to take a strong lead, resulting in her crossing the line in a time of 36:52.73, sum 1 minute ahead of second place. Laura Bickerstaff maintained her position to take second place in 38:33.57, with Natalie coming in third in 39:23.72.
NTC Pure Athletics Elite Meeting 2, Clermont
Jason Smyth (City of Derry, Clarance Callender) has continued to improve on his impressive season opener from two weeks ago (10.47 and 10.45). The Paralympic champion faced the likes of Tyson Gay in the men's 100m as he sped to a time of 10.42 (1.9) in the heats followed by 10.39 (1.4) in the final, his fastest time since 2013 and just 0.01 off the European Championships B standard.
Amy Foster (City of Lisburn AC, Davy Reid) once again won her 100m final in an impressive 11.42 (0.6) following a windy 11.40 (2.4) equal personal best in the heats. This gives Foster another European B standard, puts her in the top 10 on the European Rankings and brings her to within 0.10 of the Olympic standard.
Having finished 3rd a fortnight ago Adam McMullen (Cruasaders AC) this time took victory in the mens long jump. The Alan Kennedy coached athlete had the most impressive series of his career jumping 7.76m in round one, 7.81m in round two, setting a new personal best of 7.84m (0.0) in round four before equalling this in the final round (2.0). This new mark puts him 11th on the European Rankings and just 11cm shy of the tough European Championship Standard. Following the Long Jump, Adam also won his 200m heat in a PB of 21.50 (2.0) for good measure.
NCAA SECTF Championships, Alabama
Dempsey McGuigan (Finn Valley / Alan Bertram) finished 3rd in the Hammer at the South Eastern Conference Championships in Alabama with 68.55m. This is a fantastic achievement considering the SEC Championships are made up of 14 states of USA.
BMC Grand Prix 1 Sportcity Manchester
World Masters Champion Kelly Neely (City of Lisburn AC / Ian Neely) ran an impressive seasons best of 4.18.79 to finish 7th in the Womens A 1500m.
There were a number of respectable times set by the Mark Kirk coached group of James Hamilton (T20, Ballymena Runners) 1500m 4.06.94, Katie Kirk (Queens) 800m 2.06.89, Callum Crawford-Walker (U20, Lagan Valley) 800m 1.52.95 and Andrew Wright (Willowfield) 1500m 3.49.53.