Strong Competition for the Belfast International Meet

12 April 2016

Strong Competition for the Belfast International Meet

Ballymena & Antrim’s Christine McMahon and Ben Reynold of North Down encourage athletes to sign up and express their interest to compete at the Belfast International Meet 2016.

Want to in with the chance to compete in an International Competition, well now is your chance. However, you will need to be quick as the sprints, jumps and throws fields are starting to fill up. The Mary Peters Track will again Host the Belfast International Meet in conjunction with the Irish Milers Club & Beechmount Harriers on Saturday 7th May 2016.

Christine McMahon (Ballymena & Antrim) and Ben Reynolds (North Down) are encouraging local athletes to register their interest to compete against international athletes at the Belfast International. 2014 European 400mH Semi-Finalist Christine McMahon (PB 56.97) will be taking to the start line for her 3rd Belfast International race. Christine will be up against some of the UK’s best 400m hurdlers, Jess Turner (PB 57.43) and Georgia Rodgers (PB 59.20). Top Irish U18 athlete Niamh Malone (PB 61.51) is also down to compete on Saturday 7th.

Leon Reid (PB 20.62), Northern Ireland’s fastest man in 2015 headlines the 200m where the Northern Ireland record of 20.54 (Paul Brizzell) could be under threat. Youth Academy athletes Craig Newell (PB 21.95) and Aaron Sexton (PB 21.97) will also be looking to perform well.

GB International Rory Evans (PB 46.26) will take on Bath based Duo James Gladman (200m 20.80w 110mH 13.71) and Theo Campbell (100m 10.56) in the 400m, who have both moved up to the one lap distance this year. Irish University Indoor Champion Andrew Mellon (PB 47.59 indoors) will be representing the best local hope.

In the men’s 110mH, two European Junior Championship 2015 competitors (Garbhan McKenna and Matthew Behan) will take on European Indoor top 12 ranked David King (PB 13.69) and Hungarian International Valdo Szucs (PB 13.91).

Tom Reynolds, Athlete Talent Lead commented “We have some strong competitors entered that will make for an interesting and variety of racing. The 100m in both the men (Jonathan Browning – PB 10.59, Sean Lawler – PB 10.69, Dean Adams – PB 10.74 & Joseph Ojewumi – PB 10.76) and women (Megan Marrs – PB 11.80, Lauren Ryan – PB 11.91, Janine Boyle – PB 11.92, Roseanna McGuckian – PB 12.23 & Caitlin Maguire – PB 12.41) will enable these athletes to showcase their talents against other on power competitors. We are still predominantly looking for competitors in the Senior Men’s Shot, U20 Mens Discus and U20 Men’s Javelin, but are positive once these events are filled will make for a particularly strong meet.”

To express your interest for Sprints, Jumps and Throws, and to see the full list of events on offer, visit

General Secretary of Athletics Northern Ireland, John Allen, said: “This is a fantastic event for everyone involved and provides an opportunity to showcase one of the Country’s top athletics arenas. Taking place at the start of the track & field season the Belfast International Athletics Meet will offer fans an opportunity see world-class athletes compete at the home of Athletics in Northern Ireland ahead of the Games. John Allen continued “The Mary Peters Track is a world class standard venue that is open to the whole athletics community, catering to all levels of the sport from school children and club athletes to those training to compete at an international level.”

Following last year’s successful event at the track, Paul Magee from Beechmount Harriers said “After the success of last year’s event with over 210 entries over all races, we are aiming at having even more competitors this year.”

Irish Milers co-founder, Brendan Hackett concluded this by stating “Our main focus is on staging fast pace races and this event at the Mary Peters Track, Belfast.”

To register for the Middle Distance events, visit