NI Athletes at AIT Grand Prix and Armagh Road Race

16 February 2016

Ireland's top sprinter Amy Foster will be aiming for a World Indoors qualification time in tomorrow evening's big AIT International Grand Prix in Athlone. The World Championships are scheduled for Portland in the US in a month's time.


The in form 27 year Lisburn AC woman ran a storming 7.33 secs time in Athlone 10 days ago which is just short of the 7.32 secs qualification mark for the Worlds.  Tomorrow evening Amy will have ample top class opposition to help her possibly equal her PB time of 7.32 secs. Key names include US hurdler Barbara Pierre who ran 7.09 secs recently plus GB's Daryll Neita who set a new PB this month of 7.29 secs.   


The quality meeting includes pole vaulter Shawn Barber of the US who recently cleared 6 metres. Also competing is World Outdoors 800 metres silver medallist Melissa Bishop of Canada. Newcastle's Kerry O'Flaherty faces strong opposition in the 1,500 metres.


Meanwhile the 26th Armagh Brooks International Road Races take place on Thursday’s evening (first event 6.30 pm). Both a Northern Ireland men’s and women’s team will be taking part.  They are: Men                                                         Women

Chris Madden                                    Anne-Marie McGlynn

Gareth Hill                                          Kerry O’Flaherty

Scott Rankin                                       Fionnuala Ross

Neil Johnston      


The quality Men's 5K field also contains numerous internationals with Scotland's Andrew Butchart as a potential winner.


He impressed as the top UK finisher in 6th place in the recent Greenmount International. However he will be challenged by Swansea's Dewi Griffith who beat him in the Edinburgh Cross Country last month plus Liverpool's Daniel Cliffe who was second in Armagh last year. Belfast Half Marathon winner Gideon Kimosop is also a threat.


The Women's 3K field includes GB international Laura Whittle who won in 2014. Other names who should feature are Coventry's Katrina Wootton who was 4th last year, Charlene Thomas of Wakefield who recently set a PB of 33.32 for 10 K and England's Faye Fullerton.