Age Group Athletes Shine in Abbottstown

25 November 2019

Age Group Athletes Shine in Abbottstown

All Photos credit to Sam Barnes

It was a triumphant day for the NI & Ulster athletes who took to the Abbottstown Cross Country course for the Irish Life Health Even Age Group Championships on Sunday 24th November. The NI & Ulster athletes claimed a clatter of medals, including Individuals as well as for, Club, County and Province.

Loughview AC’s Catherine Martin stole the day, as she claimed 1st place in the U16 Girls, with Willowfield Harriers’ Kirsti Foster in 3rd place. The girls helped the Ulster team to secure 1st place in the Province competition, with a total of 59 points, while the Willowfield Harriers team came 3rd with 166 points and the Co Down team took 1st place with 110 points.


In the U18 Boys event, St Malachy’s AC’s Adam Ferris claimed 2nd place with North Belfast Harriers’ Matthew Lavery in 3rd place. The boys added to the Ulster total of 48 points, to secure 1st place. The St Malachys AC team took 1st place with 45 points, with Lagan Valley AC in 2nd with 167 points. In the county competition, Antrim took 1st place with 57 points.

Willowfield Harriers’ Joel Chambers claimed 2nd place in the U16 Boys with City of Lisburn AC’s Jack McCausland claiming 5th place. Once again, Ulster took the top spot in the province competition with 54 points, while Co Antrim claimed 2nd place with 114 points and Co Down claimed 3rd with 156 points. In the club competition, St Malachys AC came 2nd with 133 points and Willowfield Harriers came 4th with 153 points.

For the U12 Girls, Lagan Valley AC’s Isa McCarron claimed 2nd place in a tightly fought battle, while in the U14 Girls East Down AC’s Anna Gardiner claimed 4th place.

For the NI & Ulster club teams, Enniskillen Running Club came 2nd in the Club rankings of the U14 Boys with 198 points, while Lagan Valley AC claimed 4th place in the U18 Girls event with 157 points.

Also joining their junior counterparts where the Senior Men and Women in the National Senior Cross Country Championships. City of Derry Spartans had a stellar day, claiming 4th place in the Club competition with 162 points, while Conor Bradley led the team home in 4th place.

In the Senior Women’s event, it was the North Down AC ladies who claimed bragging rights, after finishing in 2nd place overall with 129 points.

Individually, the NI & Ulster ladies outshone their competition, with Armagh AC’s Fionnuala Ross finishing in 4th place and club mate, Danielle Fegan not far behind in 6th place. Lifford Strabane AC’s Claire McGuigan finished in 8th place, while Jessica Craig (North Down AC) finished in 10th place with Breege Connolly (City of Derry Spartans) in 11th place.

Full results can be found here: