Another Record-Breaking Weekend in Athletics

03 July 2019

Another Record-Breaking Weekend in Athletics

Northern Ireland and Ulster athletes out-performed themselves once again this weekend, with not one, but two new records.

Mid Ulster AC’s Grace Carson came 5th in the Women’s U20 3000m event at the British Milers Watford Meet in a time of 9:31.63s, to take the Northern Ireland U20 record and a new PB. The previous U20 record was set by Alison O’Neill in 1984 in a time of 9:32.32.

John Kelly (Finn Valley AC) threw an impressive 17.79m in the Men’s Shotput to gain a new Northern Ireland Senior record, at a recent meet in Bottnaryd, Sweden. This will be the second time this year John has broken the record, as his previous record was 17.62m from May this year.


Other performances from the weekend include a number of good performances from the British Milers meet in Watford. City of Lisburn AC’s Ciara Mageean gained a new season’s best of 2:01.81, when she took 5th place in the Women’s 800m A race.

Omagh Harriers’ Roisin Flanagan was the 2nd U23 in the Women’s 1500m, finishing in a time of 4:17.70, while her sister, Eilish Flanagan came 2nd in the Women’s 3000m Steeplechase in a time of 10:03.73, just ahead of Olympian Kerry O’Flaherty (Newcastle & District AC) in 3rd place in a season’s best of 10:04.41.

Full results can be found here.


The NI & Ulster Junior athletes travelled to Mannheim, Germany to compete at the BAUHAUS Junior Gala. Davicia Patterson (Beechmount Harriers) came 1st in the U20 Women’s 400m in a time of 53.31s, while her Irish teammate, Rachel McCann (North Down AC) finished in 11th place in a time of 56.08s.

Rachel was then part of the Irish U20 Women’s 4x400m Relay team, who came 2nd in a time of 3:44.33.

Aaron Sexton 2nd in Men’s U20 200m race in 20.79s, before taking part in the Irish U20 Men’s 4x100m Relay team, finishing in a time of 40.40.

Full results can be found here.