Competition Preview Manchester International
14 August 2019
A total of 28 athletes from Northern Ireland and Ulster will be competing this evening in the Manchester International, at SportCity.
There are a total of 43 events at the International, which includes the 100m and 1500m Para events for the first time. The Northern Ireland & Ulster athletes will be competing across 33 events in total and with a mix of experienced and upcoming athletes selected for the team, there will be a range of talent on show.
The competition will start with the Field events at 3.55pm with the Mixed Javelin and Lifford Strabane AC’s Gareth Crawford (PB & SB: 66.01). Following him will be Keith Marks McCabe (Clonliffe Harriers) in the Mixed Long Jump at 4.30pm, who currently holds a PB of 7.38m.
Following him will be City of Lisburn pair, Mark Burton in the Mixed Triple Jump and Anna McIlmoyle in the Women’s High Jump. Mark’s PB is 15.24m and he currently has a season’s best of 14.75m, while Anna’s PB and SB is 1.70m.
Track from 4pm- 7pm
Starting at 4pm on the Track with the Women’s 3000m, staring North Down AC’s Jessica Craig (PB & SB: 9:52.97). Following that will be the 400m Hurdles, with Paul Sexton (Annalee AC) in the Men’s event at 4.20pm and Kelly McGrory (Tir Chonaill AC) in the Women’s event at 4.25pm.
Next will be the Guest 100m events, starting at 4.35pm, with upcoming athletes, Louis Albrow (North Down AC/ PB: 11.08); Oliver Swinney (Rising Stars/ PB: 10.85) and Jenna Breen (City of Lisburn AC/ PB: 12.18) all competing.
Then there will be a trio of North Down AC ladies, first in the Women’s 400m at 5.30pm, with Rachel McCann (PB: 55.54), followed by the Women’s Mile event at 5.40pm, involving Rachel Gibson (PB: 4:56.60) and finally in the Women’s 100m Ambulant event at 6.15pm with Eve Walsh-Dann (PB: 14.54).
At 6.20pm we will have Conor McIlveen (Derry Track Club/ PB: 13.01) in the Men’s 100m Ambulant event, before Ballymena & Antrim pair, Lauren Roy (PB: 11.92) and Dean Adams (10.57) take on the 100m events at 6.25pm for the Women and 6.30pm for the Men.
The next feature will be the Men’s 3000m with Springwell Running Club’s Neil Johnston (PB: 8:23.90) at 6.40pm and then Rubgy & Northampton’s Mollie Courtney (PB: 13.28) will star in the Women’s 100m Hurdles event at 7pm.
Track From 7pm- 9.30pm
Olympian Kerry O’Flaherty (Newcastle & District AC/ PB: 9:42.61) will be the next to take to the track in the Women’s 3000m Steeplechase event.
Following on from that will be the 200m events, with City of Lisburn AC’s Jenna Breen (PB: 25.00) at 7.35pm in the Women’s race and Ballymena & Antrim AC’s Michael McCauley (PB: 21.53) at 7.40pm in the Men’s race.
In the 800m races, Katie Kirk (University of Ulster/ PB: 2:02.63) will compete at 7.50pm and Callum Crawford-Walker (Annadale Striders/ PB: 1:52.43) will compete at 7.55pm. Then we will have the Mixed 1500m Para race, with Ballymena Runners’ James Hamilton (PB: 3:59.71) at 8pm.
The 4x400m Relays will begin with the Women’s event at 8.25pm, with the team of: Rachel McCann (North Down AC); Kelly McGrory (Tir Chonaill AC); Rachel Gibson (North Down AC); Jenna Breen (City of Lisburn AC) and Daniella Jansen (Finn Valley AC). Then at 8.30pm, we will have the Men’s team of: Kyle Magwood (Banbridge Running Club); Oisin McCorry (Annalee AC); and Paul Sexton (Annalee AC).
The penultimate event will be the Men’s Mile, with Annadale Striders Conall Kirk (PB: 4:14.65) taking to the track at 8.50pm, before the final event of the evening, the Men’s 4x100m Relay. The team will consist of: Dean Adams (Ballymena & Antrim AC); Michael McCauley (Ballymena & Antrim AC); Keith Marks McCabe (Clonliffe Harriers); Louis Albrow (North Down AC) and Oliver Swinney (Rising Stars).
We wish the best of luck to all of the athletes competing this evening and you can find the full timetable, with details of the NI & Ulster athletes here.
There will be Live Streaming available for this event here