Conor Bradley and Grace Carson Shine at Autumn International Cross Country

21 October 2019

Conor Bradley and Grace Carson Shine at Autumn International Cross Country

It was a successful weekend for Mid Ulster AC’s Grace Carson and City of Derry Spartan AC’s Conor Bradley, who won their respective events at the SPAR Autumn Open International Cross Country on Sunday 20th October 2019.

The Spar International took place at the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus, with a number of Northern Ireland’s cross country athletes taking part.

In the Senior Men’s 7,5000m event, Conor Bradley continued his good form of late, by finishing in 22:55 to take the top prize.

Grace Carson took the top spot in the Junior Women’s event in a time of 15:55, while Springwell Running Club’s Niamh Carr came 4th in a time of 16:51.


In the Women’s event, Finn Valley AC’s Teresa Doherty took 1st place in the F40 category in a time of 21:48.

Glenn Donnelly (Acorns AC) came 6th in the Master’s Men’s event in 24:53, with Dermot McElchar (Finn Valley AC) in 10th place in 25:23. Francis Marsh (North Down AC) claimed the top spot in the M50 category in a time of 26:58. Meanwhile, Paul Elliot (Beechmount Harriers) came 1st in the Master’s Men’s 65+ event in 24:33 and Joseph Stewart (Jog Lisburn Running Club) came 1st in the M75 category in a time of 31:15.

You can find the full results here:


Elsewhere this weekend….

The first Ulster Winter Throws Festival was held in the Finn Valley Complex and attracted throwers from sixteen clubs in all four provinces, including athletes from NI & Ulster clubs, Lagan Valley AC; Ballymena & Antrim AC; City of Derry Spartans; Olympian Youth & AC; Shercock AC; Omagh Harriers; Cranford AC; Lifford Strabane AC; Finn Valley AC; Tir Chonaill AC and Rosses AC.

All Ireland Juvenile champions Liam Shaw, Blaine Lynch, Adrienne Gallen, Jude McCrossan and Aoife Giles all showed that they were still on form and training well over the months since the National Championships.

The weather was good and there were some great performances especially from Adrienne Gallen who was throwing the senior hammer for the first time in competition and set a new Donegal record of 41.75m.

Full results can be found here