25 June 2018


Beechmount Harriers starlet Davicia Patterson again deservedly stole the headlines with a record breaking performance in her favourite 400m event.

The 17-year-old was competing for Ireland at the prestigious Mannheim Gala in Germany (Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June 2018), were she clocked a new Northern Irish and Irish Under 20 record of 52.88 for 1st place; the time is also a World Junior Athletics Championships standard.

Fellow junior record holder Aaron Sexton (North Down AC / Roger Sexton) was also in action at the event.  Competing in the 100m, Aaron clocked 10.59 (+0.4) for 1st place in his heat, before going on to run 10.72 (+0.4) for 7th place in the final.

Sommer Lecky (Finn Valley AC / Niall Wilkinson) secured a podium spot in the High Jump with a 1.81m effort for 2nd place.

Full results for the event are available HERE.

Elsewhere this weekend…

World Mountain Running Association Long Distance Championships (Poland):

Northern Ireland men Eoin Lennon (Carnethy HRC / Paul Giblin) and Ian Bailey (Newcastle AC) were part of the Ireland team in competition at the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) Long Distance Championships in Poland.

The pair covered a 36k course which incorporated 2,110m of ascent.  Eoin claimed an outstanding 19th place finish, crossing the line in 2:51:08.  Ian followed in an excellent 2:58:20 for 33rd place.  Their Ireland team mate Des Kennedy finished in 3:17:50 for 62nd place. The race was won by Italian Alessandro Rambaldini in 2:39:18 (1st place).

Full results for the event are available HERE.

British Athletics Parallel Success Track & Field Meeting (England):

Record breaking athlete Eve Walsh-Dann (North Down AC / Roger Sexton) secured a new 200m personal best at the British Athletics Parallel Success Track & Field Meeting in Newham, England (Sunday 24th June 2018).

Competing in the 200m race, Eve clocked 31.34 (-1.0) for 6th place, bettering her previous best of 31.73 from last year (August 2017).

AAI National League (Round 1):

The opening round of this season’s Athletics Ireland National League was held at Mary Peters Track in Belfast (Sunday 24th June 2018).

As athletes and competitors basked in sunshine, Commonwealth Games long jumper Adam McMullen (Crusaders AC / Alan Kennedy) leaped his way to an outdoor personal best of 7.88m (1.2).

This was one of a number of notable performances on what was an excellent day of competition.

Full results for the event will be added to our website later today (Monday 25th June 2018).

Swansea Half Marathon (Wales):

Northern Ireland athletes Laura Graham (Mourne Runners / Ryan Maxwell) and Gladys Ganiel O’Neill (North Belfast Harriers / Matt Shields) secured podium places at the Swansea Half Marathon in Wales (Sunday 24th June 2018).

The event was voted the UK’s Best Half Marathon in 2017 and therefore attracts a quality field.

As the talented duo continue their preparations for the European Athletics Championships in August, they performed well in very warm conditions, with Laura clocking 1:15:56 for 2nd place and Gladys 1:17:22 for 3rd place.

GB & NI international Tracy Barlow (Thames Valley AC) won in a course record of 1:13:51 (1st place).  Full results for the event are available HERE.

Dunshaughlin 10k Road Race (Ireland):

Kerry O’Flaherty (Newcastle AC / Richard Rogers) claimed victory and Conor Bradley (City of Derry AC / Teresa McDaid) secured an impressive podium place as several athletes from Northern Ireland performed well at the popular Dunshaughlin 10k road race (Saturday 23rd June 2018) in Ireland.

Conor was the first of a number of Northern Ireland faces home, taking 3rd place in 30:35.  Kerry broke the tape first to win the ladies race in 34:35 (1st place).  Full results for the event are available HERE.

British Milers Club (BMC) Loughborough Grand Prix (England):

Conall Kirk (Annadale Striders / Mark Kirk), Neil Johnston (Springwell RC / Mark Kirk) and Neil McCartan (East Down AC / Mark Kirk) recorded new personal bests as a number of local athletes travelled to Loughborough for the latest BMC Grand Prix (Saturday 23rd June 2018).

Conall lined up in the 800m ‘C’ and led the field home in a new PB of 1:50.40 (1st place).  In the 5,000m (‘B’ race), Neil Johnston crossed the line in an impressive 14:22.74 (5th place).  Neil McCartan reduced his 1500m best to 3:53.64 when claiming 4th pace in the ‘E’ race.

There was also a season’s best for Lisburn 10k winner Chris Madden (City of Lisburn AC / Mark Kirk) of 14:51.60 (8th place) in the 5,000m ‘C’ race.  NI 5,000m record holder Emma Mitchel (QUB AC / Eamonn Christie) clocked 16:13.65 for 6th place in the high profile ladies 5,000m ‘A’ race.  Danny Mooney (Letterkenny AC / Teresa McDaid) ran 3:46.48 (9th place) in a stacked 1500m 'A' race.