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MEGAN MARRS IMPRESSES IN DIAMOND LEAGUE WHILE LOCAL STARS COLLECT NATIONAL MEDALS

23 July 2018

MEGAN MARRS IMPRESSES IN DIAMOND LEAGUE WHILE LOCAL STARS COLLECT NATIONAL MEDALS

Northern Ireland’s Megan Marrs (City of Lisburn AC / Jerzy Maciukiewicz) has again impressed against high calibre opposition – this time at the British Athletics Anniversary Games in London.

Closer to home, local stars from Northern Ireland and Ulster picked up medals at the Irish Life AAI National Age Group Championships in Tullamore, Ireland.  There was also impressive performances by local athletes in Bangor, Llanberis and Dublin.

British Athletics Anniversary Games:

Representing Great Britain & Northern Ireland at the British Athletics Anniversary Games, a Diamond League event, Megan Marrs clocked 13.37 (-0.5) for 7th place in a star-studded 100m hurdles event at the London Stadium (Saturday 21st July 2018).

This was a mere 0.05 seconds outside the Loughborough based athlete's personal best of 13.32, which she set at the Belfast International last month.

Hexham Combined Events International:

Anna McCauley (City of Lisburn AC / Maureen McCauley) set a new personal best of 5122 when winning the U18 Heptathlon which now moves her into the top 30 in the European Youth Rankings.

Anna began her first day by missing her own NI U18 100m Hurdles record by 0.02 with 13.97 before posting a 1.70m High Jump, 10.68m in the Shot and 25.70 in the 200m. On Day two she jumped 5.51m in the Long Jump, threw a PB of 28.70m in the Javelin and finished with 2:27.01 in the 800m.

Irish Life AAI National Juvenile Track & Field Championships:

In Tullamore (Ireland), Dylan McBride (Willowfield Harriers) and Lucy McGlynn (Tir Chonaill AC) picked up gold medals as athletes from Northern Ireland and Ulster collected an impressive medal haul at the Irish Life AAI National Juvenile Track & Field Championships (Sunday 22nd July 2018).

Dylan McBride won the Under 16 1500m in 4:15.44, with fellow NI athlete Sean M McGinley (Olympian YC) claiming 3rd place in the same event in 4:18.60. 

Meanwhile, in the Under 15 250m hurdles, Lucy McGlynn struck gold after crossing the line in 36.45. Club mate Rachel Gallagher picked up the bronze medal after running 37.37 for 3rd place.

Oisin McCorry (Annalee AC), Niamh McCorry (Annalee AC), Nathan Fitzpatrick (City of Derry AC), Gearoid Lynch (Shercock AC) and James Wright (Ballymena & Antrim AC) all collected silver medals on what was an excellent day of competition.

There were also bronze medals for Lauren Roy (City of Lisburn AC), Eimear Kelly (City of Derry AC), Katie McCleery (City of Lisburn AC), Cara Laverty (City of Derry AC), Chris Kearns (Finn Valley AC) and Aine Wilkinson (Finn Valley AC).

Team Trophy & 4 x 400m Relay:

Lagan Valley AC topped the female team standings and City of Lisburn the men's at this weekend’s Team Trophy event in Bangor (Saturday 21st July 2018).

In the women’s competition, the Lagan Valley team won with 91 points from North Down AC and City of Lisburn AC respectively.  In the men's competition, it was North Down AC who came closest to the winners, City of Lisburn AC, with Derry Track Club completing the top three.

In the associated 4 x 400m Relay Championships, City of Lisburn AC celebrated further success with a win in the men’s race, recording 3:45.16.  In the ladies race, North Down AC won in 4:23.95.  Full results for the event are available HERE.

Snowdon International Mountain Race:

Zak Hanna (Newcastle AC / Richard Rodgers) and Sarah Graham (Mourne Runners / Ryan Maxwell) starred as a team of mountain runners represented Northern Ireland at the famous Snowdon International Mountain Race in Wales this weekend (Saturday 21st July 2018).

The course measured 10 miles in distance and incorporated approximately 3,000ft of ascent.

Zak Hanna continued his recent good form, which includes a 19th place finish at the recent World Mountain Running Championships, with a top ten finish.  The Newcastle AC athlete clocked 1:08:56 for an excellent 7th place finish.

Little separated William McKee (Mourne Runners) and Gavin Mulholland (Calder Valley FR) as they crossed the line in 1:14:43 (24th place) and 1:15:02 (25th place) respectively.  Timothy Johnston (Mourne Runners) completed the team in 1:16:12 (33rd place).

Sarah Graham led the local ladies home in 1:29:55 and narrowly missed a top ten finish, taking 11th place.  Shileen O’Kane (Lagan Valley AC) and Esther Dickson (Newry AC) also ran well, with Shileen taking 13th place in 1:30:16 and Esther 14th place in 1:31:31. Full results for the event are available HERE.

South Dublin 10k Road Race:

Northern Ireland international Laura Graham (Mourne Runners / Ryan Maxwell) claimed a runners up spot at the popular South Dublin 10k road race (Sunday 22nd July 2018).

The event, which is part of the Dublin Marathon Series, attracted significant interest from Northern Ireland based athletes.

National marathon champion Laura, who will represent Ireland at the European Championships next month, crossed the line in 35:10 for 2nd place. Fellow Berlin bound athlete Gladys Ganiel O’Neill (North Belfast Harriers / Matt Shields) narrowly missed a podium spot after recording 36:20 for 4th place.

In the men’s race, Eoin Hughes (Acorns AC / Paul Pollock) led the local contingent home in 33:55, which was enough for 6th place.  Full results for the event are available HERE.