McGlynn Breaks NI Half Marathon Record in an Action Packed Weekend
11 February 2019
Ann-Marie McGlynn (Letterkenny AC) broke the Northern Ireland Half Marathon record on Sunday 10th February at the Barcelona Half Marathon.
McGlynn finished 127th overall and the 7th Woman across the line in a time of 1:12:00, beating the previous record by 56 seconds. Kevin Seaward (St Malachy’s AC) finished 14th overall in a new PB time of 1:03:39.
Irish 1 Mile Record Holder Ciara Mageean (UCD AC/ Team New Balance) continued her indoor success at the weekend, finishing in 2nd place in the Women’s 1500m at the IAAF Indoor Meet in Madrid on Saturday 8th February. Ciara finished strong in a time of 4:10.12, just behind Poland’s Sofia Ennaoui in 4:08.31. Coach Steve Vernon was exceptionally pleased with her performance stating that it was “One of her best Indoor performances to date”.
NI Athletes also impressed at the Spar British Athletics Indoor Championships over the two day competition at the Birmingham Arena.
Day 1 saw City of Lisburn AC’s Lauren Roy continue her recent success on the track to qualify through to the Final of the 60m sprints. Lauren, who ran the European 60m Indoor qualification time only a week ago, performed well in her heat and the semi-final with times of 7.54 and 7.52 secs. The final was held later that day, where Roy ran a time of 7.48, finishing in 8th place.
Ellen McCartney (City of Lisburn AC/ Woodford Green) competed in the Women’s Pole Vault finishing in joint 6th place in a PB height of 3.80m. Joining her in 6th place was Sophie Dowson (Blackheath) and Clare Maurer (Woking) who finished on the same height with the same number of attempts.
Mollie Courtney (Cheltenham AC) finished 2nd in her heat of the 60m Hurdles in a time of 8.45secs, which qualified her through to the Final, where she finished 7th in a new SB time of 8.41secs.
Annadale Striders’ Callum Crawford-Walker put in a good performance in the Men’s 800m Heats, finishing in a time of 1:53.59. Josh Armstrong (City of Lisburn AC) came 4th in his heat of the 60m Hurdles in a time of 8.37secs.
Elsewhere this weekend…
Andrew Mellon (QUB AC) took 1st place in the Men’s 400m final at the Irish University Athletics Association Indoor Track & Field Championships on Friday 8th February. Mellon finished in a SB time of 47.70secs. Mark Burton (QUB AC) took 1st place in the Men’s Triple Jump at 14.19m.
QUB AC teammate Craig McMeechan came 3rd in the Men’s 1500m in a time of 3:59.73 while Jonathon Hill came 3rd in the Men’s Long Jump, jumping 6.58m. Their performances aided the Men’s Team to finish 3rd overall with a total of 4 points.
QUB AC’s Lydia Mills came 2nd in the Women’s Long Jump final, jumping a distance of 5.50m and she gained 3rd place in the Women’s Triple Jump, jumping 11.16m.
Ulster University Athletes also had a number of Top 3 finishes for the team with Craig Newell taking 1st place in the Men’s 200m in a time of 21.68secs.
Katie Kirk (UU) came 3rd in the Women’s 800m in 2:16.28. The Women’s 4x200 Relay team, consisting of Niamh Malone, Emma McCay, Emma Hutchinson and Caitlin Maguire, also came away with a Bronze medal.
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