Mollie Courtney Claims England Championships Bronze
31 July 2017
Northern Ireland’s Mollie Courtney (Cheltenham AC / David Warner) picked up a bronze medal in the 100m hurdles at the England Athletics Senior Track & Field Championships (Saturday 30th July 2017) – Megan Marrs (City of Lisburn AC / Jerzy Maciukiewicz) also performed well in the same event.
NI & Ulster Senior Champion Mollie claimed 3rd place in the final in a time of 13.53 (-0.2), this followed a 13.69 (+0.4) to win her heat. Fellow NI athlete Megan secured 4th place in the final, running 13.59 (-0.2); in the heats, Megan recorded 13.62 (+0.7). Derby AC’s Yasmin Miller won the 100m hurdles in 13.32.
NI & Ulster Hammer Champion and NI record holder Hayley Murray (Rugby & Northampton AC / Christopher Murray) was also in action at the Championships. Hayley landed a 57.67m throw for 8th place in the Hammer competition. The Hammer standings were topped by Scottish athlete Suan McKelvie (61.80m).
In Germany, Northern Ireland 100m and 200m record holder Amy Foster (City of Lisburn AC / David Reid) continued her recent good form at the 47th International Athletics Meeting Rhede (Saturday 29th July 2017).
Amy, who has already hit the Gold Coast qualifying standard over 100m, clocked 11.61 in the heats before taking 1st place in the final in 11.47 (1.6).
The City of Lisburn AC star narrowly missed hitting the 200m CWG standard, when taking 3rd place in a blanket finish in the 200m. Amy broke the beam in a season’s best of 23.63 (0.1); the CWG standard is 23.54 – interestingly, both the race winner, Phil Healy (Ireland), and runner up Laura De Witte (Netherlands) recorded 23.62.
Also this weekend…
Four runners from Northern Ireland were part of Ireland’s team at the World Mountain Running Championships in Italy (Sunday 30th July 2017). In the senior men’s race, Zak Hanna (Newcastle AC) covered the tough 13k route, which included 860m of ascent, in 1:04:37 (53rd place) – Andrew Annett (North Belfast Harriers) followed in 1:06:64 (57th place). The Ireland team finish in 14th place in the team rankings. Newry AC’s Esther Dickson completed the course in 1:24:17 for 51st place in the ladies race. The Ireland ladies team claimed 8th place in the standings.
In the Junior 6.5k race, which included 430m of ascent, Springwell Running Club’s Oisin Brennan finished in 55th place, after crossing the line in 35:13.