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NI and Ulster Team Announced for the Armagh International Road Race

09 January 2019

NI and Ulster Team Announced for the Armagh International Road Race

The Northern Ireland & Ulster team for the Armagh International Road Races has been announced.

Many congratulations to the following athletes who have been selected to represent Northern Ireland & Ulster in the 2019 Armagh International Road Races, which will be held on 14th February 2019.

Men

Women

Ben Branagh (St Malachys AC)

Conor Duffy (Glaslough Harriers)

James Edgar (City of Lisburn AC)

Neil Johnston (Springwell RC)

Adam Kirk Smith (Derry Track Club)

 

Jessica Craig (North Down AC)

Ciara Toner (Springwell Running Club)

Breege Connolly (City of Derry Spartans)

Fionnuala Ross (Armagh AC)

Nine athletes have been selected to represent Northern Ireland and Ulster in the Armagh International Road Races at The Mall on February 14.

The women’s team comprises of Fionnuala Ross who ran a life time best for 10k when she won the Leeds Abbey Dash last month in 33:30, Ciara Toner who recently won the NI & Ulster Intermediate Women's title for 2019, Jessica Craig who ran a lifetime best for 3000m in 2018 with 9:52.57 and Breege Connolly who ran a PB for 5 mile at the AXA Rahney 5 this year.

The men’s team boasts two Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games representatives - steeplechaser, Adam Kirk Smith and triathlete, James Edgar. They will be joined by Neil Johnston, Ben Branagh and Conor Duffy.

The programme starts with age group races from 6:30pm and builds up to the women’s international 3K at 8:05pm and men’s international 5K at 8:25pm.

Director of Coaching and Athlete Development, Jackie Newton, said: “This event offers a great opportunity for our athletes to compete against other high-performance runners on home ground.

“Armagh AC do an extraordinary job in attracting deep fields of competitive athletes from home and overseas including Poland, Finland, the USA and New Zealand and we look forward to competing with them.”

The event, now in its 29th year, saw 94 runners break 15 minutes in the men’s race last year.