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Northern Ireland & Ulster Team Announced for Cardiff Victory 5k Inter-Area

12 April 2019

Northern Ireland & Ulster Team Announced for Cardiff Victory 5k Inter-Area

Many congratulations to the seven athletes who have been selected to represent Northern Ireland & Ulster in the Cardiff Victory 5k Inter-Area competition.

The seven athletes will compete against the North of England, Midlands, South of England, Scotland and Wales on 5th May in the Cardiff Victory 5k, which is part of the Inter Area Road Race Series. The first race in this series was Athletics NI’s TQ10k on Sunday 31st March 2019.

The following athletes have been selected:

Men's Team:

Kyle Doherty

City of Derry Spartans

Mark Long

City of Derry Spartans

Chris Madden

City of Lisburn AC

Conan McCaughey

North Belfast Harriers

Women's Team:

Jessica Craig

North Down AC

Sinead Sweeney

QUB AC

Nakita Burke

Letterkenny AC

These extra opportunities, to compete in the Inter Area competitions, have been made possible thanks to the Deep River Rock Belfast City Marathon who are providing funding for athletes with future marathon potential.

Athletics NI select athletes that have demonstrated potential to transition from shorter distances to the marathon or who have the potential to significantly improve their current marathon performance. Normally athletes in the top tier of our programme (Podium Potential) are not selected. Places are kept for athletes, with the required standards, on the Commonwealth Potential tier and below.

The selection policy for the inter-area competitions can be found here: https://athleticsni.org/Athletes/Competition-Opportunities

Director of Coaching and Athlete Development, Jackie Newton, said: “We are delighted that the Deep River Rock Belfast City Marathon have offered their support to endurance athletes that have the potential to represent Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games and beyond.”

“We aim to provide regular competition at the appropriate level that will challenge and inspire athletes to be the best they can be. This is the second race in the series and although it is over a shorter distance of 5k, brings a valuable opportunity to our athletes to experience travel, preparing away from home and racing high level runners that they may not otherwise encounter. I would like to congratulate the athletes that have been selected for this competition, wish them my best and I look forward to seeing more of our endurance athletes representing NI & Ulster in this series.”