Stephen Wylie and Gemma McDonald Win at the Les Jones Memorial 10k

20 May 2019

Stephen Wylie and Gemma McDonald Win at the Les Jones Memorial 10k

Stephen Wylie (Victoria Park & Connswater) and Gemma McDonald (Ballycastle Runners) took advantage of the summer sun and clear skies on Friday 17th May 2019 to take the top spots at the Les Jones Memorial 10k.

This was the 28th year of the annual event which commemorates the athlete, team manager and Athletics NI Chairman, Les Jones, who passed away in 1992.

For the event, Athletics NI worked alongside Action Mental Health as part of the Mental Health Awareness week, which began on 13th May 2019. A percentage from the online entries will be given to the charity plus any other donations made by participants.

The race started at the Mary Peters Track and took competitors onto the Lagan Towpath towards Shaw’s Bridge, then onto the infamous climb in Barnett’s Demesne on their way back to the finish line at the Mary Peters Track.


Stephen led from the beginning to finish in a time of 33:26, with Gareth Lyons (North Belfast Harriers) finishing in 2nd place in a time of 34:11. In 3rd place was Eoin Mullan (Omagh Harriers) in a time of 34:48.

For the women, it was Ballycastle Runner’s Gemma McDonald who took 1st place in a time of 39:47 with 2nd place, Claire Tonry (Dub Runners) finishing in a time of 40:33 and Julie Murphy (Lagan Valley AC) in 3rd place in a time of 41:59.


Find the full results here.


Elsewhere this weekend…


Commonwealth Games Athlete, Kate O’Connor broke her own Northern Ireland Senior Javelin Record with a throw of 49.46m at the Leinster Schools Championships.