Successful Weekend of Competition for NI & Ulster Athletes
10 February 2020
It was a successful weekend of competition for the Northern Irish and Ulster athletes who travelled to Avondale for the Irish Life Health National Intermediate, Masters, Juvenile B & Relays Cross Country Championships on 8th February and to Abbottstown for the AAI Indoor Games on 9th February.
Irish Life Health National Inter/Master, Juvenile B & Relays Cross Country
The cross country event was an excellent day for NI & Ulster athletes. First on the course at Avondale, Co Wicklow was the Intermediate Women, where Inishowen AC’s Sarah Kelly came 3rd overall in 20:00. In the U13 Girls Annalee AC’s Ruby Gilmartin came 1st overall with Shaun Gallagher (Finn Valley AC) finishing in 3rd place in the U13 Boys, leading the Finn Valley AC team to 1st place overall with 44 points.
In the U15 Boys Luke GIlmartin (Annalee AC) came 3rd with Conor Murphy (Finn Valley AC) in 4th place, leading Finn Valley AC into 2nd overall with 96 points and in the U17 Girls Kate McCrystal (Annalee AC) came 3rd.
Next to take to the course where the Masters Women & Men M65+. Finn Valley AC’s Teresa Doherty came 1st in a time of 15:21, also winning the F40 age category. In the F35 category Lifford Strabane AC’s Claire McGuigan came 2nd while Finn Valley AC’s Kay Byrne came 2nd in the F55 category and Noreen Bonner came 3rd in the F60 category. Beechmount Harriers’ Paul Elliot came 3rd in the Men M65+ category.
In the Masters Men’s event, Eoin Mullan (Omagh Harriers) came 4th overall and claimed 3rd place in the M35 category. In the M40 category Dermot McElchar (Finn Valley Ac) came 3rd while North Belfast Harriers’ Eamon White was 2nd in the M50 category and Neil Carty was 3rd. Tommy Hughes (Termoneeny Running Club) came 1st in the M60 category.
Full results can be found on the Athletics Ireland website here: https://www.athleticsireland.ie/competition/results
AAI National Indoor Games
The AAI National Indoor Games once again attracted a wide range of athletes from across Northern Ireland & Ireland, with the NI & Ulster athletes collecting a total of 15 podium spots.
Ballymena & Antrim AC’s Dean Adams secured a well-earned PB in the Men’s 60m sprints, finishing Series 2 Heat 1 in a time of 6.78s to claim 1st place, followed by City of Lisburn AC’s Christian Robinson in 2nd place in 6.86.
In the Senior Women’s 60m sprints, City of Lisburn AC’s Lauren Roy finished in 4th place in a time of 7.50s, while Lagan Valley AC’s Laura Frey claimed 4th place in the 200m in 26.54 and 2nd place in the 400m in 59.18, with Ballymena & Antrim AC’s Erin McMahon finished in 3rd place in the 400m in 1:00.23.
The Senior Men’s 200m Heat 2 saw Simon Archer (Finn Valley Ac) in 1st place in 21.99, with Eoghan Devlin (Mid Ulster AC) in 3rd place in Heat 5 in 25.19. Heat 7 had Glen Scullion (Mid Ulster AC) in 3rd place in 24.44, while Heat 8 included Ryan Keenan (City of Lisburn AC) in 1st in 23.40, Ronan Bloomer (Ballymena & Antrim AC) in 2nd in 23.65 and Justin Bloomer (Mid Ulster AC) in 4th in 25.02.
Omagh Harriers’ Colin Harkin claimed 2nd place in the Senior Men’s 400m- Heat 2 in 54.04, with Annalee AC’s Roland Surlis finishing 1st place in the Senior Men’s 800m in a time of 1:50.44. Denise Toner (Clones AC) finished 4th in the Women's 800m Heat 1 in 2:13.99.
City of Lisburn AC’s Kelly Neely finished in 6th place in the Senior Women’s 1500m in a time of 4:26.59, with North Down AC’s Rachel Gibson in 12th place in 4:39.96. In the Men’s 1500m, Ballymena Runners’ James Hamilton came 8th in 4:18.31, while in Heat 2, Monaghan Phoenix AC’s Andrew McKenna finished in 8th place in 4:21.38. In the Men’s Senior 3000m Newcastle & District AC’s Patrick McNiff claimed 4th place in 8:32.20.
In the field events, Mark Burton (City of Lisburn AC) took 1st place in the Senior Men’s Triple Jump with a jump of 14.79m, with Lagan Valley AC’s Jai Benson in 2nd place, jumping 14.61m and Tir Chonaill AC’s Caolan O’Callaghan in 3rd with 14.03m and Conall Mahon in 4th with 13.48m.
Adam McMullen (Crusaders AC) took 1st place in the Senior Men’s Long Jump, with a jump of 7.38m, while Ryan Nixon-Stewart (City of Lisburn Ac) finished in 5th place, jumping 5.53m; Eoin Duffy (Parasport NI) came 6th with 5.40m and Fabian McNamee (Omagh Harriers) came 7th with 5.31m.
Full results for the AAI Indoor Games are available on the Athletics Ireland website: https://www.athleticsireland.ie/competition/results