U23 Athletes Travel to France for EAP Meet

31 May 2019

U23 Athletes Travel to France for EAP Meet

Seven athletes from Northern Ireland and Ulster will travel to Valence, France to take part in the Valence International EAP Meet on Saturday 1st June 2019.

The athletes will include Mollie Courtney (Cheltenham AC/ James Hillier) who will compete in the 100m Hurdles, Josh Armstrong (City of Lisburn AC/ Jerzy Macieuwicz) competing in the 110m Hurdles and Paul Sexton (Annalee AC/ Robert Murphy) who will take on the 400m Hurdles.

Competing in the Long Jump will be Ben Fisher (City of Lisburn AC/ Femi Akinsanya), Keith Marks (Clonliffe Harriers/ John Shields) and Ballymena & Antrim AC’s Lydia Mills (Alan Kennedy), while North Belfast Harriers’ Caitlin Maguire (Alan Kennedy) will compete in the 100m event.

Also competing at the meeting will be 2014 Commonwealth Games athlete, Jason Harvey (Crusaders AC) in the 400m Hurdles and 2018 Irish Schools 80mH Champion Holly Mulholland (City of Lisburn AC/ Sue Mulholland) in the U18 100mH respectively.

The U23 athletes have been awarded this opportunity to compete as the Belfast International Meet is now a member of the European Athletic Promotions circuit. We have more information about the EAP circuit and the selection process on our website HERE.

Elsewhere this weekend…

Closer to home this weekend, will be the Walled City Marathon on Sunday 2nd June, organised by City of Derry Spartans AC and sponsored by O’Neills. Top favourite this year is Project Africa Kenyan athlete Eric Koech, who won the race in 2016 and was runner up to the course record holder Dan Tunai last year. Chasing him will be locals, Chris McGuiness and Mark Mullan against Dave Slater (Enniskillen Running Club) and John Higgins (Mayo AC).

It will be a three-way battle for the female title between Natalie Hall (Armagh AC), Grace Kennedy (Donore Harriers), and home club, City of Derry Spartans AC’s Denise Ward, all chasing sub 3 hour times.

Now in its 7th year and with Sports and Leisure giant, O'Neills the new title sponsor, the WCM has attracted 1000 runners for the 8:30 am start on a course which hugs both banks of the river Foyle and concludes in the historic Guildhall Square right in the heart of the Maiden City.