Weekend Review Bangor & Armagh

02 October 2019

Weekend Review Bangor & Armagh

This weekend was a brilliant show of athletic talent internationally and locally. Athletes competed at both the NI & Ulster Championship Bangor 10k and the TJ McElmeel Cup in Armagh.

NI & Ulster Bangor 10k Championships

Declan Reed (City of Derry Spartans AC) and Emma Mitchell (Clonliffe Harriers) claimed the NI & Ulster 10k titles, with Gideon Kipsang winning the Men’s race.

With a sold out capacity of 1000 runners making the start line in front of Bangor Castle, the ever-popular race was an exciting event. Gideon Kipsang took the victory in 30:15, which is his 3rd win in a row.

The NI & Ulster title went to City of Derry Spartans’ Declan Reed, who finished 2nd in 30:57 ahead of North Belfast Harriers’ Conan McCaughey in 30:58 who lead his club to victory in the Men’s NI & Ulster Club competition with 36 points. The Foyle Valley men’s team came 2nd with 49 points, followed by Annadale Striders with 105 points.


In the Women’s event, Clonliffe Harriers and Commonwealth Games athlete, Emma Mitchell took 1st place and the NI & Ulster title in a time of 34:44s, followed by 2019 Belfast City Marathon winner and the NI & Ulster Marathon Champion, Gladys Ganiel (North Belfast Harriers), who finished in 36:33. In 3rd place was Lauren Wilson (Edinburgh AC) who finished in 37:11, who just beat Sinead Sweeney (East Down AC) in 37:15 and Sarah Lavery (Beechmount Harriers) in 37:16.

The Beechmount Harriers ladies team took 1st place with 44 points, followed by North Belfast Harriers in 2nd with 58 points and East Down AC in 3rd with 60 points.

Full results can be found here


TJ McElmeel Cup

Sunday 29th September saw the beginning of the 2019-2020 AthleticsNI Cross Country League, in Armagh with the TJ McElmeel Cup, organised by Armagh AC.


The day started at 12.30pm with Junior events (results to follow), before the Ladies event, which was won by Karen Costello (Dunleer AC) who finished in 25:27.01, leading her team to victory with a total of 27 points.

In 2nd place was Willowfield Harriers’ Amy Bulman who finished in 25:33.20, ahead of Cassie Lagan (Finn Valley AC) who took 3rd place in a time of 25:36.66.

The Home team of Armagh AC came 2nd in the team competition, with a total of 28 points, while the Omagh AC ladies came 3rd with 69 points.

In the Men’s event, it was almost a full North Belfast Harriers’ podium, with John Black taking 1st place in a time of 32:53.08 and Eamon White came 2nd in 33:09.40, closely followed by Newry City Runners’ Chris Devine in 3rd place in a time of 33:46.04 while Gareth Lyons (North Belfast Harriers) finished in 4th place in 34:42.79.

Full results can be found here