Weekend Review- Bank Holiday Action
01 June 2021
Athletics is well and truly back with yet another weekend packed full of track and field and road racing action. Athletes from Northern Ireland and Ulster competed at a wide range of events this Bank Holiday weekend, from the Mary Peters Track; Down Royal Racecourse, England and Oregon, USA.
NCAA Division 2
Eilish Flanagan took the top spot in the Women’s 3000m Steeplechase this weekend in the NCAA Division 2 Meet, finishing in 9:57.44. The NI Record Holder then went on to finish the Women’s 5000m in 2nd place in 15:50.59, with sister, Roisin Flanagan on her heels in a time of 15:52.80 to take 3rd place.
NI & Ulster Ultra Championships
Olympian Tommy Hughes (Strive Racing Club) smashed the World Age Group Record for the 50k at the Whitespace NI & Ulster 50k & 100k Championships this weekend, finishing in a time of 3:06.28 in 3rd place.
1st place in the Men’s 50k went to Letterkenny AC’s Ciaran McGonagle who finished in a time of 2:59.26, with Gareth King (Team Runwell) in 2nd place in 3:01.48. 1st place in the Women’s event went to Donore Harriers’ Sorcha Loughnane in a time of 3:34.31, while North Belfast Harrier’s Louise Smith took 2nd place in a time of 3:41.50 and 3rd place went to Deirdre Martin (Carrick-on-Shannon AC) in a time of 3:49.19.
The 100k Championship title went to Lee O’Boyle (Mallusk Harriers) who finished in a time of 7:46.37. In 2nd place was Portmarnock AC’s Matthew Collins in a time of 7:53.41, with Mallusk Harrier’s Neil Campbell in 3rd place in 8:43.21. In the Women’s event, 1st place was Mary Keenan (Muck Hogs) in 10:00.11, with 2nd place going to Joanne Rice (Navan AC) in 10:10.33 and 3rd place going to Sara Mitchell in a time of 11:48.59.
England U20 Combined Event Championships
Youth Academy athlete’s Troy McConville (AthleticsNI Unattached/ Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow AC/ Coach: Brendan McConville) and Jordan Cunningham (City of Lisburn AC/ Coach: Tom Reynolds) competed at the England U20 Combined Event Championships this weekend.
Troy McConville finished in 4th place with a total of 6,185 points. Troy gained a PB in the Shot throwing 13.05m and in the Javelin, throwing 44.11m and a windy PB in the Long Jump of 6.62m. He had a strong competition in the 100m, finishing in 11.59; the 400m in 51.87 and threw 38.12m in the Discus. Troy cleared 1.92m in the High Jump, finished the 110m Hurdles in 15.82, sadly no-heighted in the Pole Vault, before finishing the competition with a time of 4:34.73 in the 1500m.
City of Lisburn AC’s Jordan Cunningham finished in 6th place with a total of 5,794 points. Jordan gained 4 PBs across the competition, first in the Long Jump, clearing 6.74m, then in the Shot throwing 14.90m; then in the High Jump with a jump of 1.77m and then in the Pole Vault, clearing 3.24m. He finished the 100m in a time of 11.35; received a DNF in the 400m; finished the 110m Hurdles in 15.12; before throwing 39.09m in the Discus and 46.30m in the Javelin and finally finished the day with a time of 5:21.87 in the 1500m.
Joining the two youth academy athletes, was U17 athlete, Lexx McConville, who finished in 11th place with a PB of 4,664 points. Lexx finished with 5 PBs across the events: finishing the 100m in 12.36; throwing 9.90m in the Shot; a time of 54.48 in the 400m; throwing 30.23m in the Javelin and finishing the 1500m in 5:32.42. He cleared 1.77m in the High Jump, jumped 5.93m in the Long Jump, but sadly no-heighted in the Pole Vault before finishing the 110m Hurdles in 16.49 and throwing 28.78 in the discus.
Open Jumps Meet
Athletes competed during a gloriously sunny day at the Mary Peters Track on Sunday 30th May, a day which served up a number of PB performances for athletes from Northern Ireland and Ireland. St Abbans AC’s Ruby Millet set a new Track record in the Women’s Long Jump, with a jump of 6.32m, which also saw her gain the European U23 Qualifying standard.
North Belfast Harriers’ Darragh Andrews gained a PB and set a Northern Ireland F20 Record in the Long Jump with a jump of 3.62m (w/s 0.92). Among the PB performances was City of Lisburn AC’s Molly Curran, who matched her Indoor High Jump PB of 1.55m; Ballymena & Antrim AC’s Owen Johnston set a new PB in the Men’s Pole Vault clearing 3.40m, while team mate Jamie Paul matched his PB, clearing 3.20m. In the Long Jump events, Youth Academy athlete, Jonathan Cochrane (Ballymena & Antrim) had a PB of 6.83m (w/s 0), while City of Lisburn AC’s Abby Tate reached a PB of 5.30m (w/s 1.44).
Belfast Irish Milers Meet
The Belfast Irish Milers Meet was held on Saturday 29th May at the Mary Peters Track, providing athletes from across Northern Ireland and Ireland the chance to gain those important qualification points.
Athletics NI Youth Academy athletes made the most of the decent weather to gain some important PBs. City of Lisburn AC’s Jenna Breen set a PB in the Women’s 400m with a time of 56.65, while team mate Dylan McBride set a new PB in the Men’s 800m B Race with a time of 1:51.61 and Willowfield Harriers’ Kirsti Foster set a PB in the Women’s 1500m with a time of 4:28.58.
Finn Valley AC’s Cara Laverty won the Women’s 800m B Race in a time of 2:11.77, while Lagan Valley AC’s Aoife McGreevy finished the Women’s 5000m in a time of 17:13.72. Orangegrove AC’s Adam Sykes won the Men’s 100m B Race in 11.01.
Be Fit Today Track Academy Open Series
City of Lisburn AC’s Lauren Roy competed in Dagenham at the Be Fit Today Track Academy Open Series on Saturday 29th May, setting a new 100m PB of 11.91 (w/s 1.8) and won the 200m event in 24.55.