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Youth Athletes Shine at London Mini Marathon

01 May 2019

Youth Athletes Shine at London Mini Marathon

Photo Credit to Ulster Schools Athletics

It was not only the senior athletes who took part in the day’s activities this Sunday at the Virgin Money London Marathon. Northern Ireland’s youth athletes took part in the Mini London Marathon in a range of 3 mile races from U13- U17.

In the U13 Boys event, Finn Diver (Beechmount Harriers) was the first across the line from Northern Ireland in 25th place overall a time of 16:59, with Lughaidh Mallon crossing in the same time in 26th place. Benedict Gillen finished in a time of 17:59 in 62nd place overall.

The Top 3 NI girls in the U13 event were Katie Jane McCleery (City of Lisburn AC), who came 21st in a time of 18:29, followed by Lucy Foster (East Down AC) in 25th place in a time of 18:36 and Anna Gardiner (East Down AC) in 28th position in a time of 18:51.

First NI athlete in the U15 boys was Dylan McBride (Willowfield Harriers), who finished in 17th place in a PB time of 15:46, with Matthew Beveridge (Springwell Running Club) in 25th place in in a PB time of 15:50 and Eoin McBriarty (Beechmount Harriers) was in 45th place overall in a time of 16:19.

Kirsti Foster (East Down AC) was the first NI U15 Girl finishing in 27th place in a PB time of 17:56. She was followed by Cara Laverty (City of Derry Spartans) in 47th place in a PB time of 18:22 and Tara McDonough (North Down AC) in 62nd place in a time of 18:43.

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The U17 Boys saw Adam Ferris (St Malachys AC) as the first NI athlete, in 22nd place overall in a new PB time of 14:57. Matthew Neill (Omagh Harriers) was the 2nd across the line in 45th place overall in a time of 15:22, with Niall McKnight (Annadale Striders) and Fionntan Campbell (St Malachys AC) both finishing in a time of 15:28, taking 49th and 50th place respectively.

In the U17 Boys Wheelchair event, Andrew Greer (Torque Racing Club) came 3rd overall in a time of 14:20.

In the U17 Girls event it was Amelia Kane (Lagan Valley AC) who led the home team, in 27th place in a time of 17:52, with Sorcha Mullan (Omagh Harriers) close behind in 17:54 and 32nd place overall. Aoife McCreevy was the 3rd U17 Girl for Northern Ireland, finishing in 47th place in a time of 18:20.

For the full results, please see here.

Please note that Clubs and PB times have been given where known. Any suggestions or amendments, please contact marketing@athleticsni.org