Local Athletes Secure PBs at Loughborough International
22 May 2017
Athletes from Northern Ireland produced personal best performances at the Loughborough International Track & Field Meeting this weekend (Sunday 21st May 2017).
Competing at the famous Paula Radcliffe Stadium in the 59th annual running of the prestigious event, Ben Fisher (Coach: Annie Rose) represented Great Britain Juniors and impressed with a personal best in the final round of his Long Jump competition, leaping 7.20m to beat several experienced athletes.
In-form Leon Reid (Coach: James Hillier) ran a 100m personal best of 10.34 (1.0) and led the field home in the 200m with a wind assisted 20.82 (+2.1).
Derry Track Club athlete Adam Kirk-Smith (Coach: Tomaz Plibersek) closed in on the Commonwealth Games 3000m Steeplechase standard with a 8:46.26 performance, a significant personal best over the distance.
Gloucestershire University student Mollie Courtney (Coach: David Warner) was a mere 0.01 off the Commonwealth Games standard with a 13.46 finish over the 100m hurdles – City of Lisburn AC’s Megan Marrs (Coach: Jerzy Maciukiewicz) recorded a personal best of 13.68 in the same race; disappointingly both performances were deemed illegal because of the +2.2 wind assistance.
Ballymena & Antrim AC’s Christine McMahon (Coach: Ian Neely) was in action over the 400m hurdles, where she narrowly missed a podium place with a 59.59 finishing time.
Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games athlete Jason Harvey (Coach: Nick Dakin) ran a massive season’s best of 51.63 in the 400m hurdles. Jason then joined fellow NI men Craig Newell, Leon Reid and Ben Maze in the 4 x 400m Relay, where the quartet performed to a high standard. It took an excellent performance by double European Champion Martin Rooney to deny the men 3rd place; however, their notable 3:11.70 clocking secured 4th place.
In other news…
Closer to home, there were some excellent performances at the Athletics NI Jumps and Throws Festival (Sunday 21st May 2017) at the Mary Peters Track, Belfast.
Youth Academy athlete and Ulster University student Jack Magee (Coach: Laura Kerr) destroyed his previous Javelin personal best by almost 6m with a 62.08m throw.