NI and Ulster Athletes set for IAAF World Championships

04 August 2017

NI and Ulster Athletes set for IAAF World Championships

NI & Ulster athletes Ciara Mageean (UCD AC / Jerry Kiernan), Mark English (UCD AC / Steve Magness) and Brendan Boyce (Finn Valley AC / Robert Heffernan) are part of the 11 strong Ireland team who will be in action at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in London (August 4th-13th). 

Unfortunately, Holywood man Paul Pollock (Annadale Striders / Andrew Hobdell) has been forced to withdraw due to injury.

Action gets underway today (Friday 4th August) with Ciara Mageean starting Irish interest in a highly-competitive women’s 1500m. Ciara will line up in Heat 1 at 19:35hrs. 

Mark English, who will be competing at his third World Championships, will be racing over his favourite 800m.  The AAI National Champion will kick off his campaign tomorrow (Saturday 5th August 2017), with the heats starting at 12:45hrs.

Rio Olympian Brendan Boyce will compete in the 50k Walk, which takes place on Sunday 13th August 2017 at 07:45hrs.

A timetable for the NI & Ulster athletes is available below:

Ciara Mageean (UCD AC) – 1500m:

Heats – Friday 4th August 2017 (19:35hrs)

Semi-Final – Saturday 5th August 2017 (19:35hrs)

Final – Monday 7th August 2017 (21:50hrs)

Mark English (UCD AC) – 800m:

Heats – Saturday 5th August 2017 (12:45hrs)

Semi-Final – Sunday 6th August 2017 (21:15hrs)

Final – Tuesday 8th August 2017 (21:35hrs)

Brendan Boyce (Finn Valley AC) – 50k Walk:

Final – Sunday 13th August 2017 (07:45hrs)

Live TV coverage of the IAAF World Championships will be available via the BBC, while results/schedules can be found HERE

Elsewhere this weekend…

A host of local athletes will be part of the Ireland team competing at the Celtic Games at the Morton Stadium, Santry on Saturday 5th August 2017.

The team includes a number of local athletes, all selected based on results from the Irish Life Health National Juvenile Track & Field Championships 2017; athletes will compete in their Under 16 and Under 18 age groups against teams from Scotland and Wales.

Jade Williams (Shercock AC), Anna McCauley (City of Lisburn AC), Alexander Boyd (Lagan Valley AC), Lauren Roy (City of Lisburn AC), James Kelly (Finn Valley AC), Murphy Miller (North Down AC), Darragh Kirk (Lifford Strabane AC), Roisin Kellagher (Annalee AC), Iarlaith Goulding (St Colman's AC), Rachel McCann (North Down AC), Cameron Leighton (Ballymena & Antrim AC), Laura Crossan (Finn Valley AC), Aine Corcoran (Shercock AC), Grace Carson (Mid Ulster AC), Caelainn McQuaid (Omagh Harriers) and Sarah McGlynn (Lagan Valley AC) will all be in competition.

NI man Ian Bailey (Newcastle AC) will travel as part of the Ireland team competing at the World Mountain Running Associations Long Distance Championships in Italy this weekend (Sunday 6th August 2017).

Ian and his team mates will take on the famous Giir di Mont Skyrace, an event which covers 32k with 2,400m of ascent.

Source: NiRunning