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Junior Athletes at Irish Inter County XC

tonymccambridgeSix North Belfast Harrier juniors made the trip to Dundalk having qualified for the Glo Health Inter County Cross Country Championships on 23 November. The event saw athletes from all over Ireland come to compete in the even age group championships. The course looked fast but as with all cross country courses the athletes knew it would be challenging especially with the extra intensity and competition that an All Ireland brings. The conditions were perfect apart from the fact that it was freezing but it stayed dry with no wind so we couldn’t complain.

First up was Rebecca Wallace in the U14 girls who had a strong race to finish 68th place in a very competitive and large field of 145 athletes. Rebecca was the 4th Antrim athlete to cross the line and Antrim finished 8th in the county competition.

Next up in the U14 boys was Tony McCambridge and Thomas Reid. Tony produced his best performance at an All Ireland’s to date, in a very tight race which could have went to any of the top 6 athletes Tony finished 4th and received medals for both his individual performance and as a member of a winning Ulster team. Thomas had a great race finishing 42nd overall and 3rd Antrim finisher for the Antrim team who came 4th in the county competition.

After this we had 2 athletes in the U18 boys. Niall Geehan and Andrew Milligan both put in strong performances with Niall finishing 57th and Andrew 70th in a very strong field. They also placed as 5th & 6th Antrim finishers with county Antrim coming 4th in the county competition. Well done to all.

(Photo: Tony McCambridge receives his medal)