Saturday the 24th of January saw just two junior athletes competing. Callum McIlroy won the 2nd in the East Coast XCs series with a time of 10mins over a distance of 2100m. Coirle Finnegan took part in her first Long Jump competition in Jordanstown. She came second U15 with a jump of 4.08.
At the NI & Ulster Indoor Championships this weekend in Magherafelt just 3 athletes represented North Belfast Harriers. On Saturday Caitlin Maguire claimed a 2nd place in U17 60m with a time of 8.26. Siblings Bryanna and Odhran Catney both ran strongly in the 800m for their respective age groups, Bryanna in the U14 placing 13th with 2.58.52 and Odhran in the U16 placing 10th with 2.34.02.
On the Sunday, Caitlin Maguire was again competing, this time in the 200m. She placed 3rd in her heat with 28.02 and 5th in the final with a faster time of 27.66.
Also on Saturday, a little closer to home, the Stormont xc took place. In the primary school race new member Gracie Stewart came in 35th and Alicia Whyte McGivern 57th. In the U13 boys Callum McIlroy again impressed with a 2nd place, Kellen Finlay was close behind in 6th place, Fionn Nagle in 10th and Brendan McCambridge in 15th. Lauren Cox and Eimear McBrien ran a close race finishing 4th and 5th respectively with just a second separating the two. In the U15 race Tony McCambridge stormed home in 1st, almost a minute ahead of second place despite completing a parkrun that morning. Thomas Reid placed 8th. Dominique McAllister placed 3rd in the U15 girls and Connor McQuillan placed 6th. The junior boys won the junior team prize for the 2nd year for their strong performances. Well done all!!
The junior athletes of the month, awarded to the athlete or athletes who consistently make an effort, was awarded to siblings Emer and Eoin Privilege for December. Two athletes were also nominated and received awards for junior athlete(s) of the year for 2014. They were Brendan McCambridge and Aine Drain.
by Sandy Carr