On 11th March Pauline Jenkins had arranged a long jump masterclass at UUJ with Lynn Fisher, one of the City of Lisburn club coaches. Lynn is the mother of Ben Fisher, a prospective long jump star of the future supported by AthleticsNI Youth Academy, so there were plenty of tips and encouragement handed out to those in attendance.
At parkrun Waterworks we had some consistent running from our regular juniors, Andrew Milligan 3rd finisher 18:01, Tony McCambridge 80th parkrun saw him finishing fourth 18:17, Niall Armstrong 21:57, Piaras McShane completed his 79th parkrun in 23:02, Conleth Conway ran a very respectable 25.55, Paul O’Hara 29:05, Jane O’ Hara 35.50, Gracey Stewart close behind in 35.57
A grey and windswept Greenmount Campus was the venue for the 2015 IAAF Antrim International Cross Country (incorporating the Home Countries International) on 14th March. This prestigious event was invitational only but open for entry in the Primary School, U13 and U15 categories.
First event up was U13 Girls and NBH Junior hopeful, Eimear McBrien took to the field. One lap later of the 1800m course and Eimear completed her race in 5th place with a great time of 7:45, a full 48 seconds ahead of the next finisher.
U15 girls was represented by Bryanna Catney who battled against the wind and chilly temperature for two laps of the course to record a respectable 17:53 finish.
U15 boys entered a team of Brendan McCambridge, Fionn Nagle and Thomas Reid so hopes were high for a great competition between the junior clubs. Lagan Valley had a very strong contingent of runners and led from the start however our Juniors all put on good displays Thomas 14:00, Fionn Nagle 14:49 and Brendan 16:52, and picking up third place in the team result. Well done boys!
The final race for the juniors was Primary School Boys represented by Luke Kelly and Callum McIlroy. The boys lined up and were given last-minute encouragement from Mags Mathieson who was marshalling the event. After a little jostle at the start, they settled down into their race and ran strongly to record 5th place for Luke 5:53 with Callum just seconds behind in 6th place at 6:01. The Primary School Boys race was very competitive with only 71 seconds between the first and last finisher.
Report by Helen Doherty