23 junior North Belfast Harriers took part in the NI & Ulster Even Age Group Champs on Sat 24th October held at Ulster University Jordanstown. For some of our junior athletes it was the first time competing in a club vest and also at XC, all those who competed ran very competitive races and did the club proud. It was a very exciting day, some great performances and great support from family and friends of the club. We came away with one individual medal and 3 athletes making it through to the All Ireland’s Even final.
First up were the U10 girls, well done to Leah Horan who finished 34th and Katherine Mary Curran 38th.
Following this was the turn of the U10 boys, Daniel Kelly ran well to finish 22nd, followed by Matthew Horan in 28th position.
Next it the turn of the U12’s, girls first and Eva Kissenpfenning ran well to finish in 20th position. Lucia McGibbon finished 83rd and Alicia Whtye-McGivern 91st. As conditions started to deteriorate underfoot in certain parts of the course the U12 boys lined up. Luke Kelly ran a great race to finish 11th, in a time of 5. 40, qualifying for the All Irelands Even final at Santry on 22nd Nov. He was followed home by Josh Montgomery in 64th position and Rory Kelly in 82nd. The race was won by Oisin Kelly (Cranford AC) 5.18
Now it was the turn of the U14’s. As before girls lined up first. Rebecca Wallace ran a strong race to finish in 3rd position and qualifying for the All Ireland final in Santry. Lauren Cox was next home in 34th postion, followed by Holly Diamond in 54th and Niamh Toal in 90th, the race was won by Cara Lavery (C of Derry , Spartan) 9.53. Up next were the boys, 89 boys in total took part in this race, 3 of them being our junior athletes. First home was Fionn Nagle in 29th position, followed by Callum McIlroy in 54th and Brendan McCambridge in 64th.
The U16 girls were next and well done to Dominique McAllister who finished 48th and Emma Blythe-Stone who finished 59th. Next 3 NBH U16 boys toed the line, in a very competitive race were all the boys ran well, Tony McCambridge finished 16th, Piaras McShane 61st and Matthew McIlroy 70th.
The final race of the junior programme was the U18 boys race, which did not fail to disappoint. Andrew Milligan ran well to finish 10th in a time of 18.50. Andrew has also qualified for the All Ireland’s in Santry. The race was won by James Edgar (C of Lisburn) 17.11
Also qualifying as County runners are Eva Kissenpfenning, Fionn Nagle, Tony McCambridge and Dominique McAllister.
Again well done to all the athletes that took part. And good luck to all those made it to the All Ireland’s.