London Anniversary Games & BMC Loughborough Track & Field Meetings:
Ciara Mageean (UCD AC) and the Northern Ireland Men’s 4 x 100m Relay Team (Leon Reid, Jason Smyth, Dean Adams and Christian Robinson) set new Northern Ireland records at this weekend’s prestigious London Anniversary Games in England (Sunday 9th July 2017).
The 4 x 100m team always had the potential to do something special and the speedy quartet lived up to expectation, covering the distance in a new Northern Ireland record of 40.35secs (7th place). The previous record, set in 1998 by John McAdorey, Ian Craig, Mark Allen and Paul Brizzel, was 40.70secs.
After the race, Jason Smyth took to social media, expressing his delight. The Paralympic hero, who will now look forward to the Para World Championships, said: “Great days work with these chaps (with photo of the team) at the Anniversary Games. A 4x100m NI record! This time next week it all kicks of again at world champs.”
The NI 4x100m team reserve, Michael McAuley (Ballymena & Antrim AC), was in action for the 4x100m ‘All Stars’ team who claimed 8th place in 41.84secs.
Ciara Mageean set new mile record…
This wasn’t the only record set at the event! In-form Ciara Mageean (UCD AC) bettered her own Northern Ireland record over the classic mile distance. The Olympian clocked 4:22.40 for 7th place in a stacked field. The race was won by Kenyan Hellen Obiri in 4:16.56 (1st place). Full results for the event are available HERE.
BMC Loughborough Grand Prix:
Also this weekend (Saturday 8th July 2017), a trio of local athletes impressed at the British Milers Club (BMC) Grand Prix in Loughborough, England.
NI 5,000m and 10,000m record holder Emma Mitchell (QUB AC) won the 5,000m comfortably in 16:01.74, a World University qualification standard. Patrick McNiff (Banbridge AC) was also in action over 5,000m and he set a massive personal best of 15:15.7. In the 1500m, Ballymena Runners’ James Hamilton recorded a season’s best of 3:59.92. Full results for the event are available HERE.
Photo above by
@OACJuniors (Orangegrove AC).