England Athletics Age Group Championships 2014 (article by Athletics NI):
There an impressive medal haul for a highly successful thirteen person squad of Ulster athletes at the England Athletics Age Group Championships in Bedford over a weekend that saw many team members claiming medals and setting personal bests.
Finn Valley AC’s Aaron McGlynn, who was competing in the 800 metres U-15 event, showed medal potential from the outset when he qualified for the final with ease running 2:04.82secs in his heat. The 15 year old was in good form as shown by his impressive personal best of 1:57.92 which he set in Dublin in June (2014). In a tactical final he just edged to the front on the line to take gold from City of York AC’s Alex Botterill. McGlynn was timed at 2:02.40 which was only 0.20secs ahead of Botterill.
Aaron’s club mate, James Kelly, produced two personal bests in each of his chosen throws events over what was an extremely successful weekend for the Donegal athlete. He claimed gold in the U15 Shot Putt with an impressive throw of 15.23m almost a full metre ahead of his nearest rival, Victor Adebiyi (Castleview School) (14.24m). In the U-15 (B) Javelin James claimed silver with a throw of 49.59m with gold going to Winchester’s Daniel Stoller who topped the podium with a throw of 52.18m.
It was a busy weekend for Torque RC’s Jack Agnew who competed in four races overall. Jack finished second in the 100m (16.41secs), 200m (31.09secs) and 400m (1:01.71) ‘A’ races. He went one better in the 1500m to claim gold in 4:07.13. 16 year old Lagan Valley athlete, Namphon Steele (T47), had a strong run in the 100m setting a new personal best of 14.10 to take gold.
NI and Ulster U-17 Age Group Champion Ben Fisher was tipped for a medal in the long jump going into the Championships. The City of Lisburn AC athlete did not disappoint and showed impressive form producing four of his six best ever jumps ultimately taking silver with his second best ever jump of 6.79 metres. Gold went to Bournemouth’s Patrick Sylla with 6.94 metres. City of Lisburn’s Megan Marrs finished her season in style with a bronze medal in the U-17 100 metres. Megan finished in 3rd place in 11.80secs, which is a personal best time beating her previous clocking of 11.82secs when taking the Irish Junior title in Cork in July (2014). The race was won by Sutton and District’s Imani Lansiquot in 11.60secs. This adds to her 2014 medal haul which includes the silver she won at the Inter Counties Senior Championships the previous week in the 100 metres hurdles.
In the U-17 discus Megan’s Lisburn team mate Andrew Barkley missed out on the bronze by a mere 0.02metres finishing in 4th place with a throw of 52.33 metres. Gold went to George Armstrong in a Championship best of 60.62 metres. Shercock’s Jade Williams also took 4th place in the U-15 hammer with 44.71 metres. Newry AC’s Oisin O’Callaghan finished in 6th place in the U-17 800 metres in what was his second fastest ever time of 1:57.23. In a highly competitive race won by Woodford’s Daniel Rowden (1.55.38) just over 2 secs covered the first 6 finishers. Oisin’s club mate Kate O’Connor finished 6th in the U15 javelin with 35.47 metres. Lisburn’s Mark Burton claimed 6th place in the U-17 triple jump with 13.14 metres. In the same age group Lisburn’s Ciaran Barnes was secured 5th place in his 400 metres hurdles heat in 59.41secs. Team Bath’s William Kennedy ran 10.97 secs in his 100 metres semi and finished 8th in the final.