Northern Ireland star excels at Virgin Money London Marathon event:
On Sunday 13th April 2014, a team of young local athletes made the journey to compete in the Virgin Money Mini London Marathon. Belfast Royal Academy pupil, Jack Agnew, produced a standout performance to claim victory in the U-14 wheelchair race. He led his category convincingly even passing a few athletes in the U-17 age group along the way to cross the line in 14:31.
His pace was so fast that he managed to reach the finish line ahead of his father who was making his way there from the start by car! Inspired by the London 2012 Paralympics Jack, who was already an avid sportsman, took up wheelchair racing.
In the following years Jack has excelled both on the road and track. Last summer he claimed gold in the Ulster Schools T&F Championships over 100m and 200m, a bronze in the NI & Ulster Senior T&F Championships and gold at the IWA Sport National Junior Athletics Championships. As a member of the Athletics NI Parallel Success training group, Jack has shown the dedication required to produce consistent performances at an international level.
In the associated 3 mile races, the local runners faced tough competition in the form of teams from England, Scotland and Wales. The entire Northern Ireland team done themselves and the province proud. Kian Bittles (Club Unknown) and Olivia Nelson (Club Unknown) led the NI runners home in the U-13 category, running 17:02 and 18:09 respectively; Omagh Harriers’ Niamh Heaney also ran well, finishing in 19:05. James Edgar (City of Lisburn AC) and Christy Conlon (Beechmount Harriers) produced top class performances in the U-15 race, with James running 15:10 for 4th place and Christy 15:13 for 5th place. Madison Bowyer (City of Lisburn AC) was the first (U-15) local lady to finish in 18:48. In the U-17 race, Paddy Robb (St Malachy’s AC) continued his good form with a 15:32 finish, while Catriona McGloin (Balmoral Harriers) recorded 18:38 for the distance.