Local athletes secure personal bests at Loughborough International!


59th annual Loughborough International Track & Field Meeting:

Athletes from Northern Ireland produced personal best performances at the Loughborough International Track & Field Meeting this weekend (Sunday 21st May 2017).

Competing at the famous Paula Radcliffe Stadium in the 59th annual running of the prestigious event, in-form Leon Reid (Birchfield Harriers) ran a 100m personal best of 10.34 (1.0) and led the field home in the 200m with a wind assisted 20.82 (+2.1).

Derry Track Club athlete Adam Kirk-Smith closed in on the Commonwealth Games 3000m Steeplechase standard with a 8:46.26 performance, a significant personal best over the distance. Gloucestershire University student Mollie Courtney was a mere 0.01 off the Commonwealth Games standard with a 13.46 finish over the 100m hurdles – City of Lisburn AC’s Megan Marrs recorded a personal best of 13.68 in the same race; disappointingly both performances were deemed illegal because of the +2.2 wind assistance.

Ballymena & Antrim AC’s Christine McMahon was in action over the 400m hurdles, where she narrowly missed a podium place with a 59.59 finishing time. Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games athlete Jason Harvey ran a massive season’s best of 51.63 in the 400m hurdles.

Jason then joined fellow NI men Craig Newell, Leon Reid and Ben Maze (pictured above) in the 4 x 400m Relay, where the quartet performed to a high standard. It took an excellent performance by double European Champion Martin Rooney to deny the men 3rd place; however, their notable 3:11.70 clocking secured 4th place.

Another performance worthy of note was that of Ben Fisher, who represented Great Britain Juniors and impressed with a personal best in the final round of his Long Jump competition, leaping 7.20m to beat several experienced athletes.

Full results for the event are available HERE.