IMC Bertie Quinn Track & Field Meeting (Ireland):
On Saturday 27th May 2017, a host of Northern Ireland’s top track stars were in action at the popular Bertie Quinn Track & Field Meeting in Tullamore (Ireland), an event hosted by Tullamore Harriers and the Irish Milers Club. Despite the poor weather conditions, there was still a number of impressive performances.
Paralympic hero Jason Smyth (Derry Track Club) headed the local charge for honours and clocked 22.33 for 1st place in the 200m event. Northern Ireland men Chris Madden (City of Lisburn AC) and Ryan Sharkey (Lagan Valley AC) claimed podium places in the 3,000m race, with Chris running 8:40.79 (2nd place) and Ryan 8:47.60 (3rd place), a new personal best.
In the 800m, Finn Valley AC’s Mark Hoy completed the two laps in 1:52.76 and City of Lisburn AC’s Zoe Carruthers crossed the line in 2:22.14.
There was huge local representation in the 1500m races, with no less than ten local athletes taking to the start line. Up and coming City of Lisburn AC athlete Jonathon Whan recorded 4:02.82 in his race, which was the fastest of the Northern Ireland based athletes. James Hamilton (Ballymena Runners) and Conor Duffy (Glaslough Harriers) ran 4:03.59 and 4:03.96 respectively, while Luke Dinsmore (Springwell Running Club) covered the distance in 4:13.11 – Max Travers (Annadale Striders) was less than a second away, with a 4:13.34 clocking.
City of Lisburn AC’s Tom Baird ran a personal best of 4:15.37 and Derry Track Club’s Conor McIlveen broke the beam in 4:52.17. The fast improving Claudia Jalon (Marathon AD) was the quickest of the NI ladies over 1500m, running 4:33.31. Ever consistent Rachel Gibson (North Down AC) recorded 4:35.43 and NiRunning Mile Champion Maeve Lavery (City of Lisburn AC) ran 4:50.31.
Full results for the event are available HERE.