Busy Track & Field weekend ahead for local athletes

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A busy weekend of quality Track & Field is on the cards with the National Senior Championships in Dublin and the NI Youth Development League final in Belfast.

The latter at the Mary Peters track tomorrow will feature a City of Derry squad who will hope to deliver some significant performances in this underage show piece.

The same will apply in Dublin’s Morton Stadium where a few locals will challenge for National Senior honours over the weekend.

Connor Bradley will hope that things come together favourably for him in the 1,500m, an event packed with genuine talent and where only a really big, confident performance will be good enough to get anywhere near the podium.

Pajo Hamilton goes over 800m and has a target of first making the final and then it’s all to play for as once again tactics will be king. Such is the reality of championship racing and the Spartan hopes his recent Achilles scare will not affect his chances this weekend.

Declan Reed and Emmett McGinty are the locals definitely going in the 5,000m and here again it’s quality all the way with medals unlikely, but performance is everything.

Mary Devlin is a previous Jumps medallist and is unsure if she will compete given her season’s form to date but on a good day she could just maybe challenge for a Long or Triple jump medal once again.

Dessie’s Run

The annual Dessie’s Run 10k is an ideal warm-up for the Waterside Half or a great blow up in itself and is set for Tuesday, August 27th in the Gransha Park grounds. It has the usual 7.15 p.m. start, race HQ will be in the U3A Foyle premises and entries will be taken there on the night from 6pm.