Morrison strives for Olympic Triathlon glory

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland  -  15th July 2010  - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye -''Ireland claimed their first medal in the series, with Triathlon, Aileen Morrison coming in third at the Championship Series in Hamburg.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th July 2010 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye -''Ireland claimed their first medal in the series, with Triathlon, Aileen Morrison coming in third at the Championship Series in Hamburg.

The big athletics event this weekend is of course Aileen Morrison’s shot at Olympic Triathlon glory tomorrow morning in London.

And all local sports fans will be firmly focussed on her hopefully, successful bid for honours in the demanding swim, bike, run event.

Her strong connections with the local City of Derry Swim Club, North West Triathlon Club and City of Derry Spartans will guarantee a solid support base and this will be swelled significantly as the area’s other sports fans and the general public tune in to watch the event unfold.

With a high world ranking based on a stream of consistent performances in the past few years Aileen will be a serious challenger and with a dash of luck thrown in, who knows what will be achieved.

She fell below expectations in her last outing in Hamburg but tomorrow is her biggest stage yet and lets hope she can deliver a big performance.

Local Action

Back to the local action and the Donegal road race series continues tonight with the Ramelton 5K at 7.30 p.m.

Over in Tyrone, also at 7.30 p.m. is the Sperrin Harriers 5mile Classic, in Cookstown.

The action then moves to Dublin’s Morton Stadium in Santry for the two day National Combined Events championships for seniors, juveniles and masters.

There will be some local athletes travelling with hopes of making an impression.

Race two in the Foyle Valley “Out the Line” series, a 5K has a 11 a.m. start tomorrow with entries taken at the Long Tower Youth/Community Centre pre-race and the new series concludes with a five miler the following Saturday, August 11th, same time, same location.

Looking ahead next Wednesday evening it’s the Colm Quigley Jog in the Bog, out of the Gasyard Centre at 7pm.

Entries for the 5k race will be taken on the night from 6 p.m. and also accepted until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 7th by emailing donnamccloskey@bbhealthforum.org

Simply send your name, date of birth, age on race day, club, if any and address and you can then pick up your race pack on race night.

There is also a 1K kids Fun Run starting immediately after the 5K start, entries taken on the night.

The annual Danny McDaid 15K road race in Letterkenny is set for Sunday, August 12th with a 11.30 a.m. start and this one usually attracts a big turn out with club runners keen to tackle the close to 10 mile distance as the autumn season looms.

Check out the Letterkenny AC website for the details.

Armstrong selected

for Celtic Games

Finally news that the Spartans sprinter, Ciara Armstrong has been called in to the Irish girls sprint relay squad for the annual Celtic Games track & field international match in Aberdeen on Saturday, August 11th.

Ciara now joins clubmate Claire Dougherty in the Irish team, well done and good luck to both.