With all the positive vibes from Sunday’s magnificent Walled City Marathon still fresh in the memory, the wider world of athletics swings back into focus with a busy weekend of track & field and more road action on the agenda.
The annual Larne Half marathon is tomorrow at 11 a.m. and, as ever, should attract a healthy entry as indeed should another annual event, the Buncrana 10K which has the usual 6.30 p.m. start time.
The Buncrana race has a long history and usually pulls in participants from both Donegal and Derry.
With a Walk section this year, numbers are expected to be pretty good.
Antrim hosts the NI/Ulster Juvenile U14 and U15 track & field championships tomorrow.
This is an all day extravaganza featuring all the best young athletics talent in the province.
Qualification for the All-Irelands adds to the status of the championships and local athletes will be out in force chasing glory tomorrow.
Antrim is the venue again next Tuesday evening, June 11th for the Open Graded Meet number three with a wide selection of events on the agenda.
There is a 6.30 p.m. start time for this one.
Annual AAI Games in
Back to this weekend and on Sunday there is an important meet in Dublin’s Morton Stadium.
The annual AAI Games will attract many of the top national ranked performers and there should be some local and NW athletes travelling.
Local stars, Pajo Hamilton and Connor Bradley may fancy a final run out before next weekend’s NI/Ulster senior championships at Belfast’s Mary Peters track.
Wind Foils Jason Again
Staying with track performances and Eglinton sprinter, Jason Smyth was in 100m action last weekend in Clermont, Florida and clocked a very fast 10.17secs.
Unfortunately it was massively wind assisted and cannot be counted as a personal best for the Eglinton man.
He also posted a windy 10.21secs in his semi-final race at the same meet so he is in good shape and just needs legal conditions to get his 2013 season up and running.
From Florida to Stranorlar and the Ulster under age Games last Sunday.
Both Olympian and City of Derry had younger athletes in the action but only the Spartans’ Abbie Doherty got on the podium.
Abbie won the Girls Under-11 Long Jump silver with a 3m 52cm leap.
There were near misses for Kyle O’Reilly in the Under-13 High Jump, Orla O’Doherty in the Under-13 60m Hurdles and Conall O’Neill in both the Under-13 Shot and Javelin, all finishing 4th in their events.