There were decent weekend results from Athlone, Antrim and Magherafelt where local athletes were to the fore.
Among them, Scott Rankin and Allan Bogle secured podium places at the first two venues and Stephen McGahey’s full house of gold, silver and bronze, was the highlight of the Provincial underage Indoor championships at Magherafelt, where his City of Derry teammates garnered an impressive medal haul.
Scott Rankin ran a tasty 8m 28s for third place in the 3,000m at the AAI Indoors meeting in Athlone on Saturday to continue his current hot streak and in Antrim the same day Allan Bogle also had a third place finish at the Run Forest Run 10k in the grounds of Antrim Castle.
Stephen McGahey grabbed three podium spots over the weekend in Magherafelt claiming U19 60m gold, 200m silver and 400m bronze at the two day NI & Ulster Under Age Indoor championships, an excellent effort from the Spartans’ sprinter who clearly has wintered well.
Grainne O’Hara won the U15 High Jump, Eoin McParland the U18 Shot Putt, Shea McDevitt the U19 60m Hurdles and in the U12 600m it was another impressive outing for Oisin Colhoun who saw off a classy field for the win. the young St Patrick’s PS pupil wiil travel to Mallusk tomorrow (Wednesday), with confidence high for a result in the NI Flavahan’s Primary Schools Cross Country finals.
At U18 level Aaron Sweidan impressed with a silver medal double in the 400m and Shot Putt, Hannah Surman claimed a U17 Shot Putt silver with silvers also for Thomas O’Hagan U19 60m, Jessica’Hare U18 200m and Liam George U17 800m.
Bronze medals went to Eimear Kelly in the U15 60m Hurdles, Alea Stewart in the U15 800m and Blaise Acton in the U17 Shot Putt and there were several up close fourth place finishes from others in the large local contingent who competed over the weekend.