Ben Reynolds looks to get season off to a flying start at Loughborough event

Ben Reynolds
Ben Reynolds

The race for Commonwealth Standards is hotting up with local athletes heading to England for the Loughborough International and BMC meeting at Watford.

Northern Ireland 110 hurdles record holder Ben Reynolds will open his season over the barriers at Loughborough. He smashed his own record with 13.49 at the Mary Peters Track last June before being injured and will be keen to prove his well being.

British Universities long jump champion Adam McMullan will be looking to approach the ridiculously high standard of 7.95 only two UK athletes have achieved this so far.

Dempsey McGuigan has thrown 66.62 and can get the standard of 68 metres while Universities bronze medallists Kathy Hetherington is in the discus with Hayley Murray in the hammer.

There are two girls in the 400 hurdles. Christine McMahon was second in the British Universities while Mandy Gault is Northern Ireland champion.

Katie Kirk, Keery O’Flaherty and Daniel Mooney will be competing in the British Milers Club Grand Prix at Watford.

Katie ran her fastest outdoor 800 metres in Greystones last weekend with 2:05.5. Kerry has been close to the nine minutes fifty five Commonwealth Steeplechase Standard in the USA while Daniel is the Northern Ireland 1500 champion.

Meanwhile Eddie McGinley and Paddy Hamilton both from Annadale Striders will be tackling the Gothenburg Half Marathon in Sweden.

Former Irish Cross Country champion Eddie ran 66:37 when winning the Omagh Half Marathon after his 2:24:53 marathon debut in Dublin. He will hope to go close to sixty five minutes.

Double Seeley cup winner Paddy Hamilton ran 2:23:37 just ahead of McGinley in Dublin and is also capable of running sixty five minutes.

The Ulster Schools Track and Field Championships continue today at the Antrim Forum the action starts at 10 o’clock with the track finals beginning at 2.15pm.