Katie Kirk hoping to add to medal collection with Athlone win

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Katie Kirk bids to add to her medal collection when she competes in the 800 metres at the Woodie’s Irish Indoor Athletics Championships this weekend in Athlone.

The Commonwealth Games girl comes to the event after taking bronze in the British Championships last week ahead of Jenny Meadowes.

The opposition will be very strong with defending champion and record holder Ciara Everard from UCD and Roseanne Galligan of Newbridge both in action. Galligan ran 2:03.69 in Iceland last month.

If the pace is right the race could be won in close to 2 minutes 3 with Katie likely to beat her best of 2:06.32.

Amy Foster equalled her fastest 60 metres time with 7.33 when taking fourth in the British. The many times Irish champion should win from Phil Healy of Bandon who broke the Irish U23 record with 7.37. The world qualifying mark is 7.32.

Zoe Brown should retain her pole vault title with Claire Wilkinson placing second. Zoe cleared 4.16 in Sheffield while Claire set a Universities best of 3.95 when winning in Athlone.

Adam McMullan should also repeat his last year’s triumph in the long jump, the Crusaders athlete tops the national rankings with 7.28 although Leevale trio David Quilligan, Benjamin Guillon and Sam Healy have all jumped over 7 metres this season.

Kelly Proper from Ferrybank should take another 200 and long jump double.

Curtis Woods from Lagan Valley can take a 400 medal, club mate Jason Harvey goes in the 200 with Joanna Mills 200, Aislinn Crossey 800, Daniel Mooney 1,500, Conor Bradley 3,000 and Mark Patterson mens 800 all hoping to bring Ulster successes.

The local cross country action today is at the Billy Neill Playing Fields at Comber Road, Dundonald where the Comber Cup makes a welcome return under the promotion of Ballydrain Harriers.

There is a full programme of races. Entries will be taken today and the timetable is: 1.00, P6 and P7 boys and girls 1k; 1.15, U15 boys and girls 3k; 1.40, U17 boys and girls 4k; 2.15, senior ladies, under 20 ladies and male 60 plus 6k; 3.00, Comber Cup male open, U20 and masters 8k.

Sunday sees the first trail race promoted by NI Running in Ballyboley Forest in County Antrim. Entries will be taken at Killylane Reservoir with the action starting at 11.