ATHLETICS: Ulster hopefuls aiming for cross country medal spoils in Dublin

Dermot McElhinney.
Dermot McElhinney.

Northern Ireland’s athletes will be hoping to be among the medals at the British and Irish International Cross Country at Santry, Dublin on Saturday.

Stevie Duncan leads the M40s category, with Eamon White, Gary Henderson and Dermot McElhinney among the favourites in M45.

Gerry O’Doherty and Peter Lilburn should excel in the M60 race, while Terry Eakin at M65 and Gerry Lynch at M70 are also expected to go well.

In the Ladies, a strong quartet at F40 includes Julie Butler, Gerrie Short, Sharon Leitch and Sonia Knox.

Louise Smith and the returning Pauline Thom are at F45 with Ann Terek in the F50s.

There is local representation also on the Irish team with Ann-Marie McGlynn and Natasha Adams at F35, Cathy McCourt F40, Declan Reed M40, Paul Elliot M60 and Christie McMonagle M70 all having medal potential.

Tomorrow, big fields are expected at Holywood Exchange for the Decathlon Half Marathon and 10K Races.

Intermediate champion Conor Duffy from Glaslough, who was a recent winner at Monaghan, can take the Men’s half marathon spoils. Brian Young and Mark Walker are set to push him closest.

The Ladies race looks wide open with Janice White, Helena Dornan and Fiona Prue all having major chances.

Sam Herron can take the 10K honours with Mourne Runners team-mate Laura Graham, who won at Annalong after her Dublin Marathon medal, expected to take another victory.

Triathlon specialist Judith Lonnen and Maeve Lavery should be disputing the medal positions.

The 10K event covers one loop of an out and home course with the half marathon doing two laps.

There will also be an under 12 fun run within the Decathlon car park area. The action starts at 9.30am.