Ben Reynolds breaks Northern Ireland 100m hurdles record at AAA’s and Intercounty Championships

Ben Reynolds
Ben Reynolds

Ben Reynolds set a new Northern Ireland record for 110 hurdles – propelling himself into contention for World Championship selection.

Reynolds has been in good form but really showed his class as he struck gold in the AAA’s and Intercounty Championships in Bedford, clocking 13.48 which knocked one hundredth of a second off his own record.

Frustratingly he is just outside the Irish standard of 13.47 for the Worlds and Olympics but there is now a new selection process based on the top rankings for the year.

The 24-year-old is just inside this condition as he ranks 35th in the World with 40 athletes being the quota for the event in Beijing.

His performance in Bedford was brilliant as he crossed the line ahead of European silver medallist William Sharman who ran 13.53.

Ben will have two more chances to make the time as he races in Liverpool on Saturday and then the Irish Championships on the following day.

This is the third Northern Ireland record to be set in the last three weeks following Kerry O’Flaherty in steeplechase and Ciara Mageean in the mile.

Meanwhile, Paul Pollock came out on top in the Irish National Half Marathon Championship in Dublin after a very competitive race.

Defending champion Mick Clohissey set a strong pace along with Pollock from Annadale, Kevin Seaward St Malachys and Mark Hanrahan.

Pollock ran a measured race and moved away over the final two miles to win in 65:09 with Clohissey second in 65:20 and Seaward also breaking sixty six minutes with 65:52.

Lizzie Lee won the Ladies after missing last year to have her baby. She ran 73:27 to win from Sara Mulligan with Ciara Hickey third.

p Gary Henderson scored a notable victory when he won the Keystone Lintels Cookstown Half Marathon which included the eighth round of the Pure Running - ChampionChip Ireland Series.

Henderson, Newry Marathon winner Don Travers and Desi Foley soon separated from the rest of the field with Henderson looking very comfortable.

The Armagh man made his break at half way and had over a minute advantage over Travers at the line with Foley a close up third.

Diane Watson started favourite for the Ladies but was given a tremendous race by Natalie Hall. The pair were close throughout with Diane just opening a gap for seventeen seconds at the end. Sharon Duffy came third.

p Stephen Morris retained his title at the Tandragee 10K coming in almost two minutes before Delfim Pimentel with Mark Cornett in third.

Triathlon star Heather Foley took the Ladies from holder Louise Smith and Charlene Abraham after moving clear before half way.