Brian Campbell and Cathy McCourt expected to take honours at Kennedy Kaine McArthur Dervock Half Marathon

Cathy McCourt
Cathy McCourt

Brian Campbell and Cathy McCourt are expected to defend their titles at the Kennedy Kaine McArthur Dervock Half Marathon on Saturday.

The race, in memory of the 1912 Olympic marathon gold medallist, is promoted by the Springwell club and is part of the Pure Running – ChampionChip Ireland Series.

Campbell, from Willowfield, ran a close second to Kenyan Freddy Sittuk at Lisburn before scoring a runaway success at the Ards event. He won comfortably last year from Barrie Atkinson and a repeat can be on the cards.

Andrew Considine, second at Ards, Stephen Joyce, third in Dervock 12 months ago, Chris Denton, Chris McGuinness and Gary Henderson will be closest although Gary may prefer to go in the 10K where he came second last year.

McCourt was a great second to Catriona Jennings at Lisburn and will start favourite although it will be very interesting if Karen Alexander makes an entry.

Maeve Lavery, third at Ards, Roisin Hughes, Fran McFadden, Janice White, Martsje Hell and Diane Watson will all finish well up.

Mark McKinstry will be fancied for the 10K one last time by Adam Boyd.

Geraldine Quigley defends her Ladies’ crown against Springwell trio Gemma Turley, Sonia Knox and Ciara Toner.

The 10K starts at 10.45am with the half marathon going at 11am.

Meanwhile, there is good Ulster representation on the Irish team for Saturday’s Schools International at Grangemouth in Scotland.

Aaron Sexton of Bangor Grammar goes in 100m and relay with James Edgar of Friends who is equally good at triathlon competing at 3000.

Robbie Marrs (RBAI) who cleared 1.95 in the Ulsters is in the high jump with Thomas Hunter Dalriada competing at triple jump.

Brendan O’Donnell St Eunans and Stephen McCorry BRA had 59.42 and 58.75 in the Irish Schools hammer while Shane Martin also BRA cleared 4.15 in the pole vault.