Local athletes looking to get among the medals in Dublin

Amy Foster
Amy Foster

Ben Reynolds, Amy Foster and Ciara Mageean lead a big contingent of Ulster athletes competing in the Glohealth Irish Track and Field Championships at Santry, Dublin on Saturday and Sunday.

Reynolds ran 13.48 for a new Northern Ireland 110 hurdles in Bedford agonisingly 0.01 outside World qualification but may still go as he ranks 35th on the quota system with 40 going forward. He would dearly love to run 13.47 or better.

Amy Foster dead heated on the 100 last year with Phil Healy. She will face the Bandon girl again along with Kelly Proper who is expected to win both 200 and long jump.

Former World Junior silver medallist Ciara Mageean is also just inside the quota at 1500. She goes in that event against Kerry O’Flaherty already assured of selection in the steeplechase. Ciara is also in the 800 with Newry girl Aislinn Crossey and Ciara Everard.

Mark English already qualified for the Worlds is in the Mens 800 against Declan Murray.

Fellow Donegal man Karl Griffin in the 400. Christine McMahon should win the 400 hurdles.

Adam McMullan with 7.77 this year is fancied in the long jump and is also in the 100 which includes Jonathan Browning a member of the record breaking U23 relay squad.

There should be another gold for Claire Wilkinson in the pole vault while World Universities champion Thomas Barr of Ferrybank looks a certainty for his fifth 400 hurdles title.

Neville O’Neill defends his title in Sunday’s Lisburn Triathlon. He has a tremendous record in the event winning also in 2012 and 2014 and coming second in 2013.

Clifford Rogers third last time, Harry Speers the winner in 2011, Richard Murphy seventh in 2014 and Peter Savage will all challenge.

Heather Foley can be favourite in the Ladies. She has been winning regularly on the road. Jenny Cosgrove winner in 2011 and Jemma Speers second in the Titanic Sprint will take high places.

Anne Paul will go close. The former cross country, duathlon and triathlon champion won in 2012 and 2013 and came second to Laura Wylie twelve months ago.

The first of four groups go into the pool at 9.15am. There is also a Junior Aquathlon.