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Athletics: McGlynn goes the distance to grab gold

By Brian Hill

There were a trio of medals for a highly successful 14 person squad of Ulster athletes at the England Athletics Age Group Championships in Bedford at the weekend. Pride of place went to Finn Valley's middle distance star Aaron McGlynn.

Aaron, who was competing in the 800m Under-15 event, showed medal potential when he qualified easily in his heat in 2 mins 4.82 secs. In a tactical final he just edged to the front on the line to take gold from City of York's Alex Botherwell. McGlynn was timed at 2.02.40.

NI and Ulster Under-17 age group champion Ben Fisher was tipped for a medal in the long jump and the City of Lisburn athlete did not disappoint when he snatched silver with his second best ever jump of 6.79m. Gold went to Bournemouth's Patrick Sylla with 6.94m.

Up and coming sprint and hurdles star Megan Marrs also finished her season in style with a bronze medal in the Under-17 100 m. Marrs of Lisburn AC athlete finished third in 11.80 secs.

The race was won by Sutton and District's Imani Lansiquot in 11.60 secs.

In the Under-17 discus, Lisburn team-mate Andrew Barkley had to settle for fourth with a throw of 52.33 metres. Gold went to George Armstrong in a Championship best of 60.62m. Shercock's Jade Williams was also fourth in the Under-15 hammer with 44.71m.

There was disappointment for Newry AC's Oisin O'Callaghan in the Under-17 800m, where he had to settle for sixth. In a highly competitive race Woodford's Daniel Rowden won in 1.55.38.

Meanwhile the final race in the NI Half Marathon series at the Silent Valley was won by Newry's Don Travers in 1 hr 23 mins 44secs. Liosa M'Keown of Gym Tech in 1.34.43, won the Ladies.

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