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Deadline looms for Commonwealth Games hopefuls

By Brian Hill

Nine athletes from the Province will be in action in England this weekend, some of whom will be desperate to reach Commonwealth Games qualification marks before the expiry deadline in just over three week's time.

High hurdler Ben Reynolds, of North Down AC, will be making his first appearance of the year at the big Loughborough meeting.

He has not raced since his spectacular performance at the Mary Peters Track last June where he obliterated his own Northern Ireland record with a time of 13.49.

While this time easily meets the Glasgow Games standard, the 23-year-old Holywood man will be keen to test his racing fitness against some top English rivals.

In the long jump, newly crowned British Universities champion Adam McMullan is back to top form.

The UU student said after his win that the Commonwealths were his main aim, but the unrealistic qualification mark of 7.95m will not work in his favour.

Ballymena's Christine McMahon goes in the 400m hurdles, where she will want to capitalise on her recent PB of 59.09. Also competing in the event is Lagan Valley's Mandy Gault.

British Universities bronze medallist Kathy Hetherington, of North Down, competes in the discus while Birchfield's Hayley Murray goes in the hammer.

New 800 metres star Katie Kirk (Lagan Valley) will be racing in the BMC Grand Prix meeting at Watford. She ran her second fastest time of 2.05.05 last weekend.

Newcastle's Kerry O'Flaherty competes in the steeplechase, while Letterkenny's Daniel Mooney races over 1,500 metres.

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