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Leon Reid makes NI debut on road to Games

By Brian Hill

European Junior silver medallist Leon Reid will lead a large contingent of 10 Northern Ireland athletes in the UK Indoor Athletics Championships in Sheffield this weekend.

The 19-year-old Bristol and West sprinter will be making his first major appearance since confirmation that he is eligible to compete for Northern Ireland in this summer's Glasgow Commonwealth Games due to the fact that his mother is from the province.

Reid, a former English Schools 100m champion, took 200m silver in the European Juniors in Rieti, Italy last summer.

He ran 20.92 seconds in the final to finish behind GB team mate Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake who won in 20.62, which equalled Reid's semi-final time.

Reid, who will be racing over 200m in Sheffield, is currently in good form as shown by his indoor 60m PB of 6.87 seconds last weekend in Finland.

Glasgow-bound Zoe Brown will again be attempting to get among the medals in the pole vault following her bronze a year ago.

The Bangor athlete, who has competed three times in the Commonwealths, vaulted 4.10m a month ago in the Scottish Open.

Ireland's top sprinter Amy Foster of Lisburn AC will race over 60m. The 25-year-old recorded a fastest ever season's opening time of 7.40 seconds when winning in Athlone last weekend.

Foster's key objectives this year are both the Commonwealths and the Europeans in Zurich.

Irish cross country champion Paul Pollock will be making a rare appearance over 3,000m where he will have one eye on qualifying for the World Indoors in Poland next month. The Annadale man will however need a huge PB.

Katie Kirk will again race over 800m following her Athlone time of 2m6.32s which took a second off her previous best.

Lisburn AC's Erin McIlveen and North Down's Mark Patterson will also race.

City of Derry's Conor Bradley, Letterkenny's Danny Mooney and Ballymena's Gareth Hill are in action too.

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