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Hurdler Ben Reynolds has the wind right in his sails

By Brian Hill

North Down hurdler Ben Reynolds stole the show in terrible conditions at the weekend's Northern Ireland and Ulster Senior Championships at the Mary Peters Track.

The 24-year-old was delighted with his time of 13.76 seconds in the 110m hurdles, despite the 3.8 metres assisted wind reading.

He said: "I was topping some hurdles because of the swirling wind. However, I have now recovered from my early-year injuries and am now racing much faster than normal at this early stage of the season."

Long jumper Adam McMullan also defied the atrocious wind conditions. The 24-year-old University of Ulster student recorded his fourth best outdoor leap for an easy 7.59 metres victory.

McMullan said: "This was a tough day as I was forced to continually adjust my run up because of the wind. I am very pleased and in addition to the Europeans, I have a possible top-five placing in the World University Games in mind in Korea in July."

The pair have now virtually sealed their Irish team places for the European Team Championships in Crete later this month.

QUB's Katie Kirk withdrew from the 400m because of a back problem which will be examined this week by renowned physio Gerald Hartman in Limerick.

In Kirk's absence, her 2014 Commonwealth Games team-mate Christine McMahon made a valiant effort to drop the opposition but was caught on the home straight by DCD's Sinead Denny, who successfully retained her title with a winning margin of over a second in 55.97 seconds.

In the men's event, it was a tight affair with both Adam McComb and Karl Griffin posting the same impressive time of 48.78 seconds.

However, after some deliberation, North Down athlete McComb was able to celebrate his third consecutive victory.

There were sprint doubles for Lisburn AC athletes Roseanna McGuckian and Christian Robinson in the 100m and 200m.

In the men's 800m, Finn Valley's Mark Hoy defended his title while Danny Mooney struck gold in the 1,500m.

Meanwhile, in the EAP meeting in Geneva, Ballymena's Jonathan Browning was the lead-off runner in the winning Irish 4x100m relay team which set a new Irish U23 record of 40.27 seconds.

Lisburn AC's Amy Foster ran a season's best 23.62 seconds over 200m while Leon Reid edged closer to the Northern Ireland 200m record of 20.54 seconds with a PB-equalling 20.62 seconds.

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