Ciara Mageean, Megan Marrs and Leon Reid are among the athletes who will be hoping to impress in tomorrow’s 50th Golden Anniversary Games at the Mary Peters Track.
This meeting doubles as a final selection opportunity for the Commonwealth Games plus a celebration of Peters’ Olympic Gold medal in the 1972 Munich Olympics.
World Championship finalist Mageean will be making her second visit in two weeks to Upper Malone following her sub two-minutes time over 800 metres.
She is on something of a high in her Commonwealth preparations following her impressive Birmingham race last week over 1,500 metres when she beat Olympic fourth placer Gemma Reekie and GB’s Katie Snowden.
She will have a busy day as she is also pacing the 5,000 metres which has the Wirral’s Emily Kearney who recently ran under 15 mins 40 secs.
The venue has happy memories for Lisburn AC’s Marrs as she achieved a Commonwealth nomination standard last year of 13.35 secs, which is only 0.06 secs off Peters’ long-standing NI record which was set en route to her celebrated Munich gold medal.
Marrs represented GB in the World Indoors and the race today will be her first outdoors event this year following a number of minor niggles. Her opposition includes DSD’s Kate Doherty, who recently won at the venue over 100 metres.
Also racing in both sprints is 2018 Commonwealth 200 metres bronze medallist Leon Reid, who has taken numerous NI and Irish titles. The Menapians runner will have keen opposition, particularly over 200 metres where he faces Shaftesbury’s Jordan Watson-Brown, Newham’s Thomas Somers and Enna Madden.
The clear 1,500 metres favourite is Brighton’s Robbie Fitzgibbon, who has a PB of under 3 mins 37 secs. Also racing is Kieran Kelly (3 mins 42 secs), while top entries in the Men’s and Womens’s 400 metres are Ryan Hegarty (48.35secs) and Mary Abichi (52.60 secs).
In the Women’s hammer, multi-Irish champion Michaela Walsh has a PB of 64.57 metres and will face Welsh champion Amber Simpson (65.86 metres).
Another firm favourite for Commonwealth selection is Hannah Irwin from Cambridge, who two weeks ago shattered the NI 5,000 metres record in Highgate by 24 seconds. She competes for GB this weekend in the Euro Cup 5,000 metres in France.