Belfast Telegraph

Leon Reid maintains club Birchfeld winning run


By Brian Hill

Commonwealth bronze medallist Leon Reid notched up another victory at the weekend when he won the 100 metres for his club Birchfeld in a British Athletics meeting in Bedford.

The 23-year-old broke his own Northern Ireland 200 metres record a week ago with a new figure of 20.27 seconds in the British Championships.

Reid has been a mainstay of the Birchfield club this season as shown by his latest win plus an earlier double sprint victory in Swansea.

Birchfield are currently on a four-year unbroken streak of victories.

Reid has confirmed that despite his bronze medal from last week's championships he will not be competing in this weekend's inaugural World Cup in London.

This is in line with the stance of most of the UK's top sprinters who are giving this highly publicised meeting a miss for various reasons.

Some will be racing in the lucrative Rabat Diamond League meeting on Friday where prize funds go to athletes rather than countries.

However, City of Lisburn's Megan Marrs had no reservations about accepting her invite for the 100 metres hurdles where she will face athletes from the seven other top world athletics nations.

Like Reid, Megan is currently in top form following her silver medal in the championships.

Meanwhile Irish athletes have excelled at the European U18 Championships in Gyor, Hungary.

Sarah Healy (17) took gold in the 3,000 metres in a championship record of 9.18.05. The Blackrock girl recently set an Irish Junior 800 metres record in the Belfast International.

Dundalk schoolgirl Rhasidat Adeleke (15) also got gold in the 200 metres in a PB time of 23.53 which places her second on the Irish Senior list.

Sophie O'Sullivan proved that she has inherited the running genes of Mother Sonia who was an Olympic silver medallist.

The Australia based 16-year-old grabbed silver in the 800 metres in a PB of 2.06.05.

Best performances by Northern athletes in the BMC meeting in Eltham were in the 800 metres by Letterkenny's Darren McBrearty (1.52.44) and Willowfield's Andrew Wright (1.52.76)

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