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Flying high: The Bangor 10K is set to scale new heights this year with George Best Belfast City Airport on board as a new sponsor of the event. Helping to launch this year’s race on Saturday, September 30 are local runners Craig McMeechan and Jessica Craig along with cheerleaders Phoebe Preston and Amy Bloomfield. To register for the event, visit www.northdownac.co.uk

Flying high: The Bangor 10K is set to scale new heights this year with George Best Belfast City Airport on board as a new sponsor of the event. Helping to launch this year’s race on Saturday, September 30 are local runners Craig McMeechan and Jessica Craig along with cheerleaders Phoebe Preston and Amy Bloomfield. To register for the event, visit www.northdownac.co.uk

Flying high: The Bangor 10K is set to scale new heights this year with George Best Belfast City Airport on board as a new sponsor of the event. Helping to launch this year’s race on Saturday, September 30 are local runners Craig McMeechan and Jessica Craig along with cheerleaders Phoebe Preston and Amy Bloomfield. To register for the event, visit www.northdownac.co.uk

Ulster's top sprinter Leon Reid will attempt to hit the Commonwealth Games qualification mark in this weekend's British Championships in Birmingham.

The 22-year-old Birchfield man recently captured two sprint titles in the NI Championships at the Mary Peters Track.

Reid ran his 200m heat in 20.81 seconds, which is only 0.04 off the time required for the Gold Coast Games next April.

With a season's best 20.79 a week earlier, he is confident that given good weather he can reach the target in Birmingham.

Should Reid succeed he will become the 11th NI athlete to reach a qualification standard for the Games.

One athlete already qualified is Cheltenham's Mollie Courtney, who will be racing in the 100m hurdles along with Belfast's Megan Marrs, who recently set a PB of 13.68. The 19-year-old hit the Gold Coast standard with a time of 13.44 when securing bronze in the England U23 Championship.

Also competing is hammer thrower Hayley Murray - the NI record holder who is eligible as her father is from Banbridge - thanks to a throw of 59.49m.

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