Scottish Multi Events Spartan Results-11th, 12th July

City of Derry Spartan’s Made a Super Return of 2 Golds , 1 Silver and 1 Bronze

Emma Mc Cay took her first championship title in the senior heptathlon with a personal best score of 3632 points. She achieved 3 personal bests in the 100m hurdles (16.15 secs ) Javelin (15.16 ) & 800m ( 2min 31 secs ). This has been a major season for Emma who medalled at both the Irish indoor and outdoor University Championships and proved herself as a emerging senior talent.

Danea Herron used the event as a prelude to the World Masters Championships In Lyon and did not disappoint by taking the Masters w55 title . Her long jump at 3.85m gained her excellent points along with a strong Javelin at 22.72m and 8.11m shot . There was a controversial 80m hurdles where the 7th hurdle was put on the incorrect spacing at 7.50m as opposed to 7m and despite an official protest and a decision to ignore available video evidence no rerun was permitted by the chief track referee . This did not put Danea off as she maintained a positive focus throughout the two days competition, scoring 3409 points and championship Gold.

Naomi Morgan was in excellent form in her U20 competition taking 2nd place over, behind Emma Canning of Whitemoss A.C . Naomi’s major points were obtained in the 100m hurdles with a time of 15.09 secs and super 5.44 m long jump . A foot injury caused Naomi to pull out after 100m into her 800m race but she still obtained an overall score of 3592. Naomi should will be fully fit for her upcoming home international debut with Northern Ireland in Hexham in a few weeks time .

Spartan Michael Surman stole the multi event show by improving on his previous Decathlon score by some 800 points . Michael had 6 personal bests and an best overall score of 5288 to take the bronze medal behind Tom Chandler of Central AC and Daniel Rees of Banchory . Michael’s personal bests were 110m hurdles in 16.63 secs , long jump at 6.01 m , 100m of 11.8 secs , pole vault of 3.10m , 400 m at 54.79 secs and discus of 32.36m . Well done to a true multi eventer.

Good Local Showings in Rathmullan and Letterkenny-6th and 9th July

Last week (6th July) was a busy one locally with both the Rathmullan 5K and the Letterkenny Sub 4 Minute Mile meeting seeing local runners featuring prominently.

On Thursday night in Rathmullan Connor Bradley made a welcome return to competitive action and with a 14m 58s clocking he easily took the honours at the front of a massive field. The impressive Bradley is back after a lengthy layoff and blitzed the opposition to win by almost a full minute from Letterkenny’s Pauric Breslin on 15m 50s with his fellow City of Derry clubmate Dermot ” Archie” McElhinney posting a new 15m 52s PB to finish third overall and first M40 home. Kyle Doherty 8th and Michael Murphy 10th got top ten finish places with 16m 20s and 16m 25s.

Letterkenny’s Natasha Adams was an equally impressive female winner, 11th overall on a speedy 16m 29s and in second spot was the Spartans talented Catherine Whoriskey with another big sub 18m run, her 17m 37s moving her ever closer to the 17m barrier.

The age group awards were heavy with City of Derry winners, Dermot Connolly was the top M55 on 18m 10s, Peter Lilburn’s 18m 23s gave him the M60 honours, Brendan O ‘Connor posted 19m 58s for the M50 win, Jackie McMonagle in fourth overall with 18m 45s was the top F45 and her sister Paula McGilloway ran 21m 50s to claim the F50 prize.

Friday night’s big Letterkenny T&F meeting saw big runs in the Mens 3000m from runner up JP Williamson whose 8m 35.16 finish time behind American Carl Stones on 8m 27.28s, was impressive. The Spartan won the local bragging rights finishing ahead of fourth placer Scott Rankin’s 8m 40.45s and Arnie Doherty’s 8m 51. 61s for sixth. Chris McGuinness was seventh on 8m 59.21s.

Shane McGowan showed some of his real ability with a 800m time of 1m 57.70s, finishing fourth and Aaron Carlyle took the same place in the 400m. In the featured Men’s Mile there was no sub 4 clocking this year as the American winner posted 4m 00.41s to narrowly miss the target. Danny Mooney was the top local , sixth in 4m 08.89s.

Superb Spartans Show at Grangemouth and Tullamore-11th, 12th July

Senior women winner- Emma McCay, Masters women winner Danea Herron and U20 Silver medalist Naomi Morgan

Senior women winner- Emma McCay, Masters women winner Danea Herron and U20 Silver medalist Naomi Morgan

Over the weekend of 11th and 12th July City of Derry Spartans athletes flew the flag successfully for Derry and the North West at the Scottish Multi Events championships in Grangemouth and in Tullamore at the National Juvenile championships, with the talented red vests grabbing several podium places.

Young Conall O’Neill added the National U15 250 Hurdles title to his Ulster honours with a 35. 85s winning run in Tullamore on Sunday, taking the gold medal by a clear margin and adding to his growing reputation . More to come from this emerging young talent!

In Scotland Multi Eventers Emma McCay and Danea Herron won the Senior Women’s and Masters Women’s individual titles with excellent all round performances and in the U20 competitions, Naomi Morgan took silver and Michael Surman grabbed Mens bronze, with impressive performances, to cap a great weekend for the local athletes.


Michael Surman medalist U20 men's podium

Michael Surman medalist U20 men’s podium

Also in Tullamore  U 18 sprinter Stephan McGahey made both the 100m and 200m finals. After a 11.10s semi final run he clocked 11.16s for a fourth place final finish, not too far off a podium place. He qualified well for the 200m final posting 23.12s, sixth fastest and improved to 22.95s for fifth in the final, a terrific effort.

In the Boys U17 1500m final Fintan Stewart was fourth on 4m 13.36s, a good effort but the medallists all went sub 4m 10s as Fintan led the chasing pack home. His sister Aela ran 5m 15.42s for seventh in the Girls U14 1500m.

Congratulations to Mary Devlin F35 100m and Long Jump gold medalist at Sunday’s National masters T&F championships in Tullamore—–two more medals for the Spartans Masters squad!! 100m 13.17s and Long Jump 4m 98cm made for some excellent wins!


Conall O'Neill U15 250m Hurdles All Ireland Champion July 2015 Tullamore

Conall O’Neill U15 250m Hurdles All Ireland Champion July 2015 Tullamore

Naomi Morgan, Michael Surman (bronze medalist U20 men decathlon), Danea Herron, Emma McCay

Naomi Morgan, Michael Surman (bronze medalist U20 men decathlon), Danea Herron, Emma McCay