YOUTH DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE FINAL
The weekend action of 15th and 16th August will focus on the NI Youth Development League final tomorrow Saturday, at the Mary Peters track with the City of Derry Spartans juveniles flying the local flag. The young red vests finished fifth in the three round League, hampered by a failure to turn out the requisite numbers across all three age groups but hope to field more quality and quantity for the final.
Defending champions City of Lisburn, Ballymena& Antrim and North Down led the League standings and look set to battle it out again tomorrow but the Spartans can seriously challenge fourth placed Lagan Valley if they travel with anything resembling full strength in their U13/15 and 17 squads.
RANKIN GOES CLOSE IN COLERAINE 5 MILER
The ubiquitous Kenyan Freddy Sittuk and Foyle Valley’s Scott Rankin went head to head at Wednesday night’s Nissan Coleraine 5 mile Classic with the double Walled City Marathon winner just holding off the determined local man, clocking a swift 24m 36s to take a seven second victory at the line.
Excellent runs from both athletes, they were the real quality in the big field and a pair of sub 25m performances and a genuine up front battle underlined that. Mark McKinstry of NBH led home the chasing pack in a distant 26m 16s with City of Derry’s M35 Michael Murphy completing the top six on 27m 25s.
Gemma Turley of the promoting club Springwell, was an impressive female winner in 29m 54s, chased home by Orangegrove’s Jenny Black on 30m 02s and another Springwell runner, Ciara Toner on 30m 31s. Local athletes Denise Ward of Foyle Valley ran 33m 29s and the Spartans Janeen Leese posted 33m 59s, decent efforts from the local women.
Action photos from the night available from: Jameshislop.zenfolio.com