24th April 2016- Lisburn Relays, YDL League and London Marathon


The Spartans had three senior male teams in Lisburn on Sunday for the Wallace Park Relays and filled the top three finishing places. A 2 mile leg awaited each of the runners run over a very undulating two 1 mile loops.

Kyle Doherty set the A team up with the quickest leg run of the day smashing the first lap and holding on strong in the 2nd. Emmett McGinty made a welcome return to action to increase the Spartans lead before handingĀ over to Michael Murphy who looked very strong throughout. He handed to Paul McCafferty for the glory leg. Incidentally Paul did think he had the run of his life but results showed him to be by far the slowest of the 4. His day will come! The B team of Colin Roberts, Connor McDowell, Eoghan Furey and young prodigy Darren Smyth combined well for 2nd. Kyle Doherty turned out again to complete the third paced squad alongside Philip Donaghy, Declan McCarthy and Eneko Badia. Great job Lads!

lisburn relays april 2016

It was a worthwhile bonding trip for the mix of Masters, Seniors and teenagers making up the teams and we look forward to more spring and summer road races as well as putting together male and female squads for the upcoming National T&F League.


Some good performances from the Spartans at both the Young Athletes Development League T&F in Antrim on Saturday and the Lisburn Road Relays today. Well done to all and the club officials who attended.

The early results show Individual YDL wins for a bunch of our U13′s…….Oisin Colhoun 800m, Nathan Fitzpatrick High Jump, Callum Spain and Lily Surman, Discus and Amy Spain in the Girls B High Jump.

In the U17 age group our winners were……Sean Melarkey 3000m, and two B grade winners in Carla Perez 800m and Mary Cait Byrne 3000m.

A couple of more Spartans were at the YDL meet in Antrim and competed in the Open events.

Sprinter Stephen McGahey ran 11.46s in the 100m for the runners up spot behind winner Michael McAuley of Ballymena&Antrim who clocked 11.32s.

Daniel Reid ran 12.32s and Jack McConnell 13.09s.

In the 400m won in 49.48s by Finn Valley’s Aaron McGlynn, good to see Shane McGowan back in action with a 4th place finish on 52.34s and Daniel Reid posted 55.21s

Also a terrific 3hrs 04m 13s London Marathon clocking today for Rob Stewart—–well done ROB!!