Doha- 25th October 2015

                                                               LOCALS SHINE IN DOHA
Another rewarding weekend for local athletes with Jason Smyth retaining his 100 metres title at the IPC World Championships in Doha and local clubs also producing a series of excellent performances at Saturday’s Bobby Rea XC meeting in Jordanstown with significant Juvenile and Senior efforts, particularly Cara Laverty’s Girls U14 individual win and her City of Derry Spartans senior men’s squad lifting the Bobby Rea team trophy.The Eglinton Express was a comfortable short sprint winner in Doha with a tasty 10.63s 100 metres victory and looks good to go into 2016 as still the man to beat in Paralympian completion. He has of course run faster this summer but with a recent injury and surgery history he will be pleased to have done the business in Doha and can now think about preparing for next year and the Olympics in Rio.Meanwhile in Jordanstown on Saturday local runners impressed at the NI&Ulster Juvenile XC championships and the Bobby Rea races.
Cara Laverty  was a superb winner of the Girls U14 championship race and led her Spartans squad of Aela Stewart, Grace Flynn Paige and Aishling Walsh to club silver behind Lagan Valley and ahead of City of Lisburn. A terrific performance in a very competitive age group and they now go on to the All Irelands in Dublin next month.The red vests Boys U10 squad also claimed team silver, led home by 8th placed Eunan Bonner with good support from Cillian O’Neill, Louis Cole, Caoimhan Hargan,  Diarmuid Quinn, Eoghan Reynolds and Cameron Smith. A good showing for this young squad who were delighted with their Provincial medals in their first real taste of competitive action!Oisin Colhoun was a close up 4th in the Boys U12 race for City of Derry and lily Toorish of Derry City Track Club did well for 6th in the Girls U14 race. Fintan Stewart once again showed his class with an excellent third place in a classy Boys U18 race and will be Dublin bound next month and Mary Cait Byrne, Caoimhe Walsh and Eimer Stewart contributed to the Derry medals in the Inter County Girls U16 competition.

At the other end of the age spectrum Peter Lilburn once again chased home Springwell’s in form Gerry O’Doherty in the Male Masters 60+ race as the top three M60 finishers from the previous weekend’s Masters Open XC, O’Doherty, Lilburn and Jim Newberry of NBH, continued their ongoing battle for dominance.