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Gold medal success for Harriers

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Gold medal success for Harriers thumbnailOmagh Harrier, Caelainn McQuaid, U18 girls' 2000 metres steeplechase and the U18 Girls 1500 metres gold medallist at the Northern Ireland and Ulster Track and Field Championships.

OMAGH Harrier athletes had some outstanding performances at the Northern Ireland and Ulster Track and Field Championships held at the Mary Peters Track in Belfast at the weekend

Caelainn McQuaid walked away from the Championships a double NI and Ulster champion as she won the U18 Girls 2000 metres steeplechase and the U18 Girls 1500 metres, an excellent achievement and well deserved for the hard work she has been putting into her training over the past few months.

Sean Corry continued his rich vein of form to yet again come away with the goods to claim the U18 Boys 800 metres title, Sean continues to show form every season and was yet again impressive as he crossed the line in 2:00:19.

Versatile young athlete Adam Giles walked away wth two medals, a silver in the U18 boys Shot and a Bronze in the U18 Boys Discus.

Cassie Lagan also performed excellently as she became NI and Ulster silver medalist in the U17 Girls 1500 metres.

Ella Quinn ran in one of the most competitive races of the day, the Under 16 Girls 1500 metres and she stepped up to the mark to run an excellent 5:09 .

Cathaoir Donnelly ran in the U18 Boys 1500 metres and was unlucky not to come away with a medal finishing in fourth place.

Also competing on the day was Omagh Harrier John McQuade who finished well in a fast and furious 800 metres.

Young Harriers fare well at Ulster & NI Children's Games

A group of Junior Omagh Harriers travelled to Clones track for the 2017 Ulster & NI Children's Games and Championships on Sunday, June 4.

A total of 12 runners made the trip, and for the very youngest it was their first time to take part in an organised event of this nature. As such, it was a great opportunity for them to experience running in a track event with other youngsters from athletic clubs across Ulster. For the older hands it was a chance to meet their fellow athletes again and renew friendships and on-track rivalries.

Each athlete ran at least one individual event, with most running two. The junior Omagh Harriers were able to field relay teams in the boys and girls U12 categories, with both teams successfully getting the baton safely around the track.

Every athlete performed admirably in very competitive races, and they each have trained hard throughout the season. It was a pleasure to see them putting their training to good effect on the track.

Those attending were Mairead Corrigan, Fionn Corry, Rory Dolan, Aaron Duncan, Molly Hughes, Peter Gormley, Sean Hagen, Aine Quinn, Olivia Quinn, Sarah Quinn, Aine Rodgers and Cora Scullion.

Thanks goes to their head coach, Stevie Duncan, both on the day and for all of his input over the season, to his assistant coaches and to the parents who accompanied the youngsters to help out on the day.

Despite a few showers nothing could dampen the enjoyment of the day and, by all accounts, everyone had a fantastic time.

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