NI & Ulster Senior Cross Country & Kirkistown Races

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The ladies of North Down retained their senior cross country title at Lurgan Park on Saturday. They will also have secured the ANI cross country league for the second consecutive year displaying the strength in depth of the team.


For a large part of Saturday’s 3 lap race last year’s winner, Jessica Craig, looked like retaining her individual title but in the end she had to settle for 3rd place. Rachel Gibson rounded off a successful cross country season with a repeat of last year’s 2nd place and Sarah Lindsay had a great run to finish in 4th. Erin McConnell guaranteed team success as she completed in 9th following her Ulster Schools podium finish earlier in the week. Rio Catney finished shortly afterwards in 12th as Jessica Scott ran well to claim 33rd position. Roberta Dornan was next in 40th, Clare Kennedy 55th and Jane Stevenson going well in 63rd.

Valerie McDonough 65th

Fiona McQuillan 73rd

Claire Scott 76th

Abby Andrews 79th

Lisa McMeechan 84th

Caroline Crothers 106th

Sandra Hall 126th

Hannah Dunne 136th


The mens race doubled distance and over the 6 laps it was the two Jamie’s that led the team home. Budde in recovery mode in 35th and McMeechan recovering from injury in 40th. Mark Weir finished 54th amongst the youngsters and David Massey 73rd before Philip Mulligan returned in 89th. Alan Massey finished on 101st and Colin Walker 103rd as Scott Nelson homed in on 113th.

Steven Donegan 117th

Mitchel Brown 125th

John McGarvay 131st

Chris Moran 137th

Richard Garrad 168th

Gordon Matchett 185th

Kirkistown Races

The latest series of races around the Kirkistown race course took place on Sunday. With all race proceeds going to the Belfast Tandem Cycling Group for blind and visually impaired it was a very worthy cause.

Eamonn O’Reilly took advantage of the pan flat 1.5 mile circuit to record an impressive 1:24:38 which placed him 3rd. Clare Russell also took advantage of the push buggy friendly course to wheel wee Sean around the course, 4 times to make up the 10k. Well done to Sean on completing his first 10k in North Down colours too.

Photos from Senior and Kirkistown

Full results Senior cross country

Kirkistown Results