Success in busy week for Dromore athletes

LAST week was a busy and successful one for Dromore athletic club which saw the athletes competing in the Banbridge 10K road race and the third meeting in the Lagan Valley AC Young Athletes series.

It was the senior athletes turn to show their paces in the 10K race and over a testing course they all performed well on the night, getting amongst the prizes for their efforts.

Three of the Dromore Club were on the winners rostrum in the different catagories. Gillian Burns won the women’s race with a superb run. Sharon Fox-Webber did likewise as she finished first in the lady vets race and Nigel Grier was first over the line in the male over 45‘s.

These great runs were matched throughout the race with performances from Andrea Heslop, who was fourth in the female open race; Helen McCarten, eighth in the female open; Christine Martin, third in the female over 45’s; Amanda Russell, fourth in the female over 40 category; Sarah Duff was seventh in the over 40‘s, Heather Coulter was eleventh and Kim McDonald was twelfth in the same category.

The mens’ race produced good runs from Paul Cain was tenth in the over 35 category with Mervyn Cantley 12th in the same section and Joe Benton 39th in the male open. There was also a two mile fun run on the night and Kerri McDonald showing a clean pair of heels to her rivals with a super gun to tape run for first place in the girls race.

The focus switched to the Mary Peters track on Thursday where the young athletes of had their fair share of success with their outstanding efforts on the night

Hannah Russell picked up her first gold medal of the series with a win in the girls 94/95 discus and fourth in her 300 metres heat.

There were medals in the longer sprints for Robyn McKee, taking bronze in the 94/95 300 metres and silver for Ryan McDermott in the boys 92/93 400 metres with another bronze for Simon Thomson in the boys 90/91 400 metres.


Just outside the medals was Luke Russell who won his 400 metres heat in the 94/95 section and second in his 75 metres hurdles race. Another two new members should be happy with their debuts for the club in the sprints,

Natasha Carlisle took fourth in her 300m heat and Hannah Gowdy fifth in her 300m heat - both girls were in the 94/95 section.

Chloe Harris had a good run for her third spot in her 300m heat (92/93) as did Dean Cain, finishing fifth in his 400m (92/93). Hayley McDermott also had her first outing and did well in the girls 92/93 discus for sixth.

The youngest club member on the night, Kaelan McCambridge, was also one of the busiest and had a good all round performance with second in the discus, second in the 60m hurdle heat and fifth in his 400m heat, all in the 96/97/98 age group.

Club athlete Mary Mackin has just returned from the Great Wall Of China Run where in very warm conditions she had a top class run to finish 14th woman overall.