Bangor XC relays 27-01-07

Wed 31 January 2007--admin

Emily Mills, Aoife Kelly-McCann and Ciara Mageean lead the way for a City of Lisburn AC double at Bangor in North Down?s cross-country relay promotion. The cool windy conditions didn?t deter a good turnout of Lisburn athletes who fielded five teams in various categories. The hilly one mile course, with good under foot conditions and a smattering of muddy patches didn?t deter good strong competition on the day.
First off were the Junior boys and girls in the 3 x 1 mile race with City of Lisburn supplying two girls teams. Emily Mills (A team) and Caite Wright (B team) set off on the first leg. Both girls ran well with Emily handing over in second place (6m07s) behind the Willowfield Harriers? contingent. The B Team?s Caite (6m51s) came in in third place. For the A team, second leg runner Aoife Kelly-McCann worked hard and maintained second place (6m51s) to hand over to last leg Ciara Mageean. Meanwhile Caite handed over to our B team athlete Helen Begley who finished the second leg in 7m05s. The B team were short of a third leg runner, so Caite valiantly volunteered to run another leg. Meanwhile Ciara ran the fastest leg of the race (both boys and girls) in a time of 5m42s overtaking Willowfield, bringing the team home in first place. Caite ran a consistent third leg in 7m06s to bring the B team home in third place.
The Senior Ladies? race was combined with the male vets over the same 3 x 1 mile course. City of Lisburn provided two ladies teams: the A team with Kelly Reid, Christine Long and Ruth Gillispie and B team with Caroline Brown, Hannah Addley and Rachel Gibson. The A team established themselves comfortably at the front with Kelly running the fastest leg of the day in 5m13s to hand over to Christine. The B team meanwhile had settled into fifth place at the changeover with Caroline (6m08s) handing over to Hannah (6m02s) who ran strongly overtaking both the Abbey A and B teams. Throughout the last leg, the A team were well clear and it was left to Ruth Gillispie (5m31s) to secure the team?s dominance by romping in in first place. The B team also produced a sterling result, finishing in third place, with Rachel (6m02s) completing the relay with her usual determined performance.
The Senior Mens? race format was of four legs a 1mile, 2mile, 2mile and 1mile. Tom Lyness (5m31s) running his first race for the club, ran well and secured fifth position, to hand over to Ian Johnston. Ian (12m14s) ran steadily and consolidated fifth position before handing over to Chris Madden. Chris (10m45s) made up some ground on the runner in front before handing over to Stuart Brown. Stuart (5m31s) who had only returned after a bout of sickness ran well to bring the Lisburn team home in fifth place overall.