U18 International Selection Trial & Report

U18 Trial – Tollymore Forest – 2:00pm 16 March 2024

Trial to select teams to represent N.I. & Ulster at the U18 International on 22nd June in Aguilar de Campoo, Spain.

With only 13 entries, the organisers had some concern that we would be unable to select a suitable team……however some research of the field, revealed an All Ireland XC silver medallist, plus 6 top 20 Ulster Schools athletes…….so there was to be no doubt about the calibre of the competition.

It would be interesting for a few senior athletes to throw down the gauntlet and see how close they could get to Evan Tosh’s 25:30 if they pick the route up on Strava…….please let me know if you give it a go!

Sadly, this quality field was to be greeted with incessant rain, so the organisers wisely moved the start/finish to the wooden shelter along the main path, something the parents most certainly approved off!

A big thankyou to Jonny Steede and his team of race markers…..no reports of issues and all athletes made it back without difficulty.

As indicated earlier, it was to be 14yr old Evan of Ballymena & Antrim AC who appeared first down the track, clocking a seriously impressive sub 26 for his first Hill race. The next 3 athletes didn’t disappoint either with all three coming in under 27 mins.

However, the girl’s race was to see the closest finish, with newcomer Mairi Clements again of Ballymena & Antrim AC getting the better of Aoife Magee, by just 12 seconds!

A huge thank you to all the parents and coaches who helped marshal and mark the course – very much appreciated.

N.I. & Ulster U18 Mountain Running Trial
Female U18
10:31:36MairiClementsBallymena & Antrim AC
20:31:48AoifeMageeLagan Valley AC
3LyndseyKellyArmagh AC
Male U18
10:25:30EvanToshBallymena and Antrim AC
20:26:22LukeO DohertyMid Ulster AC
30:26:26EoinMcConnellNorth Belfast Harriers
40:26:59NiallMcAufieldLagan Valley AC
50:27:38TiarnanMcManusSt Michael & College AC
60:28:36OliverPlayfairNorth Down AC
70:28:53EuanMcIntoshNewcastle AC
80:30:09CalebLewisJog Lisburn Running Club
90:33:32ParaicMcGettiganFinn Valley Ac
100:36:47KarimJaidaneNewcastle AC


NIMRA can now announce the team selection based on the Trial held in Tollymore on Saturday.

Thank you to all the athletes who travelled to compete, we wish you all the best with your training and look forward to seeing you back at the trials being held mid summer for the U17 & U20 teams travelling to Wicklow to compete in the British & Irish Championships on the 14th Sep.

N.I. & Ulster U18 Team Selection
Female U18
MairiClementsBallymena & Antrim AC
AoifeMageeLagan Valley AC
KatieGrahamLagan Valley AC
AnnaRussellLetterkenny AC
Male U18
LukeO DohertyMid Ulster AC
EoinMcConnellNorth Belfast Harriers
NiallMcAufieldLagan Valley AC
TiarnanMcManusSt Michael & College AC

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