Superb performances from Ulster Athletes at Celtic International

Celtic International in Wales

Saturday 01 Aug 2009


Local youngsters competed with distinction, producing seven winning podium places, smashing two Celtic Games records and recorded seven new P.B’s performances at the Celtic International, in Carmarthen, Wales on Saturday last.


Two of the clubs youngsters, Karl Griffin and Louise Harvey were members of the Ulster Team. Karl, who has had a remarkable season, winning the Under 15 age group 800m and finishing 2nd in the 'Irish Schools', added yet another string to his winning bow when following a most competitive race he won the U16 800m in a new personal best time of 2mins 00.97 secs. Louise, also has had an excellent season, winning 'National Titles' in 100m and 300m hurdles. On Saturday she finished 4th in the 80m hurdles 12.27secs and 3rd in the 300m hurdles 46.46 secs.


Louise Harvey

Louise Harvey No3


The very popular quadrangular meet between Wales, Scotland, Athletics Ireland and Wales found recently returned World Youth competitor Andrew Doyle in the opening event of the day smashing the Celtic Under18 Hammer record with a best of 61.77metres. Later in the afternoon Andrew with a 15.99metres P.B. in the Shot Putt put smiles on the faces of the large Ulster support.


Andrew Doyle

Andrew Doyle in action


Andrew Doyle

Andrew Doyle on the Podium


In mid afternoon three Ulster middle distance athletes recorded impressive consecutive victories. Fifty metres from the finish in the Boys U16 800m, Karl Griffin, fought his way to the front and held on by the narrowest of margins to win in a P.B. time of 2mins 00.97secs.


Karl Griffin

Karl Griffin No3


Karl Griffin with dad Eamon


Mark English led the U18, 800m for the first 750metres, was challenged and pushed back into 2nd place by Scotland’s highly ranked Stuart Ross. Mark responded in the final twenty metres to edge out the Scot and in the process recorded a new Celtic record time of 1min 53.07secs. Joanne Mills, in the U18, 3000m, took the race by the ‘scruff of the neck’ with three laps to go and recorded an excellent PB time of 10mins 03.7secs, six seconds clear of Natasha Cockram of Wales.


Marl English

Mark English winner of 800m


Ulster performances in the field events continued to impress and hold the attention of the large crowd. Ciaran Dolan, bounced back from a recent disappointment at the European Youth Games with an excellent series in the under 18, Long Jump. His best of 6.94metres [+1.5] gave him a winning podium position.

Ciaran Dolan

Ciaran Dolan


In the final field event of the afternoon, Matthew Martin, with a PB throw of 54.98m in the U16 Javelin was one of the most impressive winners of the day, he had 12,26metres to spare on Ryan Leonard of Wales.


PB performances were also recorded by Alan Montgomery, 51.41secs in the Boys U18 400m; Ryan McDermott, 9mins 0252secs in the Boys U18 3000m; Matthew Robinson, 59.1secs in the Boys U18, 400m hurdles; Barry Quigg, 183m in the Boys U18 High Jump; Ryan Byrne, 2.90m in the Boys U18 Pole Volt.; Shauna McKeever, 2.50m in the Girls U18 Pole Volt; and by the Boys U18 relay team of Ben McGillian, Gerard Maguire, Ciaran Dolan and Stuart Connor -43 secs.