Celtic International Success

Saturday 13 Aug 2011


The home countries Celtic International hosted in Antrim on Saturday last was a happy hunting ground for club athletes. Kate McGowan, smashed the National age group 80m Hurdles record at the All Ireland’s three weeks ago and followed up with an impressive victory in the Under 16 -80m hurdles. Result 1 Kate McGowan Ulster, 12,12secs, 2 Kate Purvis, Scotland, 12.16sec, 3 Lauren O’Dwyer, Athletics Ireland, 12.65secs, 4 Rhian Williams, Wales, 12.66secs.


Ran into a minus 2 breeze, Kate was slow from the blocks and gradually and aggressively worked her way to the shoulder of pre-race favourite Purvis of Scotland as they approached the eighth and final hurdle. In the dash for the line the Donegal Town lass was the stronger and by four hundredths of a second gave Ulster its first of five victories on the day.


Ulster victories were recorded by John Kelly, Finn Valley/St Johnstonne, U16 Shot Putt/4k 17.56m,Record, Garvin McKenna, Glaslough/Monaghan, U16 100m Hurdles -13.89secs, Fellan McGuigan, Finn Valley/England, U18 5k Hammer, 60.03m and  Blaithin Patton, Finn Valley/Stranorlar,U16 High Jump Joint 1st 1.55m.


Tir Chonaill’s/Laghey Kelly McGrory, was a member of the Ulster 4 x 100m U18 team [Kelly is still under 16] and ran 13.25secs in the guest 100m. Shaun Woods, Finn Valley/Convoy finished 3rd in the U18 400m in an excellent PB time of 50.64secs. Andrew Creamer, Annalee/Cavan, a very welcome addition to three training sessions in Donegal Town last week [he and his folks were holidaying in Inver] ran a PB when finishing 2nd in the U18 110m hurdles -14.84secs – a body with behind the Scottish winner.


Ulster Celtic Internatiopnal Team


Kate McGowan, following her victory in Antrim, chats with Dad Martin


Girls U16 Medal Winners

with Liam Hennessey, President Athletics Ireland


Boys U16 100m Hurdles Medal Winnesr

Centre winner Garvin McKenna, Glaslough


Boys U16 Shot Medal Winners

Centre winner John Kelly, Finn Valley