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The Ulster Schools Cross Country Championships took place yesterday Wednesday in very heavy conditions at the City of Belfast Playing Fields, Mallusk.

The schools from the county were well represented with the following some of the highlight performances. Darragh Drury of Our Lady’s Castlblayney ran extremely well to finish 9th in the Junior Boys race while in the Intermediate Girls race Amy Hamill representing Colaiste Oiriall gave her usual assured performance to finish an excellent 6th in the Intermediate Girls race, with St Macartan’s athlete Patrick Murphy putting in a very solid performance in the worst of the conditions when finishing 13th in the Senior Boys race. Darragh, Amy and Patrick have now qualified for the Irish Schools Finals which take place at the University of Ulster Jordanstown on Saturday the 9th March.

Meanwhile Thursday evening seen over 1600 athletes take to the Mall Circuit, for the 23rd running of the Armagh International Road Races in perfect conditions. The Clones Ladies had an excellent result finishing third behind Stockport Harriers and Liverpool Harriers. Donna Evans of Monaghan Phoenix and Helen Stockdale of Clones were 1-2 in the Masters 45 category. The Glaslough Harriers juveniles were in excellent form with the highlight been Aisling Mc Anespie’s win in the Girls U13 race. Keelin Wykes was also in great form as she finished 2nd in the Girls U11 race. Andrew Mc Kenna 8th in the Boys U11, Eva Ross 8th in the Girls U11 and Edel Holland 10th in the Girls U13 were also among the prizes.