ran for Scotland against Ireland,
and Wales at the Home Nations Schools Cross Country championships in Ayr on
Saturday, April 3, where he came 4th in the Intermediate Boys race.
McNulty was 2nd in the
U17s race at the Reebok Cross Challenge race in
the top four from the first Reebok Cross Challenge in Falkirk all running
in Birmingham, a highly competitive race was expected.
the end of the first lap in the two lap race, Alex
Derricott began to pull away from Mark
Bailey (Southend-on-Sea), Conor
McNulty (Kilbarchan AAC), Lee
Carey (Nuneaton Harriers), Craig
Peters (Bristol & West) and Mark
Burgess (Woodford Green & Essex Ladies).
then continued to pick up the pace and maintained the lead through to the
line, winning by six seconds in a time of 19:31.
was super scrap in the final 600m between Lee
Carey and Conor McNulty. McNulty
overtaking Carey with 200m to
go, but a determined Carey
fighting hard in the final straight to retain second place. Craig Peters finished in fourth place with Sam Godfrey, second in Falkirk, having a strong second lap to pull
himself back to fifth place.
McNulty won the U17 mens race at the Reebok Cross
Challenge race at Parliament Hills, London.
Conor McNulty (Kilbarchan) dramatically improved on his third place in
Birmingham to head the field home in the men's under 17 race in 15:57. He
had a 10 metre lead over West Waterford's David McCarthy at the half-way
stage and at the start of the second lap the Irish runner thought McNulty
was struggling and move to the front.
who defends his Scottish schools under 16 title later in the season,
admitted he was going through a bad patch but, on the long run down back
to the finish found a new lease of life and secured a narrow victory in
15:57. 'I was hoping
for a win,' said
In the Under 17 Men’s race, on current form David McCarthy (West
Waterford) starts as favourite; runner-up to Conor McNulty at Parliament
Hill. McNulty doesn’t start this time; the challenge will come from Lee
Carey (Nuneaton Harriers), Jon Pepper (Enfield & Haringey) and current
leader in the standings Alex Derricott
(City of Stoke AC), who won convincingly in Birmingham.
McNulty did not contest the race.
Winner David McCarthy
said: “It was a
tough race – it was tough from the start. The plan was to sit in and
relax. I’m delighted. I thought it would be easier with Conor McNulty
missing but I was wrong.”
McNulty won the U17 men's race at the Reebok Cross Challenge race in
Conor McNulty added to his victory at Parliament Hill by running away with
the Under 17 race. With a third place at Birmingham also under his belt,
he entered the race in sixth place in the Series but boosted that with a
21 seconds victory. Alex Derricott,
however, remains top of the standings.
the Newcastle Evening Chronicle selected McNulty
as his Reebok athlete of the day, saying: 'The Renfrewshire athlete
continued where he left off at Parliament Hill by storming to a
comprehensive victory in the Under 17 men's race.
effort into prospective, his winning time of 19min 10sec for the 5.9km,
was 11 seconds quicker than that of the first home in the Under 20 race, David
went ahead on the first circuit with West Suffolk’s Sam Godfrey and
Woodford’s Green Mark Burgess giving chase from a distance, and though
the gap grown much more on the second lap he was never troubled.
Union GB Junior Team for Lisbon
UK Athletics today
named eight athletes in a Norwich Union Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Team for the annual junior international cross country match against
Portugal and Spain in Lisbon on 14 January 2007.
finished third in the Junior Women’s Trial at Liverpool but was too
young to be considered for the European Cross Country Championships. She
won the Junior Women’s race at the IAAF Permit meeting in Brussels last
Sunday and will not be too young to be considered
for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships being staged in Mombasa,
Kenya, on 24 March 2007.
has shown good form already this winter, winning 5000m races against
Seniors in the Scottish League, was seventh in the European Junior Men’s
Trial at the UK Cross Challenge meeting at Liverpool.
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