Springwell athletes in return to action

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Springwell athletes in return to action thumbnailSpringwell’s Jim Platt (1st M75) at the North West Cross Country in Gransha Park. WK51042

North West XC Gransha
THE North West Cross Country, hosted by City of Derry Spartans, took place on Saturday December 16 at Gransha Park.
This event was also the latest in the Athletics NI Cross Country League.
The snowfall and heavy rain of the previous week resulted in heavy going for competitors but at least the icy conditions had been replaced with milder temperatures.
In the junior races, Springwell RC had success with Sophia Coyle winning the U12 girls and Niamh McGarry the U15 girls, in which Toni Donnelly finished seventh.
In the Senior Race Springwell RC was well represented with 33 members competing.
The three lap, 3.5 mile race was closely contested from the start between Neil Johnston (Springwell RC), Declan Reed and Mark Long (City of Derry Spartans), Chris McGuiness and Troy McGilloway (Foyle Valley AC) and James Budde (North Down AC).
In the final lap Neil once again demonstrated the impressive form that has seen him secure victory in the Comber Cup and Malcolm Cup this year and pulled away from Declan to win in a time of 18.39.
Declan finished second in 18.46 with Chris third in 19.02. The team event was even more closely contested with Foyle Valley AC winning by one point from Springwell RC.
The ladies race was totally dominated by North Down AC who claimed all the podium places.
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