McMahon set to race at Belfast International event

Glengormley's Christine McMahon. Photo: Sportsfile
Glengormley's Christine McMahon. Photo: Sportsfile
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Glengormley’s Christine McMahon is set to race at the Belfast International Athletics Meet at the Mary Peters Track on Wednesday (July 2).

The 400 metres hurdler is one of nine Team NI’s Commonwealth athletes set to compete at the competition.

Organised by Athletics Northern Ireland with support from Belfast City Council, the event will see Northern Ireland’s Commonwealth hopefuls go up against world class athletes from across the UK, Ireland and further afield.

Local athletics fans will be able to see Team NI stars in action including Amy Foster (100m), Katie Kirk (800m) and Daniel Mooney (1,500m).

Mooney will face stiff competition in the middle-distance race with an impressive international line-up already confirmed. He will be going head to head with top Australian Commonwealth athletes Ryan Gregson and Collis Birmingham. Australian 1,500m record holder, Gregson, will undoubtedly be a dominant force in the race; the London Olympics semi-finalist recorded a very fast 3:36.17 in May.

John Allen, General Secretary of Athletics Northern Ireland, said: “Many of the Northern Irish athletes competing will be in the final stages of their training ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Taking place just three weeks ahead of the Games this will be the last chance for local athletics fans to cheer on their favourite Northern Irish athletes before they depart for Glasgow.”

The Belfast International Athletics Meet begins at 6.30pm with public access to the Mary Peters Track from 5pm. Admission is £5 per person and includes a commemorative programme, for Under-18s admission is free.