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Star Track 2018

Star Track Summer Camp Week will run this year from Monday 6 to Friday 10 August. From 10:00am to 1:00pm each day at Meadowbank Running Track. Groups catered for: Mini Minor 5 years to 7 years; Minor Group 8 years to 10 years and senior group 11 years to 15 years. Enrolment Forms are now out at Meadowbank Sports Centre and Leisure Centres and around the schools. Barrie Holmes

Star Track 2018




NI & Ulster Indoor Age Group Championships, 4-5 Feb 17, Meadowbank Arena

Congratulations to double-medalist Joanna Kelso who brought home silver & bronze in the U19 girls

In the U19 girls 60m Joanna posted a time of 09.71 secs, taking the silver.

U19 girls long jump saw Joanna set a new PB of 4m 24cm, coming home with bronze.


Do not forget the Star Track Summer Camp 2016 will run from Monday 1st August to Friday 5th August 2016 from 10:00am to 1:00pm each day.

Age groups are minor group from 5 years to 7 years; junior group from 8 years to 10 years and senior group from 11 to 15 years.

Entry forms can be obtained from Meadowbank Arena, Magherafelt Tourist Office and Maghera Leisure Centre.

The action takes place at the Meadowbank Arena running track. We are always on the lookout for 'Sprinting Talent' and are searching for a new sprint star, we are offering £60 to the person who achieves the camp target times. We are also searching for a 'Multi Event' athlete who can combine a 'Run, Jump and Throw' The coaches on the course are quite keen to discover anyone who would like to have a 'go' at cross-country running or middle distance running over 800m, 1200m, 1500m, 3km or futher.

There are loads of fun events on offer including the Giant Decathlon and the Grand Prix where the athlete races around the chicane over the hurdles and through the tunnels to take the chequered flag.

Southern Sports Partnership Primary School Cross Country Promotion

On Thursday 8 October Lucy Kelly running for her school St. Patrick's Primary, Glen, Maghera had an outstanding win in the Primary Schools Event organised by the Southern Sports Partnership and held in Cookstown. Well done Lucy.


On Saturday 10 October Grace Carson took part in the girls under 17, 4000m cross counrty race in Comber and over a hilly course had an outstanding win. She stayed with the leaders for 3k and then broke away on her own to win her first cross country race.Excellent performance.


The clubs' winter training is in full swing with the Primary School age group engaged in various activities indoors on a Tuesday from 7:00pm. The development group aged from 11 to 14 years are also indoors working on various phases of their condition. The senior group aged from 15 years and up is working hard towards the N.I./Ulster indoor championships to be held in Magherafelt in February. The adult senior and masters group is growing in size weekly and are training hard for the season ahead. Our cross country group led by Grace Carson is developing nicely. All the these groups meet on Tuesday at 8:00pm and on Thursday at 7:00pm throughout the winter. All welcome.

The Star Track Summer Camp runs from Monday 3rd August to Friday 7th August from 10:00am to 1:00pm each day. The scheme caters for three age groups (5 to 7 years), (8 to 10 Years) and (11 to 15 years), working with their own coaches. The Star Trackers will learn the A B C's of athleticism. Agility, Balance, Coordination, Run,Jump Throw and Catch in addition to fun and games and a chance to take part in the Giant Decathlon and the Grand Prix. This is a grass roots programme aiming to give real athletic experience and help them develop skills. The athleteswill cover multi-event activities including sprint, jumps,throws and endurance. The club is always looking for new sprinters and the scheme is offering a monetary

NI & Ulster Championships, Antrim Forum, 13 June 2015

Congratulations to Grace Carson who ran a superb 5.09.52 to win bronze in the U16 girls 1500m at the NI & Ulster Championships at Antrim Forum on Saturday13 June. This was a gutsy performance from an ever-improving athletic who now qualifies for the All-Ireland Championships in Tullamore in July. Well done Grace!

Congratulations also go to Aidan McCluskey who set a new PB of 5.09.71 in the U14 boys 1500m at the NI & Ulster Championships. In his first competitive 1500m for over a year, Aidan took 11.1 seconds off his PB to finish a creditable sixth overall.

Congratulations also to Emma Graham(Carrickfergus Grammar) on her bronze medal performance over 200m at under 18 level in the N.I. & Ulster Championships.

Congrats to Martin Mellon (St. Pauls, Kilrea ) on being selected for the Ulster Schools 4 x 100m relay team in Santry, Dublin Friday evening. (running the third leg)

Leinster Masters Championships at Tullamore, Co. Offlay Sunday 31 May.

Congratulations to Barrie Holmes on his extraordinary quadruple gold medal achievement at the Leinster Masters!

Competing in the over 75 Age group (yes, 75 not 55!), Barrie stormed home in four throwing events, setting a new PB and a season's best along the way.

1st Hammer 23m 11cm seasons best.

1st Shot 7m 34cm

1st Discus 18m 66cm

1st Weight for Distance (9kg) 5m 67cm P.B.

Awesome, Barrie - you inspire!

All-Ireland Juvenile Indoor Championships, Athlone, 28 March 2015

Congratulations to Emma Scott and Martin Mellon, representing Mid-Ulster AC, NI & Ulster at the All-Ireland Juvenile Indoor Championships in Athlone.

Emma competed in the U15 Girls Shot, throwing an excellent 9m 51cm. This surpassed her performance in the NI & Ulster Championships in January when she won gold with 9m 44cm.

Martin competed in the U17 Boys 200m, running an amazing 23.84 seconds, taking over a second off his NI & Ulster Championships medal-winning performance of 24.89 s.

Congratulations also to Aidan McCluskey who came 5th in the U14 800m All-Ireland Indoor Championships in Athlone today.

Aidan smashed his PB (set when he won silver in the NI & Ulster's) by a massive 5.75 seconds on the impressive Athlone surface, coming home in 02:20.84.

Aidan attacked the race from the start, bursting into the lead in the first 50m. The bigger athletes soon found their stride, overtaking Aidan and boxing him in on the first lap. Aidan dug in as the leaders pulled away, trying to stay in touch. With 100m to go and lying 8th, he kicked again and overtook 3 athletes to finish 5th, less than 0.5 second behind the 4th placed athlete.

Well done to David Smith, the NI & Ulster Champion from Letterkenny AC, who won silver today in a time of 02:17.58. The winner was Cian McPhillips from Longford AC IN 02:16.66

NI & Ulster 9/10/11/12/13 Championships, Shercock, Co. Cavan - 1 June 2014 : Triple Gold for Ryan O'Kane!

Well down to all the Mid-Ulster AC athletes who competed!

Particular congratulations to Ryan O'Kane who won Gold in the Boys U12 60m (8.37 seconds), Shot and Javelin.

NI & Ulster Juvenile Indoor Championships, Meadowbank Arena - 8/9 Feb 2014

Congratulations to all the Mid-Ulster AC athletes who competed at the NI & Ulster Championships! A marvellous haul of medals, both team and individual, comprising 4 Gold, 6 Sliver and 2 Bronze!

U12: Ryan O'Kane: Gold in Shot; Silver in 60m

U13: Aidan McCluskey: Gold in 600m; Silver in Long Jump

U14: Emma Scott: Silver in Shot

U16: Martin Mellon: Gold in 60m; Gold in 200m

U16: Boys 4 x 200m: Silver - Ruairi O'Hagan, Conor McCluskey, Karl Warner; Martin Mellon

U17: Emma Graham: Silver in 200m; Bronze in 60m

U19: David Keenan: Silver in 800m

U19: Boys 4 x 200m: Bronze - David Keenan, Justin Bloomer, Oisin Kelly, Aodhan Warnock (Reserve: Kingsley Hill)

Ulster Athletics Council Star Awards, 15 Nov 2013

Congratulations to Aidan McCluskey who received an Ulster Athletics Council Star Award at the annual prize-giving night held in the Four Seasons Hotel, Monaghan on Friday 15 November 2013. Aidan is pictured receiving his award for the best male athletic in the 12 - 15 age category for County Derry / Londonderry from the President of Athletics Ireland, Professor Ciaran O Cathain.

NI & Ulster Championships, Finn Valley Track, Co. Donegal - 2 June 2013

Congratulations to Aidan McCluskey who had an outstanding competition in the U12 Championships on Sunday 2 June 13.

He medalled in his three events of 60m, Long Jump and 600m. He got the day off to a fine start in the 60m time trials, winning his heat and the overall gold medal with a time of


In the long jump, Aidan was in inspired form. He smashed his PB by a whopping 72 cm, recording 4m 54cm and missing out on silver by just 1 cm. Congratulations to the Black twins from Cranford AC, Stephen setting a new Irish record with 4m 66cm and Conor claiming the silver medal.

In the 600m, Aidan saved his best to last with an outstanding run to gold. Aidan took an early lead, but was soon overtaken by the smooth-running Conor Black, with John Reid from Finn Valley pushing for silver. With 100m to go, Aidan kicked again to finish with wonderful speed and take the gold in a time of 1min 46.56 secs. He smashed his PB by a massive 7.39 secs (this being set at the Indoor NI & Ulster Championships in Feb 13, when he took silver).

star track summer camp. Will be held at Meadowbank SportsCentre from Monday 12th to Friday 16th August 13 from 10:00am to 1:00pm each day.

Age groups catered for are Minor Minors age 5, 6 and 7; Junior group age 9, 10 and 11; Senior group ages 11 to 15 years. Entry forms are now available and to secure your special 'T' shirt and goody bag you should consider enrolling now. Contact any member of the coaching staff.

Our club President Patsy Forbes continues to amaze with outstanding performances in the Masters Championships. In the magnificient new purpose built athletics indoor International Arena in Athlone at the Irish Championships Patsy won the 60m in 8.96secs and then added the 200m in 30.89secs. Not content with the Irish double he then headed off to London to the Lee Valley indoor arena near the Olympic Stadium and won the British 60m in 8.69secs and the 200m in 30.01secs, both new Irish record times. Also at Athlone Earl Taylor in his age group was 3rd in the 60m with 9.16secs, 2nd in 200m with 31.56seca 3rd in 400m with 74.71secs, 2nd in Long Jump with 3m 35cm and 2nd in the Shot with 8m40cm. All good performances for a multi event athlete.

Nearer to home the N.I./Ulster Juvenile indoor championships were held in the Meadowbank Arena and Jordanstown. At Meadowbank the club had 12 athletes competing in various events, a record number for this competitin. The outstanding athlete for the club was 11 year old Sebastian Hastings who had a tremendous competition in the u12 High Jump which he won with a jump of 1m16cm and thus qualified for the Irish championships in Athlone in March. At these championships Aidan McCluskey also under 12 had a good run in the 600m where he won the silver medal in 1min 53.95secs. In the boys under 19 years Sammy Rosborough in his last year as a juvenile won the silver in the 200m in 26.60secs also qualyifying for the Irish championships.A number of other athletes had good early season performances and if prepared to knuckle down to some serious training will get the results later in the year.

At round two of the these championships which were held in Jordanstown the club again had a record number of athletes competing this time fifteen and won 2 gold, 2 silver and a bronze medal. A total over the two venues of 3 Gold, 4 Silver and 1 Bronze medal a record haul in recent years. Aiden McCluskey boys under 12 years won a brilliant gold medal in 9.01secs over 60. In the boys under 15 years Martin Mellon ran a great race to lift the silver medal in 7.81secs. Ryan McCloy was fourth in this race with a personal best of 8.29secs. The best race of the championships was the boys under 17 where Dominic Bradley held on to win in a photo finish in a time of 7.51secs both first and second being credited with the same time. Jessica McGurk had a great race in the girls under 18 years to lift the silver medal in 8.69secs. Sammy Rosborough rounded off a good year for him by winning the bronze medal in the boys under 19 yearts with a time of 8.13secs. All now look forward to the Irish Championships in Athlone.

Juvenile all-Ireland Cross Championships, Adamstown, Co Wexford, Sunday 19 December 2012

Aidan McCluskey represented his club and province in his first ever all-Ireland event with great distinction. Showing great courage to overcome pre-race nerves, he ran a fine race to finish in a time that was joint 20th in a field of 147 athletes, recording 5 min 38 seconds on the 1500m course. This was excellent experience for a promising Mid-Ulster AC athlete!

Malcolm Cup, Ballyclare, Sat 1 Dec 2012

Congratulations to Aidan McCluskey who won the U11 Boys Cross Country event (0.5miles) in a time of 3min 19 seconds.

Silver for Aidan McCluskey in U11 NI & Ulster Cross Country Championships, Killybegs, Co. Donegal - 11 November 2012

Congratulations to Aidan McCluskey who ran a courageous 1200m race to win silver in the U11 NI & Ulster XC Championships on 11 Nov 12. In typical style, Aidan forced the pace from an early stage in a field of some 75 athletes. Competing against the outstanding Black twins from Cranford AC, Aidan had a fight in his hands. When the composed and graceful Stephen Black (184) struck for home with about 200m to go, Aidan had it all to do. As the gap opened, trouble loomed behind as well as the pack seemed to close on Aidan, led by the determined Conor Black (185). However, Aidan had a title to defend and dug deep once again to kick for home with less than 100m to go. Despite a strong finish, he was unable to reach Stephen Black but held off brother Conor for the silver medal. These three talented young athletes now go on the represent Ulster at the All-Ireland Championships in Co. Wexford on Sunday 9 December 12. We wish them all well!

U11 XC NI & Ulster, 11 Nov 12

Aviva Sportshall Ulster Championship Results, Meadowbank Arena, 8 Mar 2012

Congratulations to Kyle Colgan and Conor McCluskey who medalled at the Aviva Sportshall Ulster Championship finals. Kyle won silver in the U15 4-lap race with a time of 43.9 seconds. Conor won gold in the U13 Speed Bounce with 83 bounces in 30 seconds and came second in the 8 lap Paarlauf in 1:40.9. Kyle's U15 County Londonderry team were overall winners and go through to the UK Finals in April. Conor's U13 County team finished runners-up to County Donegal. See for full results.

NI & Ulster Juvenile Champtionships, Odyssey Arena, 11 Feb 2012

Congratulations to Conor McCluskey who ran personal bests in the 60m and 800m Boys U14 events. Despite this, it was a disappointing day for Conor as he missed out on qualfication for the 60m final by 0.02 seconds and missed out on a bronze medal in the 800m time trials by 0.33 seconds.

Congratulations to Conor McCluskey competing for his school St. Mary's on his medal winning performances at the county sports hall finals last Thursday. Gold in the Speed Bounce with 83 bounces in 30secs. Bronze in the 4 lap (240m approx) in 50.5secs and bronze in the 6 lap (360m approx)with 1min 21.1secs. We wish Conor all the best when he competes this weekend in the Odyssey over 60m in the N.I. and Ulster indoor championships. Also doing extremely well in the sports hall was Kyle Colgan competing for his school Magherafelt High in the u15 events. Equal bronze in the 2lap in 21.3secs and equal bronze in the 4 lap in 44.7secs.

Congratulations to Adam McMullan on winning the Irish Universities indoor long jump championship with a jump of 7m 32cm. Good luck from the club for the Irish senior this weekend in the Odyssey

Antrim IAAF Cross Country, Greenmount, Antrim: 21 January 2012

Congratulations to Aidan McCluskey on his silver medal at the Primary School Boys 1100m race. Running in a large field of well over 50 athletes, Aidan ran a controlled and composed race, tucking in behind the leaders as the pack thinned out. He struck for home with about 200m to go. Despite a fast finish, he was beaten to the tape by just 1 second. A creditable performance from an athlete who still has another year left to compete in this event.

"Athletics for All" Guest Programme Autumn 2011

SKILLS CHALLENGE sheets now available on-line

Those who did not receive a copy of these can now print them off on-line. Remember - only athletes who have completed all the Skills Challenges will be eligibile for a "Athletics for All" completion certificate at the end of the programme. If you are unsure of any of the skills, just ask a coach - that's what we're here for!

Please note that there will be no session on Thursday 3 November 11 for guest members. The normal senior Athletics Club will however be held 7pm – 8pm on 3 November.

Week 4 of the programme will resume on Thursday 10 November @ 615pm for registration.

Ages 2000/01: 630pm – 730pm Ages 1998/99: 630pm – 8pm. BRING WATER & WARM CLOTHES

Please return all completed Skills Challenge sheets to qualify for a Certificate of Completion.

Gold for Aidan McCluskey in U10 NI & Ulster Cross Country Championships!

Congratulations to Aidan McCluskey who ran an outstanding 1000m race to defeat the remarkable Black twins from Cranford AC, Donegal. Aidan took control of the race from an early stage, forcing the pace

once the field of some 58 athletes had started to thin out. However with about 200m to go, all-Ireland U10 500m champion Conor Black (258) struck for home and took the lead. With under 100m to go Aidan kicked again to try to close the gap, using everything his arms and legs would give him. Showing immense determination, he forced his way over the finish line to pick up the coveted title of U10 NI & Ulster Cross Country Champion!

Solid performance by Mid-Ulster Athletes at NI & Ulster Cross Country Championships (Even Ages) in Killybegs, 23 Oct 11

Congratulations to the team of Mid-Ulster Athletes competing in Killybegs against the best of Ulster and the worst of the elements!

Boys U18 (5000m) : John O'Neill

Boys U14 (2500m) : Patrick O'Neill

Boys U14: (2500m) Conor McCluskey

U10 Boys: (1000m) Aidan McCluskey

All the results are available on

"Athletics for All" Guest Programme Autumn 2011

Please note that there will be no session on Thursday 3 November 11 for guest members. The normal senior Athletics Club will however be held 7pm – 8pm on 3 November.

Week 4 of the programme will resume on Thursday 10 November @ 615pm for registration.

Ages 2000/01: 630pm – 730pm Ages 1998/99: 630pm – 8pm. BRING WATER & WARM CLOTHES

Please return all completed Skills Challenge sheets to qualify for a Certificate of Completion.

Final Track and Field Competition of the 2011 Season

New Pole Vault facilities at Meadowbank Track.

Presentation of Prizes 2011

Under 11 section winners

Senior section prize winners

Special Awards section winners

N. I. Masters Championships at Mary Peters Track Saturday 27 August

In glorious sunshine at the Mary Peters Track last Saturday the club won 7 gold medals and 2 bronze medals in the N.I. Masters Championships at the Mary Peters Track. The star once again was Dessi Ryan in the 70 year age group who won his customary triple titles at 100, 200 and 400m to add to his Irish and British titles at the same distances won earlier in the season. His times were 14.23secs; 29.55secs and 68.70secs(a new Irish Record). Patsy Forbes in the 65 year category won his usual sprint double to add to his Irish double won earlier in the season his times were 14.16secs and 29.44secs. Padraig Martin a former international long jumper continues to impress in his first year at the Masters. Competing in the 35 year category he won the long jump with 5m 43cm to add the gold medal to his Irish silver won earlier in the season. Barrie Holmes competing in the 70 year category won the 4kg hammer with 23m 45cm to retain his title. He won bronze in the 1kg discus with 20m 77cm and bronze in the 500gm javelin with 18m 63cm (P.B.). He was 4th in the 4kg shot with 7m 92cm. A record haul of 9 medals for these championships. The club have signed Earl Taylor up for next season. Earl is a prolific medal winner at the masters and a top decathlon athlete.

Patsy Forbes (left) - 2 golds, 100m and 200m in the Mens over 65 group

Barrie Holmes (middle) - 1 gold, hammer, 2 bronze in discus and javelin in mens over 70 group

Dessie Ryan (right) - 3 gold medals - 100m, 200m and 400m in mens over 70 group

Padraigh Martin (no photo) - 1 gold - long jump in mens over 35 group

U.K.Senior League

In his final competition of the season Adam McMullen competing at the weekend for his Liverpool Club in the U.K. League came second in the long jump wit 7m 14cm and won the high jump with 1m 95cm. A good end of season result.

Irish Masters Championships at Tullamore 21st August 2011

4 athletes brought home 6 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal from the Irish Masters Championships at Tullamore on Sunday 21 August.

Padraig Martin a former 7m long jumper and a former N.I. International in his first masters championship won an excellent silver medal in the 35/39year category in the long jump with 5m 63cm

Mickey Linden better known in the football world and competing for the first time for the club and in his first Irish Masters Championships won a great gold and bronze medal. He won the 100m in 12.28secs and was third in the 200m in 25.47secs. With times like that not exactual hanging about in the 45 year category.

Patsy Forbes recovering from a leg injury won his customary double gold medal in the 65/69 category with 13.95secs over 100m and 30.25secs in the 200m.

And finally in the 70/74 category John Desmond Ryan fresh from winning his triple gold medal British Championships in Birmingham did not disappoint in Tullamore. He stormed home to three gold medals winning the 100m in 14.54secs, the 200m in 30.27secs and the 400m in 71.59secs.

Final Irish Senior League Tullamore Saturday 20 August 2011

Maggi Donnelly continues to amaze. She won the final of the Division One hammer competition with 47m 40cms and later that day in a second competition also won it with 48m 75cm just a metre below her personal best. Due to the illness of her coach Maggi has been unable to do any technical training for over a year. However she has managed to keep up her weight training which just goes to show the importance of strength and conditioning in the throwing events.

Open Graded Meeting Magherafelt Wednesday 31 August 2011

The club will be hosting the final Open Graded meeting of the season in Magherafelt on Wednesday 31 August. Field events on offer include the Hammer, Shot, Discus, Javelin and Pole Vault. This will be the first occasion to use the new pole vault equipment since the track was opened so the winner here can set a new stadium record. Track events include, 100m, 400m and 1500m. First event the hammer is at 6:15pm.

Irish Senior Championships at santry 6/7 August 2011

Congratulations to Adam McMullen on winning the Irish Senior Long Jump Championship at Santry with a jump of 7m 26cm

Irish Juvenile Championships - Tullamore, Co. Offaly

Congratulations to Conor McCluskey who set a new PB of 1 min 48.3 seconds in the 600m for u13 boys at Tullamore on Sunday 10th July. Conor took 0.65 seconds off his bronze medal-winning time in the NI & Ulster Championships in May. Whilst not in the medals, Conor had an excellent race which was run at a blistering pace by a top class field from all over Ireland.

Irish Juvenile Championships - Tullamore, Co. Offlay

The club have one representative this weekend in these championships, Connor McCluskey who will be competing in the 600m for boys under 13 years. We wish him success in his quest for an Irish medal.

Mid Ulster Athletes compete in Belgium and Germany

Adam McMullen competing in Oordegen, Belguim on Saturday 2nd July won the long jump with a fantastic new P.B. and European under 23 Championship qualifying distance of 7m 61cm. This exceeds his previous best by 0.22cm and puts him at the head of the Irish rankings. It also puts him number one at u23 in the UK rankings. Adam also had a fantastic 200m run where he recorded another P.B. of 21.88secs beating his previous best by 0.23secs. Adam, who is 21 tomorrow has had a tremendous middle season surge. The club wish him a happy birthday. This long jump performance has resulted in Adam being selected by Ireland to compete in the European u23 Championships in Ostrava in the Czech Republic from 14/17 July.

Andrew Doyle competing in Mannheim, Germany had a disappointing competition by his standards where he threw the 6kg hammer out to 61m 88cm. Not the sort of performance he was hoping for. However he does tell me the sectors where marked out in 10m segements and after each throw you had to collect your own hammer. Two of his throws landed just outside the sector and he reckons he was pretty close to 68m on both throws. He competes again in Dublin tonight(Wednesday). The team for Estonia will be finally picked after the 10th.

Fantastic Week-end of Championship Medal Winning Performances

At the N.I. Age group Championships held at Antrim, the javelin thrower Jordan Greer representing his school Cookstown High School won the bronze medal in his age group and qualified for the Irish Championship in July.

At the Schools Inter Pros held in Templemore last Saturday Jacquline Burns, representing her school Cookstown High School won her javelin event.

The following day at the same venue in the Irish under 20 Championships Andrew Doyle won gold in the shot with 15m 36cm, he won the silver medal in the discus with a throw of 38m 85cm. However in the hammer he had a disastrous day by his standard when he threw 62m 64cm his worst competition of the season to finish fourth, however he does have a chance to redeem himself when he jets off to Mannheim in Germany this weekend with the Irish Team. We wish him luck.

In the under 23 Championships at the same venue Matthew Doyle was not going to let his younger brother have it all his way and had a great gold medal winning performance in the shot with 11m 22cm. He also picked up the silver medal in the discus with a throw of 32m 64cm. The club are delighted for Matthew who trains hard and puts his whole heart into his events.

In the under 23 long jump Adam McMullen had a fantastic performance when he jumped out to 7m 73cm to win the gold medal. This jump was some 30cm beyond his personal best and although wind assisted he now knows he can jump out to these sort of distances. The club look forward to his further progress. Adam competes for N.I. in Belguim next week. The club's good wishes go with him.

Last weekend was not just all about the young and emerging athletes. At the U.K. Master Track and Field Championships at Alexander Stadium Birmingham, the club had one representative, Des Ryan and what a representative, Des competing in the 70 plus age group won the 100m in 14.09sec, the 200m in 29.62secs and the 400m in 69.68secs all in one day. Ask yourself how many young supposedly athletes could run these times and all in one day. I would suggest you would have quite a number struggling. Well done Des.

Last Tuesday the club held the first of three Multi Event competitions for the Development Group and Senior Athletes. The second event will be on Tuesday 26 July at 8pm with a further competition in August. The accumulated scores will convert to prizes which will be presented at the Summer Barbecue at the end of August. The three events each month consist of a run, a jump and a throw in the athletes own age group.

The club competes in the second round of the Irish Senior League Division 1 in Santry, Dublin on Sunday 17 July. The first round in Sligo was almost a wash out with freezing weather and constant rain. Here's hoping summer comes to Dublin soon. We still need middle distance athletes to augment our team. If anyone fancies testing themselves on the track they would be made very welcome. Training on Tuesday nights at 8:00pm and Thursday nights at 7:00pm.

Star track is well advanced and will be held this year from Monday 1st to Friday 5th August from 10:00am to 1:00pm at the Meadowbank Track. In our search for a sprint star we are offering a £60 voucher to the athlete who can equal or beat the winning 60m time of Michael Devlin at the U.K. Star Track Final in Gateshead in 2000. His time was 7.75seconds. Are you up to the challenge? In addition we will be looking for a potential Multi Event athlete covering a run, a jump and a throw. Look at the London 2012 Olympics and see the Multi Event star, Jessica Ennis compete over seven events. Are you up for this challenge?

Night of Records and Personal Best Performances

At the 3rd round of the Northern Ireland Young Athlete's League held in Magherafelt on Wednesday 15 June Andrew Doyle threw the 6kg hammer out to a new Northern Ireland record of 66m 25cm smashing his own record by 2m which he set last saturday in Antrim. This performance also exceeded the qualifying standard to make the Irish team for the European Games in Estonia later this summer. His brother Matthew not to be outdone set new personal figures with the Senior discus of 36m 35cm which puts him number three in Ireland at under 23 level. He also threw the senior hammer to a new P.B. of 31m 79cm. Jordan Greer continues to improve with every outing and in the under fifteen javelin he threw the 700gm implement out to new P.B. of 44m 35cm. Kyle Colgan in his first race over 400m at under 15 level ran an excellent time of 58secs. Another young athlete to excel last night was Conor McCluskey in the under 13 boys 800m where he led from gun to tape to decimate the field and record a new P.B. of 2mins 32secs. Since returning from his year out, Ciarnan Burns' regular and consistent training has proven productive as seen in his latest event where he threw an outstanding 34m 36 cm with the 3KG hammer in the under 13 event

Club enters Irish Senior Division 1 Track and Field League

A senior section has been steadily building within the club, this has resulted in the decision to enter the Irish Senoir Division 1 Track and Field League. The league kicks off this month with the first round in Sligo on Sunday 12 June. Team meets at 7am at the usual collection point. For the purposes of the league a senior is anyone over the age of sixteen years. The club have quite a formidable group of Sprinters, Jumpers and Throwers but can always do with more. To strengthen our team we are on the hunt for middle distance runners. So if anyone would like to have a go racing on the track over 800m.1500m, 3k, 3k steeplechase, 5k or indeed fancies themselves as a speed walker on the track over 3 and 5k then please make themselves known to any of the coaches where they will be made most welcome.

Congratulations to Joy Alexander!

The members of the club are very proud to announce that their popular coach, Joy Alexander has been selected by U.K. Athletics as a Field Event Official at the 2012 Olympics in London. Joy who is a qualified field referee will be seen officiating a selection of the jumping and throwing events that make up the eight Field Events of Track and Field Athletics at the Olympics.


The popular Star Track Summer Camp is back again this year running from Monday 1st August to Friday 5th August from 10:00am to 1:00pm each day at the Meadowbank Sports Arena running track. Three age groups will be catered for, the mini minor group, ages 5,6 and 7 years; the junior group, ages 8, 9, and 10 years and the senior group, ages 11 to 15 years. Application forms are now available from the Sports Arena, Magherafelt Library, Maghera Leisure Centre and of course the Athletic Club.

Ulster /N.I. Juvenile Championshipes, Letterkenny, 29th May 11

Congratulations to the six young Mid-Ulster athletes who represented the club at provincial level on Sunday. They were: Patrick Lavery, Aidan McCluskey (both at U10 boys); Maria McAllister (U12 girls); Jack Lavery and Cathaoir Purvis (U12 boys) and Conor McCluskey (U13 boys). The team brought home a tremendous haul of 3 medals for the club.

A special mention goes to Aidan McCluskey who won bronze (60m) and gold (500m) in the under 10 boys events and to Conor McCluskey, a finalist in the 80m and a bronze winner in the 600m under 13 boys events. The boys are pictured below.

Young Athlete's League Round 2 at Meadowbank Arena on 28th May 11

Congratulations to the Mid-Ulster A.C. Athletes who took part in Round 2 of the Young Athlete's League on Saturday 28 May in Meadowbank. A full list of Personal Best performance will be available shortly into the "Results" page.

Young Athlete's League Round 1 at Antrim Forum on 7th May 11

Congratulations to the Mid-Ulster A.C Athletes who took part in Round 1 of the Young Athlete's League on Saturday 7th May. A number of Personal Bests were recorded along with notable individual performances.

Special mentions go to Caitie Duffy, awarded the Club Athlete of the Match (girls) for showing great character and perserverance in her first appearance at Y.A.L. and to Conor McCluskey who received the Club Athlete of the Match (boys), for running a confident and aggressive 800m in the Colts (U13) section which he controlled from start to finish.

At the end of a long, but enjoyable day.

Captain Holmes demonstrates the "brace" position to be adopted when encountering speed ramps leaving Antrim Forum. Cabin crew members Barbara and Rhonda look on in fear. Baggage handler Emmet remained behind the camera for his own safety.

"Best That You Can Be" programme - now into its third week with 19 young athletes participating!

Check out the "Dynamic Stretching" video on

Silver and Bronze at the NI & Ulster Age Group Championships - Sat 5th March 2011!!

Congratulations to Darryl McKillen on winning a silver in the U18 400m final after a superbly judged race! Jubilation also for Conor McCluskey who won a bronze in an exciting finish to the U13 60m final.

Schools Cross Country Success for Development Group members PJ O'Neill & Conor McCluskey

Congratulations to PJ O'Neill who recently won the Integrated Schools Cross Country Championships representing Sperrin Integrated. A worthy reward for a truly dedicated athlete! More details to follow...

Bel ted congratulations also to Conor McCluskey who won the U13 Boys title in District C of the Aviva Ulster Schools Cross Country Championships on 3 February in Coleraine. (District C comprises over 100 schools from North Antrim, Co. L/Derry and North Donegal.) Conor therefore qualified to compete in the Ulster Schools Finals on 24 February in Mallusk, finishing a creditable 18th out of a field of 135 athletes in his first year of competition.

UK Indoor Championship title for Andrew Doyle - Sunday 27 Feb 2011

Andrew Doyle this morning won the U.K. under 20 Shot Put Championship at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena in a massive new personal best throw of 16m 15cm. Watch the video by clicking on:

We all wish Andrew every congratulations as he continues to inspire and amaze!!

Andrew receives the congratulations of club members at training, Tuesday 1 March 11

Gold and Silver Medals at Irish Senior Indoor Championships for Mid Ulster Athletes

Adam McMullen wins the senior Long Jump at the odyssey and Andrew Doyle wins the Silver medal in the senior discus

At the N.I/Ulster Indoor Championships in the Odyssey Erin Davies in the girls under 15 high jump recorded a P.B. of 1m35cm

In the Irish Senior Championships at the same venue Micky Linden running as a Master ran a very creditable 7.78secs in the 60m.

Irish Universities & Indoor Racing Round Up - 06 February 2011Congratulations to Adam McMullen who won the long jump with a best of 7.22m and an IUAA Record.


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