Cream of the crop causing a big stir

Pictured at the county Fermanagh round one heat are (l-r): Nathan Farry, St Scire’s Primary School (second place); James Corry, Fivemiletown Primary School (first place); and Liam Corry, St Scire’s Primary School (third place)
Malcolm McCausland

OVER 2,500 young runners took part in the first round of the Flahavan’s Porridge Athletics NI Primary School Cross Country League held at various venues throughout the North last week.

That was a massive 57 per cent increase in participation numbers over the past two years.

The League, launched in 2008, has gone from strength to strength with continued endorsements from elite athletes including European Championships 400m hurdles semi-finalist, Christine McMahon and Olympic triathlete, Aileen Reid.

“The continued growth and popularity of the League is evident from the year on year increase in participation,” said Ellen Flahavan, brand manager for Flahavan’s.

We’ve sponsored the competition since 2010, and we’ve witnessed the on-going development, commitment and talent of the junior athletes. As a seventh-generation family business we understand the importance of encouraging active and healthy lifestyles from an early age.”

Finn O’Neill from Faughanvale PS and Grainne Duffy from Killyhommon PS recorded the fastest times overall for the boys’ and girls’ races respectively last week.

Round two kicks off with the county Down heat on December 6 at the Henry Jones Playing Fields, Castlereagh. Following the final in February, the top 20 girls and boys will be invited to join the Flahavan’s Porridge Athletics NI Junior Cross Country Squad.

For further information on Flahavan’s Porridge Junior Cross Country League, please contact the Athletics NI Office, or 028 90602707


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