Pleasant day in Lurgan Park bang in the middle of this Armagh Town with a pleasant breeze and sunny moments and a massive entry in all races. We missed the first kids races as late due to another event this morning (Ards CC Tour of Strangford Charity Sportive start) but just on time to witnessed the U12 do their thing on the on purpose build kid circuit. You talk 130 + kids and their parents and supporters and I reckon a 300 + crowd shouted the youngsters on..what a great family event that was ! Apollo CC as each year set off the Ulster CX league in style and this year was no different. They came from every corner of the province and further a field..Cuchulainn Cycling Club had a small busload of them present, Square Wheelers from Moy had an army of kids there to, and I could go on and on, but have a look at the photos below to give you an idea. Full results will be find on www.ulstercyclocross.com later..here the provisional top 3 results courtesy of chief Martin Grimley and Dr.Fred Mc Sorley OBE with thanks.

Under 8 boys – 1) Brodie Hull, 2) Rory McCool, 3) Eunan Campbell
Under 8 girls – 1) Leah Hepburn, 2) Skye Spence, 3) Annie Ervine
Under 10 boys – 1) Rhys Hepburn, 2) Jamie Rockett, 3) Ryan McBride
Under 10 girls – 1) Emer Heverin, 2) Aoife Craig, 3) Maeve McCool
Under 12 boys – 1) Calum Hepburn, 2) Conor Murphy, 3) Karl Rockett
Under 12 girls – 1) Aliyah Rafferty, 2) Tori Moffett, 3) Rhiannon Dolan
Under 14 boys -1) Oisin Ferrity, 2) Shane Scullion, 3) Reuben Maitland
Under 14 girls – 1) Aine Doherty, 2) Cora Moffitt, 3) Erin Kelly
Under 16 boys – 1) Somhairle Owens Fisher, 2) Conor Gallagher, 3) Adam McGeever
Under 16 girls – 1) Annie Roche, Maia Simmons, 3) Maria McAllister
MTB men – 1) Jonnie Boyle, 2) Jonathan Sims, 3) Eugene Clarke
MTB women – 1) Karen Wynne, 2) Nicola Nelson, 3) Debbie Boyd
CX B’ race – 1) Paul Ferguson, 2) Raymond Rocks, 3) William Larmour
CX Females – 1) Fran Meehan, 2) Rachel Irvine, 3) Asia Bula
1st unplaced junior – Niamh McKiverigan

CX A’ race – 1) Darnell Moore, 2) Glenn Kinning, 3) Angus Fyffe –
1st unplaced junior – Lee Harvey, 1st unplaced espoir – Jack Ferguson,
1st unplaced M40 – Sean O’Tauthail, 1st unplaced M50 – Brendan Doherty
Team prize – TBC Following the morning proceeding the U/14 & U16 & Junior ladies and elite ladies had their turn, and this was done on the main course with the usual planks and some elevations in the woods to make it a very fast course due to the perfect state of the ground..we better cherish such conditions as it will change soon ..we still live in Ireland ..lol. Come back girl and ex champ and Olympian multiple medal holder Fran Meehan now with Kinning Cycles won in style..starting at the back but rectified that after one lap…3 girls separated themselves from the others and it was more the matter of “who gonna be where” on the podium. In form Rachel Irvine (Bike House Bangor) was second and Mullingar’s Asia Bula from Lakeside Wheelers a deserved place on the podium as 3th. Asia had bad luck at the Brian Kinning GP with a crash and still very visual on her legs the healing wounds, but showed us that’s she can be a mayor player this season..Belgian Project Bursary holder Niamh Mc Kiverigan was first junior and another to watch later in the season. The main races in the afternoon soon came around and the A-race was scheduled first with Darnell Moore as favorite and poised to do well after an upsetting week for him, and only Glenn Kinning and Angus Fyffe (Caldwell Cycles) asking Darnell questions, soon it became a 2 horse race with Glenn holding on till the last lap when the Irish Champion from the Caldwell Cycles Omagh had the answers, and left his main danger behind with some nifty skills to win in style..there is more to come from this powerhouse in the future. Again a bursary holder was first junior with Lee Harvey who will take a small break now as been busy since last winter with not much breaks..good thinking as the season is very long. Talent can not be rushed..they drift above no matter what..Jack Ferguson (Dromara CC) was 1st unplaced espoir with 1st unplaced M40 – Sean O’Tauthail ( Bray Wheelers), 1st unplaced M50 – Brendan Doherty (VC Glendale) Last race was the B-race with the support MTB race as last on the road so to speak and fierce racing to close the day. Paul Ferguson (Bike House) led most of the race and the ex road star showed us that there is still some live in the oldish dog..lol ..Raymond Rocks (what a name) came second with William Lamour and team mate of Paul in 3th place..Full results here below courtesy of Martin Grimley who received the Belgian Project 10th year anniversary medal for his enormous work to get Off road racing to the heights at present time..he joins a very select group of people who have promoted and added value to our local racing and development of youth..respect Martin