Lagan Valley AC | Lagan Valley Juniors Endurance
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LAGAN VALLEY JUNIOR ENDURANCE SQUAD

The group began in 2012 as a small band of local primary school kids who had been entered in the Flahavan’s cross country league.

 Michelle and Jim’s children were part of the group so they offered to coach them. It quickly took on a life of its own and now has kids from at least 12 schools as members. 

 WHO

Age range is 13-16 year olds (year 9-12) and caters only for endurance athletes. 

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WHERE

Mary Peters Track

WHEN

We meet 4 times a week.

Sunday 10.30 Long run

Tuesday 18.30 Speed Endurance Summer months /Hills Winter months

Thursday 18.30 Speed Endurance Summer months /Hills Winter months

Saturday 14.00 Speed Endurance Summer months /Hills Winter months

RECENT ACHIEVEMENTS

U15 boys team are currently Irish cross country champions as well as Ulster champions. 

U15 girls are Ulster cross country champions and runners up in the Irish cross country championships.

 In the last year a number of athletes have been selected to represent NI and Irish schools at the London mini marathon and SIAB International and at club level represent Ulster at the Celtic International. 

Coaches

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MICHELLE SCOTT (nee Davey) – (First aid qualified)

Michelle was member of Belfast Olympic AC.  She is a former NI and Ulster cross country champion. Michelle represented NI and Ulster at many events throughout Ireland and UK and was a member of NI endurance squad throughout her competitive career.

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JIM Mc KEOWN

Jim started running at the age of 10 with Armagh AC and he has remained active within the sport for nearly 40 years!!  Jim was a former member of Abbey AC and joined Lagan Valley AC 4 years ago when Abbey sadly dissolved.  He has always wanted to give something back to the sport and began coaching Lagan Valley Juniors over 3 years ago, ably assisted by his enduring friend and colleague Michelle.

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NEILL CARTY

Neil became involved with coaching at Lagan Valley Junior Endurance Squad when his 2 sons joined the club and Jim managed to twist his arm into helping out.  Neil has an extensive back catalogue of running achievements.  They include Northern Ireland and Ireland Mountain Running, Senior International at Home International, European and World Championships, and Northern Ireland Cross Country Senior International.  Neil is also a Leadership in Running Fitness (LIRF) coach and fondly known as “Forest” within the club, he just can’t stop running!!!  

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KEN DOUGAN

Having spent 10 years competing in Triathlon and being a keen runner most of his adult life Ken was keen for his kids to join a club. Following a brief introduction from Mark Kirk and a chance meeting with Michelle and the gang at the Laganside Fun Run, Ken and his 2 daughters joined the club in 2013 and the rest is history.  Ken has competed at all Triathlon distances including 2 Half Ironman events and was a founder member of the High Elbow Triathlon club based at UUJ.

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RAYMOND FULLERTON

Raymond is a registered ANI athlete who competes for Lagan Valley AC in Cross Country, 10K, Marathon Relay and other events, he has always been a runner and specialised in 800m and endurance. Raymond has competed in 10k’s as far away as Hong Kong.  He returned to athletics after overseas work demands reduced and following recovery from injury.  Within work Raymond is an organiser and co-ordinator for ‘Fit for Life’ communities of sport that supports running across the country.  He has worked on a voluntary basis with children over many years including post education preparation and choral music.

Raymond is currently Lagan Valley AC Secretary, he is also a Coach in Running Fitness (CIRF) and a Technical Official (Track & Field).