Kirkistown Races

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<Women’s results corrected – sorry for the mistake>

Ards CC hosted a great evening of racing this evening at Kirkistown Race Track.


First up were the Under 8 riders, racing for 10 minutes on the short circuit

Ards were represented by Jake Rockett

The Under 8 competitors salute the crowd.

Top three in the under 8 race

Under 8 – Boys

No Name Club
1 Jack McGahan Square Wheels
2 Benjamin Cunningham Orwell Wheelers
3 Jake McKee VC Glendale


Under 8 – Girls

No Name Club
1 Aoife Campbell Square Wheels
2 Abbie Kinning Kinning
3 Fiadh Craig VC Glendale

Next up were the under 10s

Under 10s celebrate their rides.

Top three in the under 10 race

Under 10 – Overall

No Name Club
1 James Cunningham Orwell Wheelers
2 Sean Heverin Kinning
3 Eunan Campbell Square Wheels

Next on the start line were the under 12s

Ards CC were represented by Jamie Rockett, who finished third.

Top three boys in the Under 12 race

Top three girls in the Under 12 race

Under 12 – Boys

No Name Club
1 Josh McClure Madigan
2 Caleb McGreevy Apollo
3 Jamie Rockett Ards CC


Under 12 – Girls

No Name Club
1 Emer Heverin Kinning
2 Aoife Craig VC Glendale
3 Clodagh Quigley Foyle CC

Final event in the underage categories were the under 14s. Ards CC were represented by Karl Rockett who finished in a strong second place.

Under 14 – Boys

No Name Club
1 Curtis McKee VC Glendale
2 Karl Rockett Ards CC
3 Peter Quigley Foyle CC


Under 14 – Girls

No Name Club
1 Cara Suckling Maryland
2 Elisa Sutherland Lisburn BMX
3 Elise Cunningham Orwell Wheelers

First of the senior events was the A4 race, and this produced some of the most exciting racing of the evening.

Kirk looked confident at the start…

And was soon on the attack!

There were other attacks – this one with Micheal Dawson (Phoenix) and Ross Blayney (North Down)


Kirk attacked again, and was still clear on the last lap. He was only caught by the front of the bunch with 100m to go. Ross took the win, and Kirk got a hard earned fourth.


No Name Club
1 Ross Blayney North Down CC
2 Ronan Bloomer Harps
3 Peter Elliot Iveagh
4 Kirk Sloan Ards CC
5 Christopher Babb Lagan Valley
6 Alan Bell Bann Wheelers
7 Tom Henley North Down CC
8 Ben Healey Ards CC

Kirk and Ross at the finish – still the best of friends :-)

Next up was the Senior women (plus two under 16 girls)


McConvey pair Amelia Tyler and Erin Grace Creightan quickly escaped and worked well together to establish a good lead.

They crossed the line together but the photo finish gave the win to Amelia.

Rachel Irvine (Bike House) took third, riding strongly behind the leading two but ahead of the bunch.


No Name Club
1 Amelia Tyler McConveys
2 Erin Grace Creighton McConveys      1st Junior
3 Rachel Irvine Bike House
4 Lucy Brown Phoenix           1st U16
5 Keela MacHale Arcane Cycling Team
6 Karen Hull Phoenix

Final race of the night was the A123 race. With 33 entries it was also the biggest race of the night, although the field would be whittled down quickly.


The Ards riders were in good form at the start. Stuart Miller (right) was in the first serious looking break of the evening.

Peter McLean also looked confident at the start

Stuart in the early move with eventual winner Lindsay Watson (Powerhouse Sport), Gary Cranston (East Antrim) and Stuart Henry (North Down)

As one break was caught, another one would go…

Peter was one of the key animators.

The Senior 1/2/3/Jun Podium


No Name Club
1 Lindsay Watson Powerhouse Sport
2 Peter McLean Ards CC
3 Peter Wakely Unattached
4 Nathan Mullan Dromara CC
5 Gary Cranston East Antrim
6 Stuart Henry North Down CC
Unplaced A2 Ian Inglis Kinning
Unplaced A3 Stephen Hanna Inveigh

Thanks as always to everyone who made the race possible –

  • The club marshals, timekeepers and everyone else who helped the smooth running on the night.
  • All the riders who support the event.
  • Chain Reaction Cycles and Lauren May Jewellery for sponsorship
  • Kirkistown for use of the circuit and facilities.
  • St John Ambulance.
  • The Commissaires, judges and photo finish.
  • Belgian Project for media support.
  • The club committee, for organising a safe venue in an difficult year. Hopefully we’ll be back in our traditional course in Newtownards Town Centre next year.

Bernard, Deirdre and Desie enjoying the late evening sunshine