Athletes took to the city’s streets for the Brooks Armagh International Road Races on Thursday night

A night of racing in Armagh, Northern Ireland, saw victories for established Great Britain & NI athletes Nick McCormick of Morpeth Harriers and Loughborough University’s Laura Whittle at the Brooks Armagh Road Races, writes Ryan Maxwell.

McCormick impressed in the latter stages of a close international men’s 5km to win in 14:11.90, with the race producing 45 sub-15:00 times.

Scottish-born Laura Whittle, a former European under-23 5000m champion, assumed control half-way through the international women’s 3km, before breaking the tape in 9:25.73.

The programme closed with the men’s open 3km, which saw Alistair Campbell of Cambuslang Harriers secure victory in 8:55.81.

Top three international women (3km):
1 Laura Whittle (Loughborough University) – 9:25.73
2 Elle Vernon (Stockport AC) – 9:28.59
3 Rachel Bamford (Leeds AC) – 9:30.48

Top three international men (5km):
1 Nick McCormick (Morpeth AC) – 14:11.90
2 Richard Weir (Derby AC) – 14:12.37
3 Leuan Thomas (Wales) – 14:13.92

Top three open men (3km):
1 Alistair Campbell (Cambuslang Harriers) – 8:55.81
2 Joe McAlister (St Malachy’s AC) – 8:57.80
3 Paddy Robb (St Malachy’s AC) – 8:59.16

» For a more in-depth report, photos and results, see next week’s AW