HILL and DALE RACE 10 – THE MEELS
After all the trials and tribulations endured by those of us who had to sit out most of this year’s H&D series, the end is finally in sight and only one more fixture to go, next Friday. Unfortunately my early resolve to take part in the requisite minimum 6 quickly dissipated, due to a combination of illness, injury, laziness, forgetfulness, meetings and running out of time. Any way no such afflictions hindered Neil Andrews and he posted his best placing of the year on when he romped home in 8th place overall on Thursday night. Next to finish was ever present Gavin Hynds in 43rd place. Then came our first lady, Niamh Kellett, whose 63rd place represented not only an excellent overall placing but was also good
CRAIGAVON LAKES 10K
It seems like a long time ago since I heard of the involvement of 3 East Down AC runners in Craigavon Lakes 10 K , with James Savage leading the way with a fine 7th place overall in 36.37, followed closely by Dee Murray 12th in 37.51. and Gareth Kelly 28th in 40.02. Good running all round but no PBs and just a pity that there were no team prizes on offer. But in fact it was only last Wednesday night – how time flies when there is a lot happening!
HILL AND DALE
Only 5 East Down runners took to the hills again on Thursday night for the Millstone race, Round 8 of the 2017 Series. Surprising as it attracted additional bonus points in the In – Club Competition which has been running since the Belfast marathon on 1 May. Details of the current scores next week. As is becoming habitual, Gavin Hynds was first EDAC man
BALLYCLARE MAY FAIR 10K RACE AND FUN RUN
In pursuit of points in the recently introduced In- Club competition I headed for Ballyclare on Saturday morning, defying all forecasts of a second Flood which would “sweep the entire country with devastating effects before noon”. Well I didn’t see any of that, nor if truth is told did most of the population. However it is not with any intention of complaining
KNOCKEVIN 5 and 10K
Now under the control of Atlas Running and reverting to the more traditional straight 5 and 10K races, the second staging of the Knockevin Special School races took place in hot, humid and dry conditions. A record crowd of runners of all ages, shapes and sizes joyfully took to the streets and roads around Downpatrick at noon on Saturday just as the sun appeared to send temperatures soaring.
RULES of EDAC CLUB SERIES COMPETITION
(Participation is not compulsory)
1. Only fully paid up Club members will be eligible to participate. If membership is paid by the end of May 2017 the points can be applied retrospectively to include events already completed. This will apply to both existing and new members. Anyone paying subscription June 1st onwards, can join in but not benefit from retrospective events.
2. Perpetual AND individual trophies will be awarded to the 1st Male & female members who accumulate the highest number of points at the end of the Series. The same applies to the 1st Male and Female Junior which will be a separate competition. Individual trophies will also be awarded to the Male and Female Senior/Juniors who place 2nd and 3rd.
ELLA STARS IN BANGOR
One of East Down’s most promising juniors and one who keeps on keeping on, Ella Telford, set the standard for the rest of the week when she scooped 2 medals in the Primary Schools Minis competition promoted by North Down AC at the Bangor Track on Wednesday night. She took Silver in the 60 metres sprint in an excellent 10.1 seconds and followed that up with a scintillating performance in the 600 metres to claim the Gold medal in 2.19.6, almost 2 seconds clear of her nearest rival. Just for good measure she also competed in the Long Jump and came a creditable 5th with a leap of 2.48 metres.
CALLUM MAKES IT A SUPER WEDNESDAY