JIMMY”S 10K FAST APPROACHING
East Down AC has had a busy week both in terms of racing and in terms of getting ready for our flagship event Jimmy’s 10k which is to be held on March 12th. The race is a bit like Christmas – it comes once a year and is on (virtually) the same date each time and yet it creeps up on us until it is just around the corner. It is now a matter of 2 weeks till it takes place and we are nearly at capacity. If you are still considering an entry, delay no longer as a year is a long time to wait if you miss out. It’s going to be great!
MALLUSK – ULSTER SCHOOLS” XC
On the racing front, action started midweek as it was the Ulster Schools’ Cross Country at Mallusk. Although this is a competition between schools rather than clubs we are always keen to see our athletes performing for their respective institutions. To get to this level you have to have come in the top 14 in your age group at the Districts’ Event so even to participate here is an achievement and we were proud to see so many EDAC Juniors in Continue reading
For those of you who are still not entered, you had better be quick as the places are filling rapidly and as we are fast approaching our cap of 900 which includes online and postal registrations for both individuals and teams there may well be no places left for “on the day” registration. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! Entries at www.athleticsni.org
For members, parents and friends you cannot have escaped the appeals for help in the form of emails, letters and the sign up board in the Club Rooms. Continue reading
ARMAGH INTERNATIONAL ROAD RACES
Neil McCartan upped his distance from the 2016 race from 3K to 5K for Thursday’s International Road races in Armagh, and recorded a superb time of 15.06 in probably the best ever race at this distance. The competition was red hot and resulted in 78 runners dipping under 15 minutes.
Ciaran Denvir tried his hand at the 3K and this vastly underrated young man once again proved his recent form was no fluke by posting 9.55 – a stunning result.
Alison Gilliland was also in scintillating form as she returned to a distance more in keeping with her junior days, and showed she is still a force to be reckoned with by claiming 3rd place in the Over 40 category in a time of 11.31.
COLD IN THE DUNE
I really must give a mention here to Clare Carson who completed last weekend’s Dune Half marathon, wearing only club vest and shorts. What’s wrong with that you ask? Continue reading
It could have been the weather or the Half Term break or just the fact that the event was 2 weeks later than usual this year but whatever the reason the number of children taking part in Saturday’s Rollercoaster races at Downpatrick Racecourse was significantly down on last year. Having said that, almost 200 children braved the biting wind and occasional skiff of sleet and rain to warm the hearts of teachers, parents and us old guys who stand around with 5 layers of clothing wondering why the kids are fighting for a place on the start line and imploring the starter to blow the whistle. Well Done to You All.
NORTH DOWN FESTIVAL OF CROSS COUNTRY RELAY RACES
What’s got 8 hairy legs, though is otherwise next to hairless, breathes heavily under pressure and is 275 years old? No, it’s not a prehistoric tarantula, though the similarity is striking. It is in fact the East Down (Old?) Masters Relay team which took to the line in Saturday’s Cross Country Relay races in Bangor. Under the pseudonym the Young Ones, the aim was to put the young whippersnappers in their places – and so they did too – the fact that those places were all ahead of them is neither here nor there. Suffice to say that the fearsome foursome are mature enough to know their places. Continue reading
TIMETABLE OF EVENTS
12.00 Noon – P3 Fillies (400 metres)
12.10 pm – P3 Colts (400 metres)
CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
With the non-participation of East Down runners in Saturday’s NI and Ulster Cross Country Championships in Gransha Park in Derry I thought I wouldn’t have anything to write about this week. But then a closer inspection of results elsewhere revealed some mouth-watering performances in very different events. Continue reading