Snowdon Mountain Race

East Down’s Catherine O’Connor was again on international duty last weekend in Wales for the 2014 Snowdon Mountain Race and continues to impress. Due to the threat of lightning strikes the race was cut short for the first time in its 39 year history but Catherine put in anoher sterling performance over the revised distance finishing12th overall and just 14 seconds behind Diane Wilson.

PORTAFERRY 10 MILE AND 2 X 5 MILE RELY

Is this the way to Amarillo? It might just as well have been the question on many people’s lips on Tuesday evening for all the good it did when fog enveloped Strangford Lough as Continue reading

Steve Way: From cigarettes and alcohol to marathon man

Steve Way didn’t feel great back in 2007. Too many fags, too many kebabs, too much grog. Wasting away while getting fatter, wheezing in bed, annoying his wife, tired of life.

The same Steve Way you’ll see running the marathon at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, representing England at the age of 40. From worryingly fat and wheezy to prodigiously fast and breezy while approaching middle age. Heard that Muhammad Ali quote about golf? “I’m the best – I just haven’t played it yet.” Read more…….

24 hr Challenge

ENERGIA 24 HOUR CHALLENGE

It hardly seems like a year since I was reporting on Michael Cultra’s exploits in the Energia 24 Hour Challenge 2013 but while he opted for middle of the night lap counting this time, Brian Donnelly assumed his mantle in the 2014 version. It’s hard to judge whether conditions are good or bad for running a 24 hour race, and certainly sitting on the sidelines offering words of encouragement may not be the best position to do it from. Certainly it Continue reading

GREYABBEY 5 AND 10K

GREYABBEY 5 AND 10K

For the second year in a row a record turnout in both events saw over 300 runners take to the pleasant country roads in and around the picturesque village of Greyabbey on Friday night. The small contingent from East Down certainly made their presence felt with Barrie Atkinson taking 2nd place in the 10K after an almighty battle with Orangegrove’s John Continue reading

Loughinisland 5

LOUGHINISLAND 5.05

Deja vu struck again on Wednesday night as East Down’s Brendan Teer cruised round the allegedly hilly route in 27.08, with Newcastle’s David McNeilly again in second place. Martin Willcox completed the podium placings while James Savage took the over 35 prize just ahead of Michael Cultra. Willowfield’s Mervyn Chambers was first over 45 wnd Murlough’s Dave Fulcher took the over 55 prize. Continue reading