Les Jones 10k, Donard, 3 Lakes


Brendan Teer was pre-race favourite to make it a hat trick of wins in the Les Jones 10K on Friday night – and he didn’t disappoint. In the lead from the gun he simply floated away from the opposition, led by Newcastle’s ever competitive David O’ Flaherty. It isn’t so long ago that this particular race used to attract all the top NI runners, eager to claim the prestigious title and set themselves up for the incoming Summer season. Continue reading

Sunday morning social gathering at Ballydrain Harriers

Ballydrain Harriers are planning to hold a Sunday morning social gathering with a run followed by barbecue and refreshments for all of our members. They hope to hold it in Delamont Country Park on Sunday 7th June and would like to invite East Down AC members to join them.

The provisional idea is to meet about 10am, organise running groups based on pace and planned distance and follow up with bacon butties etc. This of course will all be weather permitting with the option to postpone at short notice.


As I stood on the start line of the Belfast City Marathon outside City Hall on Monday past I couldn’t help but remember that it was almost exactly 30 years ago that I stood on the same start line awaiting the signal for the start of my first ever attempt at the 26.2 miles distance. Incredibly I was experiencing all the same feelings of nervous excitement, a mixture of adrenaline and apprehension, as the 10 second countdown began as all those years ago.   Continue reading


The running week began last Sunday outside the Old Trafford stadium – I forget which team plays there – where Mark O’Connor took to the Salford streets in the allegedly flat, fast and friendly Manchester Marathon and was delighted to report that it lived up to its description on all counts. Mark came away with an excellent PB, 3.18.29 courtesy of running the classical negative split. Well done to him, sub 3 next? Continue reading

EDAC Training Programme – The Spring / Summer programme.

The Senior training session has moved to Wednesday evening at 7pm meeting at EDAC club rooms. Please note that the seniors will not be meeting at 7pm at Ballymote or on a Thursday evening at 7:30pm at the EDAC club rooms.

The Juniors (P6 – 16yrs ‘Sinead’) training session has moved to Wednesday evening at 7:15pm – 8:15pm. Please note that the juniors (P6 – 16yrs Sinead) will not be meeting on a Thursady evening at 7:15pm at EDAC club rooms.

The Juniors (Post Primary – 16 yrs ‘Kim’) training session has moved to Wednesday evening at 7pm – 8pm. Please note that the juniors (Post Primary – 16 yrs ‘Kim’) will not be meeting on a Thursady evening at 7:30pm at EDAC club rooms.

Full details can be found on the website http://www.eastdownac.co.uk/?page_id=326