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
EAST DOWN PERFORMANCES
Belfast marathon day on Monday past proved ideal for spectators. However for the runners it was much too hot and windy to produce a lot of Pbs. But many locals succeeded in doing that, led by the superb Laura Graham, of Mourne Runners who won the top Lady’s prize in Belfast just a week after running the London marathon, setting a new PB in the process.
There has been considerable interest in and several suggestions made that we should have an In-Club competition similar to other clubs have, running throughout the year, in order to help increase participation in club organised events by club members of all abilities.
Accordingly I have pulled together some “rules” for the proposed competition in order to get it off the ground or, up and running, if you prefer, as if we don’t start now many of the possible events will be past! I’m thinking specifically in terms of enabling junior participation, as there are quite a number of events where the races on offer also have shorter distances or have Relay options which will enable most of our 11+ juniors to take part.
HILL AND DALE Race 3, and FIRMUS ENERGY SUPER 6 SERIES Rd 2
Not a lot vying for the headlines this week with only the 2nd Round of the Firmus Energy Junior Super 6 Series at Mary Peters Track and the 3rd Hill and Dale Race in Rostrevor, both on Thursday evening, to tempt the running fraternity away from their couches. It is indeed one of those strange and rare weeks when it’s almost as if runners are catching their breath after the excitement of the London marathon and keeping low profiles for fear of attracting injury or illness, prior to participation in Belfast. A time when the running scene could be described as “quiet”.
Minis, Marathons, Mountains, Madness and Montalto.
The week kicked off (literally) with a Minis Track Meet (P5-P7) at Bangor Sportsplex hosted by NDAC. There was a good showing from Ella Telford, Phoebe McCreesh, Lauren Madine, Lucy Foster and Jodi Foster.
Lauren produced a proficient hat trick of firsts with medals in P7 Long Jump, 60m and 600m. Jodi had a win in P5 600m and a third place in 60m. Ella also P5 got 2 silvers – 60 and 600m. Phoebe came 3rd in P6 60m. Well done all for representing EDAC in style!