Where was the noisiest place in Co Down on Saturday? Probably the last place you would guess would be the Silent Valley? But it certainly was as nearly 550 pairs of feet, supporting runners of all shapes, sizes and levels of fitness made their way round the latest Born2Run event, the Dambusters Half Marathon and 10K races set in the beautiful and mostly very Silent Valley in the heart of the Mournes.  Apart  from the noise from said feet and the occasional fit of heavy breathing the Valley echoed to the strains of Simply the Best and other inspirational tunes as first the Half Marathon competitors swarmed (apologies here to our pollen carrying friends in the honey producing sector, if any if you are offended by this comparison) into the Park having set off from Kilkeel some 3 miles down the road. Then it was the turn of the 300 10K runners to join in and test themselves in the 3 Mile ascent to Ben Crom reservoir.  The consolation waiting at that point was that the remainder of the race is downhill. Continue reading



A new course, a new distance, a new record turnout and a new winner all combined with a “new” type of weather i.e. sunny and warm in August to ensure that Thursday night’s Road Race and Fun Run in Darragh Cross was one to remember. Taking local advice the organisers plotted a new route, which substituted a long section on the very dangerous Carrickmannon Rd with a not much safer stretch at Carsonstown and along the Saintfield Road, but excluded the Raffrey section of earlier years. In the event the new route proved popular with all but the flat earth society, who might as well look for the end of the rainbow as try to find a “flat” course in Co. Down. Continue reading


The 4th running of the Kilmore Rec and Crossgar Community Association 5 Miles Road Race on Monday night saw the most competitive of the races so far with East Down’s James Savage battling it out with Ballydrain’s Richard Coey and Aaron Harrison. At the line James prevailed in 29.14 with Richard 11 seconds behind and Aaron a further 5 seconds further back in 3rd and first Junior to cross the line.

Catherine O’Connor 31.19 made it a double for the East Down club by taking the Ladies prize ahead of her Junior club mate Laura Gardiner. Continue reading