INTERNATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY
I was looking through the results of the International Cross Country races after this year’s races on Saturday and it reminded me of just lucky we had been over the years to attract what is a veritable who’s who of top class athletes. The event first took place in 1977 (7 years before I took up the sport) at Mallusk where it remained until 1996 before switching to Barnett’s Demesne for the next 2 years and then on to the Stormont Estate were it thought it had found a permanent home until in 1999, because, strange as it might seem, the ground cut up due to the heavy rainfall and snow which preceded it, the powers that be decided that it would not host it again. And so from 2009 until the present the event has been held in the superb surroundings of CAFRE, Greenmount Campus, courtesy of the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council and where it seeks to make its permanent home.
ARMAGH CITY MARATHON
Not a lot to report on this week as most of our runners were having a well earned rest – except for one or two who inevitably find a marathon somewhere just to keep them from seizing up? You can probably guess who some of them were as it’s been 8 days since they completed back to back marathons and must have been finding things pretty boring, recovering from those exertions.
The Club’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held in the Clubrooms on Tuesday 31 January 2017 at 7.30pm and you are invited to attend.
The AGM is an important event in the life of the Club as it is when the Officers and Management Committee are elected. In accordance with our Club Constitution, the Officers of the Club are Chairman, Vice Chairman, Administrative Secretary, Competitions Secretary, Treasurer, PRO and Junior Club Co-Ordinator.
ALL SENIOR MEMBERS SHOULD WEAR HI-VIZ CLOTHING DURING SESSIONS
Departing EDAC Clubhouse at 7:15pm sharp:
19 January – 8 X 800m
26 January – 5K Time Trial
2 February – Hill Training (8 X 1 minute effort) – Roughal Park
9 February – 6 X 1km
16 February – 5 X 1200m
23 February – 4 X 1 mile
2 March – 5K Time Trial
9 March – Easy Paced Run + Strides
12 March – Target Race – Jimmy’s 10K
Each training session will begin with a warm up of 15 mins slow jog and finish with a cool down of 15 mins slow jog back to the clubhouse and on the night we will divide into groups of runners of similar ability.
GREENCASTLE 5 MILES
I finally made it to Greencastle, Co. Tyrone on Monday 26 December 2016, just about 30 years after I began running, for the annual 5 Miles race, thanks to a chance conversation I had with David Wright (Lagan Valley) after the Griddle 10 K a few weeks ago. He said he was going and offered me a lift which I gratefully accepted. I don’t know if I will go back, I certainly could not find my way there again, though it’s more BOB (back of beyond) than AHON (guess it yourself, the last word is “nowhere”) but it’s certainly a top class event both in terms of the race itself and the organisational skills which have to be used to pull the whole thing together. The marshalling and post race refreshments supplied are both excellent and represent a tremendous community effort.
Important date for the Diary
Club AGM – Tuesday 31 January 2017
Details to follow – please contact a Committee Member by 9 January 2017 if you have any matter that you wish to have raised at the meeting.
On the traditional busiest shopping day of the year it was not altogether surprising that an East Down team did not make the long journey to Gransha Park in Derry on Saturday for what is the shortest race on the cross country calendar.
But that is not to say that the Club were unrepresented, as a quartet of 2 men and 2 women, Neil McCartan, Michael Cultra, Catherine O’Connor and Carmel Tumelty, bravely forsook the pleasures of retail therapy to compete. Continue reading