NI Road Relay Championships 2015

NI Road Relay Championships 2015

On Saturday 3rd October 2015, a huge crowd of athletes and spectators descended on Victoria Park, Belfast for the Northern Ireland Road Relay Championships, hosted by East Belfast club Orangegrove AC.  The event really seems to have captured the imagination of the local running fraternity and this year’s entry, made up of almost 500 athletes representing 136 Teams, must surely have been a record. The increase in popularity in recent years is no doubt due to the hard work and dedication of the host Club who organised the event with military-like precision and on the day looked after the needs of runners and spectators in tremendous fashion. Continue reading

Training – Kerry O’Flaherty

Kerry O’Flaherty (Power of 10, Rio Olympics) will take two club training sessions this week for both seniors and juniors. Kerry’s session will include a warm up, an outside core training session and a cool down. I would encourage you to attend and learn how the elite athletes perform a typical training session.

  • SENIORS – Monday 5th October @ 7pm
  • JUNIORS (EDAC juniors) – Thursday 8th October @ 7pm

2015/16 Athletics NI XC League

Athletics Northern Ireland Cross Country League Fixtures 2015-2016:

  1. Comber Cup Cross Country – Castlereagh – Sat 10 October 2015
  2. Bobby Rea Cross Country – Jordanstown – Sat 24 October 2015
  3. McConnell Shield – Ballyclare – Sat 7 November 2015
  4. Malcolm Cup – Ballyclare – Sat 5 December 2015
  5. Acorns AC Cross Country – Cookstown – Sat 12 December 2015
  6. North West Cross Country – L’Derry – Sat 19 December 2015
  7. Antrim International Cross Country – Greenmount College – Sat 16 January 2016
  8. NI & Ulster Senior Cross Country Championships – Lurgan – Sat 20 February 2016
  9. Stormont Cross Country – Belfast – Sat 27 February 2016

Forward your name to the following captains to enter the races:

Men: Paul Burns

Ladies: Alison Carroll or
Catherine O’Connor

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Castlewellan Forest Park on a warm and sunny Sunday afternoon was the venue for the first round in this year’s junior interclub cross country series, once again generously sponsored by McGrady’s Financial Services. Junior athletes from East Down AC, Newcastle AC, Burren AC, Dromore AC and 3Ways AC will compete against each other over the five race series throughout the winter months for both individual and team prizes.

Once again the first race in the series was well supported and a large crowd of spectators were treated to an afternoon of competitive racing as the young athletes battled for both personal and team glory.

Our thanks to Newcastle AC for setting up a splendid course, their very efficient registration and the hospitality extended to all. Continue reading


The third running of the Belfast City Half Marathon on Sunday morning saw the third different start location, with this year’s race beginning on Ormeau Embankment and finishing at the nearby Ozone Centre. Initial reaction to the new route was very favourable though there is no guarantee it won’t change again before next year’s race.  Continue reading

Thursday night senior training sessions

Departing EDAC Clubhouse at 7:15pm sharp:

24 September – 4 X 1 mile

1 October – 12 X 400m

8 October – Hill Training (8 X 1:30 minute effort) – Knocknashinna Hill

15 October – 6 X 1km

22 October – 5km time trial

Further details will be provided on the night by the ‘leader’ of the session such as rest times between intervals and suggested paces based on individual ability. Each training session will begin with a warm up of 10-15 mins slow jog and finish with a cool down of 10 mins slow jog back to the clubhouse.

The majority of sessions will take place within the grounds of the Downshire and on the night we will divide into groups of runners of similar ability.

The Shore 10k

The decision to move the second running of the Shore 10K in Killough to the 11th night proved a master stroke last year with the entries almost doubling over the first year. However due to circumstances outside the control of the organisers this year’s event was postponed until last Saturday and the reverse happened with only 50 runners attracted to the venue. This was indeed a very disappointing turnout, even allowing for the suggested effect of participation in Friday night’s Lions Five Mile Race in Newtownards, which in any event turned out to be a red herring, given that none of the local clubs had any runners in that race. Continue reading