This Week’s News 20/03/17


The Larne Half Marathon on Saturday continued a heavy schedule of road races during the next 6 weeks and for those looking forward to Marathons in London and Belfast, it was an opportunity to check out how the training is going, or not, as the case may be!


Only 4 from East Down took on the out and back route along by the North Antrim coast this time and were led superbly by Niamh Kellett, whose time of 1.27.27 and 95th position in a field of over 1750 runners, represented a new pb and must give her confidence a

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This Week’s News 13/03/17

Jimmy’s 10 2017

A dull, damp start gave way to dry, even sunny and mild conditions as Jimmy’s Ten hit the road again on Sunday with a record breaking 908 finishers runners enjoying the early Spring warmth while taking in the unique sights of Downpatrick and the surrounding area.


In the absence of last year’s winners there was always going to be a new name on the Jimmy Murray Memorial Shield and fittingly it was St Malachy’s athlete Ben Branagh who followed in the illustrious footsteps of his coach Joe McAllister who won the race a record 6 times. Chris Madden  was 2nd and in third place was Newcastle’s David O’ Flaherty

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It was the East Down  Ladies who took the honours in the final cross country fixture of the season, the NI and Ulster Senior Championships which were held on Saturday in Lurgan Park. Fielding 2 teams the girls had a real go for honours from the start and led by Niamh Kellett 22nd and Laura Gardiner 33rd the East Down Ladies packed very well to achieve a highly creditable 9th place out of 26 teams. The other two scoring team members were Continue reading

Jimmy’s 10k Road Closure Information

East Down Athletic Club is hosting its annual 10K road race in Downpatrick on Sunday 12 March 2017 starting at 11 am from its clubrooms at the Ballydugan Industrial Estate. To facilitate the safe running of this event the PSNI have agreed to implement road closures which will affect the following streets between 10:45 am until 12:30 pm on the day; Market Street from Asda to the Ulster Bank, Irish Street from Ulster Bank to the Art Centre, English Street- Mount Crescent-Bridge Street, Church Street from the Down Recorder building to the roundabout at the Belfast Road and the Killyleagh Road from the roundabout to the old Quoile Bridge. 

Traffic disruption and delays are to be expected and alternative routes should be considered. Link to map of the route 

East Down Athletic Club would like to take this opportunity to apologise for any inconvenience caused during this period

This Week’s News 27/02/17


East Down AC has had a busy week both in terms of racing and in terms of getting ready for our flagship event Jimmy’s 10k which is to be held on March 12th. The race is a bit like Christmas – it comes once a year and is on (virtually) the same date each time and yet it creeps up on us until it is just around the corner. It is now a matter of 2 weeks till it takes place and we are nearly at capacity. If you are still considering an entry, delay no longer as a year is a long time to wait if you miss out. It’s going to be great!


On the racing front, action started midweek as it was the Ulster Schools’ Cross Country at Mallusk. Although this is a competition between schools rather than clubs we are always keen to see our athletes performing for their respective institutions. To get to this level you have to have come in the top 14 in your age group at the Districts’ Event so even to participate here is an achievement and we were proud to see so many EDAC Juniors in Continue reading