Darragh Cross & Bright 10k


How the time flies round – here we are in mid-August again and back in Darragh Cross for the annual charity 6 Mile Race and 4 mile Fun Run and it seems only like last month we were there before. Nevertheless a year has passed and there were several new faces prepared to take on the unique challenge that Darragh Cross offers, not least of which is staying safe on the Carrickmannon Road. But thanks to the attendance of the PSNI Continue reading

Kilmore Rec 5 Miler

The third running of the Kilmore Rec and Crossgar Community Association promoted 5 mile race saw the best turnout yet, with a move to a Monday night and a new route proving not only popular but much faster than the original. But perhaps it was also a case of improved fitness levels that saw East Down’s in-form Barrie Atkinson repeat his win of 2

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Although the weather throughout the day was changeable to say the least, by the time the runners in the RGU 10K had assembled on the Ardglass Road on Wednesday night , conditions were well nigh perfect. In the absence of last year’s winner Brendan Teer there was always going to be a new name on the victor’s list. Certainly speculation was rife as to who that might be with Dave Lonnen City of Lisburn, a regular podium visitor in recent Continue reading

Snowdon Mountain Race

East Down’s Catherine O’Connor was again on international duty last weekend in Wales for the 2014 Snowdon Mountain Race and continues to impress. Due to the threat of lightning strikes the race was cut short for the first time in its 39 year history but Catherine put in anoher sterling performance over the revised distance finishing12th overall and just 14 seconds behind Diane Wilson.


Is this the way to Amarillo? It might just as well have been the question on many people’s lips on Tuesday evening for all the good it did when fog enveloped Strangford Lough as Continue reading

Steve Way: From cigarettes and alcohol to marathon man

Steve Way didn’t feel great back in 2007. Too many fags, too many kebabs, too much grog. Wasting away while getting fatter, wheezing in bed, annoying his wife, tired of life.

The same Steve Way you’ll see running the marathon at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, representing England at the age of 40. From worryingly fat and wheezy to prodigiously fast and breezy while approaching middle age. Heard that Muhammad Ali quote about golf? “I’m the best – I just haven’t played it yet.” Read more…….

24 hr Challenge


It hardly seems like a year since I was reporting on Michael Cultra’s exploits in the Energia 24 Hour Challenge 2013 but while he opted for middle of the night lap counting this time, Brian Donnelly assumed his mantle in the 2014 version. It’s hard to judge whether conditions are good or bad for running a 24 hour race, and certainly sitting on the sidelines offering words of encouragement may not be the best position to do it from. Certainly it Continue reading