RACECOURSE ROLLERCOASTER RACES

Saturday 6 February 2016

Can all East Down Members turning out on Saturday to take part in or assist at the event be there at 9.30.

TIMETABLE OF EVENTS

12.00 Noon – P3 Fillies (400 metres)

12.10 pm – P3 Colts (400 metres)

12.20 pm P4 FILLIES – 2 FURLONGS (500 metres)

12.30pm  P4 COLTS – 2 FURLONGS (500 metres)

12.40 pm P5 FILLIES – 2 FURLONGS (500 metres)

12.50 pm P5 COLTS – 2 FURLONGS (500 metres)

1.00 pm – P6/7 FILLIES RACE  – 4 FURLONGS (1K)

EAST DOWN SHIELD for 1st  SCHOOL TEAM – Best 4 to count.

1.15 pm – P6/7 COLTS RACE – 4 FURLONGS (1K)

JOHN McKEAG SHIELD for 1st  SCHOOL TEAM Best 4 to count.

Medals for all finishers in all above races

1.30pm –   COLTS AND FILLIES STAKES (Aged 13 and under on day of race)  7 FURLONGS (1.5K)

Medals for 1st  3 Boys and Girls

1.50pm – COLTS AND FILLIES STAKES (Aged 15 and under on day of race)                    10 FURLONGS (2.5K)

Medals for 1st  3 Boys and Girls

2.15 PM – ROLLERCOASTER DERBY – 25 FURLONGS (5K)

Prizes for 1st , 2nd  and 3rd  Male and Female, 1st  Male and Female Under 20 and 1st  in O/35, O/45 and O/55 Male Masters categories and O/35, O/45 and O/50 Ladies Masters categories

Entry Fees:– Primary School – P3s 50p, P4 to P7 £1, Age Groups £2, U/20

RUNNING A MARATHON

Anyone interested in running a(nother) marathon?

Having difficulty hitting your target time?

Haven’t got time for the training involved?

Breaking down through injury?

Can’t find a suitable training schedule?

We think we can help you with answers to any or all of these.

Want to find out more?

Come along to our Clubrooms on Thursday 4th February at 8.30 pm( after training)

Everyone welcome, whether a member of East Down AC, some other club, or none.

We think we have enough experience, especially on how NOT to run a marathon, and which has been largely kept secret but which needs to be put to good use, to help.

Look forward to seeing lots of you there – we might even manage a cup of tea or coffee, before such luxuries are banned!!

Joe

Coleraine 2016

WERE YOU THERE?

What is the difference between an East Down Senior Cross Country team and Mount Everest?  More questions I hear you say, just to read a race report!  Well actually this is not a race report, more of a non-race report.  But the answer? To paraphrase George Mallory’s famous response about why men wanted to climb Everest “Because it’s (always) THERE”.  Indeed the same answer would apply to the difference between an East Down Senior Cross Country team and an East Down Junior cross country team.  And don’t even start me on the difference between the aforementioned senior EDAC team and a Newcastle AC Senior squad.   The latter are examples of always being THERE like Everest, while the former are only THERE occasionally. THERE of course in this instance was at Saturday’s NI and Ulster Intermediate and Masters Cross Country Championships at the University campus in Coleraine and incredibly, or perhaps not even surprisingly, the East Down Club had no representation in the Intermediate, Masters or Women’s races. This is particularly disheartening when last year I wrote  “It might seem that aiming for a top three placing would be an impossible dream. But while it would not be easy it is far from out of the question”.  Continue reading

Rollercoaster Races – Saturday 6 February 2016

On Saturday 6 February 2016 it’s the Rollercoaster races, at Downpatrick Racecourse beginning at 12.00 noon and climaxing with the Senior race over 25 furlongs (5K or 3.1 miles in non horse racing parlance) at 2.00pm in this unique setting.  This is not a Cross Country event as all the races take place on the perimeter road so there will be no wet or muddy feet to contend with and while there are neither hurdles nor fences to negotiate they are not flat races either!

For more info click here http://www.eastdownac.co.uk/?event=rollercoaster-races-saturday-6-february-2016

 

EDAC Circuit Training

Circuit TrainingEvery Tuesday from 7:30 pm to 8:30pm we will deliver a Circuit Training classes in the club rooms. The workouts are open to members and friends of members. Ashley Wade from Wade Training will be taking the class, entrance fee £5. Part of the charge will be allocated to buying new circuit training equipment for the club.

As a newbie to circuit training I can thoroughly recommend the classes, so can my glutes and abs. I would also like to say that Ashley delivers the classes for all fitness abilities.

RUNNING A MARATHON

Anyone interested in running a(nother) marathon?

Having difficulty hitting your target time?

Haven’t got time for the training involved?

Breaking down through injury?

Can’t find a suitable training schedule?

We think we can help you with answers to any or all of these.

Want to find out more?

Come along to our Clubrooms on Thursday 28 January 2016 at 8.30 pm( after training)

Everyone welcome, whether a member of East Down AC, some other club, or none.

We think we have enough experience, especially on how NOT to run a marathon, and which has been largely kept secret but which needs to be put to good use, to help.

Look forward to seeing lots of you there – we might even manage a cup of tea or coffee, before such luxuries are banned!!

Joe

PS – If this is too short notice for you we’ll do it again on Thursday 4th February

Jimmy Ten Preview

NEXT ON THE AGENDA
The next event on the local front is the Rollercoaster Races on Saturday 6 February at Downpatrick Racecourse and all schools and clubs are invited to send their juniors to this safest of venues for road racing. All the races take place on the perimeter road round the racecourse and there are free refreshments for all participants.
Adults too are welcome to what is Downpatrick’s annual answer to Parkrun, a 5K race for seniors to round off the day.

MONEY SAVING REMINDER for JIMMY’S TEN
In case you had forgotten or never heard of in the first place online entry for this year’s Jimmy’s Ten on Sunday 13 March is open at www.athleticsni.org and that there is a special EARLY BIRD offer for those who enter by 31 January. Continue reading