Minis, Marathons, Mountains, Madness and Montalto.
The week kicked off (literally) with a Minis Track Meet (P5-P7) at Bangor Sportsplex hosted by NDAC. There was a good showing from Ella Telford, Phoebe McCreesh, Lauren Madine, Lucy Foster and Jodi Foster.
Lauren produced a proficient hat trick of firsts with medals in P7 Long Jump, 60m and 600m. Jodi had a win in P5 600m and a third place in 60m. Ella also P5 got 2 silvers – 60 and 600m. Phoebe came 3rd in P6 60m. Well done all for representing EDAC in style!
HILL and DALE SERIES
The start of another Hill and Dale Series – you know the ones where you scramble up and down mountains every Thursday for 11 weeks and tell yourself that you’ll never do them again – arrived again on Thursday evening in Castlewellan Forest Park. And I was there too!
I don’t know what it is that draws me back time after time, except to test out new theories about the best way to complete the course.
WEEKEND OF FIRSTS
What a weekend it turned out to be for East Down AC athletes as they chalked up numerous firsts at a variety of events, over a variety of terrains and of distances ranging from 5K to full marathon.
DONARD CHALLENGE FELL RACE
Davy Foster was the first of our runners that I heard of after he completed the Donard Challenge Fell Race on Saturday in 1.24.36 in 167th and first EDAC man to finish the race.
CASTLEWARD HALF MARATHON AND 5K
Photo courtesy of Born2Run
On Wednesday night there were some superb performances across the age groups by East Down athletes at the annual Queen’s University 5K and 3K road races which incorporates the ANI 5K Championships. As ever the standard was extremely high with the overall winner Conor Bradley recording 14.44, a mere 4 seconds ahead of Letterkenny’s Danny Mooney with recent Jimmy’s Ten winner Ben Branagh, in 3rd. Both men were awarded the same finishing time.
First EDAC member to cross the line was the ever improving Ciaran Denvir in 17.18 in 83rd
Registration Evening – Thursday 30th March 2017 (6.45-8.30pm)
EDAC CLUBROOMS – Ballydugan Industrial Estate
Current Members – It’s time to empty out your pockets and pay up for another year! At the AGM it was agreed to keep the same fee structure as 2016/17 which represents excellent value especially for couples and families.
Please note that your ANI number expires on April 1st 2017 and until the Club receives your subscription, you will be unable to enter races online as you will not be registered with ANI until you rejoin the Club. Please collect a form or download from the email reminder that was sent out last week.
We are always keen to enrol new adult members and therefore invite anyone who is interested in joining the club to come along this Thursday (30/03/17) and chat to any of the Continue reading
Last week I wrote
“Only 5 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 will surely inspire her to aim for 1.25”
Later a little bird, in the shape of the aforementioned Niamh, told me that she had not been in Larne never mind running there and although she would gladly have accepted the Continue reading
LARNE HALF MARATHON
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!
NIAMH NAILS IT
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