It doesn’t seem like a year since the 2014 edition of the Portaferry Gala 10 Mile Race and Relay was severely affected by the fog which engulfed the peninsula and prevented many runners from getting to the venue. Not so this year when over 330 runners descended on the Co. Down village last Tuesday night and in ideal conditions proceeded to write a new chapter in the history of this great race.

The Men’s race was a fascinating contest between former winner Brendan Teer – and the clock! From the off the East Down man surged to the front and in addition to outstripping the 2 wheelchair athletes who had started a minute ahead, he set himself a new pb 53.28, almost 2 and a half minute quicker than last year’s winning time.. First lady home was Colette McCourt 67.33 with Newcastle’s Sinead Murtagh 68.16 close behind. Continue reading

“Blue Moon Walk” up Slieve Donard

“Blue Moon Walk” up Slieve Donard to support the “Mourne Mountain Rescue Team”

Friday 31st July sees a “Blue Moon”, which is, the second full moon in the same calendar month. To celebrate this rare event, we have decided to walk from Donard Park to the top of Slieve Donard, where we intend to enjoy light refreshments & hopefully view this spectacle (weather permitting).

This is not an organised walk, nor is it a race! However we are taking this opportunity to raise funds for the “Mourne Mountain Rescue Team” and hope to have a representative from the Team to collect any donations from participants. Continue reading

Comber Potato 10k

Brendan Teer turned up, ran, won. A very simplistic description of the outcome of Saturday’s Comber Potato 10K race and one which would do a great disservice to what was a fascinating contest. It was perhaps fitting that the first renewal of this race in over 30 years should provide a duel between the past and the present, with wily veteran Paul Rowan from Willowfield Harriers, 4 times former winner of Jimmy’s Ten, throwing down the gauntlet to East Down’s ever competitive athlete of the year. The fact that the race was only decided inside the last kilometre showed that even at 45 plus years Rowan is still a force to be reckoned with and that Teer’s strategy of waiting until the Willowfield man had fired his best shots before pouncing is one which he will employ to good effect again. Continue reading

Junior members competing night at Bangor running track competition

100m BOYS : Matthew McGrattan, Thomas & Harry Brown, Adam morgan.
GIRLS : Grace Surginor, Lucy Morgan.

400m GIRLS : Ella Carroll, Caroline O’Hare, Laura Green, Grace Surginor, Lucy Morgan BOYS : Matthew McGrattan, Martin Burke,

1500m BOYS : James Smyth, Mackenzie Murray, Christopher McMullan, Adam Morgan, Thomas & Harry Brown, GIRLS : Elisha Surginor, Hanna Gilliland, Edie Carroll.

3000m BOYS : Caolan Atkinson, Daniel Atkinson, Owen Edwards GIRLS :

Javelin : (if age rules on the night allow) BOYS : Matthew McGrattan, Martin Burke GIRLS : Lucy Morgan

To be finalised before registration on the night.