In weather which had even the weathermen bringing in their seaweed the 5th running of the Ben Dearg Coast 10K took place on Sunday afternoon. No that this was the real surprise but that 55 brave runners turned out to face the challenge, supplemented by another 12 in the 5K and 6 in the 3K. Given that most of this latter group were primary school children it was indeed inspiring to watch them battle the elements – and win. Continue reading

Official opening of EDAC club rooms and tidy up

The Club’s new HQ in Ballydugan Industrial Estate will be formally opened on Saturday 7 March at 11.30am.  The President of Athletics NI, Gary Keenan will be in attendance together with other ANI officials and guests and light refreshments will be served. All members are cordially invited to attend also (but please RSVP to Joe on 07933214894, or by email:, to assist catering arrangements).

Prior to that however we are calling on you all to attend on Saturday 28 February at 12.00 noon to help put the finishing touches to the premises and to tidy up outside and in. If possible please come armed with yard brushes, shovels, paint brushes, mops buckets, long armed window brushes, dusters, step ladders, plenty of elbow grease etc.  If you are unable to bring your own tools, warmed up implements will be provided on arrival.

On the basis that many hands make light work it would be our hope that the work could all be completed on Saturday, but failing that it might be necessary to continue on Sunday 1 March.

Because of this clean up the rooms will NOT be available for junior training on Thursday night 5th March and only for registration on Monday 2 March.”


Joe Quinn
EDAC Chairman
Mobile: 07933214894


Otium Leisure Consultancy has been appointed by Down District Council to carry out a feasibility study of athletics facilities in Down District Council. It is essential that, as a member of East Down Athletics Club you complete this short questionnaire in order to support our campaign to get a running track. The closing date for the survey is Monday 23rd February 2015.

Joe Quinn
EDAC Chairman

Retention of the hospital services

10995899_10202461892347988_6592005663947424994_nCould I request that all members who will be attending tomorrow’s March from Ardglass Rd at 2.00pm to wear their club hoodies/track suit tops and walk behind the East Down AC banner in a show of support for the retention of the hospital services. Russell Bradley has the banner so make contact with him at the start tomorrow.



One week later than usual but with the weather we have come to expect on Rollercoaster Day at Downpatrick Racecourse, last Saturday saw another record turnout of 243 children from P3 and upwards take on the Primary School races and bringing with them once more their unique take on competing to this superb setting.

East Down is again indebted to Toals Bookmakers for their sponsorship of this event which enable children across the district to display their sporting talents in an eminently safe environment. Continue reading