Duathlon and All Ireland Even age groups 15

IMG_8259After the intensity of last weekend’s adventures in Tollymore and elsewhere, perhaps it was inevitable that this week should see a less hectic schedule for East Down’s athletes, with the most effort being devoted to a bout of wound licking and watching others suffer. Certainly there was no East Down representation in Bangor on Saturday for the North Down Festival of Cross Country Relays and just three made the trip to Gosford for the latest in the Run Forest Run series of 10Ks. Niamh Kellett 41.34 was an excellent 3rd placed Lady while Michael McKeown and Clare Carson finished in 45.34 and 53.22 respectively. Continue reading

EDAC Circuit Training Classes

Circuit TrainingEvery Friday from 6:30 pm to 7:30pm we deliver a Circuit Training classes in the club rooms. 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.

Santa Fun Run

Folks can you support this event to raise money to purchase a defibrillator for Crossgar. Sunday 13th December at 1pmFullSizeRender



After last year’s 26 Extreme Ultra, Full Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K in Tollymore Park I wrote “Next year I’m going to earn a burger too!” with the serious intention of entering and completing one of the distances this year. And so I did, but then along came a wedding invitation, offering much more than a burger and with my typical strong will power and obsession with always putting running first I succumbed to the temptation of the wedding feast!! Given the weather which presented itself at the weekend who can really doubt my psychic powers?
On the subject of the weather, the predictions of monsoons and gales were not entirely encouraging for anyone anticipating a walk in the woods but the clue to participation in these events is contained in their title. Anyway having passed my baton on to James Magennis I headed northwards for a marathon eating session, knowing that my burger would go to a good home. However if you read on you’ll find that my chosen option proved every bit as challenging as anything on offer in Tollymore. Continue reading


Last year’s McConnell Shield race produced what was described as one of the best races ever in the 80 year history of the event. The chances of anything to equal it were therefore thought to be remote. However it is fair to report that, if anything, the action surpassed that of 2014. An incredible 220 runners turned out for the race, 55 more than last year and boasted a high class elite entry including Paddy Hamilton, Declan Reid, Brendan Teer, Scott Rankin, Mark McKinstry, Brian Campbell, Allan Bogle, Eamonn White, Jarlath Falls and Newcastle’s Seamus Lynch. It was the in-form Hamilton who as pre-race favourite moved to the head of affairs early on the first of the 5 laps race and sat with the leading quartet until Reid upped the pace in lap 3 in an attempt to run the finish out of the Slieve Gullion man’s legs. All the while Lynch was looking ominous in third place but Rankin, Campbell and Teer were beginning to slip out of contention. The decisive move was made by Hamilton early in the final lap and though he never gave up, Reid was unable to close the gap, losing out by 8 seconds at the line with Lynch 6 seconds further back. Continue reading