Thursday night senior training sessions

ALL SENIOR MEMBERS SHOULD WEAR HI-VIZ CLOTHING DURING SESSIONS

Departing EDAC Clubhouse at 7:15pm sharp:

23 June           6-8 X 800m with 90 second recovery – Quoile

30 June          10-12 X 400m with 60 second recovery – Down High

7 July              Intervals – 6 minute effort, then 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 (recovery is half of effort)

14 July           4 X 1 mile with 2 minute recovery – Downshire

21 July           6 X 1km with 2 minute recovery – Downshire

28 July           4-5 X 1200m with 2 minute recovery -Downshire

4 August        3x {4x300m} (first set at 3k pace with 100m recovery jog, second set at 1500m pace with 100m recovery jog, third set at 400m pace with 2min recovery) 2 minutes between sets – Down High

Each training session will begin with a warm up of 15 mins slow jog and finish with a cool down of 15 mins slow jog back to the clubhouse and on the night we will divide into groups of runners of similar ability.

This Week’s News

HILL & DALE RACE 10

Some of the East Down squad in KIlbroney Park after completion of various distances in the Mourne Way Marathons. L to R Stephen McCartan, Neil Andrews, Raymond Milligan,  Joanne Foster, Davy Foster, Helen Vint, Phillip Vint , Charlie Ataliotis, Mickey Cunningham, Cathy Burke and Clare Carson.

Some of the East Down squad in KIlbroney Park after completion of various distances in the Mourne Way Marathons. L to R Stephen McCartan, Neil Andrews, Raymond Milligan, Joanne Foster, Davy Foster, Helen Vint, Phillip Vint , Charlie Ataliotis, Mickey Cunningham, Cathy Burke and Clare Carson.

HILL & DALE 10

Are we nearly there? Yes you are – race 10 of the 11 in the 2016 H&D Series saw a somewhat reduced field on Thursday for the Meels. Not Meels on Wheels, more Meels on Heels or even worse. Neil Andrews continued his excellent season with 15th place and Gavin Hynds just as consistent in 25th. Niamh Kellett 43rd was again our top lady, coming home just two places ahead of Stephen Heasley while Mickey Cunningham broke the run of finishing with a high 5, by taking 86th after Tom McMeekin had attempted to resume the sequence again in 55th place. The others took no notice of such niceties with Wendy and John Findlay 101st and 104th respectively while Paddy McDonald 109th  could be excused for getting his sums wrong after his injury ravaged season and Oonagh Brétéché and Janine Murray in137th and 138th never had much time for maths anyway.

The reason I draw attention to the efforts of Neil, Stephen, Mickey and Oonagh  at all are simply because they had completed in the Mourne Way Ultra and Full Marathon races the previous weekend., so the Meels must rank as their recovery runs. The others seemingly are under different guidance. Strangely though none of them had taken part in H&D 9, on the Thursday night prior to that.

MOURNE MOUNTAIN ULTRA MARATHON (52.4 MILES)

Anyway the Ultra Marathon was tackled by the usual suspects Linda Cunningham, Oonagh  Brétéché, Simon McGrattan and  Michael Cultra with Stephen Heasley obviously influenced by the bad company he keeps, but keeping well clear of it on race day, making an eyecatching debut and finishing in 50th place in 11.33.05.  Great effort Stephen. Meantime the aforementioned 4 were cutting over 1 hour off their 2015 times, crossing the line together in 14.31.

MOURNE MOUNTAIN MARATHON (26.2 MILES)

It was in the marathon however, East Down runners made their marks, Neil Andrews taking a superb 3rd place in 3.32.42, a time most would be envious of in a road marathon, and no doubt his H & D experiences stood him in good stead. Neil had some very classy ultra runners behind him and only the two top rated runners in this genre, Clive Bailey and Marty Rea were ahead of him.  Dee Murray could also be well satisfied with his 12th place in a time of 3.51.42, one of only 15 in the 171 runner field to drop under 4 hours.  Just pipped for that honour were Joanne and Davy Foster 4.07 with Phillip Vint 4.15 and Raymond Milligan 4.19 simply enjoying themselves. Stephen McCartan is also well into his comeback and claimed a top 50 spot in 4.38, while Mickey Cunningham was well inside the 5 hour barrier in 4.54. Charlie Ataliotis clocked 5.45 and seems to have found his ideal environment.

The Ladies too were well represented in the marathon, for as well as Joanne Foster, Clare Carson posted 5.13 for 102nd place, Cathy Burke 5.24 in 121st place and Helen Vint 5.48 in 144th. If you had asked any of these young women a year ago if they could see themselves doing a Mountain marathon, they would probably be doing time for murder just now.

 HALF MARATHON

Anyway the half marathon attracted a field of over 350 participants and the East Down squad were led home by Liz O’Hagan in 2.26.07 from Patricia Galloway 2.26.24, with Joanne Carson clocking 2.31 alongside the very welcome returning Kim Surginor. Catherine Gilchrist posted 2.47 on her first attempt of the distance.

And perfectly happily a little further back, came the two club stalwarts Bernice McCann and Eithne McGrattan, who see the whole thing as an adventure to be enjoyed by everyone and act accordingly.

So Well Done to everyone who participated in any of the events. Take a well deserved bow – after checking that you’re able to straighten up again afterwards!

NI and ULSTER SENIOR and AGE GROUP CHAMPIONSHIPS

On Sunday James Smyth, Paddy Erskine, Edie Carrroll, Hannah Gilliland, Elisha Surginor and Laura Gardiner all competed in 800 metres in  the Age Group Championships at Mary Peters Track  though it was in the shorter 400 metres sprint that Laura had her greatest success. 

LAURA and PADDY STAR

Having placed 2nd in her heat in 1.00.23 to international Katie Kirk,  Laura smashed the 60 second barrier in the final to lift the Under 19 title in 59.39, leaving Kirk in her wake in the process. She added further glory in her more favoured 800 metres final, won by Rio bound Ciara Mageean, taking 5th place overall but first Under 19 to claim yet another title. Elisha Surginor took 11th place in this race, and free from studies will now have time to improve on that in the coming months.

In the Under 15   Girls 1500 metres final Hannah Gilliland and Edie Carroll were only separated by one second at the finish line, in 4th and 5th places respectively, and Hannah was only pipped for the Bronze medal by half a second, losing out to Lagan Valley’s Downpatrick girl Libby Maloney. 

James Smyth was disappointed not to have done better in his 800 metes heat, though Paddy Erskine must be very pleased to have picked up the Men’s Under 20 Silver medal and coming within 4 tenths of a second from breaking the 2 minute barrier with his final time two seconds faster than his heat.

Well Done to everyone who took part.

LISBURN HALF MARATHON AND 10K

Surprising as it might seem, Neil Andrews and his fellow EDAC ultra participants must have been unaware of the Lisburn 10K, Half marathon and Fun Run on Wednesday night, for how else would they have missed out on another chance to warm down. Have they turned into wimps?

Anyway the results do not show Club names against finishers – one has to ask what’s the point of supplying all this information on entry forms if it is not used where it would be most beneficial? – so apologies to any EDAC runners who I have failed to trace.  I only tracked down three, Kristoffer Fegan who had a great run in the 10K clocking 42.48, Sheena Quinn who proved a point to herself with a 1.13.17 time off practical no training, and the ubiquitous (it means he’s everywhere) Michael McKeown who clocked 1.38.34 in the Half Marathon.

Joe Quinn

20 June 2016

 

Thursday night senior training sessions

Departing EDAC Clubhouse at 7:15pm sharp:

16 June – Cruise Intervals (Tempo pace) 4 X 1 mile (1 minute recovery) – Downshire

23 June 6-8 X 800m with 90 second recovery – Quoile

Each training session will begin with a warm up of 15 mins slow jog and finish with a cool down of 15 mins slow jog back to the clubhouse and on the night we will divide into groups of runners of similar ability.

KNOCKEVIN 10K PAIRS AND OTHER RACES

L to R Hannah Gilliland and Edie Carroll flanking Aoife Cochrane who won gold in the NI and Ulster Under 17 Girls 3K Championships

L to R Hannah Gilliland and Edie Carroll flanking Aoife Cochrane who won gold in the NI and Ulster Under 17 Girls 3K Championships

THE ULTIMATE RUNNER??

Last Wednesday evening I ventured through the mist and fog to the sun kissed, balmy temperature of Dromara for the Village Festival 5K road race.  It was like a step back into the past for me as the last time I ran in that locality was, if memory serves, 20 to 25 years ago.  However a revived Festival programme saw fit to include the once popular race in its calendar of events and with just under 100 participants that decision was certainly vindicated.  Of course the intervening years  have seen an increased gradient on all the hills with a corresponding reduction in my ability to run up them.  I’m sure if he’d been asked old Pythagoras would have produced a Theory to cover it – but he wasn’t there so I didn’t have to tell him what to do with his theory.  Strange to report then that it was in this tough and somewhat inauspicious environment that I

became the Ultimate Runner.  Ultimate is one of those funny words which can mean polar opposites depending on its context – in some it can mean “unable to be beaten, the best, the winner“ while in others it can mean the “Last” in the sense that penultimate means second last!  So having finished behind the penultimate runner I became the Ultimate Runner – sounds much better than last too.

 HILL and DALE No. 9

Round 9 saw probably the smallest turnout of the series so far, certainly it was in the case of the East Down contingent, with only 5 stalwarts taking on Hen and Cock, no doubt influenced by several having already completed their 6 out of 11 to qualify for this year’s round the world cruise prize or perhaps because the Mourne Way Marathon was scheduled for this weekend and no-one wanted to risk injury ahead of that challenge.

Anyway Gavin Hynds again led the East Down team home, taking 34th place followed by Davy Foster 55th, Niamh Kellett in 68th making the top 100 with Joanne Foster and Janine Murray missing that target but not far behind.

 

KNOCKEVIN 10K PAIRS AND OTHER RACES.

Saturday saw the birth of a new event on the local running scene with the inaugural Knockevin School Pick and Mix Pairs 10K and 5K Fun Run. In spite of the numerous competing attractions the event was a huge success, with the emphasis on fun and enjoyment.  Nearly 200 adults and children, many in fancy dress, took to the roads around the outskirts of the county town, including two visits to the quiet and scenic Downshire Hospital grounds, courtesy of the Estate Department, to help raise funds for the Sparkle project. Like Dromara on Wednesday night, Downpatrick doesn’t do flat, so as usual there were several hills on route, most of them downhill surprisingly, though that wasn’t what the majority of the runners noticed! However the 10K was “won” in splendid style and time by Ciaran Rea in a superb 36.30, from Newcastle’s Francis Tumelty 37.38 and Noel Gallagher 39.13.  The only other runner to dip under 40 minutes was one of the race sponsors,  East Down’s own Liam Keenan 39.57, who never seems to run a bad race.  First Lady across was another rapidly improving East Down runner Lisa Laird in 45.14. The race was different in that it was a pairs race, whereby each runner was randomly paired off with another with their combined running times determining the prizewinners. So although the race was a triumph for Ciaran the prizewinner would be determined by the pair who posted the lowest overall time.

 

While this was a big headache for the irreplaceable Michael Kelly on the results desk and kept everyone waiting in suspense for the outcome, it proved a popular concept which with a little bit of tweaking will be easier to administer again next year.

 THE WINNERS

In the event the pairings resulted in Ciaran and Carmel Tumelty being declared winners with a combined time of 90.58 followed by Francis and Jill Warnock 93.16 and Noel and Zoe Lewis 95.07.

THANKS TO ALL

A fantastic spread of sandwiches, cakes, buns and tray bakes awaited the participants on their return to the School and everyone who took advantage of the repast were fulsome in their praise of those who had provided the food.  The fact that most were unable to express these sentiments on the day is due to having been told not to speak with their mouth full.

 5K WINNERS

The 5K Run was won in fine style by East Down’s James Smyth  in 20.27 with Jude Morrow in second and Adam Morgan East Down taking a fantastic third place. First Male Junior was Matthew Taylor.

The first Female home was Catherine Keenan from Adam’s Mum Carol, with Denise Kelly in 3rd place. First Junior Female was Ellen Taylor.

JUNIOR SUCCESSES AT SCHOOL AND AGE GROUP LEVEL

Laura Gardiner 4th in 800 metres last weekend’s All Ireland Schools Championships in Offaly and 7th in the 1500 metres.  Two good performances and appropriately part of her athletics education.

Lauren Madine won 60m, 600m and long jump for P6 at the North Down Athletics Club competition on Wed 8th June to add to the gold medal she won in the NI and Ulster Under 12 Age Group Championships last weekend.

 THIS WEEKEND

Matthew McGrattan had a straight final in U 17 200 and 400m and took 3rd place in both, winning bronze medals and qualifying for All Irelands. He was beaten on the dip for the 400 metres silver only losing out by one tenth of a second.

Edie Carroll and Hannah Gilliland ran in the U15 800m which was run as a time trial with  Edie finishing 7th  in 2.29.07and Hannah 10th  in 2.31.35 of 19  Improvements for both from last year at same event

Aoife Cochrane ran in the U17 3K race and picked up the Gold medal and qualified for All Irelands – this in spite of a less than ideal preparation because of examinations.  Well done to all

KILLYLEAGH 5 MILES SATURDAY 25 JUNE

This year’s Killykeagh Five Mile race has been brought forward to Saturday June 25th because a Half Marathon is planned for the last Saturday in August to mark 13 years of the shorter distance.

LOUGHINISLAND 5.05 on WEDNESDAY 29 JUNE.

And just around the corner from that on the local scene is Loughinisland’s Annual and very popular unique distance race which takes place on Wednesday 29 June and which incredibly, is 10 years old!  Online entry is open at www.athleticsni.org and entries will also be taken on the day of the race. Entry fees are only £7 for Registered athletes and £8 for unregistered runners so it’s  great value for money.  The Fun Run too will ensure there is something for everyone.

Joe Quinn

12 June 2016

Thursday night senior training sessions

ALL SENIOR MEMBERS SHOULD WEAR HI-VIZ CLOTHING DURING SESSIONS

Departing EDAC Clubhouse at 7:15pm sharp:

 

9 June – 3x {4x300m} (first set at 3k pace with 100m recovery jog, second set at 1500m pace with 100m recovery jog, third set at 400m pace with 2min recovery) 2 minutes between sets – grass

16 June – Cruise Intervals (Tempo pace) 4 X 1 mile (60s recovery) – Downshire

23 June 6-8 X 800m with 90 second recovery – Quoile

Each training session will begin with a warm up of 15 mins slow jog and finish with a cool down of 15 mins slow jog back to the clubhouse and on the night we will divide into groups of runners of similar ability.

EDAC Membership Registration

Membership renewal fee is now due. The membership year runs from 1st April 2016 – 31st March 2017. You can renew at any of the club sessions or by posting the forms (details on form).

To simplify the process I have pre-filled your new Registration Form with your 2015/16 details. You can collect the forms at the club from Mark McDowell or Frank Cunningham, check all the details and update were needed prior to paying the fee.

The following blank forms can be used by new members.
Click here for Senior Membership Form
Click here for Junior Membership Form

Membership fees 2016/17:

ADULT £30
JUNIORS (under 18yrs old) £20
Family (Option 1) For 2 x ADULTs £45
Family (Option 2) For 1 x ADULTs + 1 x JUNIOR £35
Family (Option 3) For 1 x ADULTs + 2 x JUNIORs £45
Family (Option 4) For any larger family group than above £55 max

Junior Membership:

Ballymote
The Thursday night sessions at Ballymote are at capacity and new members can register for the waiting list at any of the Thursday night sessions at Ballymote 6-7pm. I would remind all renewing members to complete the forms and pay the fee ASAP to secure your place.

Club rooms
You can renew at any of the club sessions or by posting the forms (details on form).
To simplify the process I have pre-filled your new Registration Form with your 2015/16 details. You can collect the forms at the club from Mark McDowell or Frank Cunningham, check all the details and update were needed prior to paying the fee.

All new members are very welcome and can register at any of the club sessions. You can come along and try out a couple of sessions before committing to membership…. Just bring your gear along.

Please read the East Down Athletics Club Child Protection Policy Statement, Junior Club Membership Rules contained within our Handbook at (http://www.eastdownac.co.uk/?page_id=383) and relay the contents to your children.