24 hr Challenge

ENERGIA 24 HOUR CHALLENGE

It hardly seems like a year since I was reporting on Michael Cultra’s exploits in the Energia 24 Hour Challenge 2013 but while he opted for middle of the night lap counting this time, Brian Donnelly assumed his mantle in the 2014 version. It’s hard to judge whether conditions are good or bad for running a 24 hour race, and certainly sitting on the sidelines offering words of encouragement may not be the best position to do it from. Certainly it Continue reading

GREYABBEY 5 AND 10K

GREYABBEY 5 AND 10K

For the second year in a row a record turnout in both events saw over 300 runners take to the pleasant country roads in and around the picturesque village of Greyabbey on Friday night. The small contingent from East Down certainly made their presence felt with Barrie Atkinson taking 2nd place in the 10K after an almighty battle with Orangegrove’s John Continue reading

Loughinisland 5

LOUGHINISLAND 5.05

Deja vu struck again on Wednesday night as East Down’s Brendan Teer cruised round the allegedly hilly route in 27.08, with Newcastle’s David McNeilly again in second place. Martin Willcox completed the podium placings while James Savage took the over 35 prize just ahead of Michael Cultra. Willowfield’s Mervyn Chambers was first over 45 wnd Murlough’s Dave Fulcher took the over 55 prize. Continue reading

CATHERINE STARS ON DEBUT

On Saturday 14th June 2014 East Down AC’s Catherine O’Connor made her international debut in the ladies 8.7k (with 460m of ascending) in the Home Country Mountain Running Challenge in Keswick and couldn’t have chosen a better time to produce the performance of her life finishing first of the Northern Ireland team in 14th place overall in a time of 45:05. To add icing to the cake the team claimed bronze medals by finishing in 3rd place. Continue reading