NEWS FROM DEEP SOUTH
A report from the Southern Ocean last week revealed that while Declan Teague is a fair weather predictor he is far from being a fair weather runner if his experiences of running in the Falklands Marathon 2 weeks ago are anything to go by. Describing underfoot conditions as “similar to Tollymore trails without the trees, with a strong headwind and a fair bit of hills on a 4 lap cross- shaped course which resulted in good support” he was delighted to clock 3.36 and to take 2nd place overall. Well Done Declan. A long way to go for a run but he happened to be there anyway!
QUEENS ROAD RACES
Further north on Wednesday night and several excellent performances by East Down athletes in the Queen’s Road Races, incorporating the ANI 5K Championships, with Daniel Atkinson’s 18.33 raising the eyebrows as he led home the East Down men in 123rd place followed by Liam Keenan 140th and brother Caolan in 145 place in a field of over 700. Kristoffer Fegan 19.40, his brother Gareth 21.10 and Kieran McMahon 21.44 were only separated by a little over 2 minutes but such were the numbers and quality of the athletes that this represented over 100 places! Clare Carson was the only lady runner from East Down on the night and she posted 22.53.
In the 3K race James Smyth made a welcome e-appearance to take a splendid 10th place in 10.20, just 3 seconds with another too long absentee Paddy Erskine with Liam Smyth 11.38 and Ian McCracken 15.59 making up the East Down team.
Due to poor attendance our circuit instructor can no longer provide a class on a Tuesday night…I would like to thank him for his excellent sessions and wish him good luck in his future ventures as a coach.
Mark McFeeters from Youth Initiatives in Downpatrick here. I just wanted to email you all with just ONE WEEK to go to our ‘Night at the Movies’ Next Thursday, 28th April, 7pm at Eclipse Cinema Downpatrick
As you hopefully know, we’re showing the film ‘Unbroken’ (rated 15) and we would really like to have a good representation of local Downpatrick folks and friends, supporters, churches, youth groups and contacts to come along to see a great film, to come see Downpatrick and to raise some money for our 25th anniversary celebrations this year.
Any questions, please shout, but, really hope to see you there.
7pm arrival for 7.30pm film showing
Age Rating: 15
Venue: Eclipse Cinema, St PAtricks Avenue, Downpatrick
Could all EDAC Juniors who took part in the McGrady Series XC (both Primary and post Primary) please be at the Club Rooms tomorrow Thurs 21st April at 7pm sharp in EDAC KIT where possible. Please also bring trophies if 1/2 or 3 in age groups. We want to get this done as quickly as possible so that normal training can still take place.
The first of this year’s Hill and Dale series hit the trails again on Thursday night, how quickly the time flies, as the aches and pains of last season’s efforts only just subsided a month ago. I forget whether that’s an age or a memory thing, but I remembered where to start, and more importantly, finish. It’s quite easy to do that as in H & D the finish is usually at the top of a hill, or sometimes even a mountain, which of course was the origin of the old adage “What goes up must come across the finish line”
To the race itself Paul Burns was first East Down man home taking 15th place in 38.08 with the next 4 of his team mates Michael Cultra, Dee Murray Michael Andrews and Davy Foster all finishing in the top 35. Continue reading
Last year’s winner Glaslough’s Conor Duffy had settle for fourth place in Sunday’s Titanic Quarter 10K behind St Malachy’s Chicago based Thomas Frazer, Clonliffe’s Gary Murray and City of Lisburn’s Chris Madden who took the podium places. Scott Rankin of Foyle Valley was the pre race favourite but in the event he did not run, though in fairness he would have been hard pressed to love with the aforementioned trio. East Down had a sizeable entry with Barrie Atkinson 35.02 taking 24th place just ahead of Martin Willcox 29th in 35.24. Barrie is heading for London in 2 weeks time and with a recurrence of his leg injury would be well advised to rest up until the big day. Of course he’ll probably do what most of us do with good advice – ignore it, though having said that with 2 weeks to go until a marathon, training between now and then will make no difference whatsoever to his performance, except to aggravate the injury. But who am I to talk – I have entered Belfast Marathon on 2 May and my total mileage last week was 4 – not four Continue reading