For those of you who are still not entered, you had better be quick as the places are filling rapidly and as we are fast approaching our cap of 900 which includes online and postal registrations for both individuals and teams there may well be no places left for “on the day” registration. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!  Entries at www.athleticsni.org

For members, parents and friends you cannot have escaped the appeals for help in the form of emails, letters and the sign up board in the Club Rooms. Continue reading

This Week’s News 20/2/17


Neil McCartan upped his distance from the 2016 race from 3K to 5K for Thursday’s International Road races in Armagh, and recorded a superb time of 15.06 in probably the best ever race at this distance. The competition was red hot and resulted in 78 runners dipping under 15 minutes.

Ciaran Denvir tried his hand at the 3K and this vastly underrated young man once again proved his recent form was no fluke by posting 9.55 – a stunning result.


Alison Gilliland was also in scintillating form as she returned to a distance more in keeping with her junior days, and showed she is still a force to be reckoned with by claiming 3rd place in the Over 40 category in a time of 11.31.


I really must give a mention here to Clare Carson who completed last weekend’s Dune Half marathon, wearing only club vest and shorts.  What’s wrong with that you ask? Continue reading

This Week’s News – 13 February 17


It could have been the weather or the Half Term break or just the fact that the event was 2 weeks later than usual this year but whatever the reason the number of children taking part in Saturday’s Rollercoaster races at Downpatrick Racecourse was significantly down on last year.  Having said that, almost 200 children braved the biting wind and occasional skiff of sleet and rain to warm the hearts of teachers, parents and us old guys who stand around with 5 layers of clothing wondering why the kids are fighting for a place on the start line and imploring the starter to blow the whistle. Well Done to You All.

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This Week’s News – 6 February 17


What’s got 8 hairy legs, though is otherwise next to hairless, breathes heavily under pressure and is 275 years old?  No, it’s not a prehistoric tarantula, though the similarity is striking.  It is in fact the East Down (Old?) Masters Relay team which took to the line in Saturday’s Cross Country Relay races in Bangor. Under the pseudonym the Young Ones, the aim was to put the young whippersnappers in their places – and so they did too – the fact that those places were all ahead of them is neither here nor there.  Suffice to say that the fearsome foursome are mature enough to know their places.  Continue reading

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With the non-participation of East Down runners in Saturday’s NI and Ulster Cross Country Championships in Gransha Park in Derry I thought I wouldn’t have anything to write about this week. But then a closer inspection of results elsewhere revealed some mouth-watering performances in very different events.  Continue reading

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The  3rd round of the Flahavan’s Porridge Primary School Cross Country League took place in ideal conditions on Tuesday morning in Donard Park. As in last year’s race the star was East Down’s Lauren Madine, who sat on the shoulder of Holywood’s Emmy Thornton until virtually the finish line was in sight before producing a devastating burst of speed to claim a hat trick of wins in the three rounds to date. She was followed home by her ever improving  East Down clubmate Anna Gardiner in third with Lucy and Jodi Foster in 5th and 8th places respectively.

In the Boys race Ollie Robinson again proved his worth with a fighting display to take 12th place for St Mary’s Primary School, Newcastle
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