The start of the second running of the Belfast City Half Marathon was delayed by an hour on Sunday morning due to an accident involving one of the PSNI motorcyclists on her way to help marshal the event. So the near 4000 runners stood in the dry but cool start area inside Balmoral Showgrounds slowly realising that they had discarded their old T-shirts much too early. Thankfully there was no rain but all were mightily relieved when the announcement came that the road was open again and the gun set the ace in motion at 10.00. Continue reading

Killyleagh 5

I missed the Killyleagh 5 this year, physically that is, though it was in my thoughts as I relaxed at he end of my “Tracks to Wex” cycle ride – but more of that next week. The fact that it proved the most successful so far with a record turnout on an ideal evening for running may suggest that perhaps I should miss it more often. Continue reading

Strangford Festival 10k

10600624_805633616124785_3441756801746387204_nA new 10K was born alive and kicking on Friday night as part of the Strangford Festival weekend programme and proved to be not only a bouncing baby but to have a mischievous spirit also, treating the 125 participants to every kind of underfoot surface known to man with a good sprinkling of twists, turns, hills and hollows thrown in – and all amid the unrivalled scenery of the Castleward Estate, courtesy of the National Trust. Continue reading

Jennifer Quinn-O’Brien- Just Giving

Club Chairman Joe Quinn is undertaking a 220 mile cycle ride beginning on 27th August to raise funds for Aware Defeat Depression in memory of his niece Jenny Quinn-O’Brien.  He will be joined on the trip by his cycling buddy Pat Power, Sports development Officer with Down District Council.  Joe has set up a Just Giving page for donations and would appreciate your support if you haven’t already given.

He is also open to cash donations, in any legal currency, if you can’t access the Just Giving  page. Continue reading

Darragh Cross & Bright 10k


How the time flies round – here we are in mid-August again and back in Darragh Cross for the annual charity 6 Mile Race and 4 mile Fun Run and it seems only like last month we were there before. Nevertheless a year has passed and there were several new faces prepared to take on the unique challenge that Darragh Cross offers, not least of which is staying safe on the Carrickmannon Road. But thanks to the attendance of the PSNI Continue reading