This Week’s News – 18/09/17


The fifth running of the Belfast City Half Marathon on Sunday morning was blessed with ideal conditions. Mother Nature sent a cool, sunny morning to the tranquil surroundings of Belfast’s Ormeau Park as the runners gathered in their thousands, unintentionally rousing the man in the sleeping bag outside the public toilets on the Embankment, which served as a reminder to many of us just out of comfortable beds, of how many of our fellow citizens have to live.


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The Weekly News – 11/09/17


Sunday was World Suicide Prevention Day, a significant way of drawing attention to the shocking statistic the in the UK, someone takes their life every 90 minutes. The National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA)  is encouraging people every 90 minutes to take a minute to do something that can have a positive impact on someone’s life. These can be things as simple as asking someone if they are doing OK or inviting a mate to join you for a walk or a run.

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The Weekly News – 04/09/17


With 2 of Northern Ireland’s leading races featuring at the weekend it was always going to be difficult for East Down runners to chose between them  though in reality with the present requirement to pre – enter prior to race day to ensure your place, most had made their minds up long ago. Had it not been for this, the weather would certainly have been a major factor in determining the size of the entry for both the Waterside Half Marathon and  the Laganside 10K on Sunday. Not to mention the BK10K, which  initially looked under threat of abandonment in the awful conditions, before an abatement of the conditions kept

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Training Opportunities


Please contact Joe 07933 214894 asap if you would like to attend and avail of the reserved EDAC places.

Course           /EDAC places Date Time Venue
Safeguarding Children & Young Performers 4 Places Tuesday

5 December 2017

6:30 – 9:30 AV Room, Newcastle Centre, Central Promenade, Newcastle


2 Places Wednesday(s)

25 October & 1 November 2017

6:30 – 9:30 Training Room 2, Downshire Hospital, Downshire Estate, Ardglass Road, Downpatrick


2 Places Wednesday(s)

13 & 20 December 2017

6:30 – 9:30 The Great Hall, Downshire Hospital, Downshire Estate, Ardglass Road, Downpatrick
Safeguarding Children & Young Performers: Children’s Officer                     2 Places Tuesday

9 January 2018

6:30 – 9:30 Conference Room, Downshire Civic Centre, Ardglass Road, Downpatrick

Children 5-12                       

2 Places Tuesday

13 February 2018

AV Room, Newcastle Centre, Central Promenade, Newcastle
Deliver Engaging 

Sessions for Young People    

2 Places Tuesday 14 November 2017 6:30 – 9:30 The Great Hall, Downshire Hospital, Downshire Estate, Ardglass Road, Downpatrick

The Weekly News – 28/08/17



A special word of congratulations to Carmel Tumelty who set a new PB of 42.38 when completing the 5 Miles in Portrush on Friday night, and followed up with an excellent 5K run on Rathlin Island on Sturday, her 26.35 time placing her 12th overall and first in the Over 45 Category. A great example of what perseverance and hard work can achieve.

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The Weekly News – 21/08/17


A lot happening this weekend but not a lot taking part. Not intended as a criticism, more a statement of fact. Perhaps because of the number of events and the rising costs of entries and the cost of travel, it is not really a surprise when runners chose carefully which races to get involved in. For although there was plenty on it would not all have been to the liking of the less experienced runners, in that most of the local races were half, marathon or ultra marathon distances

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The Weekly News – 14/08/17

Joe leaves the country…

When Joe Quinn asks you to write up the report, it is hard to refuse as he does it week on week without complaining and manages to find an interesting anecdote or two without fail. I do feel this time that he has skipped the country deliberately on a week when there are multiple events but few of our own runners involved and very little online coverage to give me clues as to how the events panned out but here goes.

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