STORMONT CROSS COUNTRY on SATURDAY
On Saturday both East Down seniors and Juniors were in action at Stormont, one of the most popular venues in the cross country season and happily reinstated as a Cross Country League fixture.
JUNIORS OUT IN FORCE
East Down juniors contributed significantly to the huge numbers in the primary school races which set the programme of races in motion. With 106 boys in the Boys race Ollie Robinson did well to take 19th place, while still recovering from a bout of flu, with younger brother Alex and Kieran Trainor providing excellent support in 28th and 36th places respectively.
ERIN PROVES A TOUGH NUT
Erin Moore, Kari Foster and Jodi Foster – Primary Girls’ Team – (missing Emily Burns)
Junior Races – Junior Jimmy’s Races
Senior 10k Races – Jimmy’s 10K
There were 23 entries for the ballot and the winners are
In the absence of both last year’s winners in Saturday’s 6th running of the Dundrum Gr8 Race, there were two certainties, that there would be new names on the champions lists and that neither of them would be mine. The question was, would the near perfect running conditions lead to a new race record time?
The absence of the headwind on the beach contributed significantly to the performances of most runners and it was notable that the winning times were almost 2 minutes better than last year. And yet Brendan Teer’s 2013 record of 44.46 remained unthreatened, with North Belfast Harriers Andrew Annett posting 45.29 ahead of Mourne Runners William McKee 45.34 and North Belfast’s Lindsay Gordon 46.02. Probably the unluckiest runner on the day was another North Belfast runner Brendan Grew who was 3rd last year in 49.31. He ran 47.07 this year, just 1 second short of last year’s winning time and yet finished only 5th!!
The third running of the Belfast City Half Marathon on Sunday morning saw the third different start location, with this year’s race beginning on Ormeau Embankment and finishing at the nearby Ozone Centre. Initial reaction to the new route was very favourable though there is no guarantee it won’t change again before next year’s race. Continue reading