The Weekly News – 12/02/2018

CROSS COUNTRY RACES

MUDDY FUN IN BANGOR
It seems as if the young guns of East Down are hardier than their more senior counterparts, if weekend events are anything to go by.
On Saturday, for instance, at the second running of the North Down Cross Country Festival in Castle Park Bangor, only the juniors turned out. Admittedly they performed well enough to outshine anything that the seniors might have done anyway, with Jodi Foster winning the primary school race AND sister Kari in 7th place and Kieran Trainor claiming 11th in the Boys Primary School race. Inspired no doubt by these performances, two of the older Foster girls, Kirsti and Lucy then went out to take 2nd and 3rd in the Under 14 Girls race.

Jodi Foster (left) Zophia Quigley and Chloe Kenny (both Ballyholme Primary)

Jodi Foster (left) Zophia Quigley and Chloe Kenny (both Ballyholme Primary)

Kieran Trainor - Festival of XC Bangor

Kieran Trainor – Festival of XC Bangor

Lucy Foster, Kirsti Foster (left) Tara McDonough (North Down AC)

Lucy Foster, Kirsti Foster (left) Tara McDonough (North Down AC)

MALLUSK ON A WINTER’S DAY
If they think things are tough in South Korea, battling with sub zero temperatures, gale force winds and falling snow, (though it is after all the Winter Olympics which tends to need at least 2 out of these 3 conditions as a prerequisite anyway) then they should have been in Mallusk on Sunday morning.
It’s a long time since I was at the Belfast Playing fields at Mallusk, probably more than 20years, but my memories of it as open, mucky, cold and windy proved a little wide of the mark. It was worse than that, as there was snow and frozen ice to contend with on Sunday as well.
The occasion was Mallusk Harriers staging of the Mathieson Cup and Shield team cross country races, in honour of the lovely Mags Mathieson, who supports every event in the running calendar and is an inspiration to everyone connected with running.

Joe Quinn and Mags Mathieson

Joe Quinn and Mags Mathieson

GIRLS THE BRAVEST
Again it was the Juniors who braved the elements, all girls this time, with Anna Kearney 4th, Erin Moore 5th and Caragh Moore 8th in the Primary School race which got proceedings under way, into what were described as really tough conditions, as the falling snow was driven into the faces of the runners. And to their credit everyone finished, 17 Boys and 12 Girls.

Things got even better when Lauren Madine followed up with victory in the Under 13 Girls race, finishing ahead of the only boy runner into the bargain.

Lauren Madine, Erin Moore, Anna Kearney, Caragh Moore

Lauren Madine, Erin Moore, Anna Kearney, Caragh Moore

Edie Carrol continued her recent good form, with victory in the Under 17 Girls Race which was run in Arctic conditions, only slightly better than the younger girls had experienced.

 Edie Carroll - U17

Edie Carroll – U17

NO FOOL LIKE A COLD FOOL
I have to pay special tribute to all the girls who took part on Sunday and finished their races. I gave it a go too but didn’t quite make it to the finish line. Quite frankly conditions were the worst I ever experienced during a race. I opted for a warm woollen hat instead of the usual peaked baseball type and as the snow thickened and the wind rose how I regretted that decision. I was practically blinded as the freezing flakes hit my eyes. Amazingly there were marshals standing at remote points of the course, only known to me because I heard their shouts of encouragement to me and all the runners as we staggered past. My thanks to them. I decided that I would pack it in when I reached the end of lap one of the scheduled three, if I could find out where that was? Then out of the whirling blizzard I heard voices saying “you’ve done enough, come and have some tea or soup, we’re not letting you go any further” Were these angels from heaven coming to my rescue or was I simply hallucinating? The former is the answer as the voices belonged to Mags and Alison, two ladies not to be argued with. And so, faced with a choice between clambering up the steep, slippery bank leading to the higher level of pitches and off on a second lap and the steely determination in the angels voices, it took me almost half a second to surrender to their “advice” If truth was told I actually believe I was standing in the refreshment tent, halfway through my first cup of soup, before I realised the decision had been made, by which time the thought of carrying on was long since buried.

DUNE HALF MARATHON
In case you think that all the seniors had a day off at the weekend I discovered that at least 3 of them took part in the Dune half marathon on Sunday. Gavin Hynds was more than pleased with 123rd place in 1.36 while Clare Carson was delighted with her 1.51 on what she described as a challenging course, due to the weather and the hills and Kevin Kelly 1.59 even more so, to duck under the 2 hour mark considering he has just recovered from a bout of flu. Well done everyone.

Gavin Hynds - Dune Half Marathon

Gavin Hynds – Dune Half Marathon

ROLLERCOASTER RACES ON 10 MARCH
The races will start this year at the earlier time of 11.00am and with an exciting new sponsor on board all the school kids are in for a special treat. Don’t miss this one. More details next week.

JIMMY’S TEN on 18 MARCH
A huge entry has already been received for this year’s event on 18 March and anyone intending to run is encouraged to enter now at www.athleticsni.org as there will be a limit on the number and it is unlikely that entries will be taken on the day.

Joe Quinn
12 February 2018

The Weekly News – 05/02/18

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)

Erin Moore, Kari Foster and Jodi Foster – Primary Girls’ Team – (missing Emily Burns)

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EDAC Membership Registration

Membership renewal fee is now due. The membership year runs from 1st April 2016 – 31st March 2017. You can renew at any of the club sessions or by posting the forms (details on form).

To simplify the process I have pre-filled your new Registration Form with your 2015/16 details. You can collect the forms at the club from Mark McDowell or Frank Cunningham, check all the details and update were needed prior to paying the fee.

The following blank forms can be used by new members.
Click here for Senior Membership Form
Click here for Junior Membership Form

Membership fees 2016/17:

ADULT £30
JUNIORS (under 18yrs old) £20
Family (Option 1) For 2 x ADULTs £45
Family (Option 2) For 1 x ADULTs + 1 x JUNIOR £35
Family (Option 3) For 1 x ADULTs + 2 x JUNIORs £45
Family (Option 4) For any larger family group than above £55 max

Junior Membership:

Ballymote
The Thursday night sessions at Ballymote are at capacity and new members can register for the waiting list at any of the Thursday night sessions at Ballymote 6-7pm. I would remind all renewing members to complete the forms and pay the fee ASAP to secure your place.

Club rooms
You can renew at any of the club sessions or by posting the forms (details on form).
To simplify the process I have pre-filled your new Registration Form with your 2015/16 details. You can collect the forms at the club from Mark McDowell or Frank Cunningham, check all the details and update were needed prior to paying the fee.

All new members are very welcome and can register at any of the club sessions. You can come along and try out a couple of sessions before committing to membership…. Just bring your gear along.

Please read the East Down Athletics Club Child Protection Policy Statement, Junior Club Membership Rules contained within our Handbook at (http://www.eastdownac.co.uk/?page_id=383) and relay the contents to your children.

McGrady Presentation Photo

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.

Thanks

Alison

Juniors at Ballymote / EDAC Club rooms start back Thursday 7th

All junior members attending the training sessions at Ballymote for the 2016/17 registration year should meet this Thursday 7th April at 6 – 7pm. All those that registered at the registration evening have secured a place.

All those members that have graduated from the Ballymote will be able to attend our junior club sessions from this Thursday 7th April at 7:15 – 8:15pm at the EDAC Club Rooms (Ballydugan Industrial Est)

Can you please remember to bring a water bottle and £1.

McGrady X-Country Prize Giving

All juniors that competed in the McGrady series, you are invited to attend a prize giving event at “The Lodge”, Castlewellan.

Prizes:

  • Club Team Shields for boys and girls teams
  • 4 out of 5 races to complete Series
  • Age group races with various distances
  • 1st, 2nd , 3rd boy and girl Series prizes
  • Prizes for all who complete Series

Date: Monday 11th April
Time: 7:30pm
Location: The Lodge, Castlewellan
1 Dublin Road,
Castlewellan,
County Down.
BT31 9AQ

Location Map:

EDAC Membership Registration

Membership renewal fee is now due. The membership year runs from 1st April 2016 – 31st March 2017. You can renew at any of the club sessions or by posting the forms (details on form).

To simplify the process I have pre-filled your new Registration Form with your 2015/16 details. You can collect the forms at the club from Mark McDowell, check all the details and update were needed prior to paying the fee.

The following blank forms can be used by new members.
Click here for Senior Membership Form
Click here for Junior Membership Form

Membership fees 2016/17:

ADULT £30
JUNIORS (under 18yrs old) £20
Family (Option 1) For 2 x ADULTs £45
Family (Option 2) For 1 x ADULTs + 1 x JUNIOR £35
Family (Option 3) For 1 x ADULTs + 2 x JUNIORs £45
Family (Option 4) For any larger family group than above £55 max

Junior Membership:

Ballymote
The Thursday night sessions at Ballymote are at capacity and new members can register for the waiting list at any of the Thursday night sessions at Ballymote 6-7pm. I would remind all renewing members to complete the forms and pay the fee ASAP to secure your place.

Club rooms
You can renew at any of the club sessions or by posting the forms (details on form).
To simplify the process I have pre-filled your new Registration Form with your 2015/16 details. You can collect the forms at the club from Mark McDowell, check all the details and update were needed prior to paying the fee.

All new members are very welcome and can register at any of the club sessions. You can come along and try out a couple of sessions before committing to membership…. Just bring your gear along.

Please read the East Down Athletics Club Child Protection Policy Statement, Junior Club Membership Rules contained within our Handbook at (http://www.eastdownac.co.uk/?page_id=383) and relay the contents to your children.