The Weekly News – 01/01/18



Tom Dowey travelled furthest in search of some cool running over the Christmas period, undertaking the almost North Pole distance to Greencastle, Co Tyrone for their famous Boxing Day 5 miles race – and clearly, neither journey nor pre-dawn start did him any harm as he clocked an impressive 40.17 to take 6th place in the M60 Category and 329th overall in he field of over 1000 runners and walkers


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The Weekly News – 18/12/17


There was no problem choosing the Headline makers this week as East Down’s youngsters performed superbly in Waterford on Sunday to claim the All Ireland Under 13 Girls’ Cross Country Champions title. The team travelled without the reliable and ever present Emily Burns who unfortunately succumbed to illness during the week. So the 5 strong team,  made up of Lauren Madine, Kirsti Foster, Anna Gardiner, Lucy Foster and

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The Weekly News – 11/12/17


Conditions were good at Henry Jones Pitches in the Castlereagh Hills on Tuesday morning for Round 2 of the  Flahavan’s Porridge Primary School Cross Country League but the course was tricky – with lots of twists and turns and a narrow, root strewn stretch through the forest that was technically very challenging and a short finishing straight. However East Down’s Jodi Foster ran a very mature race sitting in the bunch before making her bid for

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The Weekly News – 04/12/17


After the excitement of last weekend’s Seeley Cup 10K in Belfast, it was back to the more mundane Malcolm Cup fixture in Ballyclare on Saturday afternoon, which nevertheless  provided spectators with an enjoyable afternoon’s racing.

Lauren Madine was the only Junior to run on the day, easily winning the Under 13 Girls race and giving the Seniors a bit of inspiration.

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London Marathon Ballot


Update – the name drawn for London 2018 is — Joanne Foster!

An email was sent to all club members including an attachment explaining the change of rules which has meant we have only received one place for ballot this year.

Every member interested in entering the draw for the ONE (1) allocated place must forward their names to me by Wednesday 13 December to be included in the draw which will take place on Thursday 21 December in the Clubrooms after the planned time trial on that night. Please note that no applications will be accepted after 13 December and certainly none on the night of the draw.

Joe Quinn




Callout for Jimmy’s Ten Helpers

As most of you are aware the organisation for Jimmy’s 10K starts well in advance of the event. Last year we welcomed record numbers and put on a fantastically well received race. Maintaining this standard is only possible if the whole club embraces the occasion and if all members are prepared to pitch in. We have a committee (strangely enough called Jimmy’s Ten Committee) specifically set up to deal with all aspects of the race. It urgently needs an injection of new (and young) blood. So you are invited to come and

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Request for help from Junior Parents/Guardians 29/11/17

Dear Parent/Guardian

Further to information delivered at the Induction Night and subsequent e-mails/social media posts sent by East Down Athletics Club, the uptake of parental/guardian volunteers has been very disappointing. The Health and Safety (H&S) of your children is of paramount importance to the coaches and Management Committee of the Club all of whom are volunteers and fully support the training programmes in place. Unfortunately without parental input, East Down Athletics Club will have no option but to substantially reduce the number of children attending

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