This Week’s News – 09/10/17


A year on from the optimism produced by the East Down team performances at the 2016 NI Club Relay Championships in Victoria Park in Belfast and the 2017 squads, all 5 of them, certainly added substance to that hope.

Not only did the individual members of all the teams run as if their lives depended on it, but the level of support for each runner as they ran their respective legs both from their team mates and the East Down supporters was indicative of a new found team spirit, which should enable the club to perform well in the upcoming Cross Country League fixtures which begin next Saturday in Comber.

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Update on XC Season – Joe’s Rallying Call


The Cross Country season is almost on us again, the first round of League fixtures is on our doorstep, in Comber, on 14 October and following the review of the League structure and amendment of the rules I am more than optimistic that we in East Down AC are well equipped to make a significant mark in both the Men’s and Women’s Leagues this year. Up to now scoring and prizes have been for teams down to 6th place but in an attempt to

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This Week’s News – 02/10/17


Last year I wrote that only one East Down runner took part in the annual Bangor 10K and that conditions were atrocious.  Fast forward to Saturday past when the East Down entry numbered 4, and conditions were sunny and dry, enabling runners and spectators alike to enjoy what, if forecasts are to be believed, was the last of the Summer days. In truth, while there were a large number of running events taking place at the weekend very few East Down runners took part in them. It would appear that this was a recovery weekend, as runners who had been extremely busy in recent weeks took a breather, at least from the

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This Week’s News – 15/09/17


It has taken a long time for the phenomenon that is parkrun to reach this part of Co Down but finally on Saturday it arrived in Castlewellan Forest Park, much to the credit of the group of volunteers who were involved in setting up the  arrangements, including choosing the route which the runners had to follow. Unfortunately the path around the lake is only  2.25 miles so organisers came up with the perfect solution for extending the course to ensure if was exactly 5K. This involved adding in the shortfall by directing runners up a noticeable gradient ( technical term for a steep hill) which thankfully only went on for 400 metres or so before the toiling runners were directed around a cone and back down the way they came to the lough shore path again and thence to the finish back where we started.

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Coaches, volunteers and Officials – Training Opportunities.

Athletics Northern Ireland – Safeguarding Course
Saturday 23rd September 9.30am- 12.30pm
Queens Playing Fields Dub Pavilion.
Please click on link below if you wish to attend. ANI are also hoping to organise a DSCO course in the next two months as well so please check their web site for details. Local Councils and Sport NI also organise courses.

Previously it was not compulsory for Coaches/Volunteers/Officials or Welfare Officers to attend a course, but this is changing with new recommendations from UK Athletics which will come into force in 2018, and all Welfare Officers and Coaches must have Safeguarding Training. ANI recommend to all clubs that they get all Coaches, Volunteers/Club Officials to attend a course. Once you have passed the you can renew online in 3yrs time and then again 3yrs after that – but the third time you have come back and do a course, so hopefully this will make it easier for Welfare Officers to stay up to date. ANI will be organising more courses over the next couple of months so please check out ANI web site for more information.

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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