A Week of many Races
Last week saw East Downers here, there and everywhere and while they were not out in force at any one event, the club was well represented across the provinces.
At the Crawfordsburn Trail 5k on Wednesday evening, Barrie Atkinson was 12th in 18.50 while Joanne Foster completed the off road course in 21.31 placing her 56th overall in a sizeable field of 350 competitors.
NEWCASTLE MEN WIN THE RGU 10K ROAD RACE
It was indeed fortuitous for the runners in Wednesday night’s RGU 10K that the thunder shower arrived before the race got under way, though perhaps not so for the brave group of walkers who effectively bore the brunt of it and for whom it passed through rather than over. Well done to them bodies soaked ,but spirits undampened!
While Newcastle AC runners dominated last year’s event by winning both Men’s and Women’s races and most of the category prizes too they did not have it all their own way this time. Admittedly the race was won in fine style by Newcastle’s ever improving Jack O’Hare 36.40 with his clubmate Patrick Higgins 37.37 in 3rd place, but East Down held its
PORTAFERRY 10 MILE AND 2 X 5 MILE RELAY
Another beautiful night in Portaferry saw well over 300 athletes take part in the hugely popular Gala 10 Mile Road Race. There was a buzz around the village all day, as if the village sensed that the Gala was celebrating its 50th Anniversary and everyone was trying to make it a “special” occasion. The Road Race enabled residents and visitors alike to make it unique by supporting the runners and the comments made afterwards, both in person and later in comments posted on social media, indicated that they had been mighty successful in their efforts. Not only were the streets packed with cheering supporters as the race made its way through the village and out along the Lough shore
THE SHORE 10K
A beautiful Summer evening brought runners in droves to Killough on Tuesday night for 5th running of The Shore 10K. “A stunning course” summed up the comments of the record 232 finishers who later enjoyed the tea and sandwiches in the local Community hall. All the proceeds this year were going to the Downpatrick Public Initiative Prevent Suicide (PIPS) group and they wish to thank the participants for their generous donations, aside from the entry fees. Continue reading
FATHER and SON IN CONTENTION AT 2 VENUES
The long trip to Greyabbey on Friday night proved worthwhile for Dee Murray when he completed the 2 lap course in 37.52 to take a deserved 3rd place. His son Mackenzie, ran well in the 5K Fun Run and recorded 20.23. Dee then staked a claim for the title of The Third Man when he filled a similar position in the Great Rossa 5K on Sunday in 18.11, a race in which Mackenzie came an excellent 14th overall in 21.16. Continue reading
Last year I wrote, not entirely in jest, that consideration was being given to running the Loughinisland race the opposite way round next year, but returning via the Loughside road to cut out the climb through the village. So “next year” arrived on Wednesday and of
The Lisburn Half Marathon and 10K races, to my enduring surprise, continue to attract huge numbers of runners, this year over 3000 between both events, though perhaps affected because it carried the NI Half Marathon Championship status. Nevertheless it