Press Release 9th July 2017
Portrush 5 & 10k
The North Coast 5 & 10k events took place on Thursday 6th July in Portrush, starting and finishing on the east strand adjacent to the Arcadia, with over 200 runners participating. Springwell Running Clubs Steven McAlary and Ciara Toner maintained their excellent form from last week’s Round the Bridges Race to again claim victory. Steven led the race from the start and quickly established a considerable lead eventually finishing in a time of 33.41, four minutes ahead of Geoffrey Farrell who finished in 37.41 with Adam Wilson third in 37.50.
In the ladies race Ciara Toner dominated proceedings to win in a time of 38.18. Melissa Eccles finished second in 41.31 and Roslyn Dobson third with 41.58.
In the 5k event Springwell RC’s Caroline Irwin won the ladies event in a time of 23.54 and was second overall. Aisling Burke finished second in 26.48 and Erica Kudrenko third in 26.55. In the men’s event Niall Hassan won in 22.45 with Niall Devine second in 24.52 and Andrew Lynas third with 25.07.
Springwell RC results 10k - 1st Steven McAlary 33.41, 5th Ross Armstrong 38.03, 7th Ciara Toner 38.18 (1st lady), 10th Jeff Young 40.18, 12th Thomas Moore 41.08, 25th Ryan Gray 44.37, 26th Will Colvin 44.39, 32nd Martin Smith 45.25, 47th Paul Humphreys 48.12, 53rd Mark Neely 49.53 PB, 76th Janet Patrick 53.10, 97th Catherine Byers 57.45, 98th Elaine Montgomery 57.47, 100th Jenny Allen 58.00, 110th Nicola Farrell 1.00.08, 111th Angela Calderwood 1.00.08, 119th Karen Robinson 1.01.24, 138th Emer Thompson 1.04.28, 139th Stephanie Lynch 1.06.34, 146th Brenda McGilligan 1.08.13.
Springwell RC results 5k – 2nd Caroline Irwin 23.54 (1st lady), 4th Paul Quinn 25.34, 20th Toni Donnelly 33.11.
Irish Life Health National Juvenile Track & Field
Tullamore in County Offaly was the venue for this year’s Irish Life Health National Juvenile Track & Field Championships on Saturday 7th July. To attend this event athletes have had to qualify from their respective district and provincial championships, so this was a gathering of the very best junior athletes in Ireland. Springwell RC had four such athletes, who had earned the right to compete. In the U14 800m Niamh McGarry finished ninth in 2.30.96. Niamh Carr finished third in 2.18.16 and Hermione Skuce fifth in 2.21.79 in the U17 800m and in the U19 800m Aine McKinney was fifth with a time of 2.22.00.
International Track & Field at the Mary Peters Track
On Wednesday 5th July a number of Springwell RC’s athletes were invited to run at the Mary Peters Track. In the U14 800m Niamh McGarry won in a time of 2.30.30 and Poppy Given eighth with 2.43.01, while in the U17 800m Niamh Carr was third in 2.17.08 and Hermione Skuce fifth in 2.23.11. In the men's 800m Jonathan McKee was fourth with a time of 1.57.04 and Luke Dinsmore eighth in 1.59.50. In the u16 100m Tuloupe Jide - Ojo finished 7th in 13.47.
Matthew Beveridge, with his fifth consecutive personal best finished seventh in the U16 800m with 2.10.77 taking three seconds off his previous personal best. In what is still considered a ‘Blue Riband’ event, Springwell RC’s Neil Johnston was representing Northern Ireland in the 1500m. Neil had an excellent race finishing in a time of 3.51.73 to claim third place.
Great Rossa 10k Run
On Sunday 9th July over 250 runners made their way to Ardboe in County Tyrone for the Great Rossa 10k Run. Springwell RC had four representatives in the race with Steven Magill producing an excellent time of 36.19 to finish 6th. James Stewart finished 13th in 39.12 while Hugh Boyle ran 40.17 to finish 16th overall and first in the M60 category, eight minutes ahead of his nearest challenger. Alan McIlfatrick was 61st in 46.54.
It was a beautiful sunny morning for the Portrush parkrun. The tide was on its way out and there was only a slight headwind on the return leg. Junior runner, Oliver Goode, was congratulated on reaching his 10th parkrun.
First finisher was Scott Rankin in 17:12 and first lady was Lisa Finlay in 19.13
This week 208 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.
Portrush - Chris Denton 18.19, Karen McLaughlin 20.56, Andy Deal 22.01, Sophia Coyle 22.39, Mervyn Thompson 23.17, Jude Moore 23.30, Pamela Howe 24.14, Emma Jamison 24.59, Patricia Craig 25.19, Joshua Hazlett 25.55, Lauren Hazlett 26.02, Ali McAllister 26.59, Donna Costello 27.28, Fergal Mackle 27.36, Bob McLaughlin 27.46, Jack Blee 28.39, Deborah Archibald 29.02, Jim Blee 29.16, Judith McLaughlin 29.34, Elaine Montgomery 29.36, Rachel Blee 31.01, Liadhan McAnena 31.31, Roisin Walker 32.25, Deborah Purdy 33.01, Kenneth Bacon 35.02, Brenda McGilligan37.38, Molly Blee 46.04, Emer Thompson 46.38, Fiona Walls 52.26
Limavady - Stephen Fillis 18.22 PB, Will Colvin 21.12, Martin Smith 21.50, Neil McIvor 24.23, Janet Patrick 25.09, John Butcher 26.28, Andrew Kincaid 27.21, Jeff Young 29.15, Zara Hunter 32.00
Rostrevor - Alistair Shaw 20.08
Queens - Stephen Smyth 22.00
Over 200 runners took to the streets of Greyabbey on Friday 7th July for the annual 10k race. David Simpson (Newcastle AC) dominated the race winning in a time of 33.54. Joe Craney (Victoria & Connswater AC) was second in 35.41 and Dee Murray (East Down AC) third with a time of 37.52. Springwell RC’s Bryan Edgar had an excellent race finishing in ninth place in a time of 38.34 to win the M50 category. Margaret Edgar finished in 144th with a time of 55.46 to take second in the F50 category. Springwell RC’s only other representative, Nikki Jamison ran 1.16.02 to finish 199th.