Springwell Running Club - Press Release – 11th March 2018

SSE Airtricity 10 Mile Road Race

Saturday 10th March saw nearly 500 athletes take on the re-scheduled SSE Airtricity 10 mile road race in Londonderry. Although considerably better than last week’s weather, conditions were far from ideal as competitors faced a cold biting wind and an icy drizzle that developed into persistent rain as the race progressed.

Springwell RC’s Paul Thompson Springwell RC’s Timothy Bacon and Thomas Moore

Despite the conditions the race saw some fantastic performances and it was local athlete, and NI & Ulster 10k Champion, Scott Rankin (Foyle Valley AC) who dominated the race from start to finish. Scott led the race from the start and saw off a strong challenge from Neil Weir (Willowfield Harriers) to win in a time of 53.05. Neil finished second in 53.44 with Joseph Kennedy (Foyle Valley AC) completing the podium places in a time of 53.54


Springwell RC’s Elizabeth Deighan at the SSE Airtricity 10 Mile Road Race

In the ladies race, Caitriona Jennings (Letterkenny AC) controlled the race throughout winning in a time of 59.13.  Karen Alexander (Acorns AC), on her return to competitive racing finished second in 1.02.40, while Gemma McDonald (Ballycastle Runners AC) finished third in 1.05.40.


Springwell RC’s Fergus Irwin at the SSE Airtricity 10 Mile Road Race

Springwell RC was well represented at the event with a number of age category podium finishes. Karen McLaughlin had another great performance finishing 52nd in 1.09.01 to win the F45 category. David McGaffin was 46th in 1.08.03 as 2nd M50, Kerrie McIlmoyle was 68th in 1.10.16 as 3rd F35, Pamela Howe finished 196th in 1.22.04 as 3rd F50 and Elizabeth Deighan ran 1.25.20 to finish 233rd and 3rd F55.

Springwell RC Results - 9th Paul Thompson 57.55 PB, 30th James Stewart 1.03.27 PB, 39th Fergus Irwin 1.05.40, 46th David McGaffin 1.08.03 (2nd M50), 52nd Karen McLaughlin 1.09.01 (1st F45), 59th Jeff Young 1.09.19, 63rd Timothy Bacon 1.09.36, 65th Thomas Moore 1.09.42, 68th Kerrie McIlmoyle 1.10.16 (3rd F35), 72nd Warren McIlmoyle 1.11.00, 73rd Ryan Kennedy 1.11.05, 98th Darren Walsh 1.13.12, 100th Martin Smith 1.13.33, 103rd Barry McCluskey 1.14.09 PB, 119th Michael Johnson 1.16.07, 135th Kenny Coulter 1.16.58, 159th Roy Buchanan 1.18.59, 179th Lynne Young 1.20.18, 183rd Peter Jack 1.20.24, 191st Owen Anderson 1.21.18 PB, 196th Pamela Howe 1.22.04 (3rd F 50), 232nd Andrew Kincaid 1.25.20 PB, 233rd Elizabeth Deighan 1.25.20 (3rd F55), 247th Dee Boorman 1.26.31, 261st Janet Patrick 1.27.21, 299th Andrew Wilmot 1.29.58, 334th Heather Coulter 1.34.07, 342nd Stephen Miles 1.34.21

Glenariffe Mountain Race

The Glenariffe Mountain Run, hosted by Glens Runners, even in good conditions, is a challenge. When you add fog, driving rain and freezing temperatures it becomes an event for only the toughest of competitors. Such were the conditions on Saturday 10th March, in the Glens of Antrim as 140 runners took on the challenge of the weather on the day, and a water logged course that had been turned into heavy clinging mud from the previous week’s rain and snow.

Two miles of stamina sapping running on water logged ground brought the runners to the start of the mile climb up the side of the Glen over grassy tussocks and slippery boulders. The descent wasn’t much easier as the underfoot conditions tested runners nerves as they tried to keep their footing before they faced another two miles of strength sapping mud running, made all the harder after the punishing climb and descent, on their way back to the finish.

It was to be no surprise that the Kingdom of Mourne featured heavily in the results. In the mens race it was Seamus Lynch (Newcastle AC) who won in 43.49 with William McKee (Mourne Runners) second in a time of 45.04 and Zak Hanna (Newcastle AC) third in 45.28. In the ladies race Esther Dickson (Newry AC) won in 52.47 with Matsje Hell (North Belfast Harriers) second with 53.25 and Sarah Graham (Mourne Runners) completing the podium in 55.49.

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Springwell RC’s Mountain Runners – Oisin, Alex and Molly Brennan at the Glenariffe Mountain Race

Springwell RC were represented by three of their mountain running specialists with an excellent run from Alex Brennan to finish 10th and 1st M40 with a time of 48.35. Oisin Brennan finished 15th in 51.36 while Molly Brennan crossed the line 69th in 1.05.10.

Atlas Running Shanes Castle Events

Events management company, Atlas Running held a series of events at Shanes Castle in Antrim on Saturday 10th March. Organised on a 13.1 mile lap promoters offered competitors a choice of Half Marathon, Marathon or a three lap, 39.3 mile Ultra Marathon.

In the Ultra Marathon Springwell RC’s Fran McFadden had an excellent race running laps of 1.58.29, 2.09.18 and 2.20.00 to finish 5th overall and win the ladies race in a time of 6.27.46

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Springwell RC’s Fran McFadden – winner of the Atlas Running’s Shanes Castle Ultra

In the Half Marathon event Springwell RC had three representatives with Elaine Montgomery 56th in 2.14.00, Deborah Archibald 58th in 2.14.14 and Catherine Byers 64th in 2.18.35.

Irish Schools Cross Country Championship

Representing their schools, seven of Springwell RC’s junior section travelled to Carriganore in County Waterford on Saturday 10th March for the Irish Schools Cross Country Championships at the WIT Arena.


Matthew Beveridge and Cormac Carr at the Irish Schools XC Championships

The weather of the previous number of weeks made for a very muddy course which deteriorated as the events progressed.

Minor Girls (2000m) - Niamh McGarry (Loreto College) 35th 9.22

Junior Boys (3500m) - Matthew Beveridge (Coleraine Grammar) 8th 13.52, Cormac Carr (Loreto College) 30th 14.54

Intermediate Girls (3500m) - Hermione Skuce (Coleraine Grammar) 17th 16.15

Senior Girls (2500m) - Niamh Carr (Loreto College) 5th 10.38, Elle Beveridge (Coleraine Grammar) 35th 11.45, Rebekah Hunter (Coleraine Grammar) 46th 12.09.



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