Springwell Running Club - Press Release 17th December 2017

North West XC Gransha

The North West Cross Country, hosted by City of Derry Spartans took place on Saturday 16th December at Gransha Park. This event was also the latest in the Athletics NI Cross Country League. The snowfall and heavy rain of the previous week resulted in heavy going for competitors, but at least the icy conditions had been replaced with milder temperatures.

Springwell RC’s Toni Donnelly, Niamh McGarry and Sophia Coyle

Springwell RC’s Toni Donnelly, Niamh McGarry and Sophia Coyle

In the junior races Springwell RC had success with Sophia Coyle winning the U12 girls and Niamh McGarry the U15 girls, in which Toni Donnelly finished 7th. In the Senior Race Springwell RC was well represented with 33 members competing.

Springwell RC at the North West XC in Gransha Park

Springwell RC at the North West XC in Gransha Park

The 3 lap, 3.5 mile race was closely contested from the start between Neil Johnston (Springwell RC), Declan Reed and Mark Long (City of Derry Spartans), Chris McGuiness and Troy McGilloway (Foyle Valley AC) and James Budde (North Down AC). In the final lap Neil once again demonstrated the impressive form that has seen him secure victory in the Comber Cup and Malcolm Cup this year and pulled away from Declan to win in a time of 18.39. Declan finished second in 18.46 with Chris third in 19.02. The team event was even more closely contested with Foyle Valley AC winning by one point from Springwell RC.

The ladies race was totally dominated by North Down AC who claimed all the podium places. Rachel Gibson secured victory in 21.52 with Katie Moore second with a time of 22.10 and club mate Sarah Lindsay completing the podium with a time of 22.24. Having taken the top three places North Down ladies easily won the team event from City of Derry Spartans in second place.

Springwell RC’s Jim Platt (1st M75) at the NW XC Gransha Park

Springwell RC’s Jim Platt (1st M75) at the NW XC Gransha Park

Springwell RC had three age category wins with Kerrie McIlmoyle 1st F35, Gerry O’Doherty 1st M60 and Jim Platt 1st M75. In the MU20 Aaron Craig finished second and in the FU20, running on her 18th birthday, Rebekah Hunter also finished second.

Springwell RC Results - 1st Neil Johnston 18.39, 7th Steven McAlary 19.40, 9th Jonathan McKee 19.55, 13th Luke Dinsmore 20.07, 18th John Gordon 20.38, 25th Alex Brennan 21.22, 26th Paul Thompson 21.26, 28th Jason Scott 21.27, 39th Barry Mulhern 22.23, 42nd Alister Jamison 22.26, 57th Raymond McCann 23.11, 59th Andy Dowey 23.19, 62nd Aaron Craig 23.28, 69th Maurice Walker 23.46, 70th Bryan Edgar 23.51, 74th David McGaffin 24.08, 77th Jeff Young 24.16, 80th Thomas Moore 24.22, 86th Gerry O’Doherty 24.38 (1st M60), 94th Aife McSheffrey 25.03, 107th Kerrie McIlmoyle 25.45 (1st F35), 110th Fran McFadden 25.59, 116th Rebekah Hunter 26.13, 127th Alistair Bratton 27.15, 129th Catherine Pinkerton 27.25, 130th Timothy Bacon 27.35, 131st Paul Campbell 27.37, 145th Lorraine Mullan 28.50, 152nd Annita McCullagh 29.57, 160th Paul Dornan 30.27, 169th Jim Platt 31.23 (1st M75), 173rd Bridgeen Canning 32.32, 184th Andrew Wilmot 34.17.

Born 2 Run

The fourth race in event management company, Born 2 Run’s ‘Run Forest Run’ series took place on Saturday 16th December in Kilbroney Forest Park in Rostrevor. Over 500 runners travelled to the Kingdom of Mourne for these challenging 5 & 10k events, where each 5k lap incorporated over 100 metres of climbing.

Springwell RC Results

5k - 176th Stacey Montgomery 46.32

10k - 168th Andrew Kincaid 55.26, 182nd Janet Patrick 56.14, 267th Deborah Archibald 1.02.04, 288th Catherine Byers 1.04.48.


Saturday saw 52 Springwell RC members Parkrunning at 5 different venues with 2 personal bests recorded.

Rostrevor - Janet Patrick 26.13, Andrew Kincaid 26.53

Portrush - Karen McLaughlin 20.35, Conor Kendall 21.09 PB, Mervyn Thompson 22.01, Jonno Johnson 22.10, Nigel Armstrong 22.18, Meabh Close 23.02, Paul Moore 24.29, Pamela Howe 25.34, Kay Hack 25.47, Robert Workman 25.48, Alanna Millar 26.16, Fergal Mackle 26., Grainne Moore 26.30, Camilla Long 26.36, Donna Costello 27.24, Ali McAllister 28.31, Lynn Montgomery 28.31, Molly Blee 28.34, Bob McLaughlin 28.57, Judith McLaughlin 29.33, Norma Snelling 29.37, Debbie Tutty 30.18, Roisin Walker 31.00, Deborah Purdy 31.59, Caoimhe Armstrong 31.59, Rebecca Clarke 32.10, Rhona Laverty 33.17, Elaine Montgomery 35.54, Jean-Claude Bourgeois 37.12, Lorraine Abernethy 38.36, Zara Hunter 38.46, Kenneth Bacon 42.56, Fiona Walls 43.28, Emer Thompson 46.15

Ormeau - Alistair Shaw 19.33, Rosanna Jack 29.09

Limavady - Anthony Higginbottom 19.14, Jim O'Hara 21.31, Martin Smith 21.46, Joshua White 23.52 PB, John Butcher 24.29, Heather Watson 25.34, Rozzy Skuce 25.46, Andrew Wilmot 27.57, Jonathan Lynch 28.41, Bridgeen Duddy 30.41, Michelle McElhinney 31.17, Nicola White 31.49 PB, Jackie Stevenson 38.45

Wimbledon - Julie Corbett 31.12

Drogheda and District AC Christmas 5k

Over 500 competitors took part in Drogheda and District AC’s Christmas 5k on Sunday 17th December. Springwell RC had one representative at the event with Alison McAllister recording her fastest 5k time of 2017, finishing 106th and 21st lady in a time of 23.46.

Springwell RC’s Alison McAllister at the Drogheda & District AC’s Christmas 5k

Springwell RC’s Alison McAllister at the Drogheda & District AC’s Christmas 5k





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