Springwell Running Club - Press Release – 4th February 2018

Stormont Cross Country

The Stormont Estate witnessed its most activity for a year on Saturday 3rd February, as the Northern Ireland Civil Service AC hosted the penultimate round of this seasons Athletics NI Cross Country League attracting over 350 competitors to Belfast.

In the senior mens 4.4 mile race Mark McKinstry (North Belfast Harriers) continued his excellent form winning in a time of 26.50, just ahead of Chris McGuinness (Foyle Valley AC) who took second in 26.57. Conor McGaughey (Derry Track Club) completed the top three in 27.51.

The ladies race was a very closely contested affair with only 10 seconds separating the top three. Jessica Craig (North Down AC) won in 20.35 with Catherine Diver (Beechmount Harriers) second in 20.42 and Ciara Toner (Springwell RC) third with a time of 20.45.

In the veterans race Springwell RC’s Gerry O’Doherty had another great run to finish third in the M60 age category with a time of 22.48.

Springwell RC Results

Senior Men - 8th Luke Dinsmore 28.17, 13th Jonathan McKee 28.36, 23rd Paul Thompson 29.34, 28th Rhodri Jones 29.51, 46th Alex Brennan 30.51, 56th Barry Mullan 31.30, 58th Dale Corbett 31.35, 91st Aaron Craig 33.34, 106th James Stewart 34.13, 177th Alistair Bratton, 191st James Evans 41.22, 201st Paul Dornan 42.41, 207th Andrew Wilmot 45.29, 208th Colin Connolly

Senior Ladies - 3rd Ciara Toner 20.45

Mens 60+ Vets - 4th Gerry O’Doherty 22.48 (3rd M60)

 Springwell RC at Saturdays Stormont XC

Springwell RC at Saturdays Stormont XC

 The start of Saturdays Cross Country at Stormont (Photo Courtesy of NICS AC)

The start of Saturdays Cross Country at Stormont (Photo Courtesy of NICS AC)

 Springwell RC’s Luke Dinsmore at Saturdays XC at Stormont (photo courtesy of NICS AC)

Springwell RC’s Luke Dinsmore at Saturdays XC at Stormont (photo courtesy of NICS AC)

 Springwell RC’s Paul Thompson at Saturdays XC at Stormont (photo courtesy of NICS AC)

Springwell RC’s Paul Thompson at Saturdays XC at Stormont (photo courtesy of NICS AC)

Born 2 Run ‘Run Forest Run’

On Saturday 3rd February 2018, nearly one thousand competitors made their way to the scenic Antrim Castle Grounds in Antrim Town, for Race 6 in the Born 2 Run, ‘Run Forest Run’ Series, the Antrim Castle 10k race.

Vincent McKenna (QUB AC), who has performed consistently throughout this series, once again dominated at the front, winning easily in 34.02.  Mark Smith (Mallusk Harriers) took second place in 34.36, while Oliver Cook (PACE Running Club), completed the men’s podium in 34.55.

In the ladies race it was pre-race favourite Cathy McCourt (Unattached) who won comfortably in 38.09. Following on from her win at last week’s Dungiven 10k Gemma McDonald (Ballycastle Runners) ran 39.07 for second place, with Kate Simple (Acorns AC) crossing the line in 42.17 for third.

In the Junior Mens Category Springwell RC’s Joshua White finished 3rd with a time of 50.56.

Springwell RC Results - 132nd Paul Humphreys 47.08, 169th Paul Quinn 48.16, 239th Joshua White 50.56 (3rd MJ), 278th Janet Patrick 52.16, 318th Andrew Kincaid 53.09, 354th Mary Brogan 53.53, 445th Deborah Archibald 56.48, 498th Roisin Walker 58.47, 626th Lorraine Abernethy 1.05.30.

 Springwell RC’s Roisin Walker, Lorraine Abernethy, Deborah Archibald and Mary Brogan at the Born 2 Run 10k

Springwell RC’s Roisin Walker, Lorraine Abernethy, Deborah Archibald and Mary Brogan at the Born 2 Run 10k

Glenmore 10 Mile Road Race

Following on from the success of last year’s inaugural event Finn Valley AC hosted the second Glenmore 10 Mile Road Race on Sunday 4th February. Taking in the scenery of Ballybofey and Stranorlar the route took competitors past Jacksons Hotel and out the Glenties Road before turning through Glenmore Estate and along the Glenties Road to Drumboe Woods before finishing in Stranorlar at Finn Valley AC.

Springwell RC had two representatives at the event with Patrick Gallagher having an excellent run, finishing with a personal best of 1.08.08 and Will Colvin crossing the line in 1.21.23.

 Springwell RC’s Will Colvin and Patrick Gallagher at the Finn Valley AC Glenmore 10mile Road Race

Springwell RC’s Will Colvin and Patrick Gallagher at the Finn Valley AC Glenmore 10mile Road Race

Portsmouth Half Marathon

Travelling a bit further afield this weekend Catherine Byers took part in Sundays Portsmouth Half Marathon. Finishing in 743rd, Catherine crossed the line in 2.26.08.

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