Press Release 6th August 2017
Broughshane 5 & 10k
On Monday 31st July almost 500 runners took part in the Broughshane 5 & 10k races hosted by Ballymena Runners. The 10k event was a closely contested affair with Mark Smith (Mallusk Harriers) the eventual winner with a time of 37.29, just narrowly ahead of Connor Reid (Ballymena Runners) who finished in 37.36, with Noel Connor (Ballymena Runners) completing the podium with a time of 37.50.
In the ladies race Pauline Thom (Ballymena Runners) had a convincing win finishing in 40.38, over three minutes ahead of Liz Dawson (unattached) who finished second in 43.55. Linda Petticrew (Ballymena Runners) took third place with a time of 46.48.
In the 5k event it was visiting runner Carrick Fortna from Doylestown, Philadelphia who took first place in 17.20 with his younger brother Teagan Fortna claiming second in 18.16. Third place was taken by David McAfee (Springwell RC) in 19.11.
The ladies race was dominated by Ballymena Runners with Paula Worthington first in 21.05, Paula McCarthy second in 21.28 and Geraldine Quigley third with a time of 21.58.
Springwell RC Results
10k - 24th Simon McLean 44.50, 35th Mervyn Thompson 45.58, 40th Jean-Claude Bourgeois 42.27, 42nd Alan McIlfatrick 46.45, 51st Hugh Deighan 47.29, 82nd Elizabeth Deighan 50.35, 158th Bob McLaughlin 57.50, 173rd Deborah Archibald 59.21, 176th Catherine Byers 59.28, 199th Judith McLaughlin 1.03.41, 205th Elaine Montgomery 1.05.08, 208th Amanda Scott 1.05.10.
5k - 3rd David McAfee 19.11, 6th Colin Loughery 19.11, 10th Raymond McCann 20.15, 12th Maurice Walker 20.26, 13th Alister Jamison 20.45, 24th Caroline Irwin 21.57
Stanley Reid Memorial 5 Mile Road Race
On Friday 4th August, over three hundred athletes turned out for the annual Stanley Reid Memorial 5 mile road race in Cookstown, hosted by Sperrin Harriers.
Renamed the Stanley Reid Memorial in 2014 in memory of the first ever race director of the event, the race started and finished within the Loughry College Campus. The course covered a 5 mile loop and, barring an early hill, had the potential to deliver personal bests.
Vincent McAlister (unattached) had an excellent race, winning in 27.12 with Eoin Hughes (Acorns AC) following up his second place in Sundays Cookstown Half Marathon with another second place in a time of 27.31. The host club’s Brian Taggart (Sperrin Harriers) finished in 28.39 for third place.
There was further success for the host club in the ladies race, with Sperrin Harriers athletes dominating the podium. Angela O’Neill led the way, winning in 33.09 just four seconds ahead of club mate Emma Rice, who ran 33.13 for second place. Sinead Currie completed the top three in 34.41 for third place.
Springwell RC Results - 23rd Dale Corbett 31.27, 212th Catherine Byers 47.24, 265th Lorraine Abernathy 53.31, 276th Kenneth Bacon 55.57
Kells and Connor Half Marathon and 5 Mile Road Race
The Kells and Connor Charity Half Marathon and 5 Mile Road Race took place on Saturday 6th August from the Kells and Connor Community Centre in Kells. In the Half Marathon, David Rainey (Ballymena Runners) had an excellent race winning in 1.17.47. Matthew Hewitt (East Coast AC) was second in 1.25.08 and Tom Mills (unattached) third with a time of 1.32.
In the ladies race Sara Johnston (Seapark AC) finished first and third overall in 1.29.08. Natasha Henderson (County Antrim Harriers) was second in 1.34.58, with Jana Ross (unattached) third in 1.40.31.
In the 5 Mile Road Race Mark McClenaghan (unattached) was the clear winner in 35.51 with John McAuley (unattached) second in 36.54. Nat Small (PACE RC) completed the top three with a time of 37.12.
The ladies event was a closer race with Kathleen Law (unattached) the eventual winner in 38.29 closely followed by Lynne McFetridge (unattached) who finished with 38.36. Third place was claimed by Lorraine Burns (unattached) finishing in 39.26.
Representing Springwell RC husband and wife Hugh and Elizabeth Deighan both went home with age category wins. In the Half Marathon Elizabeth ran 1.57.38, finishing 42nd to win the F55 category and in the 5 Mile Road Race Hugh finished 8th overall in 38.39 to win the M55 category. In the Half Marathon Springwell RC were also represented by Stephen Smyth who finished 25th in 1.52.28
Dermott McCloskey Memorial 10k
On Sunday 6th August Dungiven Celtic Youths held their second annual ‘Remembering Dermott’ 5 & 10k races in memory of their coach Dermott McCloskey. Springwell RC had three representatives in the 10k event with Martin Smith having an excellent run with a personal best time of 43.58 for second place. Timothy Bacon was fourth with 45.07. Noel Harkin finished with 54.56.
It was a warm sunny morning at Portrush parkrun, and the outgoing tide left the sand underfoot quite firm. The rain threatened but, thankfully didn't do any real damage.
Jim Murdock was congratulated on reaching his 100th parkrun.
First finisher was Matthew Fox in 18.22 and first lady was Sophie McCluney in 21.29
This week 304 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 78 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.
Portrush - Chris Denton 18.42, Bryan Edgar 19.52, James Stewart 20.00, Jude Moore 21.47, Michael McKeown 22.36, Sophia Coyle 23.09, Gary Kendall 23.11, Andy Deal 23.39, Andrew Wilson 24.10, Jonno Johnson 24.19, Mervyn Thompson 24.23, Pamela Howe 24.28, Patricia Craig 24.52, Jack Blee 25.21, Molly Blee 25.30, Rosanna Jack 26.29, Colin Connolly 26.44, Fergal Mackle 26.54, Bridgeen Canning 27.21, Caitriona Mackle 27.39 PB, Bob McLaughlin 27.42, Sinead Kearney 28.27, Catherine Byers 28.52, Lynn Montgomery 28.57, Margaret Edgar 28.57, Deborah Archibald 29.06, Judith McLaughlin 29.12, Rachel Blee 29.47, Sylvia Pollock 29.56, Emma Birrell 30.13, Elaine Montgomery 30.43, Liadhan McAnena 30.46, Caoimhe Armstrong 31.19, Mariette Mulvenna 31.33 PB, Deborah Purdy 31.36, Roisin Walker 32.04, Siobhan McIntyre 32.48, Roisin McAteer 34.30, Kay Hack 35.42, Fiona Walls 36.22, Kenneth Bacon 36.36
Limavady - John Butcher 20.37 PB, David McGaffin 20.42 PB, Will Colvin 20.45, David Shiels 23.56, Janet Patrick 25.10, David Gault 25.32, Andrew Kincaid 25.51, Denise Mullan 27.42 PB, Linda Dickson 28.37 PB, Jonathan Lynch 29.52, Julie Corbett 34.25
Ecos - Luke Dinsmore 16.20, Christopher Capper 26.18, Emer Thompson 40.15
Queens - Catherine Shiels 24.11 PB
Carrickfergus - Simon Stewart 21.50