Springwell Running Club - Press Release – 2nd December 2018

The Seeley Cup

The Seeley Cup, hosted by Willowfield Temperance Harriers, is one of the most prestigious 10k events on the running calendar, traditionally producing intense competition and the highest standard of racing.  This year’s event in Ormeau Park on 1st December was no exception as over 800 athletes took their place on the start line in perfect running conditions.

In a closely contested race it was Ben Branagh (St Malachy’s AC) who was the eventual winner, crossing the line in 30.28 just 8 seconds ahead of Mark McKinstry (North Belfast Harriers) who finished in 30.36.  Christopher Madden (City of Lisburn AC) completed the podium with a time of 31.14.  In the lady’s race it was Letterkenny AC who dominated the podium with Nakita Burke winning in 34.54 and Caitriona Jennings third in 35.41.  It was Jessica Craig (North Down AC) who kept them apart finishing second with a time of 35.33.

 Springwell RC’s Ciara Toner

Springwell RC’s Ciara Toner


Springwell RC’s Ciara Toner was back in competitive action after her record breaking run at last month’s Dublin Marathon, and her time of 36.26 was good enough for  to win the F35 age category and 5th place overall.

Springwell RC had eight members at this event with Neil Johnston leading the club home in 11th in a time of 31.59, Luke Dinsmore was 39th in 33.40 and Paul Thompson produced a personal best time of 34.07 to finish 52nd.  Ciara Toner was 52nd, 36.26, Stephen Joyce 175th 37.23, David Jackson 193rd 38.01, Alister Jamison 231st 39.10 and Maurice Walker 298th 40.18.

 Springwell RC’s Neil Johnston

Springwell RC’s Neil Johnston


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