Springwell Running Club - Press Release – 2nd September 2018

Waterside Half Marathon

The Waterside Half Marathon, which this year incorporated the N.I. & Ulster Half Marathon Championships, took place on 2nd September with over 1500 runners taking part in the prestigious event.  Starting in Ebrington Square the field made their way out the Limavady Road and under the Foyle Bridge, before a lap of Gransha Hospital and onto the A2 to make their way back to the Foyle Bridge, this time to cross the river and run alongside the River Foyle to Coshowen, before turning back to the city and Crossing the Peace Bridge to finish on the running track in St Columbs Park.

Although good the weather conditions were just a little short of perfect as the temperature quickly rose and a stiff breeze blew down the river.  Springwell RC was well represented at the event with 48 club members participating, either as competitors or assisting as pacers.  Ciara Toner, continuing her preparation for the Dublin Marathon, produced another excellent performance to finish 33rd overall and 2nd lady in a time of 1.22.08, taking 1 minute and 25 seconds off her own club record for the distance.

With Ciara leading the Springwell RC lady’s home and club mates Mandy Stewart and Catherine Pinkerton finishing in 1.44.42 and 1.47.59 respectively, their combined efforts saw them being crowned as the N.I. & Ulster Half Marathon Champions 2018.

 Ciara Toner (Springwell RC) crossing the Peace Bridge at the WHM 2018 (photo Jim O’Hara)

Ciara Toner (Springwell RC) crossing the Peace Bridge at the WHM 2018 (photo Jim O’Hara)

Springwell RC enjoyed further success with age category wins for Bryan Edgar (M55) and Hugh Boyle (M65) and third place finishes in their age categories for Steven McAlary (M35), David Jackson (M50) and Elizabeth Deighan (F55).

 Colin Loughery (Springwell RC) crossing the Peace Bridge at the WHM 2018 (Photo Jim O’Hara)

Colin Loughery (Springwell RC) crossing the Peace Bridge at the WHM 2018 (Photo Jim O’Hara)

Springwell RC Results -  17th Steven McAlary 1.17.05 (3rd M35), 33rd Ciara Toner 1.22.08 (2nd lady), 39th David Jackson (3rd M50), 40th Stephen Joyce 1.23.30, 47th Bryan Edgar 1.24.59 (1st M55), 55th David McAfee 1.25.39, 58th Alister Jamison 1.26.20, 62nd Colin Loughery 1.26.54, 63rd Aaron Moffatt 1.27.19, 72nd Steven Magill 1.28.56, 75th Hugh Boyle 1.29.16 (1st M65), 85th Jason Scott 1.29.54 (Pacer), 100th Alan Nevin 1.30.42, 134th Maurice Walker 1.33.59, 151st David McGaffin 1.35.23, 182nd Ryan Kennedy 1.37.14, 184th Dale Corbett 1.37.45, 257th Gary Kendall 1.41.31, 312th Niall Kennedy 1.43.44, 315th Gary Moore 1.43.56 (Pacer), 316th Darren Madden 1.43.57 (Pacer), 329th Stephen McLaughlin 1.44.40, 337th Barry McCluskey 1.44.49, 339th Mandy Stewart 1.44.42, 397th Kieran Cooke 1.46.12, 419th Catherine Pinkerton 1.47.59, 441st Paul Irwin 1.48.04, 467th Thomas Cassidy 1.49.40, 506th Pauline Mullan 1.51.00, 527th Graham Stewart 1.51.59, 734th Gregory O'Brien 1.58.43 (Pacer), 783rd Paula McNicholl 1.59.50, 790th Jim O’Hara 2.00.40, 836th Elizabeth Deighan 2.01.41 (3rd F55), 897th Janet Patrick 2.04.13, 913th Jo Quinn 2.05.41, 948th Kyle Millar 2.07.03, 962nd Rodney McPhee 2.08.03, 964th Deborah McPhee 2.08.22, 978th Betty Anne O’Kane 2.08.06, 1054th Fergal Mackle 2.11.17, 1056th Margaret Edgar 2.10.53, 1125th Karen Robinson 2.13.16, 1297th Alison Duncan 2.22.03, 1298th Barbara Ferguson 2.22.10, 1345th Colin Connolly 2.28.50, 1357th Deborah Archibald 2.29.05, 1384th Helena Dornan 2.29.09 (Pacer)

Laganside 10k

The Pure Running Laganside 10k took place on Sunday 2nd September in very hot and sunny conditions.  The North Belfast Harriers hosted event is part of the Novosco 10k Grand Prix 2018 Series and was all the more memorable this year with the appearance of Marathon World Record holder Paula Radcliffe. The former Sports Personality of the Year took time to speak with fans, support junior runners in their one mile event and complete the 10k in a comfortable 42.35.

 Springwell RC’s Laura Wilson and Alison Kelly with Paula Radcliffe at the Laganside 10k

Springwell RC’s Laura Wilson and Alison Kelly with Paula Radcliffe at the Laganside 10k

Springwell RC had six members at the event - 536th Andrew Kincaid 52.40, 744th Alison Kelly 57.35, 748th Laura Wilson 57.44, 915th Emer Thompson 1.02.10, 1016th Steven Miles 1.07.11, 1153rd Stacey Montgomery 1.29.49

Fun 2 Run

Now that the summer holidays are over the Fun 2 Run sessions are starting again, with the first this Friday 7th September.  Starting at 5.15pm these sessions cater for junior runners from P5 to year 9.  New members are welcome on the night.  For any further details please contact Alistair on 07711 822208.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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