Springwell Running Club - Press Release – June 16th 2019
More races, more medals, podium places, age category wins and personal bests. It’s been another very busy week for Springwell RC with races on mountains, trails, roads and the track in Belfast, Buncrana, Carlingford, Cookstown, Toronto, Shane’s Castle and the Glens of Antrim.
NI & Ulster U14 – U17 Age Group Championships
At the Mary Peter’s Track on Saturday 15th June it was the turn of the U14 – U17 age groups to compete for the NI & Ulster track and field titles. Springwell RC had four of their junior section taking part with all of them producing personal best performances and two of them earning NI & Ulster medals.
In the U16 3000m Ryan Smith produced a great run to finish 2nd with a time of 9.40.81 while in the U16 800m Niamh McGarry also excelled to finish 3rd in 2.27.74. Matthew Beveridge narrowly missed a podium place in the U17 800m where he finished 4th with a time of 2.00.32 and in the U15 800m Poppy Given ran 2.32.72 to finish 12th.
Buncrana Summer 10k Road Race
Know as one of the fastest 10k races on the calendar, the Buncrana Summer 10k Road Race took place on Saturday 15th June with 3 Springwell RC members taking part. Racing in her home town, Ciara Toner once again produced another great display of running to win the ladies race and finish 6th overall in a time of 36.35. Ciaran Ferris was 7th with a time of 37.05 and Alan Platt 69th in 53.46.
Stunnerz ‘n’ Runnerz
With the current legislation surrounding road running placing unreasonable costs on local clubs, Sperrin Harriers took the decision this year to move their ladies only, Stunnerz ‘n’ Runnerz event to the trails of the Drum Manor Forest Park, where 205 ladies put their toes to the start line in support of this very popular race.
Springwell RC had five ladies racing with Adele Tomb the first home in 14th with a time of 23.40. Not far behind in 19th, Carolyn Crawford crossed the line in 24.12 followed by Sarah Dickinson who was 24th in a time of 24.48. Maria Quinn finished 56th with a time of 27.05 and Mary Brogan was 62nd in 27.24.
Run for Roscor
Events management company, Born2Run teamed up with Extern’s Roscor Youth Village to host the inaugural ‘Run for Roscor’ 5 & 10k race which took place on Saturday 15th June in the grounds of Shanes Castle in Antrim. Every year Roscor Youth Village in Belleek, County Fermanagh, provides a haven of hope and safety to enable over 2500 vulnerable children to overcome the challenges they face in their daily lives.
Springwell RC were well represented at the event were Jim O’Hara ran a personal best of 20.58 to finish 5th in the 5k event. Also in the 5k, Stacey Lyttle finished 193rd with a time of 42.51.
In the 10k Springwell RC had seven members with Pauline Mullan 50th 51.54, Andrew Kincaid 102nd, 103rd Karen Robinson 1.02.10, 117th Monica McClenaghan 1.04.26, 118th Roisin Walker 1.04.33, 126th Deborah Archibald 1.06.02, and 171st Caroline Owen 1.14.52.
And the Rest
In Toronto on Saturday 15th June America Aznar ran a 40.49 to win the F40 age category and finish 149th in the Lululemon Toronto 10k. On Sunday 16th June the Flagstaff to Carlingford mountain race saw 65 competitors take on the challenge of 3000 feet of climbing over the 11 mile course. Oisin Brennan had an excellent race, finishing 3rd (1st MU21) in 1.48.32 while Barry Mullan finished 12th (1st M40) with a time of 2.04.23 and Colin Brenna was 17th (3rd M55) in 2.07.40. Saturdays Fun Run Over the Glens saw Andrew Wilmot finish 45th in the 10 mile challenge in a time of 1.51.02.