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Athletics NI announce annual Coaching Conference line-up:

Athletics NI confirm line-up for Coaching Conference 2016:

This week, Athletics NI confirmed the line-up for their annual Coaching Conference.   The 2016 Athletics Northern Ireland Coaching Conference will take place on Saturday 8th October and will play host to a blend of presentations from key note speakers across the sport of Athletics. It will take place at the University of Ulster Jordanstown, which is situated only 20 minutes from Belfast City Centre and close to both the Belfast International and Belfast City Airports. 


Jonas Dodoo, rugby speed consultant to numerous international players and coach to sub 10.0secs Olympian Chijindu Ujah was announced as the final addition to the line-up earlier this week. In keeping with the 2015 conferences the event will involve a mixture of presentations and practical workshops based around key themes identified as areas of interest in Northern Ireland.


Director of Coaching and Athlete Development Tom Crick said, ‘Since graduating from the British Athletics Apprentice Coach Programme in 2012, Jonas has gone on to prove he is a truly world class coach both in Track and Field and other sports. 


Not only has he coached Chijindu Ujah to 9.96s in the 100m and been involved with the training of Olympic Long Jump champion Greg Rutherford, but as founder and Head Coach at Speedworks he is also developing a group of truly outstanding young athletes. I’m sure his two presentations will be invaluable to all coaches who wish to develop speed in their athletes.”


The high calibre line-up includes Olympic Heptathlon Medallist, turned coach, Kelly Sotherton, Jumps expert Alan Richardson and Endurance guru Andy Hobdell (pictured above) - who steered Northern Irish Marathon Olympians Paul Pollock and Kevin Seaward to Rio. A little closer to home, Northern Ireland’s Performance Coach of the Year Richard Rodgers and Athletics NI’s Tom Reynolds will discuss the preparation of Steeplechase Olympian Kerry O’Flaherty for Rio Olympics.


Tom Crick, Athletics NI Director of Coaching and Athlete Development, said: “With so many of these speakers returning from Rio, the 2016 Northern Ireland Coaching Conference will be an opportunity to reflect on an Olympic year but also look forward to the challenges facing coaches hoping to develop future Olympians in Tokyo and beyond."

How to book your place at the Athletics NI Coaching Conference 2016:

The costs for the conference are £40 (for coaches who are registered coaches and have taken a UKA coaching or leadership qualification) and £55 (for other coaches).  The full conference schedule and online booking is available here: www.athleticsni.org/Coaches/Conference  


This year the conference website is hosted on uLearnAthletics.com and is linked to the UK National Coaching Database, so all registered UK coaches can receive professional development credit for attending. To pay the reduced £40 delegate fee, registered UK coaches will need to know their coach license number and have up to date contact information.


If you are having problems logging on contact the Administration team on 028 9060 2707 or info@athleticsni.org. We will need to know your full name, date of birth and current email address.  Any club secretary wishing to be invoiced for a batch of tickets for club coaches should contact: laura@athleticsni.org.

Antrim Combined Team seal Division 1 victory at National League Final:

Antrim Combined Team seal Division 1 victory:

On Sunday 7th August 2016, the Antrim Combined Men's Team, which comprises of athletes from Ballymena & Antrim AC and City of Lisburn AC, sealed victory at the AAI National Track & Field League Division 1 final. 


The ladies team missed victory by the narrowest of margins, after losing to Kilkenny City Harriers on a count back, after both teams finished on 99 points.  Amongst the most impressive performances of the day, were several individual victories for the Antrim athlete. Dean Adams won the 100m in 11.16secs (1st place), while Gareth Thompson clocked 22.64secs (1st place) to win the 200m.  


Adam Hill and Ciaran Barns excelled over the hurdles, with Adam winning the 100m hurdles in 15.80secs (1st place) and Ciaran leading the way in the 400m hurdles in 57.31secs (1st place).  Kelly Neely was also in good form, winning the ladies 400m in 58.03secs.


Northern Ireland's Mark Hoy helped his Finn Valley AC team to 2nd place in the overall Division 1 standings with superb outings over 800m and 1500m, where he recorded 2:01.60 (1st place) and 4:09.86 (1st place) respectively.  Lagan Valley AC ladies also battled well on the day and finished in 8th place overall.  The Athletics Ireland report and provisional results for the event can be found HERE.

Laura Graham secures AAI National HM gold as local runners impress outside NI:

Laura Graham excels as local runners impress outside Northern Ireland:

On Sunday 7th August 2016, arguably Northern Ireland's most in-form lady, Laura Graham (Mourne Runners), added another notable achievement to her fast growing running CV after claiming victory at the Rock N'Roll Dublin Half Marathon, which doubled up as the AAI National Half Marathon Championships.


Despite the windy conditions, Laura recorded 1:18:56 (1st place) to seal the National gold medal, adding to her AAI National Marathon bronze medal, which she picked up at the Dublin Marathon in October 2016. This is another useful outing for the Kilkeel lady as she focuses on the Dublin Marathon this October.  


Laura wasn't the only local athlete to impress in Dublin, with City of Derry AC star Catherine Whoriskey recording 1:20:33 for take 2nd place and the associated AAI National silver medal.  In the men's race, North Belfast Harriers' Eddie Cooke led the local contingent home in 1:15:02 (11th place).

Carlingford 5k (Ireland):

Early this weekend (Friday 5th August 2016), local runners also impressed at the annual Carlingford 5k road race in Ireland.  The event, which always attracts local interest, boasts a course with personal best potential, and runners from Northern Ireland made full use of that as they dominated at the head of the pack.  


Raheny Shamrock AC's Freddy Sittuk won in 14:45 (1st place), but Northern Ireland runners filled all but one of the remaining top ten places.  AAI National 5,000m Champion Conor Duffy (Glaslough Harriers) took 2nd place in 14:46, while Paddy Hamilton (Slieve Gullion Runners) followed just two seconds later in 14:48 (3rd place). St Malachy's AC man Ben Branagh recorded 15:06 (4th place) and Springwell Running Club's Neil Johnston ran 15:18 for 5th place.  Newcastle AC duo Eoghan Totten (15:34) and David O'Flaherty (15:38) secured 5th place and 6th place respectively.  The ever-improving John Black crossed the line in 15:41 (8th place), just ahead of St Peters AC's Gerard Heaney, who ran 15:46 for 10th place.  North Belfast Harriers also secured the team prize.  Full results for the event can be found HERE.


Streets of Galway 8k (Ireland):

On Saturday 6th August 2016, there were several familiar faces on the start line of the Streets of Galway 8k road race in Galway, Ireland.  This event has proved a good hunting ground for Northern Ireland based athletes in the past, and this year was no different.  In an epic finish, Newcastle AC's Seamus Lynch clocked 25:27 to secure 3rd place ahead of North Belfast Harriers' Lyndsay Gordon, who ran 25:28 for 4th place.  Andrew Annett (North Belfast Harriers) also claimed a top ten spot, running 26:03 for 8th place,  The race was won by Clonliffe Harriers' Sergiu Ciobanu in 24:25 (1st place).  Full results for the event can be found HERE.


Riverine 10k (Ireland):

On Sunday 7th August 2016, runners from Northern Ireland dominated the podium at the annual Riverine 10k road race, an event hosted by Lifford-Strabane AC in County Donegal, Ireland.  Northern Ireland international Scott Rankin (Foyle Valley AC) led the field home in 30:47 (1st place), before Declan Reed (City of Derry AC) marked his return to competition with a 2nd place finish in 32:50.  In the ladies race, which was won by Letterkenny AC's Fionnuala Diver (1st place - 37:15), Claire McGuigan (Lifford-Strabane AC) claimed 2nd place in 37:43.  Full results for the event can be found HERE.

Martin Wilcox and Mary Margaret Meade impress at Delamont 10k Trail Race:

Delamont 10k Trail Race:

On Saturday 6th August 2016, local event management group Atlas Running welcomed athletes to the stunning Delamont Park, on the shores of Strangford Lough, for the Delamont Park 10k Trail Race.  The participants were faced with a tough undulating course, but were rewarded with some picturesque views of the lough and as far away as the Mourne Mountains.


Almost as soon as the athletes set off, East Down AC’s Martin Wilcox made his intentions clear, surging to the head of the pack.  Richard Coey (Ballydrain Harriers), Mary Margaret Meade (North Belfast Harriers) and Ronald Simms (Seapark AC) gave chase, but by half way, it was clear that there was no stopping Martin - the battle was now for the runners up spot, with Mary ensuring that it was a similar situation in the ladies race as she battled at the front with the men.  Joanne Foster (East Down AC) and Diane McKeag (Unattached) were the only other ladies who looked like claiming podium places.


In end, it was Martin who led the field home – well clear of the chasing pack, he veered into the finishing straight and broke the tape in 40:11 (1st place).  Richard Coey followed in 41:41 (2nd place) to secure the runners up prize.  Mary Margaret Meade bettered her second place finish at the Crossgar 10k earlier this week when she crossed the line in 42:13 to take 1st place in the ladies race and 3rd place overall.


Ronald Simms clocked 43:17 (3rd place) to complete the men’s podium, before Joanne Foster, who had looked strong on the tough ascents, secured 2nd place in 48:06.  Diane McKeag completed an impressive performance to take 3rd place in 51:18.


Top 3 Men:  1st Martin Wilcox (East Down AC) – 40:11, 2nd Richard Coey (Ballydrain Harriers) – 41:41, 3rd Richard Simms (Seapark AC) – 43:17


Top 3 Ladies:  1st Mary Margaret Meade (North Belfast Harriers) – 42:13, 2nd Joanne Foster (East Down AC) – 48:06, 3rd Diane McKeag (Unattached) – 51:18


Full Results:  Delamont Park 10k 2016 Results (Photos from the Delamont Park 10k will be added to our photo gallery in the coming days)

Don Travers and Lyndsey Tyro excel at Kells & Connor Half Marathon:

Kells & Connor Half Marathon:

On Saturday 6th August 2016, a record number of athletes turned out for the annual Kells & Connor Half Marathon.  The event, which is close to Ballymena, boasts a scenic but tough rural course, proved popular with competitors.  


At the head of the pack, Don Travers (Newry City Runners) and Matthew Hewitt (East Coast AC), who both represent NiRunning’s Garmin Mourne Skyline MTR race team, battled it out over the challenging 13.1 mile route.  In the end, less than thirty seconds split the pair, with Don taking top spot in 1:18:10 (1st place) and Matthew claiming 2nd place in 1:18:38.  PACE Running Club’s Aaron Woodman clocked 1:25:16 for 3rd place.


In the ladies race, pre-race favourite Lyndsey Tyro (Orangegrove AC) proved her worth, sealing victory in 1:38:03 (1st place).  Jana Mullerova (Club Unknown) crossed the line in 1:39:24 for 2nd place, before Dalriada 10k podium finisher Judith Worthington (Ballymena Runners) completed the ladies podium in 1:42:45 (3rd place).


Top 3 Men:  1st Don Travers (Newry City Runners) – 1:18:10, 2nd Matthew Hewitt (East Coast AC) – 1:18:38, 3rd Aaron Woodman (PACE Running Club) – 1:25:16


Top 3 Ladies:  1st Lyndsey Tyro (Orangegrove AC) – 1:38:03, 2nd Jana Mullerova (Club Unknown) – 1:39:24, 3rd Judith Worthington (Ballymena Runners) – 1:42:45


Full Results:  Kells & Connor Half Marathon 2016 Results (Photo by Natasha Henderson)

Mark McKinstry and Gemma McDonald win Stanley Reid 5 mile road race:

Sperrin Harriers Stanley Reid Memorial 5 mile Road Race:

On Friday 5th August 2016, Sperrin Harriers welcomed nearly three hundred athletes to the 15th annual running of their Stanley Reid Memorial 5 mile road race in Cookstown, County Tyrone. The race, which is named after its first ever race director, offered athletes a course with personal best potential.


As predicted, North Belfast Harriers athlete Mark McKinstry made a competitive return to action following a planned summer break, and it was he who stole the headlines with an excellent performance.  After breaking his own Ecos parkrun record last week, the Glenwherry man went up in distance this week and showed his strength as he dominated at the front, eventually breaking the tape in 26:29 (1st place).  The host club’s in-form Pierce McCullagh (Sperrin Harriers) claimed 2nd place in 28:18, before Richard Agnew (Ballymena Runners), winner of the Broughshane 10k earlier this week, held off unattached athlete Kevin O’Boyle (4th place – 28:37) to take 3rd place in 28:27.


In the ladies race, Gemma McDonald (Springwell Running Club) played a major part in proceedings as expected.  The talented athlete, who finished as runner up here last year, bettered that with a well-deserved win in 32:07 (1st place).  Lagan Valley AC’s Suzanne Higgins looked in good form as she clocked 32:55 for 2nd place, before Acorns AC’s Sandra McKeown crossed the line in 34:27 for 3rd place.


Top 3 Men:  1st Mark McKinstry (North Belfast Harriers) – 26:29, 2nd Pierce McCullagh (Sperrin Harriers) – 28:18, 3rd Richard Agnew (Ballymena Runners) – 28:27


Top 3 Ladies:  1st Gemma McDonald (Springwell Running Club) – 32:07, 2nd Suzanne Higgins (Lagan Valley AC) – 32:55, 3rd Sandra McKeown (Acorns AC) – 34:27


Full Results:  Stanley Reid Memorial 5 mile Road Race 2016 Results (Note:  Team and Category Results are available on our RESULTS page)

John Craig and Debbie Matchett seal top hounors at Ards 5 mle road race:

Ards Lions 5 mile Road Race:

On Friday 5th August 2016, Ards Lions Club welcomed over one hundred runners to their annual 5 mile road race in the shadows of Scrabo Tower in Newtownards, County Down.  This event, which starts and finish at Londonderry Park, has never failed to attract a host of quality athletes, and this year was no different.


At the head of the pack, reigning Champion John Craig (Victoria Park & Connswater AC) showed his strength as he dictated proceedings to win in 27:16 (1st place), well over one minute clear of his nearest rival.  Cambridge AC’s Niall Devlin followed in 28:23 for 2nd place, before podium finisher in 2015, Nigel Kelly secured 3rd place in 29:12 (3rd place).


Northern Ireland XC international Debbie Matchett (Ballydrain took the ladies title in 32:52 (1st place).  North Down AC’s Catherine Roberts was the next female finisher in 33:27, while former British Champion Ruth Perioli (Lagan Valley AC) completed the top three female finishers in

33:44 (3rd place)


Top 3 Men:  1st John Craig (Victoria Park & Connswater AC) – 27:16, 2nd Niall Devlin (Cambridge AC) – 28:23, 3rd Nigel Kelly (Unattached) – 39:12


Top 3 Ladies:  1st Debbie Matchett (Ballydrain Harriers) – 32:52, 2nd Catherine Roberts (North Down AC) – 33:27, 3rd Ruth Perioli (Lagan Valley AC) – 33:44 


Full Results:  Ards Lions 5 mile Challenge 2016 Results

Weekend Preview:  Stanley Reid Memorial, Ards 5, Kells & Connor HM...

Weekend Preview:  Stanley Reid Memorial, Ards 5, Kells & Connor HM and more...

This week the most prestigious sporting event on earth, the Olympic Games, will attract the attention and imagination of the world; the opening ceremony takes place this evening (Friday 5th August 2016).  Of course, with five runners from Northern Ireland representing Ireland at the Games in Rio, the event has it’s own significance locally.


However, the local action will continue and there are several excellent events on offer for those looking to lace up their racing shoes – there will be events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday this weekend.  The highlights are undoubtedly Sperrin Harriers’ Stanley Reid Memorial, the Feile 10k and the Kells & Connor Half Marathon.  Local runners will also compete at the Glenmore 5k in Carlingford (Ireland) and the Rock & Roll Half Marathon (inc AAI National Half Marathon Championships) in Dublin (Ireland).


Sperrin Harriers Stanley Reid Memorial 5 mile Road Race:

The weekend action will kick off tonight (Friday 5th August 2016) in Cookstown, where hundreds of athletes are expected to take on the 15th annual Stanley Reid Memorial 5 mile road race, hosted by Sperrin Harriers.  


Interestingly, the race was re-named the Stanley Reid Memorial back in 2014 in memory of the first ever race director of the event.  Race HQ, including the start and finish will be within the expansive Loughry College.  The course itself covers a 5 mile loop and is reasonably fast barring an early hill, and therefore boasts excellent personal best potential.


Reigning Champion Chris McPeake (City of Derry AC) has been off the radar of late, but the former Sperrin Harriers man could well return to competitive action for this event. Chris recorded 27:22 for victory twelve months ago and that time should be enough to take a podium place this time around.  However, it may not be enough to retain the title if North Belfast Harriers athlete Mark McKinstry decides to make the journey to Cookstown - Mark has a 5 mile personal best of 25:48 which would surely secure top spot.


Unattached athlete Michael Crawley will also go well if he takes to the start line, as will Gavin Corey (Sperrin Harriers) and Acorns AC duo Darrell McKee and Eoin Hughes – Eoin will be keen to replicate his race winning performance at the Dalriada Festival 10k.  Pierce McCullagh (Sperrin Harriers) and Brian Taggart (Sperrin Harriers) will also be worth watching.


In the ladies race, 2015 winner Heather Foley (Unattached) will prove hard to beat should she attempt to defend her title.  Twelve months ago edged Gemma McDonald (Springwell Running Club) by just over a minute, clocking 30:19 for the course.  Gemma ran an excellent 31:09 for second, and both may well go head-to-head tonight again.  Acorns AC ladies Karen Alexander and Natalie Hall, and Sperrin Harriers front runner Pauline McGurren could add further class to the field.

Ards Lions 5 mile Road Race:

Also on Friday 5th August 2016, Ards Lions Club will host their annual 5 mile road race in the shadows of Scrabo Tower in Newtownards, County Down.  This event, which starts and finish at Londonderry Park, never fails to attract a host of quality athletes, and this year will be no different.


Ballydrain Harriers will be well represented and it could well be Ryan Andrews (Ballydrain Harriers) who leads the way.  Ryan enjoyed an excellent run to win the Crawfordsburn Trail Race earlier this week and will take that confidence into this event.  However, the up and coming athlete may face tough competition in the form of Willowfield Harriers’ Neill Weir and North Down AC’s Dennis Scott.  Niall Devlin (Cambridge AC), John Craig (Victoria Park & Connswater AC) may feature, while Chris Davis (East Coast AC), Andrew Muir (North Down AC) and Mark Walker (Marathon Club Ireland) will all be hoping for highly placed finishes.


Denise Logue (Ballydrain Harriers) will play a prominent part in proceedings should she make use of the on the night entry system.  The Northern Ireland cross country international won here in 2015 and should place well again this time.  Denise will more than likely be up against Catherine Roberts (North Down AC) and Nicky McKeag (Ballydrain Harriers).  Roisin Devlin (QUB AC) and Sarah Benton (North Down AC) will also run well.


Glenmore 5k (Ireland):

In Ireland tonight (Friday 5th August 2016), a number of familiar faces will take to the start line of the popular Glenmore 5k road race in Carlingford, County Louth.  The race, which attracts a large contingent from Northern Ireland on an annual based covers a flat, fast and scenic route.  Competitors start along the Coast Road before turning in-land and making their way back to the atmospheric town centre. 


Paddy Hamilton (Slieve Gullion Runners) secured a podium place at this event in 2015 and the Northern Ireland international may well return in an attempt to better his third place finish.  Paddy will be joined by a host of familiar faces, with Conor Duffy (Glaslough Harriers) and Ben Branagh (St Malachy’s AC) likely to start.  Dromore AC and North Belfast Harriers will be well represented - Nigel McKibbin (Dromore AC), Stephen O'Gorman (Dromore AC), Conor Curran (North Belfast Harriers) and John Black (North Belfast Harriers) may well be amongst those who take to the start line.

Kells & Connor Half Marathon:

On Saturday 6th August 2016, athletes from the Country Antrim area are expected to turn out for the Kells & Connor Half Marathon.  The event, which is close to Ballymena, boasts a scenic rural course and will prove popular with competitors.  


This year, the race is on a different day to the famous Lurig Mountain Race (they were on the same day last year), which alongside the positive attention following last year’s race, has boosted numbers, with nearly one hundred competitors already signed up – entries will still be available on race day.


PACE Running Club pair Aaron Woodman and Oliver Cook should feature at the head of the pack and both men have the potential to pick up a prize. Orangegrove AC’s Paul Tyro will also be worth watching, as will Simon Reeve (North Belfast Harriers), Ryan Armstrong (Ballymena Runners), Rodney Agnew (Ballymena Runners) and Billy Thompson (Larne AC). 


Lyndsey Tyro (Orangegrove AC) will start as pre-race favourite in the ladies event.  The talented athlete has had a busy year so far, with her 3:08:59 marathon personal best in London arguably the highlight – Lyndsey also won the Ho Chi Minh City ‘Conquer The Bridge’ Half Marathon in Asia at the beginning of the year.  Gillian Logan (Orangegrove AC) should challenge for a podium place but will need to be in good form if she wishes to see off Dalriada Festival podium finisher Judith Worthington (Ballymena Runners).


Delamont 10k Trail Race:

On Saturday 6th August 2016, local event management group Atlas Running will welcome athletes to the stunning Delamont Park, on the shores of Strangford Lough, for the Delamont Park 10k Trail Race.  The course will provide a test to competitors, with the reward for some tough climbing being picturesque views.


It’s hard to look past Ballydrain Harriers athlete Richard Coey as a potential pre-race favourite.  Richard enjoyed an excellent battle with Newcastle AC’s Collum Campbell for top spot at the Crossgar 10k earlier this week, but was forced to settle for second place on that occasion.  Andrew Johnston (Marathon Club Ireland) and Ronald Simms (Seapark AC) are amongst the starters.  In the ladies race, Orangegrove AC’s Verity Cornford and Dromore AC’s Janette Bailie should both place well.  Kirsty Meredith (Scrabo Striders) will also take to the start line.

Feile 10k Road Race:

On Sunday 7th August 2016, nearly five hundred athletes are expected to take to the streets of Belfast for the Feile Festival 10k road race, an event organised by events management company Aisling Events.  


Although online entries are now closed, organisers are keen to point out that entry in person (at the Anderstown News Kiosk in the Kennedy Centre and at North Belfast News, Cityside) is still available – there will also be opportunities to enter the event at the Feile Tent on race day.


North Belfast Harriers athlete Philip Goss has returned to competitive action this year after a long spell out of action and produced some excellent performances.  Philip will toe the line here and will hope to achieve the same kind of standard that saw him record 15:34 at the Queen’s 5k back in April – he also ran 33:57 to win the Les Jones Memorial 10k.  Despite these impressive outings, the Belfast man will need to be at the top of his game, with his club mate Brendan Grew (North Belfast Harriers) another likely starter.  Beechmount Harriers pair Stuart Kennedy and Michael Magee will claim top ten places, while Sean-Paul Hughes and Conor Diiver (Unattached) will be amongst those seeking to finish well up the field.


The outstanding performer in the ladies race should be Northern Ireland 5,000m, 10,000m and Marathon record holder Teresa Duffy (Unattached). The respected athlete has certainly not lost her talent as she moves through the veteran categories, as she has picked up several podium prizes in the last couple of years.  Gerrie Short (Beechmount Harriers), Catherine Diver (Beechmount Harriers) and Cathy McCourt (McCFit) could challenge Teresa at the front.

Rock & Roll Half Marathon incorporating AAI National Half Marathon Championships (Ireland):

In Dublin on Sunday 7th August 2016, a large number of athletes from Northern Ireland will take part in the atmospheric and well-supported Rock & Roll Half Marathon, which for the second consecutive year will also play host to the GloHealth AAI National Half Marathon Championships.


Portaferry 10 mile road race winner Eddie Cooke (North Belfast Harriers) is likely to be amongst the leading Northern Ireland based athletes to reach the finish line, while Laura Graham (Mourne Runners), Catherine Whoriskey (City of Derry AC) and Roisin Hughes (North Belfast Harriers) should perform well in the ladies race.  A full entry list for the event is available HERE.


AAI National League Track & Field Final (Ireland):

Also on Sunday 7th August 2016, several Northern Ireland based clubs will be represented at the GloHealth AAI National Track & Field Final in Tullamore, Ireland.  Lagan Valley AC and the County Antrim Combined Team should both travel to the event with confidence following excellent performances in the league over the last few months.


Parkrun:

As always, Northern Ireland’s twenty two parkrun events will take place this weekend, for more information on these, or to locate your nearest event, please visit our dedicated ‘parkrun’ section within our fixtures page.

Ryan Andrews and Jessica Craig win North Down AC's Crawfordsburn 5k:

Crawfordsburn 5k Trail Race 2016:

On Wednesday 3rd August 2016, North Down AC welcomed over two hundred and fifty athletes to their ever popular Crawfordsburn Trail Race, a 5k race around the scenic trails and forest paths of Crawfordsburn Country Park, just outside Bangor in County Down.


Ballydrain Harriers athlete Ryan Andrews put in a strong performance at the head of the pack in what was an exceptionally close race.  Ryan just about saw off Willowfield Harriers pair Christopher Dean and Garry Morrow to seal victory, after crossing the line in 18:25 (1st place).  Christopher clocked the same time (18:25) for 2nd place, while Garry ran 18:27 for 3rd place.


The ladies race wasn’t just as close, but was still an exciting affair – the host club’s Jessica Craig (North Down AC) recorded a brilliant18:35 (1st place) to retain her 2015 title.  Cathy McCourt (McCFit) followed on from her win at the Broughshane 5k with a 20:00 finish for 2nd place, before Jodi Smith (North Down AC) recorded 20:20 for 3rd place.


Top 3 Men:  1st Ryan Andrews (Ballydrain Harriers) -18:25, 2nd Christopher Dean (Willowfield Harriers) – 18:25, 3rd Garry Morrow (Willowfield Harriers) – 18:27


Top 3 Ladies:  1st Jessica Craig (North Down AC) – 18:35, 2nd Cathy McCourt (McCFit) – 20:00, 3rd Jodi Smith (North Down AC) – 20:20


Full Results:  Crawfordsburn 5k Trail Race 2016 Results (Photo above by Kate/Eric Montgomery)

Collum Campbell and Amy Bulman secure victory at Crossgar 10k:

Crossgar 10k 2016:

On Monday 1st August 2016, nearly two hundred athletes turned out for the Crossgar 10k in County Down, a well-organised event hosted by Crossgar Harriers in association with Atlas Running.


In what proved to be an exciting race, with both the men’s and ladies races being closely contested, it was Newcastle AC’s Collum Campbell and Unattached athlete Amy Bulman who collected the top prizes.  In the men’s race, Collum was forced to work all the way to the finish line by Richard Coey (Ballydrain Harriers), with a mere one second splitting the pair in the end – Collum clocked 37:18 for 1st place, with Richard following in 37:19 (2nd place).  Thomas O’Gorman (Club Unknown) completed the top three in 37:42 (3rd place).


In the ladies event, just two seconds split the top two ladies, with the aforementioned Amy Bulman battling it out with North Belfast Harriers’ Mary Margaret Meade.  In the end, Amy broke the tape in 39:38 (1st place), with Mary recording 39:40 (2nd place) for the runners up spot.  In-form Sinead Murtagh (Newcastle AC) crossed the line in 40:10 for 3rd place.


Top 3 Men:  1st Collum Campbell (Newcastle AC) – 37:18, 2nd Richard Coey (Ballydrain Harriers) – 37:19, 3rd Thomas O’Gorman (Club Unknown) – 37:42


Top 3 Ladies:  1st Amy Bulman (Unattached) – 39:38, 2nd Mary Margaret Meade (North Belfast Harriers) – 39:40, 3rd Sinead Murtagh (Newcastle AC) – 40:10


Full Results:  Crossgar 10k 2016 Results

Richard Agnew and Pauline Thom excel at Broughshane 10k:

Broughshane 10k & 5k 2016:

On Monday 1st August 2016, well over three hundred runners descended on the County Antrim village of Broughshane, close to Ballymena, for the inaugural running of the Broughshane 10k and 5k races; the event was hosted by Ballymena Runners.


Picturesque Broughshane is well-known for its many floral competition wins, but on this occasion, it was the sea of runners which brought the village to bloom.  The host club’s Richard Agnew, a podium finisher at last week’s ‘Milk Run’, led the field home in 35:24 (1st place).  East Antrim Harriers’ ever consistent David Turtle clocked 36:41 for 2nd place, before Ben Morrow (Ballymena Runners), who recently launched the second installment of his Wilderbeast Trail Run, completed the top three in 37:10 (3rd place).


Ballymena & Antrim AC star Pauline Thom looked in fine form as she cruised to victory in the ladies race.  Pauline powered home in 39:54 (1st place), ahead of Ballymena Runners’ Catherine McQuillan, who ran 43:51 for 2nd place.  Judith Worthington (Ballymena Runners) followed on from her podium finish at the Dalriada Festival last week with another impressive outing, taking 3rd place in 45:24.


In the associated 5k event, young Joshua Powers (Club Unknown) proved to be a class act, sealing a comprehensive win in 17:19 (1st place), while Cathy McCourt (Unattached) looked back to her best with a 19:44 clocking for 1st place in the ladies race.


Top 3 Men:  1st Richard Agnew (Ballymena Runners) – 35:24, 2nd David Turtle (East Antrim Harriers) – 36:41, 3rd Ben Morrow (Ballymena Runners) – 37:10


Top 3 Ladies:  1st Pauline Thom (Ballymena & Antrim AC) – 39:54, 2nd Catherine McQuillan (Ballymena Runners) – 43:51, 3rd Judith Worthington (Ballymena Runners) – 45:24


Full Results:  Broughshane 10k & 5k 2016 Results (Photo by Robert McGaughey)

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