IT was a busy week for Newry City Runners. On Wednesday the popular Rathfriland 10K took place.
This event always has a good turnout and on a tough course, great results were produced. First home for NCR was Mark Clements with at time of 44:10 and this was on the back of a great run in Monaghan on Sunday. First NCR lady was Patricia Brown with a fast 44:28. There is no stopping this lady lately and she grabbed another podium place (third lady) along with a course PB. Next across the finish line was Tony McAteer in 44:44 and Tony was followed by Anne Travers (50:10), Ciaran McBride (51:21), Paul McConville (59:39) and Jennifer McAteer (1:11:08).
On Friday evening our wee road runner Jennifer McAteer was back in action again for a 5K ‘fun run’ – The Prosecco Run! Appropriate refreshment was provided at the half-way point and Jennifer completed this run, which was not chipped, in a time of 33:39.
Meanwhile the Dam Busters 5K, 10K and Half Marathon are popular events with NCR and it was another toughie, comprising of three different distances – 5K, 10K and a Half Marathon. Again the team put in super performances across two distances. Patricia Brown had an excellent run in the 5k race and yet again snapped up another podium place, this time as first lady in a super time of 21:36. There really is no stopping this lady and the club are ordering her a cape!
Five NCR took part in the tough Half Marathon. and not surprisingly Don Travers was first home for NCR, also picking up the third male award. Don clocked in a brilliant time of 1:21:26, and he was followed by Paddy Havern in 1:28:17. First NCR lady was Deirdre Kelly in 1:49:25 with Anne Travers crossing the line next in 1:57:27. All put in truly excellent running performances in warm and humid conditions. A special mention though goes to Tracey Ruane, who completed the course despite picking up a painful calf injury during the race.
CAPES will have to be ordered also for the two super women Karen McElroy and Jannie Burns who took on the Quadrathon Challenge and conquered it in style.
This challenge consisted of four back-to-back half marathons, over four days. Kinnego, Malin, Mamore and Muff – and none of them were easy.
Both ladies had a remarkable run each day of the event, with Karen finishing in the top ten women. Official times were not available at time of press.
AIDAN Murray had a superb performance at Connswater 5K, achieving a PB and taking first place in the race with an excellent time of 17:25.
Meanwhile the unstoppable Jennifer McAteer took part in the Knockagh Half Marathon, completing the course in 2:52:59 on a warm and humid day. Most athletes would take a well-earned rest and take off the running shoes, but not Jennifer. She went on to do another 6.5 miles in order to get her miles in for marathon training. At the rate Jennifer’s going and the amount of mileage she’s putting in, she will be charged road tax!
The Rostrevor Park Run will be back on track next Saturday, August 25.
Please continue to support the Rostrevor Park Run Event and PM their Facebook page if you are free to marshal in the coming weeks/months.
THE annual Newry City Runners Charity Collection will take place on Saturday, August 25 in Newry, Warrenpoint, Camlough and Meigh. This year’s chosen charities are the The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust and Ellen’s Journey and we need as many members as possible to help with this collection. If you have an hour or two to spare, please contact Aine Fegan.
In the same weekend the Armagh City Marathon will take place on Sunday, August 26 and following an excellent turnout the last two years, the club would once again like to send relay teams to take part in this great event. If you would like to take part in this, please contact either Micheal Dillon or Aine Fegan.
The next Pace your own Race will take place on Thursday August 30, on the Greenway at 7pm.
Keep an on Club Facebook Page for details of registration details.