THE last of the Oktoberfest 5Ks took place on Friday evening. This was always a very popular run with NCR and this year proved no different.
First home for NCR was Duddy Parr in a time of 18:20 and he was also the third overall. Duddy was closely followed by Bernard Hamill in 18.28, while hot on both their heels was Aine Fegan in 20.01. Aine was the first NCR lady and also the first Lady overall - all the more exceptional as she also was a winner in the club’s 5K the previous evening. Other NCR times were: Tony McAteer 20:44, David Love 22:13, Sarah Campbell 24:17, Attracta Magennis 24:17, Paul McConville 25:35 and Peter Simpson 27:51.
Meanwhile the Bangor 10K took place on Saturday with perfect weather conditions for running. Patricia Brown flew the flag for NCR at the event with great finesse, completing the route in the impressive time of 43.33. Patricia was first in her class and she continues to go from strength to strength.
On a beautiful autumnal morning The Magnificent Seven NCR team took to the road for the Annaghmore 18-miler, a new race distance for many and also done as part of Dublin Marathon training. On a challenging course, with plenty of inclines, impressive times were achieved.
Mark Clements and Neil McMurray were first home for NCR, both coming in at 2:20:45, followed closely by Daniel McAlinden in 2:20:50. Anne Travers was first NCR lady home in 2:36:20, her comeback continuing strongly. Anne was pushed all the way by Karen McElroy in 2:41:21while Michele Mowlds, recovering from injury, did 2:46:29 (course PB) with Mark Copeland recording 2:57:07.
Anyone who completed this course is well on track for the Dublin Marathon – super running by all.
Monaghan Phoenix Marathon Festival
THE unstoppable Jennifer McAteer travelled to Monaghan for the Phoenix Marathon Festival and participated in the Back2Back marathons. Completing a marathon is no mean feat, but doing two full marathons – one on Saturday and one on Sunday is truly commendable.
Jennifer completed the first Saturday marathon in a time of 5:35:55 and Sunday’s in 6:02:40 – all the more impressive as Jennifer had sustained a hip injury at mile 19 but continued for the remaining 7.2 miles. She has the heart and courage of a Lion. Well done Jennifer.
Also participating in the Phoenix Marathon Festival and completing the last of the Pure Running Half Marathon Series were Paddy Havern and Deirdre Kelly.
Both completed the Half Marathon on Sunday with aplomb with Paddy coming in with super time of 1:24:50 and Deirdre completing it in an impressive 1:4:20.
Meanwhile the last of the Club Run Pace your own Race took place on Thursday evening at Greenway. Damien Maguire and Aine Fegan were first man and lady home with Aine improving by an impressive 18 seconds on this course.
Pace your own Race times: Aine Fegan 20:19, Damien Maguire 20:50, Paddy Havern 19.42, Pat Rocks 21:17, Una Campbell 20:28 (first time), Paul McConville 25:52 (39 second improvement), Danielle Campbell 28:44 (36 second improvement), Gloria Havern 28:07 (19 second improvement), Eva Kitchen 21:55 (first time), Lorraine Campbell 31:00 (first time), and Patricia Brown 22:05 (first time)
Due to a typing error it was reported that Sinead Gallagher was a minute off her PB for a half marathon. But in fact Sinead actually achieved a PB in Belfast Half Marathon – coming in at 1:39:12, taking over a minute off her time.
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