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Gerald competes all six world majors

Ralph Hewitt

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Ralph Hewitt

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GERALD Boyle jetted off on Friday to the City That Never Sleeps to participate in Sunday’s 2018 TCS New York Marathon.

And his Newry City Runners club offer huge congratulations to the Warrenpoint athlete who despite warm running conditions, completed the marathon in 4:12:21 - and in doing so Gerald became part of a unique club. He has now finished all six World Majors and has the coveted Abbott Six Star Medal.

Gerald’s journey to achieve this has been nothing short of outstanding.

Meanwhile what a difference a week can make, in terms of weather. Gone were the clear, sunny and crisp conditions in which last week’s marathon runners were blessed with, while wind and rain greeted the NCR troops who participated in the Minnowburn 10K at the Mary Peters track on Saturday.

This was the first in the series of the Run Forest Run and great performances were given by all. Janine Burns took part in the 5K race and finished with a time of 32:08.

Chris Devine was first NCR home and won the 10K race with an impressive 32:24. Robbie Marsh was the next Newry Runner over the line in 50:26, followed by Karen McElroy, who was first NCR female home in 54:24. Tracey Ruane did 58:01with Evelyn Marsh posting up 1:01:08.

Patricia Brown and Eva Kitchen took to the roads for the Ballyclare cross-country, to run in warm conditions for November. Those warm conditions were mixed with a very strong headwind but thankfully the rain held off. Patricia completed the course in 21:17 while Eva Kitchen did 21:57.

Jennifer McAteer took part in the EMAS Halloween Frightener 10K event on Sunday in perfect conditions. Jennifer proved she is returning to form and finished the 10K race in 1:11:14.

Again the NCR club would like to extend congratulations to Don Travers, Paddy Havern and Deirdre Kelly for completing the Pure Running Half Marathon series. The trio produced great results and all three achieved podium places in their categories.

Don Travers was first in his age-group while both Deirdre Kelly and Paddy Havern were runners-up in their respective categories.

Finally well done to Pat Rocks who completed the Rostrevor Park Run in 35:45

Please continue to support the Rostrevor run event and PM their Facebook page if you are free to marshal in the coming weeks or months.

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