IT was a busy weekend for Newry City Runners and one of immense pride too.
Both Patricia Brown and Christopher Devine had already done the club proud when they qualified to represent Northern Ireland and Scotland respectively in the British and Irish Masters Cross Country International Championships.
They travelled to Swansea on Friday with, as per usual, both giving of their best and each giving excellent performances.
Singleton Park was the venue and the course for ladies and males over 65, was a 6K one. It consisted of three laps of a tough and winding course, but weather conditions were perfect – blues skies and a moderate wind. Patricia finished the course in an excellent time of 28:12 and finished seventh in her category.
Meanwhile Chris took on a four-lap, 8K route and the NCR completed the race in a fantastic time of 27:11, winning the bronze medal for Scotland in the M40 category.
The second race in the winter series of the Born 2 Run Forest events took place in Cookstown on Saturday. There were two distances – 5K and 10K which weaved through the scenic grounds of the large estate that is Drum Manor.
Janine Burns completed the 5K distance in a fine 34:45 while four NCR members participated in the 10K event. First home for NCR was Danny McAlinden in 43:31. Next over the line was Gerald Boyle 47:10, followed by Karen McElroy, (who continued running despite picking up a calf injury at the start) in 54:57 and Evelyn Marsh in 1:01:20.
MeanwhileCaoimhe Sherry was Dublin-bound again at the weekend, this time to Clontarf for the half marathon. Her excellence performances continued after the Dublin Marathon and she completed the half marathon in a time of 1:48:02. And although this is Ireland’s flattest half marathon, it is definitely not the easiest, as part of the route is on sand. Congratulations to Caoimhe.
The County Down 5K Championships took place in Downpatrick on Sunday. There were three separate 5K events – a sub 20-minute race, a 20-30-minute race and a 30-minute plus race.
Caoimhe O’Gorman and Conor Devlin took part in the 20-30-minute race and both achieved pbs with Caoimhe doing 23:24 and Conor posting up a 23:43 – well done to both.
In a last minute decision Jennifer McAteer signed up for the 30-minute plus race, completing it in a good time of 31:26
The Rostrevor Park Run will be celebrating its second anniversary on Saturday – November 24, so what better way to celebrate than with all runners and helpers participating?
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 popular and excellent Kilbroney training sessions will get underway on Sunday, November 25, under the guidance of Willie McCracken. The sessions will take place at 9.30am each Sunday (if no other event prevents it) until the end of January. Everyone is welcome to attend and it’s an excellent way of maintaining fitness levels during the winter and after the marathon season too.
The Kevin Heaney Christmas Classic takes place on Sunday, December 2 and it would be great if members could participate by either taking part or helping out at the event. Keep a look-out on Facebook for further details.
Finally the annual Race around the Lake will take place on December 16 at 10am and is open for online registration. For further details and information on how to register, go to the Lake Run page on Facebook.