A STRONG contingent of Newry City Runners took to the roads on Saturday to participate in the hugely popular Seeley Cup 10K event in Belfast’s Ormeau Park.
The route, which consisted of 2.5 loops of the Park with an incline, proved a huge success for the nine NCR crew with many achieving pbs.
First home for the Newry team was Bernard Hamill in 39:00, Clive Weir was next in 44:02, closely followed by the first NCR lady, Patricia Brown in 44:09.
Colm O’Brien was next with a new pb of 45:24 while Pat Rocks did 46:35 with Willie McCracken clocking 52:02.
Karen McElroy continues to go from strength to strength with another pb of 49:19, with both Caoimhe O’Gorman (50:07) and Michele Mowlds (51:05) also grabbing personal bests.
Meanwhile on Sunday there was a good turnout from the club for the Kevin Heaney Christmas Classic, both as support/helpers and runners.
This is a four-mile handicapped race which raised £860 this year for the combined charities of the Southern Area Hospice and Ellen’s journey.
Running conditions were pleasant with only light rain, which many runners might describe as refreshing.
First male home was Drew Fowler (Ballydrain Harriers) while NCR’s Flying Machine Aine Fegan took the prize for first female and NCR’s Tony McAteer won the Kevin Heaney Trophy
Both Bernard Hamill and Jennifer McAteer took part in the 5K event in Reaghstown, County Lough on Sunday. Bernard completed the course in 19:30 (a super time, especially after taking part in Seeley Cup 10K the day before) and Jennifer is continuing her comeback with at time of 31:50.
Jennifer McAteer also decided the best way to remember her birthday was by taking to the roads again and she took part in Armagh Marathon Wednesday, completing the half (times not available at time of print), giving a whole new meaning to ‘going on a road trip’ to celebrate the special event.
And the third in the winter series of the Run Forest Run series took place in Loughgall on Saturday.
The hills and wet, mucky conditions did not deter our Newry City Runners team with two participants in the 5K and three in the 10K event where, some might say, Wellington boots might have been more appropriate footwear.
Anyway Robbie Marsh and Janine Burns conquered the 5K course in a time of 28:44 and 34:45 respectively, while in the 10K event Danny McAlinden was first to bring it home for NCR in a time of 41:38.
He was closely followed by Gerald Boyle in 44:01 and Evelyn Marsh in 1:00:58
Janine Burns also decided the best way to spend part of Sunday was by taking part in another race, indeed completing the 3.5 Aghallon Santa Run in Lurgan.
This event was not chipped, so times were not available at the time of print.
Jennifer McAteer took part in Rostrevor Park Run on Saturday, completing it in a time of 35:11
And 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 got underway on Sunday, November 25 under the guidance of Willie McCracken.
The sessions start at 9.30 every Sunday (if no other event prevents it) until the end of January.
Everyone is welcome to attend these sessions, and it is an excellent way of maintaining fitness levels during the winter and after the marathon season too.
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.