AIDAN Murray and Chris Devine at NIMAA XC Trial and Championships. NCR19160
THE rain stopped, the clouds rolled back and the sun shone for Sunday’s Killeavy Klassic five and ten kilometre races. Thus there were excellent conditions for the runners and walkers at this popular event, which always raises money for great causes. This year The Hospice and Ellen’s Journey benefitted.
First Newry City Runner home was Aine Fegan in 43:02 and she was closely followed by Laura Devine in 44:28, all the more noteworthy as Laura had competed in NIMAA XC Trial 6K the day before. Next over the line was Attracta Magennis in 51:46, followed by Caoimhe O’Gorman in 52:38 while Paul McConville clocked 56:13.
Meanwhile Duddy Parr was second in the 5K event with at time of 20:25 and Gerald Boyle finished off his 18-mile marathon training jaunt, running the last 3.1 miles as support for the Killeavy Classic causes in a time of 30.02. It was super running, considering he had just done 15 hard miles between Warrenpoint to Killeavy.
Sun shining in Armagh
THE sun was also shining in Armagh on Sunday - in more ways than one, as all competing had excellent results.Jennifer McAteer went out to find her mojo in the four-mile race and find it she did, completing the course in 42:39.
Meanwhile Pat Rocks, Patricia Brown, Willie McCracken and Gerard McAleenan each did well in the 10-mile event. Again official times were not available at time of report.
First NCR across the finish line was Gerard McAleenan in a time of 1:13:14, Patricia Brown 1:14 (first in category), Pat Rocks 1:14 (second in category) with Willie McCracken clocking 1:22:28.
A special shout out to Patricia and Pat as these times were on the back of NIMAA XC Trial and Championships the previous day.
NIMAA XC Trial and Championships
PAT Rocks, Aidan Murray, Chris Devine, Laura Devine, Eva Kitchen and Patricia Brown all travelled to Queens Playing Fields on Saturday to participate in the NIMAA XC Trial and Championships.
Horrid would not have aptly described the torrential rain and windy conditions that the competitors faced.
Pat, (24:57) Laura (25:11), Eva (26:12) and Patricia (26:26 on her return after injury), all completed in the 6K race, consisting of three laps whilst Aidan (29:07) and Chris (26:47: first in category), completed the four-lap 8K course.
Further good news: Patricia Brown came first in her category and has been selected for the Northern Ireland team for the XC Championships in Swansea on November 17. There’s just no stopping this lady and her running continues to go from strength to strength.
Meanwhile the inclement weather conditions did not deter Peter Simpson who participated in the 5K event at Saintfield on Saturday, recording an excellent time of 25:02. Evelyn Marsh also competed in the Saintfield 10K, recording 60 minutes (unofficial: as no time was available at time of report).
Finally please continue to support the Rostrevor Park Run and PM their Facebook page if you are free to marshal in the coming weeks or months.