WHILE things calmed down on the race front after a busy Christmas period, there were still some great performances from the Newry City Runners.
Typical was Evelyn Marsh, NCR’s sole representative at the Castlewellan night run. It’s tricky enough to run it in daylight but even more so in the dark. Still Evelyn ran well, finishing in 1:06:33.
January 13 is known as World Half Marathon Day and there were a few members who took part in events to celebrate this. Karen McElroy and Janine Burns travelled to Carrickfergus to the East Antrim Marathon Series to mark this special occasion.
In windy conditions, Karen ran brilliantly to record a personal best of 1:48:05 which also saw her take home first placed female award while Janine ran the 10k and finished strongly in 1:06:35.
Meanwhile Michele Mowlds travelled south to Kildare to run the World Half Marathon event in Donadea Forest. On a muddy trail route that consisted of four loops, Michele completed it in 2:00:49. Well done to all three on great performances.
In the Rostrevor Park Run Patricia Brown showed once again why her PB initials are aptly named with a new course personal best of 22:36 and scarcely surprisingly she finished as first female. In addition to this, she also became the holder of the age-grade course record, to add the one she currently holds at Castlewellan Parkrun. Mark Copeland also grabbed a new course pb when he finished in 24:54.
Please continue to support this free local weekly event every Saturday, either by giving up an hour to either participate or volunteer.
Kilbroney Training: The popular and excellent Kilbroney Training sessions continue under the guidance of Willie McCracken. The sessions will start at 9.30am every Sunday (if no other event prevents it) until the end of January. Everyone is welcome to attend these sessions, and it’s an excellent way of maintaining fitness levels during the winter.