Race Reports w/e 17th December 2017

After a week off because of the weather the club were back in action in places as far apart as Rostrevor and the Maiden City!

Born 2 Run Kilbroney
The Born2Run 'Run Forest Run' series continued on Saturday at Kilbroney Forest Park with festive themed 10k and 5k races.

As ever, there was a good showing from Ballymena Runners in both events which started in the centre of the picturesque village of Rostrevor before taking in the forest paths which overlook Carlingford Lough and along the Kilbroney River at the Fairy Glen.

First home in the 10k was Kathryn Grant (55:45), ahead of Lesley McWhirter (1:01:46) and Bryan McWhirter (1:01:51).

In the 5k race Kevin Duffy led the Ballymena contingent in a time of 38:41, just ahead of Lisa Kirkwood (39:45) and Judith Irwin (41:24).

North West XC
The Athletics Northern Ireland Cross-Country League headed to the Maiden City this weekend for the fourth event in the series.

Ballymena Runners were represented by two athletes in the event held at the Gransha Grounds.

Rodney Livingstone finished 82nd overall, crossing the line in 24:23 while Nigel Davidson was just a little bit behind completing the course in 25:32.

Lanzarote Marathon
Whilst the rest of the country might have been shivering in sub-zero temperatures over the past week or so with lots of sporting events up and down country being cancelled as a result that wasn't going to stop Claire Martin.

Instead Claire headed to the sun to compete in the Lanzarote International Marathon and, in the 19° heat, completed the 26.2 miles in a storming 4:11:05 to finish in a very impressive 6th place in her age category. Well done Claire!

Cosy Sofa to 5k begins on January 11th
Ballymena Runners are delighted to announce the launch of their Cosy Sofa to 5k programme early next year.

The seventh edition of this very popular nine-week introduction to running course begins on Thursday, 11th January 2018 from the Seven Towers Leisure Centre at 6pm.

You need to be injury free to start and we will be progressing at a pace to suit absolutely everyone, please don’t think you need to be super fit to turn up.

All we ask of you is that you're at least 16-years-old and complete each run in the programme. That amounts to three runs per week. We also insist that you wear Hi-Viz clothing for your own safety and the safety to others.

Due to the popularity of the programme, costing £10, numbers are strictly limited to 100. For more information and to register visit www.ballymenarunners.org/cosy-sofa/

 Lisa Kirkwood, Kathryn Grant, Judith Irwin and Kevin Duffy ahead of the Run Forest Run event at Kilbroney

Lisa Kirkwood, Kathryn Grant, Judith Irwin and Kevin Duffy ahead of the Run Forest Run event at Kilbroney

 Judith Irwin gets into the festive spirit at Kilbroney on Saturday

Judith Irwin gets into the festive spirit at Kilbroney on Saturday

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 Lisa Kirkwood wrapped up well for the Run Forest Run 5k in Rostrevor

Lisa Kirkwood wrapped up well for the Run Forest Run 5k in Rostrevor

 Claire Martin proudly displays her Lanzarote Marathon medal

Claire Martin proudly displays her Lanzarote Marathon medal