Race Reports w/e 2nd July 2017

Robin and Ryan run the World, a one-two in Dungloe, Iris and Brigid win in Limavady, representation in Ards and Clontarf and the Spelga Skyline is conquered.

IAU 24 Hour World Championships
The world came to Belfast this weekend for the IAU (International Association of Ultrarunners) 24 Hour World Championships and, of course, Ballymena Runners were represented at the event with two athletes, Robin Alexander and Ryan Armstrong, taking part in the Open event at Victoria Park.

Robin finished 41st overall, completing an astounding 100.6 miles which equates to 97 laps of the course while Ryan, club record holder for the discipline, clocked up 54.4 miles - a double marathon.

Well done to both, hopefully they can take a well earned break now!

Jude Gallagher Memorial Round the Bridges
The club were very well represented with over 40 runners competing in the annual Jude Gallagher Memorial Round the Bridges 10-mile race in Limavady on Thursday night.

First Ballymena runner over the line in 21st overall was Rodney Agnew (1:01:59) followed by John Hasson (38th - 1:04:11) and Ian McCracken (48th - 1:05:18).

It was a successful night for the club with Iris McDowell and Brigid Quinn claiming age category victories while Eleanor Forrest Reid, Linda Petticrew, Rodney Agnew and Billy Bamber all recorded top three finishes.

Ards Half Marathon
The Pure Running Half Marathon series continued on Friday night with the latest event taking place in Newtownards.

Five Ballymena Runners athletes made the trip to North Down. John Donnelly headed the local charge with a chip time of 1:36:48 followed by Neil Craig (1:37:09), Pamela Kane (1:52:33), Heather Birrell (2:24:42) and Lynsey McKeown (2:31:53).

Dungloe parkrun
It was a Ballymena one-two at Dungloe parkrun on Saturday as Gemma Moore, Elaine Scullion, Kieran Scullion and Sinead Scullion indulged in a little bit of tourism for Paul's 40th birthday celebrations.

Kieran won the event in a PB busting 17:51 with Sinead first lady over the line in 24:17 while Gemma and Elaine also finished strongly.

Spelga Skyline
Ruth Aiken, Mark Alexander, Tim Lowry and Gillian Wasson took on the challenge on the Spelga Skyline fell run on Saturday, 21km with an elevation of 5085ft over no less than nine summits - not one for the faint hearted!

Gillian was forced to retire from the race just after an hour due to the sole coming off her footwear but Ruth, Mark and Tim all completed the gruelling event. Tim finished in 3:32:27, Mark 3:42:45 and Ruth 4:45:18.

Clontarf Half Marathon
Glenn McGall, Moyra McKinley, Paul McKinley and Chris Young headed south on Saturday for the Clontarf Half Marathon.

Taking in the scenic surroundings of the Clontarf Promenade and Bull Island, with views of Howth Head and Dublin Bay, Paul was the first of the quartet to finish with a chip time of 1:49:09, just ahead of Glenn and Chris - 1:57:16and 1:57:17 - respectively.

And congratulations must go to Moyra (2:01:07) for finishing second in her age category.

St. Brigid’s PS/Northern Health Trust Cosy Sofa to 5k
Congratulations to those from the Northern Health Trust and St. Brigid's Primary School who became the latest graduates of Ballymena Runners' Cosy Sofa to 5k programme on Wednesday night at Montgomery's.

They have all come a long way in the last nine weeks and have shown great determination in making the time to get out the front door. Thanks are extended to Montgomery's on Ballymoney Street for their hospitality and good food.

 Robin Alexander and Ryan Armstrong pictured before the IAU 24 Hour World Championships

Robin Alexander and Ryan Armstrong pictured before the IAU 24 Hour World Championships

 A large turnout at the Jude Gallagher Memorial Round The Bridges 10-miler in Limavady

A large turnout at the Jude Gallagher Memorial Round The Bridges 10-miler in Limavady

 Mark Alexander runs the Spelga Skyline

Mark Alexander runs the Spelga Skyline

 Gemma, Elaine, Kieran and Sinead takeover the Dungloe parkrun

Gemma, Elaine, Kieran and Sinead takeover the Dungloe parkrun

 Glenn McGall, Chris Young, Moyra McKinley and Paul McKinley complete the Clontarf Half Marathon

Glenn McGall, Chris Young, Moyra McKinley and Paul McKinley complete the Clontarf Half Marathon

 St. Brigid's PS/Northern Health Trust Cosy Sofa graduates

St. Brigid's PS/Northern Health Trust Cosy Sofa graduates