Race Reports w/e 27th August 2017

It's been quite a week for Ballymena Runners between podiums in Armagh, running Rathlin, storming castles, conquering Carnmoney and pounding the streets of Portrush.

John Robinson wins the Armagh City Half Marathon
The week ended on a high with news of John Robinson's outright win in the Armagh City Half Marathon on Sunday.

Organised as part of the Armagh Marathon Weekend, this was the first time a Half Marathon option was introduced so it was a great honour for John to bring the field home in a time of 1hr 24mins. Well done John!

Storming The Castle 10k
A sizeable contingent made their way to Carrickfergus on Sunday for the Storming The Castle 10k.

Starting beside the Amphitheatre before hugging the coastline and finishing in the shadow of the castle itself this popular event attracted in excess of 800 runners from all parts of the country.

First over the line for Ballymena Runners was Chris Young in a chip time of 46:26, just ahead of Sinead Scullion, who recorded a personal best of 47:19, and Conor Crilly (48:29).

Carnmoney Hill 5k
Nigel McClintock, Joseph McDermott and Sandy McDermott represented the club at the Carnmoney Hill race on Sunday, part of the Leg-It 'Run For The Hills' series.

A steep 5k trail race, Nigel came fourth overall and won the M35 age category (23:54). Meanwhile Joseph finished 9th (26:11) and Sandy 18th (31:14).

Rathlin Run 10-Mile Challenge and 5k Race
On Saturday all roads - and ferries - led to Rathlin Island on the North Coast for the Rathlin Run 10-Mile Challenge.

Ballymena Runners were very well represented amongst the hundreds of athletes at this unique event on the calendar.

The 10-mile course started and finished at Church Bay and encompassed the island's west lighthouse and RSPB Centre in tough, undulating surroundings.

Congratulations to Mark Alexander on finishing in seventh spot overall (1:06:52) and collecting the M45 age category win. Rodney Agnew also secured a top ten finish (1:08:10) and claimed the honours in the M50 category.

In the associated 5k race the athletes again started in Church Bay and made their way towards the south side of the island, before turning at a designated point and making their way back along the incredibly scenic coastline.

And the club got amongst the silverware here too with Peter Fleming coming home in second place (20:08) to claim a podium place. Well done Peter!

Portrush 5 Mile Road Race
A Friday night in the Port can mean many things to many people but for Ballymena Runners this week it meant the Portrush 5 Mile Road Race, a well organised charity event around the popular seaside town.

Leading the Ballymena charge was Ryan Logan in 8th place (30:17) while Linda Petticrew not only won her age category but set a new PB (35:52) to boot!

 A post Rathlin paddle!

A post Rathlin paddle!

 Ready to take on the Rathlin Run

Ready to take on the Rathlin Run

 Rodney Agnew, John Hasson and Mark Alexander - first three Ballymena finishers at Rathlin

Rodney Agnew, John Hasson and Mark Alexander - first three Ballymena finishers at Rathlin

 John Robinson - Armagh Half Marathon winner

John Robinson - Armagh Half Marathon winner

 Ballymena Runners Storming The Castle on Sunday

Ballymena Runners Storming The Castle on Sunday

 Portrush 5 Mile

Portrush 5 Mile