Race Reports w/e 2nd September 2018

The club once again takes the honours at the Inter-Club race, shoulders were rubbed with running royalty, Connor beats all comers in Rasharkin while we also headed west to Clonoe and Ebrington Square.

Ballymena Runners win Inter-Club race once again

The annual East Antrim Inter-Club Race was hosted by Larne AC on Tuesday night and once again Ballymena Runners excelled at the popular event, claiming top spot in the Men's team 5-mile event for yet another year!

Points are awarded for the first six runners home from each club and whilst an East Antrim Harriers athlete won the individual award Ballymena Runners occupied six of the top ten places to easily clinch the team honours.

The winning six comprised of James Hamilton (28:17), Michael Bennett (28:36), Ben Morrow (28:39), Jack McKenna (28:47), Jason Wilson (29:26) and Richard Agnew (29:41). In addition, John Robinson finished outside the points in 11th but still claimed a personal best time of 29:43.

In the Ladies event, over four miles, the club finished fifth but still secured an individual podium place through runner-up Geraldine Quigley (26:56) while Judith Brown (28:03) also finished in the top ten.

Laganside 10k
On Sunday Ballymena Runners rubbed shoulders with the legendary Paula Radcliffe over the 6.2 miles of the Laganside 10k.

The marathon world record holder was the star attraction at the ever popular focused on Belfast's Ormeau Park and was joined by a number of runners from the club.

The first Ballymena runner to cross the line was John Robinson who won the M40 age category and, with a time of 36:34, also picked up his second personal best of the week! John Hasson was next to finish (37:53) followed by Seamus Kelly (39:09).

And there was further club success in the ladies standings with Paula Worthington (39:55) and Geraldine Quigley (41:32) occupying the top two positions in the F40 category.

Also donning club colours for the day were Alana Cameron, Nigel Davidson, Chris Davies, Alastair Donaghy, Vikki Dunn, Louis Fleming, Aine Hasson, Sandy McDermott, Wendy Power, Brigid Quinn, Elizabeth Speedy, Catherine Stewart, Zara Surgenor and Roy White.

Waterside Half Marathon
A handful of runners from the club made their way to the North-West on Sunday for the Waterside Half Marathon which, this year, doubled up as the NI & Ulster Championships.

Starting in Ebrington Square and finishing at St. Columb's Park the scenic route took in many of the city's parks and greenways as well as the daunting Foyle Bridge.

Derry O'Loan headed the club charge in 1:28:29 (67th overall) ahead of Naomi Hutchinson 1:46:47 and Hugo Carlin (1:52:01).

And it was a successful day also for Tim Hawksworth (1:58:07), Iverene Carleton (2:27:24) and Jennifer Dickson (2:39:14) who all claimed half marathon personal bests while Martin Harris, Paschal O'Sullivan and Stephen Smyth also represented the club.

Great Torrent Run
Peter Faith and Terry Foley were in action in Clonoe, Co. Tyrone at the 10-mile Great Torrent Run.

In what was the inaugual running of the event, Peter came home in 1:15:06 while Terry claimed a personal best time of 1:32:04.

Connor takes top spot in Rasharkin
A successful week for the club continued on Saturday in Rasharkin when Connor Reid stormed home to win the 'Run for the Hills' event.

Connor claimed the 10k honours in 39:08, some seven minutes ahead of his nearest challenger. Congratulations Connor!

 Ballymena Runners line-up before the Inter-Club event

Ballymena Runners line-up before the Inter-Club event

 James Hamilton was first from Ballymena, and second overall, at the Inter-Club race.

James Hamilton was first from Ballymena, and second overall, at the Inter-Club race.

 Paula Worthington and Gerardline Quigley display their Laganside 10k medals

Paula Worthington and Gerardline Quigley display their Laganside 10k medals

 Peter Faith and Terry Foley relax after completing the Great Torrent Run

Peter Faith and Terry Foley relax after completing the Great Torrent Run

 Naomi Hutchinson and Hugo Carlin at the end of the Waterside Half Marathon

Naomi Hutchinson and Hugo Carlin at the end of the Waterside Half Marathon