Race Reports w/e 14th January 2018

Gillian and Jason do the An Creagan double
There was a Ballymena Runners double over the Sperrins as Jason Wilson and Gillian Wasson both won their respective races on a five-mile trail route around An Creagan on Saturday.

This was the third race in the 2017/18 Winter Trail Series as organised by Sperrin Harriers and maintained the excellent start to the year for both athletes.

Jason won the overall event in 29 minutes exactly, some 14 seconds ahead of nearest rivals Matthew Neill from Omagh Harriers. And Gillian, fresh from her Race Over The Glens victory on New Year's Day took the ladies honours in 33:28 between Karen McLaughlin from Springwell into second spot.

Indeed, it was a day of impressive performances for the large contingent from the club. Linda Petticrew (37:39) and Mary Duffin (48:12) claimed the top two spots in the F50 age category, William Fleck (32:48) finished runner-up in M40 with Mark Alexander (31:02) claiming tenth spot overall and 3rd in M45.

Also representing the club were Harry Armstrong (47:53), Naomi Hutchinson (39:25), Karen Purvis (43:30), David Rainey (38:36), Catherine Stewart (46:38) and Jim Stewart (46:39).

The series continues on 27th January with a 10k at Drum Manor Forest.

Mighty Oaks XC
John Robinson was the sole club representative on Saturday in the latest round of the Athletics NI Cross Country League, the Mighty Oaks XC four-miler at the Mid-Ulster Sports Arena in Cookstown.

John finished 54th out of a field of 143 athletes in just over half-an-hour (30:15) in the fourth running of the increasingly popular event.

Chris celebrates World Half Marathon Day
Chris Young helped mark World Half Marathon Day on 13th January by running 13.1 miles as part of the East Antrim Marathon Series of events, finishing 21st overall in 1:49:00.

 Some of the Ballymena Runners crew that tackled An Creggan on Saturday

Some of the Ballymena Runners crew that tackled An Creggan on Saturday

 Gillian Wasson and Jason Wilson, An Creagan winners

Gillian Wasson and Jason Wilson, An Creagan winners

 Gillian Wasson on her way to winning the Ladies race on An Creagan

Gillian Wasson on her way to winning the Ladies race on An Creagan

 Jason Wilson powers to victory in the Sperrins

Jason Wilson powers to victory in the Sperrins