Race Reports w/e 1st April 2018

A quieter week but the club still saw action in Antrim and helped Ecos parkrun celebrate it's sixth birthday.

Antrim Primary School 5-Mile Race
Nine members of Ballymena Runners travelled the short distance to Antrim on Thursday evening to compete in the Antrim Primary School 5-mile Run, a very well organised event to help the school raise funds to purchase new playground.

First over the line in club colours was Declan Hassan (25th; 35:37) just ahead of Linda Petticrew (38th; 36:57) and Alison Foster (45th; 38:28). Congratulations to Linda on finishing third lady overall.

Also representing the club were Geoff McClean (43:36), Debbie McPherson (45:20), Maurice McGarry (44:21), David Nicholson (45:04), Paschal O'Sullivan (41:32) and Karen Ritchie (41:29). 

parkrun round-up
The local Ecos parkrun celebrated it's sixth birthday on Saturday morning, with Ballymena Runners providing almost 60 runners out of the 203 athletes joining in the celebrations.

David Law took top honours on the day, setting a new personal best of 17:28 in the process, while Judith Brown was first lady and, like David, claimed a new pb.

Indeed, there were a number of personal bests for the club, namely Gerry Meehan (27:27), Eugene Reid (22:10), Tanya Agnew (25:31), Jonathan Johnston (23:15), John Hood (25:37), Helen Stevenson (28:23), Joanne Brown Kerr (25:54), Elizabeth Speedy (29:23), Conor Crilly (19:45)

Another five club runners took part in the Antrim event with Linda Petticrew leading the pack home as first lady in 22:26, while Alison Foster set a new course pb (23:41), as did Mark Osmer (26:25).

Elsewhere, David Hamilton competed in the Belfast Victoria run, his time of 20:20 also a new pb for the course. Jason Wilson finished third in Portrush (18:46) while Tim Hawksworth (23:42) and Jennifer Dickson (31:50) popped up in Enniskillen with Geoff McClean finishing in 27:43 at Valley in Newtownabbey.

Ballymena Runners ahead of the Antrim Primary School 5-mile Run

Ballymena Runners ahead of the Antrim Primary School 5-mile Run

Alison Foster in action in Antrim
David Nicholson looking strong in Antrim

David Nicholson looking strong in Antrim