Race Reports w/e 13th May 2018

Termoneeny 10k/5k
On Friday night Termoneeny Running Club celebrated the tenth anniversary of their popular annual 10k road race.

A strong contingent of 18 athletes from Ballymena Runners made the relatively short journey to Gulladuff near Magherafelt for the event.

Leading the Ballymena charge was John Hasson who finished in 37:53, claiming 11th spot overall and 3rd in the M40 age category.

Next up was Geraldine Quigley (41:44) who was second F40, just ahead of John Donnelly (41:45).

Also claiming an age category podium spot was Judith Brown Worthington (3rd F40; 42:59) while both Linda Petticrew (45:39) and Brigid Quinn (58:34) clinched top spot in their respective categories.

Meanwhile, also donning club colours on the evening were Harry Armstrong (58:23), Conor Daly (58:18), Eddie Hampton (48:09), Aine Hasson (48:04), Donna McConkey (1:02:30), Gemma Moore (1:00:49), David Nicholson (54:35), Neil Purvis (45:57), Elaine Scullion (57:29), Sinead Scullion (46:33), Roy White (53:26) while Sharon Stephens recorded a time of 27:25 in the associated 5k event.

Slieve Donard Classic Mountain Race
Over 200 competitors took on the 73rd annual Slieve Donard Mountain Race on Saturday, an event which started in Newcastle town centre before climbing to the 850m to the top of Northern Ireland's highest peak, Slieve Donard, before returing to Donard Park.

Ballymena Runners were represented at this presitigious event by Gillian Wasson who not only completed the 8.5 mile course in 1:20:17 but came home as sixth lady from a strong field. Well done Gillian!

Great Bristol 10k
Martin Harris made his way to the West Country to compete in the Great Bristol Run, a 10k event organised by the Great Run Series.

With around 13,000 athletes running in the blistering hot conditions Martin completed the course, which included the world renowned Clifton Suspension Bridge, in 1:13:44.

Strabane Lifford Half Marathon
The 5th Strabane-Lifford Half Marathon took place on Sunday. Starting and finishing in Strabane, the cross border event took in the Co. Donegal town of Lifford, attracting around 1500 runners.

Aidy Dodds was the sole club representative at the event, and continued his recent busy race schedule by posting an excellent time of two hours seven minutes.

BMC Manchester Sportcity Grand Prix
Paralympian track star James Hamilton was competing in the 1500m at the British Milers' Club Grand Prix event in Manchester's SportCity on Saturday.

James finished 12th, recording a time of 4:03:75, an improvement of five seconds on last week. Well done James.

Belfast City Marathon
On Bank Holiday Monday a large turnout from the club descended upon the capital for the 37th running of the Belfast City Marathon, competing in either the main event or in one of the many relay teams covering the classic 26.2 mile distance.

Of those running the full marathon Ben Morrow was first from the club to cross the line, claiming a remarkable 16th place overall in 2:45:22 - and he was joined in the much sought after sub-3 club by James Turtle (29th; 2:51:13) and Paul Wallace (46th; 2:55:45).

Jim Moore and Noel Connor just missed out, clocking times of 3:01:26 and 3:03:02 respectively, while Seamus Kelly came home in 3:25:24.

John McGerty completed his 40th marathon, all sub-4, in 3:57:10. Regular marathoner Claire Martin posted a time of 4:06:26 while Ryan Armstrong (5:07:07) and Heather Birrell (5:11:21) also took on the entire distance.

 Claire Martin proudly displays her Belfast City Marathon medal

Claire Martin proudly displays her Belfast City Marathon medal

 Ben Morrow powers his way to a sub-3 time at the Belfast City Marathon

Ben Morrow powers his way to a sub-3 time at the Belfast City Marathon

 Aidy Dodds - Strabane Lifford Half Marathon

Aidy Dodds - Strabane Lifford Half Marathon

 James Hamilton - BMC Manchester Sportcity Grand Prix 1500m

James Hamilton - BMC Manchester Sportcity Grand Prix 1500m

 Ballymena Runners line up before the Termoneeny 10k

Ballymena Runners line up before the Termoneeny 10k