Race Reports w/e 22nd April 2018

London Marathon
On Sunday around 41,000 runners took to the streets of London for the 38th edition of the Virgin Money London Marathon.

The race needs no introduction, it is one of the highlights of not only the sporting calendar but the country itself and anyone watching either along the route or on television couldn't fail to be inspired by many of the stories and reasons to run of those competing.

As ever, Ballymena Runners were well represented at the event and despite the very challenging conditions - it was the hottest marathon on record with temperature peaking at 24.1 degrees - there were strong performances across the team.

Chief amongst those was Connor Reid who, in his very first marathon, completed the 26.2 mile route in an amazing sub-3 2:55:57! A number of runners claimed an impressive sub-4 time, amongst them Rodney Agnew, Neil Craig, John Hasson and Judith Worthington.

Also competing from the club were Emma Donnelly, Allison Douglas, Vicki Dunn, Noleen Ervine, Ian McCracken, Moyra McKinley, Karen Ritchie and Michael Steele. Well done all!

Bay Road 5k
Over 100 athletes competed in windy conditions on Wednesday night in the annual Bay Road 5k, hosted by City of Derry AC.

In the Ladies race, only six runners dipped below the 19-minute mark with Ballymena Runners providing two of those in Kerry Bamber (18:24) and Paula Worthington (18:43) while Paul Connolly was first man from the club to cross the line (19:00).

Making up the rest of the Ballymena contingent were John Donnelly, Naomi Hutchinson, David Nicholson, Geraldine Quigley, Brigid Quinn and Shelly Tomlins.

 Connor Reid on his way to a sub-3 finish at the London Marathon

Connor Reid on his way to a sub-3 finish at the London Marathon

 Peter Coulter crossing the iconic Tower Bridge

Peter Coulter crossing the iconic Tower Bridge

 Rodney Agnew (#25393) and John Hasson (#25450) ahead of the London Marathon

Rodney Agnew (#25393) and John Hasson (#25450) ahead of the London Marathon

 Ballymena Runners at the Bay 5k

Ballymena Runners at the Bay 5k