Race Reports w/e 29th April 2018

Our ladies excel in Purple, the hardy breen continue o'er Hill & Dale and Sharon represents around the Craigavon Lakes.

Hill and Dale - Slieve Martin

The third instalment in Newcastle AC's Hill and Dale series was held on Thursday night, with a record entry of 277 runners tackling the challenging course over Slieve Martin in Rostrevor.

Amongst that number was the usual strong contingent from Ballymena Runners with Jonathan McCloy the first to cross the line in 42:06, just ahead of Mark Alexander (43:04) and Tim Lowry (44:47).

Also running in club colours were Ruth Aiken, Alastair Donaghy, Emma Donnelly, Adrian Dodds and Joseph McDermott.

Purple Ladies 5k
On Wednesday night nearly three hundred female athletes took on the annual Purple Ladies 5k road race in Ballymoney, an event hosted by Springwell Running Club.

Ballymena Runners provided 39 of those taking on the 3.1 mile route, the biggest turnout of any club other than the hosts themselves.

And our ladies produced impressive performances throughout the field. First home was Linda Petticrew (22:04), followed by Susanna Allen (22:27) and Alison Foster (23:00).

In addition, both Linda and Susanna claimed age category victories as did Brigid Quinn. Well done ladies!

Other competitors from the club included Rachel Cathers, Pamela Davis, Lisa Kirkwood, Moira McBride, Joanne McLaughlin, Sinead Scullion, Sharon Stephens, Zara Surgenor, Elaine Scullion, Rhonda Morris, Shelley Tomlins, Kathryn Grant, Sarah McClure, Tanya Agnew, Helen Beattie, Joanne Brown Kerr, Patricia Carruthers, Lorraine Craig, Kate Dempsey, Margaret Duff, Naomi Hutchinson, Gillian Kernohan, Teresa Mark, Claire Martin, Karen McCaughey, Thamra Millar, Iris McDowell, Wendy Moore, Colette Rainey, Colleen Rainey, Victoria Ross, Heather Steele, Catherine Stewart, Catherine White and Sarah Woods

Almac 10k
Sharon McClung was the sole club representative at the Almac 10k around the Craigavon Lakes, a charity event with all proceeds going to the Southern Area Hospice. Sharon finished 58th out of a field of 142, producing a sub-60 time of 51:37.

 Alastair Donaghy tackles Slieve Martin

Alastair Donaghy tackles Slieve Martin

 Joseph McDermott in action over Hill and Dale

Joseph McDermott in action over Hill and Dale

 Ballymena Runners line up before the Purple Ladies event

Ballymena Runners line up before the Purple Ladies event

 Shelly Tomlins and Kathryn Grant ahead of the Purple Ladies 5k.jpg

Shelly Tomlins and Kathryn Grant ahead of the Purple Ladies 5k.jpg

 Linda Petticrew, Susanna Allen and Brigid Quinn - age category winners at the Purple Ladies 5k

Linda Petticrew, Susanna Allen and Brigid Quinn - age category winners at the Purple Ladies 5k