Race Reports w/e 17th June 2018

Ballymena Runners were a well-travelled bunch this week with action in Wicklow, the South Downs, Shrewsbury, Carlingford ... and Coleraine!

Ryan Armstrong - East of Ireland Marathon
Marathon man Ryan Armstrong was back in action for the East of Ireland Marathon in Avondale Forest, Co. Wicklow.

In what was his 74th marathon, coming only a week after the Mourne Way Marathon, Ryan came home in 3 hours 51 minutes, his first sub-4 finish in eight weeks.

Ryan goes for his 75th marathon next week in the Energia 24-hour event at Victoria Park, Belfast. Good luck Ryan!

Robert Meban - South Down Trails Half Marathon
Robert Meban travelled a little further afield at the weekend to compete in the South Down Trails Half Marathon, clocking a time of 2:26:56 and, as Robert himself says, it was a real that proved to be a bit of tough one!

"If you like running up and down lots of big hills, let's face it who doesn't, then this is for you," he said.

"The race starts at the Queen Elizabeth Country Park near Petersfield, East Hampshire. There is also a full marathon and a 10km run on the same day. You'll struggle to set a personal best here, for example there is a five minute wait to cross a stile at one stage, but lovely countryside views on the way round and a very well organised event." Well done Robert.

Chris Davies runs his hometown
Chris Davies returned to his roots on Sunday for the Shrewsbury Half Marathon.

Back in his hometown, Chris recorded a time of one hour 50 minutes on the undulating single lap, closed road route which took in a mix of stunning Shropshire countryside, complete with historic streets and medieval buildings.

Gillian finishes second in Carlingford
Congratulations to Gillian Wasson who was second lady at the NIMRA Championship race 'Flagstaff to Carlingford' on Sunday, and also to Tim Lowry who picked up the M40 prize.

The race follows the ridge of the Cooley mountains to Slieve Foye and hence Carlingford. This gruelling race is 11 miles long, with over 3000 feet of climbing.

In a race that required sound navigational skills and a strategic approach to racing, the Ballymena Runners Mountain Running Team continue to excel and develop in what can be a difficult running discipline.

A successful day that saw everyone (Gillian, Tim and Connor Reid) finish and perform well in their respective categories.

Hill and Dale Series
The Hill and Dale series continued on Thursday night when four Ballymena Runners travelled to the Mournes to tackle the ninth instalment, the Meels.

Although only approximately three-and-a-half-miles long, this particular race challenges even the toughest of runners including, as it does, a total ascent of some 1800 feet!

And, as usual, Ballymena Runners were not found wanting. Jonathan McCloy finished in 17th spot overall (33:26), followed closely by Gillian Wasson (35:18 - and first F40 lady), William Fleck (35:38) and Alastair Donaghy (49:21).

Boom 10k
Sylvia Ringer and Helena Moore represented the club at the Boom 10k, organised by Springwell Running Club in association with the Ulster University Coleraine.

In the annual event which hopes to raise awareness and much needed funding for the Boom Foundation Sarcoma Charity, Helena crossed the line in 1:06:56 while Sylvia followed soon after.