Race Reports w/e 12th August 2018

Lurig Challenge Run
Much of the attention this weekend was focused on the Lurig Challenge Run in Cushendall.

Part of the Heart of the Glens Festival this is one race not for the faint hearted, featuring 375 metres of climbing over a 6km course up and back down Lurigethan Mountain.

Ballymena Runners have excelled at this event for a number of years, and 2018 proved to be no expection.

Gillian Wasson powered her way to win the ladies race, reclaiming the title she last won in 2016 while Connor Reid finished third over and was first from the club to cross the line.

The success continued as Kieran Scullion and Jim Stewart won their age categories while Reid, Scullion, Jason Wilson and Jack McKenna helped the club claim the team prize.

And there were individual successes, too, with David Rainey bagging a new personal best of 44:14.

A further 35 runners donned club colours on Saturday morning, namely Mairead Agnew, Ruth Aiken, Mark Alexander, Darren Andrews, Harry Armstrong, Paul Connolly, Chris Davies, Adrian Dodds, Alastair Donaghy, Emma Donnelly, Allison Douglas, Mary Duffin, William Dunseath, Noleen Ervine, Peter Faith, Peter Fleming, Kathryn Grant, Pamela Hudson, Karen Hunter, Shama Lamsiah, Andrew Laverty, Tim Lowry, Nigel McClintock, Helen McCormack, Lynne McFetride, Jack McKenna, Colleen Rainey, Eugene Reid, Victoria Ross, Elaine Scullion, Sinead Scullion, Catherine Stewart, Shelly Tomlins, Michael Wray, Andrea Wylie and Conor Wylie.

Dublin Rock n Roll Half Marathon
There was a healthy turnout of Ballymena Runners in Dublin over the weekend for the Rock n Roll Marathon series of events.

The highlight was the Half Marathon on Sunday on a very undulating route which started in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, went past the Guinness Storehouse, skirted Phoenix Park before returning to Kilmainham.

Amongst those competing for the club, some of whom completing the course in fancy dress, were Mairead Agnew, Peter Davison, Aidy Dodds, Emma Donnelly, Allison Douglas, Scott Fleming, Terry Foley, Martin Harris, Aine Hasson, John Hasson, Jonathan Johnston, Stephanie Johnston, Patrick Millar, Brigid Quinn and Chris Young.

Mallusk Harriers 5-mile Road Race
On Friday night six members of the club made their way to Newtownabbey for the annual 5-mile Road Race hosted by local club Mallusk Harriers.

Out of a 330-strong field John Robinson was first from Ballymena to cross the line in 15th place overall (30:56), while Geraldine Quigley (34:47) and Chris Magill (39:37) followed.

Also representing the club were Sandy McDermott, Laura McMullan and Lindsay Cunningham.

Nissan Coleraine 5-mile Road Race
Ballymena Runners were very much amongst the silverware on Wednesday night in Coleraine at the Nissan 5-mile Road Race.

No fewer than five age category prizes were claimed with Judith Brown and Mike Bennett completing the F40 and M40 double, while Zara Surgennor (FJunior), James Turtle (M50) and Brigid Quinn (F65) also amongst the honours.

 Gillian Wasson celebrates her win at Lurig

Gillian Wasson celebrates her win at Lurig

 Eugene Reid powering up Lurig.jpg

Eugene Reid powering up Lurig.jpg

 Aidy Dodds, Emma Donnelly, Mairead Agnew, Allison Douglas and Chris Young all set for the Rock n Roll Half Marathon in Dublin

Aidy Dodds, Emma Donnelly, Mairead Agnew, Allison Douglas and Chris Young all set for the Rock n Roll Half Marathon in Dublin

 Nolene Ervine is still smiling up Lurig mountain

Nolene Ervine is still smiling up Lurig mountain

 Club Lurig winners

Club Lurig winners