Rock For Alzheimers at the Empire
Its nearly that time of year again when a few of us join Stephen Brown & Co. in the 'big city' for the annual rock night at the Empire featuring AC?DC, and Arms Of Venus De Milo:
Tickets are on sale and will sell out before the gig - if you are interested let Stephen or Ali know so that we can try and get tickets sorted:
AC?DC Tickets @ Belfast Empire Music Hall, Belfast
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Stocks of ladies and men's new club T Shirts and Vests are available for purchase. £20 each. Ladies can purchase kit from Emma Donnelly and men can purchase kit from Rodney Agnew on club Monday training nights.
We do from time to time highlight our No1 policy namely to keep you all safe. We had an incident on Monday which makes a reminder appropriate.
Please understand that when you are out with a group you follow direction from the leader at all times, they are looking out for your safety.
Your leader will always shout ‘over’ or ‘stop’ when crossing roads - one shout one crossing.
I have attached our 'be safe' document, please read it.
St. Patrick's Barracks Consultation
Robin and I attended this on Thursday. The proposed development is still very much in the initial stages, the fine detail that would involve the running club is far from being finalised.
The broad overall plan is viewable at https://www.communities-ni.gov.uk/sites/default/files/consultations/communities/stpatricks-barracks-ballymena-consultation.PDF
The Community groups facilities would I believe be part funded by the revenue derived from office space on the site.
We are only on the first steps of this journey, hopefully it will be worthwhile. We are both cautiously optimistic today after meeting some of the Project team. They seem to want to do what's best for the town whilst trying to make it economically sustainable.
New Reporter and thank you
We will from this week have a new guy writing the reports for the local press.
We need to sincerely thank Stephen Armstrong for his years of writing literally hundreds of reports on what is happening with Ballymena Runners.
His work which involved compiling reports gleaned from numerous weekend telephone calls or less than helpful spreadsheets over that period was tremendous.
The fact that he kept this up for us in recent years despite his focus switching to another sports club shows how much he values Ballymena Runners. The feeling is mutual.
The new guy is Martin Harris. If you have suitable material, maybe race pictures or results that you would like to share, send them to Martin at email@example.com. Do please remember reporting to the local press is a thankless job, we can never guarantee what they will print.
Ballymena Runners are one of the biggest sporting clubs in the town, we rely on good will and support from the local community. It is in everyone’s interest that we support each other.
If you are interesting in getting involved please reply to this. The community side of things can be very enjoyable. I know at any of the events we attend the input from the club is always appreciated.
We hope you are all enjoying being part of Ballymena Runners. Most of our members started in the 30s, 45s, or 60s. Most of us can remember what it’s like to join the club, there is a lot to take in at the start.
Please do contact Emma or myself if you have any running related problems. It could be that you need advice on training, clothes, footwear or coping with injury, we will do our best to answer your queries. If we can’t provide you with an answer we will hopefully know who to ask.
We will continue to have 2 Saturday runs a month to help you prepare for racing 10k or 5m. Please let us know if you want a particular route or starting point, a bit of variety never hurts.
We have attached routes from 3 starting points in the town which you can use for your personal runs. There are hopefully a few which will suit each of you. Some of these are on country roads please use common sense, stay safe. If you need clarification or advice on any of the routes, please get in touch.
I am taking the lead on our club trip to Glasgow this year on the last weekend in September; it is suitable for everyone as it incorporates a half marathon and 10k. Glasgow has a festival of running that weekend which includes thousands of kids running on the Saturday before the main events on Sunday. Flights at the minute are around £80 return fare and accommodation around £80 per night for a reasonable hotel.
Stephen & Emma
We have 5 club trips this year. Each one is suitable for every one of you given the time scales involved. I know we have quite a few new members joined up since the initial information was relayed, hence the notice. All the detail is on the website
Membership fees are now £35
Thank you to Lynn Tennant for registering all your membership detail with Athletics NI today. Lynn has come early to club every Monday for the last 7 weeks to facilitate the new membership year. She will now come early on the 1st Monday of each month to collect membership, you can of course still pay at any time through:
Mrs. Lynn Tennant
4 Grange Valley, Ballymena
Cross Country & Road Running Fixtures
Are available at
Monday night Club Section contacts
Please note that your Monday night Club Section contacts are as follows: -
Performance – Mark / Ruth
Development – John McG / Paul Connolly/ Emma Donnelly - 9, 9T, 9:30, 10, 10:30
Beginners – Stephen / Harry 30, 45, 60
Ecabs - Monday Evenings
We will use ECABS to pick up any of you who have an accident and cannot return to the leisure centre under your own steam.
I will have laminated cards with me again on Monday night with the telephone and account number to quote
(028 25880004 acc. no 85).