Fellow Runners,

Well? who is fed up with the snow and ice?

Monday and Tuesday training cancelled this week - so reports of a few runners going stir crazy - but lets focus on the next few weeks:

Cross Country Saturday 16 December

Gransha (Derry) at 12.30pm 6k, Male & Female, Entry Fee £7

Usual car-share arrangements from Ballee Park and Ride - keep an eye on Facebook page for times etc.

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Message form our Club Captains

We are writing to you as a Captains’ Team firstly to thank each of you for electing us for this coming year and secondly to assure you of our support throughout that time.

Our club has increased dramatically in numbers in the last few years and for that reason we intend to put a little bio of each of us onto the website in the near future, introducing ourselves and explaining a bit about our personal experience with running. Until that point we thought it would be worthwhile for us to underline to you how we feel we can best provide support to all club members and also highlight all the events – both races and social – which we intend to give a particular focus. The racing calendar is very busy and the Coaching Team may also select a few others. We will continue to work alongside that team but this is our focus going forward.

As captains we feel the following are some of our key roles – 

Inform members of key dates
Encourage members to enter, and try to ensure enough entries to make up teams
Ensure teams are as competitive as possible, while still maintaining the ethos of having fun
Recognise particular achievements and make these known to all the club
Generally encourage the members in the club with their running and to enter races
Maintain a motivating presence, in person (at training nights, events, socials etc.)
Work collaboratively with the Coaching Team and Committee
We have agreed in addition to the events listed below that we will be lead Captain and first point of contact for the following:-
Road – Emma & John
XC & Track - Ben
Mountain & Trail – Ruth

Please feel free to chat to any of us at any time about any of this or any running/club matters.

Your Captains

Ruth, Emma, Ben & John

Santa Run

Our next Charity venture is the Santa Run (Tuesday 19th December) which supports this year’s charity Tinylife:

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The 'plan' for Next Tuesday evening is as follows:

Meet at Montgomery's Restaurant, Ballymoney Street (Not leisure Centre) - open from 6.00pm
If you haven't been able to buy a suit - don't worry suits will be on sale before the run!
The usual 'Elf and safety' briefing
Start from Montgomery's at 6:20
Meet Chamber Orchestra in Tower Centre outside Radio Cracker shop at 6:30pm
7.00pm leave Tower Centre via Wellington Street
Run past bandstand down Church street, Mill Street and down to Adair arms.
Refreshment and/or quick pint
From Adair back up Wellington Street, Ballymoney St., William St., Broughshane St. to bandstand (tuneful Carols?)
Return to Montgomery's for hot food around 7:45pm.

We really need to confirm numbers ASAP so please go to the event page on the Club website and register if you are attending ( and who is coming with you!)


Race Over The Glens

It is not long now until our next club race! It has been encouraging to see such large numbers turning out each week for training and hopefully this has wet your appetite for race day!

Thank you to Mark Alexander for organising this and other leaders for helping out.

As with all club races we hope to see as many of our own members entering the race as possible. This year we have a new course which, I think you will all agree, provides stunning views and scenery.

As well as encouraging as many of you as possible to enter I would like to remind you all that our men are current reigning team champions! Let’s do our best to keep that title guys! And I believe us ladies have enough depth to also challenge for a team prize.

It is 6 to count for the men’s team and 4 for the women. So come on – let’s give it our best shot!

If you really don’t want to participate please contact Robin Alexander or John Donnelly and offer to help out on the day!

Thank you

Ruth Murphy

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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: 

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Good luck!

Alastair Donaghy


Recent posts

Santa Run 

The date of the Santa Run is now Tuesday 19th December. Montgomerys are hosting our post run get together and the Ballymena Chamber Orchestra are again joining us despite the quality of the choir last year! Joking of course, it was great to be part of the Christmas celebration. 

Club Kit   

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. 

Be Safe

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 mharris@nifootballleague.com. Do please remember reporting to the local press is a thankless job, we can never guarantee what they will print.  


Community Report 

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.


Beginners Section

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 

Club Trips

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:



at http://www.ballymenarunners.org/membership/


or post

Mrs. Lynn Tennant

4 Grange Valley, Ballymena

BT42 2DR


We have membership forms available on the club notice board in the leisure centre. The current list of members is attached with Ni athletic numbers.


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Monday night Club Section contacts  

Please note that your Monday night Club Section contacts are as follows: -

Performance – Mark / Ruth

Development – John McG / Alastair - 9, 9T, 9:30, 10, 10:30

Beginners – Stephen / Emma 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).