Mail out 21/9

Good Evening 

Well done to everyone who ran this weekend, wherever you ran. Congratulations to Pamela Kane who came 1st in F35 category in the PureRunning half marathon series which has lasted most of this current calendar year. 

From this week on we should be wearing High Viz in the evenings, sunset on Monday is due at 7:15. You need to be visible when you run at night. Your safety has to be our first concern.

Awards Dinner Saturday 18th November  

Hi Everyone,

It's that time of year again...Awards Dinner... trainers in the cupboard and dancing shoes unearthed!!

Please let us plan ahead by replying to this sooner rather than later.

This is our annual celebration of our achievements over the past year. From distances conquered, mountains climbed, and times we have achieved!! Everyone of us has something to celebrate and that's what this is for!
Let's do this Ballymena Runners style and go out and have a good time!!!! 

This years date to save is Saturday 18th November!
If everyone could give us details of theirpreorder as soon as possible, thisensures your place for what is guaranteed to be a great nights craic!!! 

Can't wait!! See you all there!!

Emma,Carol & Stephen 

The dinner is £25 (£2 surcharge for beef). The menu is attached please put your name, choice of meal and £25 in an envelope and return to either Emma, Carol or Stephen. The £25 will cover the cost of the meal and Disco. Wine will be available to buy on the night at the reduced charge of £14:50 per bottle. 




Method of Improving through Interval Training on Monday nights


We begin your workout with a Warm up by beginning a slowly pace run for five minutes. ...


We then run at a moderate pace for fifteen minutes max to our dynamic warm up location


We conduct 5 mins of Dynamic warm up ready to start the interval training


We begin the interval training. ... see Development plan attached


We then return for the cooldown with a moderate pace back to the leisure centre


Cool down. ... with the Leaders stretching program for 10 mins


Push yourself. are worth it

Measure your improvement by attending every week and attend a race periodically like 5km park runs or local 10km races.


Come and join us the feedback from those that are on this journey has been awesome. If you run for 1 hr and or you attend any groups from the 10.30mins through to the 8.30’s then this is for you.


Best regards

John, Alastair & Ray


Costa Catch Up


Your coaching team likes coffee!! We want to get to know you better and to offer any advice where we can. There is a range of experience and knowledge within our team so why not share it over a cuppa?  

If you would like to chat to the team for tips or you just want to join us for a cuppa why not come along to Costa Coffee on 2 October 2017 after training?  

We plan to do this periodically. It will be informal and best of all – the club will pick up the tab for your tea or coffee!  

To keep you up to date with who all sits on the Coaching Team we plan to update the website soon with this information and a brief synopsis of each member. 

Hope to see you with a cappuccino in hand! 

Coaching Team


AGM - Election of Officers


This is your opportunity to vote for the people who run the club or maybe you wish to put yourself forward for one of the positions.

This year we are going to have a few changes.  Noel Connor and Connor Reid have stepped down from the committee.  We would like to thank both of them for the work they put into it during their time with the committee.  We are also again introducing the office of Assistant Secretary due to the workload in the Secretary’s post.  

This is your chance to get involved.  If you would like to put yourself forward for any of the positions below, please reply to this email by 31st October. 

Positions open for election are as follows.




Assistant Secretary


Membership Secretary

Committee member 

We welcome your participation and appreciate any of you who are prepared to give up your time to keep the club progressing.   


BRAC Committee  


LIRF and CIRF Volunteers 


We the coaching committee are looking for volunteers to attend a Leaders in Running Fitness course or if you are already a leader to step up and attend the Coaching in Running Fitness course. Below are the links from athletics NI website with the criteria  

The awards available on the fitness pathway are as follows:   

• Leader-In-Running-Fitness - The first step 

•Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF) - The second step 

If any member wishes to volunteer then please submit your name and contact details to John McGerty email: There will be a vetting process and access NI approval required before loading onto these courses. 



On behalf of the coaching committee  

Wednesday Training  

This Wednesday 27th we are back to the Ecos centre for Interval training with Ray and Susanna. This is suitable for everyone. 


Captains Vote  


Its time again to think of our Captains for 2018. We are really pleased with how our captains & vice-captains this year have continued to fly the flag for BRAC throughout the year, I think we all appreciate what they and previous Captains have done for the club. Ruth, Emma and Ben are happy to stand again. 

We will take nominations throughout September for Captains. We will approach each nominee and confirm with them they are happy to go forward into the ballot. We will then issue a ballot on the 1st October with the closing date being the agm on the 6th November. The 2018 Captains will be announced at the AGM. 

To clarify the Captains vote, there is no separate vote specifically for vice captain. The person with the most votes is Captain, second most votes is Vice Captain. 

The Captain and vice captains with Ballymena Runners are entirely your choice. If you want to nominate someone please ether reply to this or give one of us an envelope with the nomination detail inside.


Seeley Cup 14:30 Saturday 25th November

We always have a large turnout at this race every year, we are usually the biggest club on the day, our bus is already booked! I have included the link to the online entry, the race itself always sells out well before race day. At this time 2 months before the race106 have entered already.

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. We are continuing to try and source a complete range of clothing which would be available online, the journey has not been straightforward.


Run the Ridge’ (Wicklow Ireland) Club Trail Trip – 14 October 2017


Thank you for everyone who has expressed interest to date for the club trail trip to Wicklow.  The event we have chosen is called ‘Run the Ridge’ – further details here - and is located in the stunning Wicklow Hills.  There are two trail distances on offer (8k& 20k) and therefore something suitable for all standards.  All those planning to race should enter directly through this site. 

There is a range of accommodation in the area and I can provide this on request (Hotels, B&Bs and Hostels etc.) for you to book direct.   

If you have you require any further information please contact Mark Alexander at  

This email is available at







Recent posts


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

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


Community Report 

The community side of the club continues to thrive. We are as you know in working in partnership with the Broughshane Community group and the Mountain Rescue guys for the Broughshane 10k & 5K. 

We are at the moment running a Cosy Sofa for the Health Trust and St Brigid’s PS. 

We had a great day helping out a little bit with St Colmcilles fun run at Ecos on Saturday. 

We are helping to organise a Colour run with some of the local youth clubs on 10th June and are again involved with Cambridge House PTA with their run on the 24th June. 

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.


Jingle All the Way' 

We received a letter this week from Shaun O’Neil who is the Sports Editor at the Ballymena Guardian promoting a charity event in Ballymena on the 25th November. I have attached the letter.

We would be keen to get involved maybe with a float in the parade and/or a treadmill in one of the shopping centers. These are just initial ideas, if you would like to get involved and have more flare and imagination (not a high bar!) please get in touch.  

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:





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.


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 / 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).