Mail out 17th Nov
Well done to all of you who competed last weekend throughout the country, congratulations to Gillian Wasson who won the Davagh Trail race.
2017 Awards Dinner
The Awards dinner is of course this Saturday in the Adair Arms. I have attached the latest list we have of folk going, we had a few additions in the last couple of days. The meal is being served at 7:30, please make sure you are seated by then.
I do know that their are a few folk coming just for the dance, we will as usual charge £5 for dance only . There will be a collection tin beside the DJ.
Jingle all the Way
The Community committee have organised a fund raising event at Lifestyle fitness from Monday 20th November to Friday 24th November in aid of N.I. Children's Hospice. We want local organisations and businesses raise money through sponsorship to run/walk on a treadmill for one hour. At the end of the week we will hopefully be able to present a cheque to the Hospice as a result of what will be very much a joint effort by everyone involved. I have attached the invitation please let me know if you are interested or need any more information.
We are also planning as part of the Jingle event to do a treadmill run in the Tower Centre on Saturday 25th November. We need club members to fill the time on the treadmill, again please let me know if you are available.
We really do need to hear from you now if you are going to support this. We have seven community groups pencilled in for the one hour slots in lifestyle fitness and commitment from around 6 people for the treadmill in the tower centre. We would obviously like a few more. This really for us is every bit as much about community partnership as raising money, please don't be put off thinking we need everyone to raise a lot of cash.
Seeley 10k Race & Bus
I have attached the current list of people who are on the Seeley Bus. Please check your name is on it if required. There is as you can see plenty of room, we will now open the bus up to friends and family.
The bus has been designated a Big Feed bus, which means you are all encouraged to bring buns, cakes, biscuits and so forth and tea/coffee to wash it down. Kelly Courtney will point you all in the right direction on the day. If you have any questions please feel free to reply to this.
Departure times are Cullybackey Spar 12:30
Ballee Park n Ride 1245
Dunsilly Park n Ride 12:55
Jim Moore is collecting all your packs. They will be available on the bus, we usually get parked at the Ozone complex in Ormeau Park. Good luck to all.
Sperrin Harriers Winter Trail Series – Saturday 2 December 2018
The fantastic Sperrin Harriers Winter Trail Series continues on Saturday 2 December 2018 at Lough Fea.
Everything you need to know about the series can be found here http://www.sperrinharriers.co.uk/winter-trail-series/
We have booked a bus for the next race. Bus booking can only be secured with a payment of £5 cash per person (max 2 bookings per person). Non refundable bookings will be taken by Ruth on Monday 20 & 27 November 2018 on a ‘first come first served basis’ from 18.10 – 18.20.
If you require any further information please contact Mark, Ruth or Emma.
Strength and Conditioning
The Club has received several queries 're the availability of strength and conditioning training. If you are interested in finding out more please contact Ruth or Ben.
The cut off date for guaranteed Christmas delivery is November 19th.
Returns for personalised or decorated product will only be accepted if the personalisation or decoration is incorrect from the receipt of order or if the product is faulty. This includes items from club shops that have the specific club crest and/or logos applied.
We have copied this from the Teamwear website. There is a comprehensive size chart on the website. The club will try and help anyone who is in the position of having a garment that doesn't fit by advertising the availability of the item to the membership. Do please remember if you have your initials on kit it would be very hard to sell on.
Race Over The Glens Training
Training starts Sunday 12th November for six consecutive Sunday mornings leaving Glenariff forest park at 9am sharp.
Each week we will be offering 3-4 groups to ensure all abilities are catered for. The route covers a hilly 6 mile trail course and you should already be comfortable running this distance on the road.
Please ensure you dress appropriately for the conditions / terrain. Bring warm and waterproof clothing and trail shoes are advisable.
Finally, if you've time, please stay and join us for a cup of tea in the visitor centre after your run (bring own flask and buns though!).
We look forward to seeing you Sunday.
The organising is well on the way for ROTG but as always we need volunteers for marshals out on the course and for registration.
Online entry is open for Race over the Glens, give it a go and enter now!
If any lirfs are available to lead the remaining weeks including this Sunday please contact Ruth or Mark.
Please note that the meeting point for Ecos Intervals has changed. All members should now park in the Showgrounds pitch car parks (take road right before barrier). Drive through main car park gate and park into the left ensuring you avoid the tarmac path running through to the back pitches.
Meeting / briefing point will now be at the main gates to the car park. Please do not park on the roads leading to the main carpark.
In the week leading up to Seeley this week's session is 6 x 2, Jog Recovery 1:30, lead by Ray and Ben
Mountain Club Trip – Edinburgh – 10 February 2018
The last of our 5 club supported trips takes place in February 2018. The event is called the ‘Carnethy 5’ and takes in 6 miles, 5 summits and 2,500 feet of running in the Pentland Hills on the outskirts of Edinburgh. Information on the race can be found under our club trips section here http://www.ballymenarunners.org/club-trips/
If you require any further information or interested in attending please contact Mark or Ruth by Monday 30 October 2017.
This mail will always be available on our website. http://www.ballymenarunners.org/weekly-mail/
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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).