Mail 4/8

Good Evening

Thank you to everyone who supported the run in Broughshane on Monday, we had a total of 486 runners on the night 123 of which were Ballymena Runners. Really a first class turnout when you consider the folk who helped with the organisation, marshalled or turned up to support, well done.

We don't have a figure yet for much was raised for the NWMRT, they actually received a call out during the race which they had to attend. They are an essential service which we are happy to support.

Congratulations to Paula Worthington who won the ladies 5k and Paula McArthur, Geraldine Quigley, Linda Pettigrew, Connor Reid and Noel Connor who all won place prizes. As with any of our races we would welcome your comments on how we could improve next year.

I sent out the detail regarding the inter club on Tuesday past, this run is absolutely suitable for everyone. We will have no formal training on Monday 28th August due to the inter-club.

This Monday 7th August is again step up week. Now is the time to give the group above a go, all of our leaders will be encouraging any of you who jump.

We had a bit of fun at the Colour Run on Tuesday with the Inter-Ethnic form and Education Authority. Thank you to those of you who turned up and Mairead Agnew who had the original idea and push to get us involved.


Inter-Club Tuesday 29th August 

The next club event is the Inter-Club race hosted by Larne AC on the 29th August. We will as usual want to compete strongly in both the Ladies and Men's events and get as many Ballymena vests on show as we can. We always get a good turnout for the inter-club, hopefully this year will be no different. The bus to Larne will be free, the first 50 names will be guaranteed a seat after that we may well put on another bus if it makes sense to do so. It would be great to fill two buses again.

Registration on the night is not easy given the numbers involved, Larne have therefore asked can we pre enter our own members. I will take replies to this, or you can put your details on the entry sheet I will have at training. Alternatively if it would be easier for you to give your entry to one of the Captains or Vice Captains they will forward your name to me. I will hopefully email our entries to Larne in plenty of time, to do this I need you to enter sooner rather than later.

We will collect the £5 entry on the night.


Kells & Connor Charity Run

We hope to encourage our newer runners to feel the race experience so we have put on a 5 mile road race along with the half marathon challenge this Saturday. The run is local and family friendly, meeting at the Kells & Connor Community Centre, Kells, Co. Antrim BT42 3JX. All runners will receive a medal and a small goodie bag on completion, plus a BBQ (Burger/Sausage) for all runners. Sandwiches for others that do not wish to eat the BBQ.

There is substantial prize money for the male and female winners ranging from £100 to £40.  To register please click this link To follow us and keep up to date click our face book link

I would like to thank Ballymena Runners for your ongoing support for making our charity race such a success every year; we look forward to seeing you again.


Kindest regards

John McGerty


Purple Ladies Ballymoney 5K Race Wed 16th Aug


This is obviously a Ladies event, it is suitable for all abilities. We will order a bus if we have the numbers, please contact Emma Donnelly if you would be interested in a bus, the company and craic on the way down will be good. PS Springwell Runners do great tea and buns 😊


First Aid Kits

We now have basic first aid kits available to our leaders, they will be available to collect beside reception on Monday evenings. We will sign the kits out and confirm return, if you take a group every week you can keep your own if that suits.


Wednesday training

There is trail running this week in Tardree Forest with Susanna and Alastair. This is as always suitable for everyone. Training will start at 6:30pm from Duncans car park on the Parkgate Rd. There will also be a car share leaving Ballee park n ride at 6pm.

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Recent posts


Broughshane Cosy Graduation

Thank you to everyone who helped out in any way with the Broughshane Cosy which finished on Tuesday. The feedback from the folks who ran with us is a great advertisement for the club. They can see that everyone involved in the leading and support side of the program enjoys sharing the path the runners take from week one. They can also see that we welcome everyone. Well done.

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.  

Glasgow Trip

Could any of you who have booked flights to Glasgow please let me know This is a club trip you are all of course welcome to join us. The run is suitable for everyone, there is also the option just to come along and spectate.

We are looking for a venue for our Saturday night dinner and obviously need a rough idea of numbers. At the minute there are 19 folk booked that I know of. I have again attached the detail regarding flights and accommodation. 

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).