Mail 27/7

Good Evening

We are all getting set for our Broughshane Race this weekend. Thank you to all of you who have either entered or volunteered to help out on the night. Hopefully we will get another good evening and turn out from the club on the night.

Postal and online entries for the Broughshane 5K & 10K closes on Fri 28 Jul. However, you can still register on the night between 1730-1830 on Mon 31 Jul at Broughshane Community Centre. 

We have no training organised for Monday night, due to the race.


Inter-Club race Tuesday 29th August

Brief note this week to mark the date in your calendar. Larne would like us to handle our registration, I will send an email with all the relevant detail next week.


Ballymena Colour Run 1st August     Waveney playing fields

The Inter Ethnic Forum and Education Authority are having a Colour Run on Tuesday evening, we are supporting as part of our ongoing commitment to community involvement. You are all welcome to come down and run on the night. It should be very relaxed and a bit of fun. If you would like to help out please get in touch with either Alastair or myself. I have attached the flyer which has more detail.


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.


Kells & Connor Charity Run

The Kells/Connor charity race will be hosting training runs on Sundays again starting this Sunday the 9th July 2017, from the Connor church carpark. Last year we had a tremendous turn out from our club and everyone found it improved their fitness; hopefully this year will be the same.  

We have added the shorter distance this year to encourage our newer runner to feel the race experience.

The run is local and family friendly, meeting at the Kells & Connor Community Centre, Kells, Co. Antrim BT42 3JX. Oh did I mention it will have the free BBQ again for all runners, with new Bling (medals) this year. 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. 

We will be having training run around the course  leaving the car park at parkgate at 8.30 am.Suitable for all abilitie

Kindest regard

John McGerty    


Wednesday Lurig Training


Lurig Training leaving 6.30pm sharp from car park off main street Cushendall.

Keep an eye on facebook for any late cancellations if weather is poor.


If you know a member who doesn't do email, please point them to the Website. The website now includes recent posts which have been sent out with the mail recently and may still be of some interest. 








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.  

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).