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Another busy week for Springwell members

It was another week of mountain and road running for Springwell RC with the purple vest in action in the Mournes, in Race 6 of the Hill & Dale Series and the Pat Dunbar Memorial, in Donegal at the Sliabh Liag 50k, the Almac 10k at the Craigavon Lakes, the May Fair 10k in Ballyclare, the Great Manchester Run, the Edinburgh Marathon Festival, and the Marconi 5 in Ballycastle.

Hill & Dale: Luke’s – Thursday 23rd May

On a technically challenging route of 4.4mile and 1,400ft of elevation, runners were tasked with summiting Slievenaglogh followed by a fast & rough descent to Luke’s Mountain before an even rougher descent through some of the most ungodly terrain the Mournes has to offer to return to Meelmore Lodge.

With less-than-optimal conditions on the summits, it was a very strong run from Peter Tees who finished brilliantly in 20th position in 45:35, while continuing his 100% H&D streak with 6/6 races, Conor Duffy finished 166th in 1:05:25.

Sliabh Liag 50km – Friday 24th May

Being the highest cliffs in Ireland would be a tough enough race, but Bernadette Quinn and Shirhaan Hameed had other (tougher) ideas at the Sliabh Liag Challenge and opted for the 50km race with 9,700ft of elevation.

Following four loops of the sunny scenic course it was Bernadette first home for the club. An unbelievable race from Bernie saw her not only finish 8th overall but also finished as first lady in an impressive time of 6:31:55.

“Fresh” from his UTS 100mile attempt only 2 weeks ago, Shirhaan Hameed had a super run to finish 12th in 7:01:37.

Pat Dunbar Memorial Race – Saturday 25th May

The sun was shining on Barry Mullan in the Mournes for the latest round of the NIMRA Championship. The Pat Dunbar Memorial, hosted by Newry AC, was the first medium category Championship race of the year over 8mile and 2,000ft of elevation.

A varied tour of the southern Mournes saw Barry take in part of the Mourne way before heading on the open mountain summiting Tievedockaragh and Rocky Mountain. Barry finished 34th overall in 1:36:23.

The NIMRA Championship continues next week a bit closer to home on the Antrim Hills with the Cairncastle Classic Fell Race.

Almac 10k – Saturday 25th May

The Almac 10k at the Craigavon Lakes saw three Springwell RC ladies in action with Sheila McConnell 283rd in 1:02:29, Paula Carson 335th in 1:08:00 and Noeleen Cairns 373rd in 1:16:10.

May Fair 10k – Saturday 25th May

The May Fair 10k in Ballyclare saw David Shiels in action with a 41:50 for 39th place and 2nd M60.

Great Manchester Run – Sunday 26th May

Today’s Great Manchester Run saw Ciaran Ferris run an impressive 33:53 in the 10k to finish 75th while in the Half Marathon a 2:01:08 from Adam Henderson saw him finish 4803rd.

Edinburgh Marathon Festival – Sunday 26th May

This year’s Edinburgh Marathon Festival saw seven Springwell RC members make the trip to the Scottish capital for this very popular event. With four races taking place over two days the city is awash with runners and their supporters and Springwell RC were in action on both days. Saturdays 10k, in pleasant sunshine, saw Alan white finish 1023rd with a time of 56:12 and Alanna Millar 1217th in 57:48. The weather changed for Sunday and the longer distance races with frequent showers and stiff breeze. The half marathon was the first race of the day where Lynne Young finished 1860th in 1:46:36 and Colin Connolly 8632nd in 2:25:20. In the Marathon Timmy Bacon ran an impressive 3:28:47 to finish 1321st, Jonathan Huddlestone was 2054th in 3:41:07 and Jeff Young 2990th in 3:53:00.

Marconi 5 – Sunday 26th May

Sunday’s Marconi 5 hosted by Ballycastle Runners AC saw a contingent of thirty – five Springwell RC members make the trip to the seaside for this popular event. The early morning rain abated before the start of the race and a field of over two hundred competitors had cool, calm conditions for the five-mile run from the tennis club on Quay Road to Marconi’s Cottage and back. There was a short hill climb on the return leg, as it included the climb to the Corrymeela Centre and back, but this did nothing to prevent some impressive times being recorded. Jenny Chartres showed no sign of fatigue, or jet – lag from last weekend’s trip to New York for the Brooklyn Half Marathon as she ran 35:52 to finish second on the podium. As well as Jenny’s success there were seven age category wins for the club with Pauline Mullan, Catherine Pinkerton, Patricia Craig, Maurice Walker, Rhys Walker, Shaun Carton, and George Brien all winning their respective categories. Springwell RC – 5th Rodney McPhee 30:57, 6th Maurice Walker 31:38 (1st M55), 7th Rhys Walker 32:14 (1st MO), 11th Brian Moore 33:42, 21st Jenny Chartres 35:52 (2nd lady), 25th Catherine Pinkerton 36:44 (1st F45), 28th Shaun Carton 37:03 (1st M60), 29th David McGaffin 37:09, 44th Deborah McPhee 38:34, 56th Pauline Mullan 39:29 (1st F50), 59th Ashley McPhee 40:04, 66th George Brien 40:41 (1st M70), 68th Dara Watterson 41:15, 78th Patricia Craig 42:02 (1st F60), 84th David Hughes 42:55, 90th Andrew Wilmot 43:18, 100th Gillian Rudden 44:25, 107th Naomi Gordon 45:04, 108th Janet Patrick 45:11, 121st Roisin Walker 46:22, 129th Aidan Mooney 47:14, 138th Christine Bonham 48:40, 141st Aisling McCormack 48:50, 152nd Orlaith Gribben 49:47, 159th Aimee Miller 50:52, 161st Ivan Goldsworthy 50:55, 165th Leighann Barker 51:31, 176th Julie Corbett 53:07, 178th Paula Chartres 53:11, 186th Ingrid Fialova 53:56, 188th James Barr 54:22, 202nd Shirley McGaffin 57:42, 217th Caoimhe Quinn 1:09:39, 218th Deborah Purdy 1:09:36

Noeleen Cairns, Sheila McConnell and Paula Carson at the Almac 10k

Alan White at the Edinburgh 10k

Barry Mullan at the Pat Dunbar Memorial Mountain Race

Catherine Pinkerton and Jenny Chartres at the Marconi 5 

Jonathan Huddlestone at the Edinburgh Marathon

Lynne Young and Colin Connolly at the Edinburgh Half Marathon

Rodney McPhee at the Marconi 5 

Shirhaan Hameed at the Sliabh Liag Challenge.

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