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Busy calendar of events for Springwell runners

The calendar just gets busier, and the races just keep coming, as this week saw the addition of track and field competition to our usual selection of road, trail, and mountain running, as well as the ever constant parkruns.

As if this wasn’t enough Springwell RC hosted their Purple Ladies 5k race at the Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre in Ballymoney.

GES Group Purple Ladies 5k – Wednesday 26th June

Wednesday evening saw a record turnout for the tenth running of the Purple Ladies 5k, sponsored by GES Group. This has always been a popular event and this year saw the registration sell out with 300 competitors signing up to take part. The Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre was a hive of activity all afternoon as Springwell RC members built the course and prepared the race numbers and merchandise for collection, and by 5:30pm everything was ready as the first runners arrived.

The overcast, windy weather conditions, threatened rain, which thankfully did not materialise and shortly before 7:30pm Race Director, and Club President Kenny Bacon delivered the race briefing before wishing the best of luck to everyone taking part.

The 5k course took the field from the leisure centre and through Riverside Park before a loop along the footpath into the town and back into the park and a final climb to the finish at the leisure centre. The race was keenly contested from the start and at the finish only twenty two seconds separated the top three with Natasha Henderson (North Belfast Harriers) claiming first in 20:07, Caroline Irwin (Unaffiliated) was second in 20:19, and Marie Kerr (Glens Runners) third in 20:29.

Springwell RC would like to thank everyone who assisted with the organisation and delivery of such a successful event.

Bob & Bert’s 5 & 10k – Friday 28th June

Friday evening saw over 500 runners gather at the East Strand in Portrush for this year’s Bob & Bert’s 5 & 10k races. Both races started with a run along the beach to the White Rocks where the 5k competitors turned and ran back along the beach, while the 10k runners climbed the steep, winding road from the beach to the Bushmills Road for a downhill stretch to the Arcadia and along Landsdowne Crescent to Ramore Head.

Once they had navigated a lap of the headland it was back along Landsdowne Crescent and the Arcadia to finish on the beach. Even though a high tide pushed the races onto the stamina sapping soft sand and a strong westerly breeze that meant runners had a headwind for large portions of the race, there were some excellent times recorded with four personal bests achieved.

5k – 11th Gary Moore 26:53, 39th Aimee Miller 33:02, 60th Noelle Watterson 35:37, 76th Deborah Purdy 38:37, 78th Caoime Quinn 39:39

10k – 2nd Christopher McNickle 34:32, 8th Paul Thompson 37:26, 9th Gordie Mawhinney 37:34, 10th Stephen Fillis 37:40, 11th Stephen McLaughlin 37:45, 15th Rodney McPhee 38:11 PB, 28th Mark Goldsworthy 40:54, 38th Darren Walsh 42:07, 41st David Shiels 42:53, 69th Shaun Carton 45:48, 70th Reggie Colville 45:34, 75th Jonny Rowntree 46:00, 81st Jonathan Huddleston 46:27, 91st Deborah McPhee 47:02 PB, 101st Sylvia Pollock 47:27, 106th Fergus Thompson 47:42, 109th Pauline Mullan 48:01, 129th Laura-Ann Carmichael 49:09, 136th Dara Watterson 49:17, 140th Peter Jack 49:35, 147th Richard Pollock 50:03, 163rd Michael McKeown 51:25, 166th Lydia Pollock 51:37, 182nd Gillian Rudden 52:31 PB, 187th Seamus McAteer 52:39, 201st Andrew Wilmot 53:28, 220th Faith Moore 54:35, 223rd Patrick Magee 54:35, 225th David Hughes 54:40, 248th Nicole O’Connor 55:53, 251st Alanna Millar 55:47, 265th Janet Patrick 57:01, 273rd Liz Dowey 57:38, 290th Roisin Walker 58:50, 300th Colin Connolly 59:07, 302nd Heather McLaughlin 59:33, 312th Aidan Mooney 1:00:36, 347th Pauline Duke 1:04:14, 361st Linda McMichael 1:05:55 PB, 377th John McMichael 1:09:37

Mullaghcarn Giant Race – Saturday 29th June

Saturday was the inaugural Mullaghcarn Giant Race organised by Carmen Runners, at Gortin Forest just outside Omagh, it doubled as NIMRA Championship race as well as an IMRA Ulster championship race.

The sun was splitting the sky for the 12:00 start and a fast climb up to Ladies Viewpoint, a brief reprieve on the flattish road before the leg sapping climb to meet ‘Darach the Guardian’

From here it was a mile of bog hopping, then 3 miles of undulating forest track in the sunshine which sounds more pleasant than it was! The fast descents over hard pack ed trail took their toll on our members and injuries were widespread…

Carolyn lost a toenail, James lost the sole of his right foot, not his shoe, the skin from his foot! And Andrew came within a whisker of drowning in the bog on the ridge of Mullaghcarn!

Springwell RC – 11th Peter Tees 1:01:17, 43rd Bernie Quinn 1:10:53, 56th Adele Tomb 1:14:33, 75th James Hughes 1:21:11, 84th Carolyn Crawford 1:23:57, 121st Andrew Wilmot 1:50:46.

Thanks to Carmen Runners for organising the race, it was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Northern Ireland Master Athletics Association – Saturday 29th June

This year’s NIMAA Track & Field Championships took place on Saturday 29th June at the Mary Peters Track in Belfast where, after a very busy, and productive day, Catherine Pinkerton brought home four championship medals. Taking part in four events she won silver in the 200m (39:95), the 3000m (12:16:28), and the 1500m (5:42:34), finishing the day with a bronze medal in the 400m (1:15:52).


Saturday’s parkrunning saw fifty – three Springers appearing at thirteen different venues. This week’s personal bests were claimed by James Weir at Limavady parkrun and Naomi Gordon at Portrush parkrun.

Thanks to all the volunteers who make the magic happen.

Rostrevor – Majella McATEER 28:08, Colin CONNOLLY 36:00

Ecos – Liz McLAUGHLIN 33:30

Queen’s – Ryan KENNEDY 19:37

Portrush – Andy WHITEFORD 18:20, David O’NEILL 19:22, Maurice WALKER 20:07, Rhys WALKER 21:17, Fiona PRUE 21:46, Jonno JOHNSON 22:24, Paul LAVERTY 23:02, Fiona MARTIN 23:11, Mervyn THOMPSON 24:20, Reid JACK 25:10, Naomi GORDON 26:16 PB, David McGAFFIN 26:16, Pamela HOWE 26:35, Alan PLATT 26:49, Alanna MILLAR 28:00, Patrick MAGEE 28:43, Shaun CARTON 28:45, George BRIEN 31:33, Julie CORBETT 31:58, Fergal MACKLE 34:05, Aimee MILLER 34:44, Iris WILSON 37:10, Jonathan HUDDLESTON 37:31, Deborah PURDY 39:27, Aisling HYNES 43:42, Caitriona MACKLE 52:58, Gemma WRAY 57:31

Omagh – Andrew WILMOT 27:42

Westport – Gary KENDALL 21:43, Kay HACK 34:55

Bangor – Lorraine ABERNETHY 30:11, Emer THOMPSON 31:04, Fiona WALKER 31:24, Amanda SCOTT 34:49

Limavady – James WEIR 18:30 PB, Stephen McLAUGHLIN 20:42, Kevin McLEAN 21:33, Gael BUTCHER 25:11, Alan STEEN 26:58, Janet PATRICK 28:05, Leanne QUIGLEY 28:28, Heather McLAUGHLIN 30:30, Ingrid HAMILTON 30:31, Linda McMICHAEL 31:08

Tramore – Catherine BYERS 34:03

Buncrana – Chris DENTON 17:26

Faskally Forest – Elaine MONTGOMERY 40:19

Garvagh Forest – Michael McKEOWN 27:41

Limepark Playing Fields – Seamus MCATEER 28:20

Catherine Pinkerton at the NI Masters Track and Field
Christopher McNickle and Stephen McLaughlin at the Bob & Berts 10k
Gordon Mawhinney at the Bob & Berts 10k
Heather McLaughlin at the Bob & Berts 10k
Andrew Wilmot, Peter Tees, James Hughes, Adele Tomb, Bernadette Quinn and Carolyn Crawford at the Mullaghcarn Giant Race
Natasha Henderson and baby Wren receiving the “Debbie Tutty” trophy from Club President Kenneth Bacon
Springwell RC’s Purple Ladies
Stephen Fillis at the Bob & Berts 10k
Caroline Irwin, Natasha Henderson and Marie Kerr – the top three at the Purple Ladies 5k.
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