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Heat cannot deter Springwell athletes

The heat and humidity may have made for challenging running conditions, but Springwell RC members were still out racing this week in the mountains and on the roads with impressive wins, age category places and personal bests being the order of the day.

This week’s race started in the Mourne Mountains on Thursday with the latest episode of Newcastle AC’s Hill & Dale series and finished with a Tyrone centric weekend with the Washing Green Bay Run in Coalisland on Saturday and the Strabane – Lifford Half Marathon on Sunday.

Hill & Dale – Loughshannagh

Thursday 8th June saw the 7th race of the Newcastle AC Hill & Dale series take place with an anti-clockwise lap of Loughshannagh. Thankfully a cooling breeze off the Irish Sea made conditions for this week’s event ideal as over 200 competitors took on the challenge of the four-mile course with a stamina sapping 1900 feet of elevation. Peter Tees was first across the line for Springwell in a time of 55:06 for 52nd, with Colin Brennan not far behind in 63rd (2nd MV60) with a time of 56:47, closely followed by Bernadette O’Kane who finished 67th in 57:03. Carolyn Crawford competed the Springwell contingent in 169th with a time of 1:13:33.

Washing Green Bay Run

The Washing Green Bay Run Half Marathon took place on Saturday 10th June and despite the hot and humid conditions an impressive run from Springwell RC’s Christopher McNickle saw him finish top of the podium with a convincing win. Hard work and many training miles always pay dividends, and Saturday’s first place finish for Christopher was just reward for all his efforts as he crossed the line in 1:19:29 to win by over three and a half minutes.

Strabane – Lifford Half Marathon

Sunday 11th June was another hot and humid morning as over 800 competitors took on the challenge of the Strabane – Lifford Half Marathon and a run from Tyrone to Donegal and back. The course led from Strabane over the River Foyle to Lifford and then along the banks of the River Finn to Clady Village where the runners once again crossed the river and started their return to Strabane and the finish line.  A strong run from Ryan Kennedy saw him finish in 47th with a time of 1:29:41 and a run of 1:55:28 earned a personal best for Leanne Quigley while Sinead Graham started her half marathon career with a time of 2:02:45 for 509th.

Springwell RC – 47th Ryan Kennedy 1:29:41, 257th Geoff Allen 1:48:36, 282nd Pauline Mullan 1:50:09, 332nd Michael Mulvenna 1:53:24, 366th Leanne Quigley 1:55:28 PB, 396th Lynne Young 1:56:54, 465th Sinead Rivers 1:59:48, 509th Sinead Graham 2:02:45, 551st Mervyn Thompson 2:05:57, 769th Ryan Campbell 2:28:40, 783rd Andrew Wilmot 2:28:50, 800th Andrew Gault 2:31:11.

Parkrun

A super sunny Saturday saw fifty-five Springers on the parkrun trail at thirteen venues. The place to be for personal bests was Portrush, where the cool Atlantic breeze kept the heat at bay long enough for Catherine Pinkerton, Conor Shields, and Deborah McPhee to post their times.

Portrush was also the venue for an impressive milestone as Reid Jack completed his 250th parkrun, while the photo of the day goes to the “family Steen” at Limavady, where matching tee shirts for father and daughter, Alan, and Eva Steen, were the order of the day as they added another run to the pursuit of their 50th milestone and a change of wardrobe.

Thanks to all the parkrun volunteers who make the magic happen. If you haven’t volunteered but would like to, then please get in touch with your local event – no reasonable offer refused.

Ecos – Monica McCLENAGHAN 31:24

Bressay – Elaine MONTGOMERY 39:40, Catherine BYERS 39:40

Portrush – Andy WHITEFORD 19:26, Rhys WALKER 19:35, Maurice WALKER 19:37, Jonathan McNABB 20:31, Catherine PINKERTON 22:14, Shaun CARTON 22:20, Conor SHIELDS 22:58, Paul LAVERTY 23:15, Judith BUCHANAN 23:16, George BRIEN 24:06, Deborah McPHEE 25:09, Patricia CRAIG 26:14, Pamela HOWE 26:54, Mervyn THOMPSON 27:34, Maria QUINN 27:38, Andrew WILSON 27:44, Alan PLATT 27:57, Barry McBRIDE 28:56, Gary MOORE 29:03, Gemma WRAY 29:43, Alanna MILLAR 29:44, Reid JACK 30:26, Bernie HANNIGAN 30:40, Iris WILSON 36:46, Caoimhe QUINN 37:07, Deborah PURDY, 40:36, Andrew WILMOT 56:23

Enniskillen – Patrick MAGEE 27:25

Victoria parkrun, Glasgow – Gary KENDALL 21:18, Kay HACK 28:31

Castlewellan – John BUTCHER 19:40

Bere Island – David O’NEILL 19:07

Limavady – Chris DENTON 17:14, David SHIELS 19:01, Peter TEES 21:50, Fergus THOMPSON 22:31, David McGAFFIN 22:39, Pauline MULLAN 22:55, Leanne QUIGLEY 24:18, Janet PATRICK 25:13, Heather McLAUGHLIN 29:09, Ingrid HAMILTON 29:37, Alan STEEN 31:02, John McMICHAEL 31:03, Linda McMICHAEL 46:43, Sinead GRAHAM 50:08

River Valley – Roisin WALKER 29:49

Fletcher Moss – Aaron STEELE 25:16

Knockbracken Reservoir – James HUGHES 23:40, Jim BREEN 27:19

Garvagh Forest – Michael McKEOWN 26:11

Limepark Playing Fields – Emer THOMPSON 38:04

Deborah McPhee at Portrush Parkrun
Colin Brennan, Bernadette O’Kane, Carolyn Crawford and Peter Tees at Loughshannagh
Patricia Craig at Portrush Parkrun
Shaun Carton at Portrush Parkrun
Sinead Graham, Sinead Rivers, Pauline Mullan and Leanne Quigley at the Strabane Lifford HM
Alan and Eva Steen at Limavady Parkrun
The podium at the Washing Green Bay HM – John McGarrity (unaffiliated). Christopher McNickle (Springwell RC), Michael McLernon (Jog Lisburn)
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