Causeway Chronicle

‘The Summer’s really here’ for Springwell Runners!

To quote the Undertones, “The summer’s really here and it’s time to come out, time to discover what fun is about” and a very sunny week saw the purple Springwell vests in action on mountain, trail and road earning age category wins and personal bests for their efforts – and we always have fun doing it.

This week’s events saw the club racing in the Mournes, the Antrim Plateau, The Maiden City, Drum Manor Forest Park in County Tyrone and, as you all know, a wide selection of parkruns throughout the country.

Mountain Races

Springwell RC was in action at two mountain races this week. On Thursday 1st June Club Captain Ryan Galway ran race 7 of the Hill & Dale series and a challenging 4.5 miles of running and over 1400 feet of elevation around Millstone in the Mourne Mountains. A determined run from Ryan saw him finish in a time of 43:31 for 22nd place. The second mountain race of the week was the Cairncastle Fell Race on Saturday 3rdJune. This event, just outside Ballygally tests entrants with almost 2000 feet of climbing over a ten-mile course. Bernadette O’Kane continued her good run of form with another impressive run to finish 31st overall (4th lady and 1st FO) I a time of 1:37:39. Shirhaan Hameed wasn’t far behind, finishing 40th in 1:43:08 with Adele Tomb 68th (2nd FV50) in 2:02:41.

Foyle Valley Athletics Club 5 Mile Classic

The Foyle Valley Athletics Club 5 Mile Classic is a long established and very popular road race. The event is an out and back course with competitors racing “out the line” along the Foyle Road beside the river in Londonderry before turning and back to a finish where they originally started from. The flat course with minimum elevation provides the opportunity for a very fast race and the potential for personal bests and Thursday 2nd June was no exception as Christopher McNickle ran an impressive 27:34 to finish in 9th place, while a personal best 29:34 saw Stephen McLaughlin cross the line in 29th.

Stunnerz & Runnerz

Stunnerz & Runners is a ladies only race hosted by Sperrin Harriers and this year’s event took place on Saturday 3rd June in the very scenic surroundings of Drum Manor Forest Park outside Cookstown. The 5k trail run around the grounds of Drum Manor started at midday and a strong run by Jane Talbot saw lead the Springwell RC contingent home as she finished eighth overall and first for her age group with a time of 24:27.

Springwell RC – 8th Jane Talbot 24:27 (1st 50+), 13th Leisa Mckenna 26:07, 20th Sinead Graham 28:38, 29th Antoinette Conway 31:09, 36th Heather McLaughlin 32:12, 37th Alison Duncan 32:12, 50th Ingrid Hamilton 34:37, 52nd Sarah Swanson 34:55, 53rd Hannah McCaw 34:55, 54th Linda McMichael 35:32, 55th Angeline Platt 35:50, 70th Katrina Adams 38:46, 79th Sharon Byrne 41:25.


A very sunny Saturday morning saw fifty-nine springers doing their parkruns at eleven different venues with seven personal bests recorded. Heather Spence got hers at the seaside in Portrush while Pauline Mullan, Sinead Rivers and Sinead Graham made it a hattrick of personal bests in Limavady. Kay Hack and Bernie Hannigan made it a double at Garvagh Forest with Patrick Magee completing the magnificent seven with his run at the Limepark Playing Fields. Thanks, as always, to the army of volunteers who make parkrun happen every week.

Camperdown – Elaine MONTGOMERY 39:35

Portrush – David O’NEILL 19:04, Andy WHITEFORD 19:36, Maurice WALKER 19:43, Rhys WALKER 20:27, Catherine PINKERTON 22:45, George BRIEN 23:19, Fergus THOMPSON 23:59, Reid JACK 24:23, Gary MOORE 25:00, Mervyn THOMPSON 26:11, Patricia CRAIG 26:24, Maria QUINN 27:08, Andrew WILMOT 27:34, Heather SPENCE 27:42 PB, Barry McBRIDE 28:33, Andrew WILSON 28:48, Roisin WALKER 29:41, Alanna MILLAR 30:08, Gemma WRAY 33:24, Kate McNICHOLL 34:33, Fergal MACKLE 34:34, Caitriona MACKLE 36:49, Caoimhe QUINN 36:58, Iris WILSON 39:06, Deborah PURDY            39:48

Enniskillen – James HUGHES 23:43, Jim BREEN 28:29

Ormeau – Lara WALSH 36:33

Bangor – David MCGAFFIN 21:20

Limavady – Chris DENTON 17:14, David SHIELS 19:35, Peter TEES 20:51, Fiona PRUE 21:16, Kevin MCLEAN 21:37, Pauline MULLAN 22:27 PB, Sinead RIVERS 23:13 PB, Sinead GRAHAM 25:08 PB, Janet PATRICK 25:18, Alan STEEN 26:47, Alan WHITE 27:26, Gael BUTCHER 27:42, Heather MCLAUGHLIN 28:25, Alison C DUNCAN 28:26, Nicola WHITE 30:26, Linda MC MICHAEL 30:27, John MCMICHAEL 58:28

Darndale – Lorraine ABERNETHY 29:53, Emer THOMPSON 30:28, Catherine BYERS 33:15

Blyth Links – Alan PLATT 27:24

Agnew – Colin CONNOLLY 27:38

Garvagh Forest – Majella MCATEER 24:28, Michael McKEOWN 25:45, Elizabeth DEIGHAN 25:49, Gary KENDALL 25:53, Kay HACK 28:39 PB, Bernie HANNIGAN 30:29 PBLimepark Playing Fields – Jonathan McNABB 

Adele Tomb at the Cairncastle Classic

Bernadette O’Kane at the Cairncastle Classic

Sarah Swanson and Hannah McCaw at Drum Manor

Ingrid Hamilton at Drum Manor

Jane Talbot at Drum Manor

Jane Talbot age group winner at Drummanor

Leisa McKenna at Drum Manor

Shirhaan Hameed at the Cairncastle Classic.


Maurice Bradley