Aife takes third at Santry in Interprovincial Games

Congratulations to at Limavady Grammar School pupil Aife McSheffrey who finished 7th in the Irish Schools Cross Country Championships in Cork on Saturday. Aife has now been selected to represent team Ireland in the international cross country in Bolton on the 22nd March, she has also been selected to represent N. Ireland in the London mini marathon in April. Aife is pictured with her P.E. teacher Mrs Michelle Sandy. INLV1014-519KDR
Congratulations to at Limavady Grammar School pupil Aife McSheffrey who finished 7th in the Irish Schools Cross Country Championships in Cork on Saturday. Aife has now been selected to represent team Ireland in the international cross country in Bolton on the 22nd March, she has also been selected to represent N. Ireland in the London mini marathon in April. Aife is pictured with her P.E. teacher Mrs Michelle Sandy. INLV1014-519KDR

Springwell’s Chris Denton finished second in the ‘Midnight Marathon’ hosted by Le Cheile AC in Leixlip, County Kildare on Friday night.

The event saw the athlete’s complete ninety five laps of the clubs new all weather track. Chris crossed the line in 3:07:32.

The race was won by Mark Melia (Trim AC) in 3:03:54), while Brenda Francis was first lady in 4:18:00.

Two Springwell juniors Aife McSheffrey (Limavady Grammar) and Luke Dinsmore (CAI) travelled to the Morton Stadium, Santry on Saturday for the AVIVA Tailteann Schools Introprovincial Games.

Both athletes were competing in the 1500m. Aife finished third in the girls race in 4:43.95 with Luke finishing 8th in the boys in a time of 4:21.57.

On Wednesday evening, well over one hundred and fifty athletes descended on the scenic An Creagan Estate for the An Creagan 5K Trail Race, which was organised as part of the 20th Anniversary celebrations to mark the opening of the An Creagan Visitors Centre in County Tyrone.

Although Michael Crawley (Acorns AC), Connor Moore (Omagh Harriers), Donal Gallagher (Unattached) and Darragh Crossan (Derry City Track Club) all looked like contenders from early on, it was the Acorns AC man, Michael Crawley who completed the course first.

Michael powered to a notable victory in 16:56.18.  Connor Moore claimed second place nine seconds later in 17:05.46, while Donal Gallagher took third place crossing the line in 17:12.16.

The ladies race saw Carmen Runners’ Jenny Algar steal the headlines; the talented triathlete, clocked 2:03.03 to win. Springwell’s Katrina Sinclair was the next lady home in 20:33.82, just ahead of Sperrin Harriers’ Natalie Hall third place – 20:46.83.

Nearly three thousand competitors took to the streets of Lisburn for the annual Coca Cola Lisburn Half Marathon & 10K on Wednesday evening.

In blistering conditions, the Half Marathon competitors set off first. Freddy Sittuk (Kenya) 1:07:06 and Gladys Ganiel O’Neill (North Belfast Harriers) 1:21:36 took the major honours.

Springwell Times - David Jackson 1:27:44, Jim Breen 1:32:00, Robert Workman 1:46:12, Althea Clarkson 1:46:32, Alison McAllister 1:48:51, Mervyn Thompson 1:52:46, Brendan McLaughlin 2:09:34.

The 10K brought a number of the provinces top competitors to the start line with Gary Murray (St Malachy’s AC coming out on top crossing the line in 30:38 to win. Breege Connolly (North Belfast Harriers) led the ladies home in 36:45.
Springwell Times - Dale Corbett 38:42, Charlotte Hall 49:15, Roberta French 1:00:40, Sam McAllister 1:05:59.

PORTRUSH PARKRUN

There was lots of activity on Portrush East Strand on Saturday morning, as it hosted both the weekly Portrush parkrun and the annual Causeway Coast Triathlon.

Low tide at 09.37am left plenty of hard sand to run on, the wind stayed away and it was dry overhead.

There were 98 runners taking part, 13 first timers, 26 PB’s and 9 different athletics clubs were represented.

Richard Stringer was first home in a PB time of 18:47 and North Down runner Kerry Speers was first lady to finish in 20:32.

North Down’s Terry Eakin broke the Age Grade course record which now stands at 85.14%.

Bernie Hannigan completed her 50th parkrun , bringing the total to 12 that have earned their red T-shirt.

Springwell Times - Bryan Edgar 19:21, Nigel Armstrong 20:56, Karen McLaughlin 21:56, Mervyn Thompson 22:23, Robert Workman 22:55, Johnny Goldie 23:49, Jean-Claude Bourgeois 25:07, Sarah Chestnutt 25:30, Margaret Edgar 27:36, Sharon Bingham 27:40 (PB), Melanie Millar 28:17. 

Kerry McIlmoyle was first lady home at the Derry City parkrun in a PB time of 21:51. Alistair Shaw ran 20:14 at the Comber parkrun.