Gruelling event in the Glens for Springwell athletes

RUNNING enthusiasts for all over the world took part in the 26extreme hosted Lost Worlds 100K, 50K and 25K events on Saturday.

The action began at 6.00am when the 100k participants started their gruelling journey from Waterfoot in the Glens of Antrim to Larry Bane Quarry, Carrick-a-Rede via the Moyle Way and the Causeway Coast.  
Springwell’s sole representative at the event was Limavady man Nicki McPeak in the 100K race. Nicki produced an excellent performance and missed out on a podium place by one second as he finished fourth in 11:58:11.

Ballymena Runners Jonny Steede produced the performance of the day in winning the 100K race in 8:35:50. City of Derry’s Hannah Shields led from start to finish to win the ladies race in 12:13:33.
* A record 105 runners took part in Saturday’s Portrush Parkrun including 36 first timers. The low tide meant favorable conditions for running and a total of 40 PB’s were set.
The course record was broken by Paul Carroll of Annadale Striders as he crossed the line in 17:38 and Gemma Turley of Springwell Running Club breaking her own record with 19:43.

Springwell Times - Chris Denton 18:31, Bryan Edgar 19:06, Andrew Dowey 20:38, Ailbhe Kendall 20:48(PB), Gary Watton 20:53(PB), Andrew Parkhill 20:55, Jean-Claude Bourgeois 22:16, Ellie McBroom 22:43(PB), Hermione Skuce 22:37(PB), Caroline Irwin 22:39(PB), Mervyn Thompson 22:40, Sarah Chestnutt 24:39(PB), Johnny Goldie 24:40, Kay Hack 25:40(PB), Conor Kendall 26:20, Rozzy Skuce 26:36(PB), Margaret Edgar 27:07(PB), Beverly Gordon 27:18(PB), Karen Morrison 29:16(PB), Nikki Higgins 29:17(PB), Angela Calderwood 33:14, Chris & Harry Capper 34:14, Julie Virtue 34:22, Ruairi Kendall 40:31, Victoria & Abi Symth 40:56, Stephen & Hannah Smyth 41:16.

* Springwell’s Nigel Armstrong ran 20:52 at the New Farm Parkrun, Brisbane on Saturday

* On Thursday evening, hundreds of junior and senior athletes turned out at the Mary Peters Track, for the second meeting in the Lagan Valley AC organised Power NI ‘Super 5’ Series.  On this occasion, the distances on offer to the eager competitors were 150m, 200m, 600m and 800m.

Springwell athletes produced some outstanding performances.

Under 13 - Natasha Simmons 200m 34.02, 800m 3.09.42, Long Jump 2.72m; Jodie Patterson 200m 34.02, 800m 3.10.79, Long Jump 2.31m.

Under 15 - Leah Gilfillan 200m 29.31, 800m 2.53.44; Sinead Gormley 200m 30.73, High Jump 1.25m; Jill Thompson 200m 31.13, 800m 2.59.23, High Jump 1.20m; Katie Green 200m 33.25, High Jump 1.25m.

Under 20 - Holly Clark 200m 1st 27.45.

800m: Under 17 - Conor Christie 2.03.75; Luke Dinsmore 2.08.55. Under 20 - Alexandra Kirk 800m 1st 2.19.42; Brian Tweedie 800m 2.19.92. Under 23 - Neil Johnston 2nd 1.58.57. MO45 - Philip Tweedie 2.10.70.

* Nearly two hundred athletes turned out on Thursday evening for the fourth race of the Newcastle AC hosted Hill & Dale Series ‘Binnian to the Top’.  
In decent conditions, two of the most impressive performers of the series so far, Allan Bogle (City of Derry AC) and Ian Bailey (Newcastle AC) battled it out on the relentless climb to the top of Slieve Binnian.  On this occasion it was the City of Derry AC man who came out victorious, completing the (2 miles – 2,000ft) uphill only course in 22:26.  Ian Bailey took 2nd place in 22:55; while another Newcastle AC man, Deon McNeilly claimed 3rd place in 23:03.

In the ladies race, Shileen O’Kane (Lagan Valley AC) continued her dominance of the category.  The Lagan Valley AC athlete climbed strongly to secure another win in 27:15.  Springwell’s Gillian Wasson (28:30) bettered her third place finish last week, taking second place this time around, while Anne Sandford (Lagan Valley AC) completed the top three ladies in 29:39.