Springwell runners in action

Portrush Parkrun
Portrush Parkrun

Nearly four hundred athletes descended on Gransha Grounds in Derry on Tuesday evening for the annual Dessies Run 10K road race, hosted by City of Derry AC.

As expected, the event attracted a plethora of talent, which made for an excellent race at the front. Paddy Hamilton (Slieve Gullion Runners) broke the tape, clocking 31:13. Declan Reed followed in 31:20, while Scott Rankin sealed the final podium spot in 31:31.

The ladies race wasn’t such a close affair, but that takes nothing away from several excellent performances. Catherine Whoriskey (City of Derry AC) once again stamped her authority on the North West scene as she secured victory in an excellent 36:37.  In-form Gemma Turley (Springwell Running Club) crossed the line in 39:14 for second place.  

Springwell Times - Gemma Turley 39:14 (2nd FO), Gerry O’Doherty 39:20, Gerard Mullan 40:58, Roger Poland 42:21 (PB), Ciara McSherry 42:26 (PB), James McMullan 42:51, Warren McIlmoyle 43:28, Barry McCluskey 44:03 (PB), Conor McStravick 44:36, Kerrie McIlmoyle 44:59, Alwyn Hunt 45:59, Donna Brolly 49:39 (PB), Colin Loughery 49:37, Owen Anderson 50:04 (PB), Collette Poland 55:54 (PB).

Four members of Springwell were among the hundreds of athletes and spectators who descended on Rathlin Island for the annual Rathlin Run. The unique race offered competitors the option of a tough, undulating and incredibly scenic 10 mile course or the scenic and less hilly 5K. Springwell’s Gemma Turley was the first lady and third overall in 18:57.

On Saturday, Springwell Runners travelled to Gosford Forest Park to support Stevey McGeown and Larry Maguire in their last marathon of their 100 marathons in 100 days challenge to raise funds for the Laura Maguire Foundation.

Springwell Times - Caira McSherry 3.47, Kenny Coulter 3.59, Catherine Butcher, Davy MacNicol, John Butcher, Amanda Connell, Nigel McNeill all ran 4:14 over a tough 5 lap off road course.

On Friday evening, nearly 300 athletes turned out for the inaugural running of the Mighty Oaks 5K road race in Magherafelt.

Springwell Times – Oisin Brennan 17:48 (1st MJ), Brian Geddis 19:26 (2nd M55), Colin Brennan 19:34, Warren McIlmoyle 20:10, Molly Brennan 21:11 (2nd FJ), Christina Sheils 28:23, Catherine Byers 29:05, Kenny Bacon 29:50, Denise Walker 30:25 and Amanda Scott 30:40.

Springwell’s Catherine Byers and Denise Walker travelled to Carrickfergus on Sunday for the Storming the Castle 10k road race in.  Catherine ran 59:56 and Denise 1:04:38.

Although the Air Show takes place on 5th September, Portrush parkrun will go ahead as usual.