There were races aplenty last week and Termoneeny Running Club headed out in their droves to enjoy a number of different events; with everyone churning out excellent performances.
Extreme North Quadrathon, Donegal
The Quadrathon Festival is not just about running times; it goes way beyond that. Coastal scenery, lapping waves, camaraderie, hospitality and amazing medals were just a few reasons why Kieran Henry and James McNally decided to embark upon four half marathons in four days. Kieran has recently returned to running after a lengthy absence due to an injury. Action kicked off on Thursday when both men made their way to Donegal. Both men completed all four half marathons together, epitomising the ethos of the four-day event. They ran their first half marathon in 2 hours and 20 mins. Day 1 started from Kinnego Bay and finished in Malin town. The second day started on Pier Road, Malin Head and finished in Malin town. Their second race was completed in 2 hours and 22 mins. The third day was the toughest day out of all four for both men, the race started at Tullagh Rd, just 3 miles from Mamore Gap and finished in Buncrana Town. This consisted of a mile and a half climb to Mamore Cap. Nevertheless, both men completed their penultimate half in a great time of 2 hours and 25 mins. The final half started in Muff and finished in Moville. Both men said this final half was the easiest out of the four. James and Kieran finished their fourth half marathon in a row in a tremendous time of 2 hours and 9 mins. We are extremely proud of the both of you for taking on this ultimate challenge. Enjoy a well-deserved rest and your amazing 4-piece medal shield.
Donaghmore 5 Miler
Two TRC members travelled to Donaghmore in Co.Tyrone on Thursday evening for the hilly Donaghmore 5 mile run. The steep inclines throughout this race did not deter Tommy Hughes and Helena Quinn from producing fabulous performances. Both athletes ran superb times. Tommy was first over 50, in a fantastic time of 30:23. Helena finished as second female, in a super time of 32:59. Well done to you both.
Crebilly 5k, Ballymena
On Friday evening Michael Burke and Darren O’Kane travelled to Ballymena to take part in a charity 5k race for the chest, heart and stroke foundation. The race started at All Saints GAC on the Woodtown Rd. From mile 1-2 there was a steady upward climb on the Crebilly Rd. The race finished with a downhill surge returning back to the All Saints club. Michael was first across the line in a fantastic time of 20:23 and Darren finished in a great time of 26:05. Many thanks to Ballymena Runners for their post-race hospitality.
5k Prosecco Run, Castleward, Strangford
On Friday evening Jacqueline McGonigle travelled to Castleward in Strangford to take part in the unique 5k Prosecco Run. This off road trail run was very tough in parts but the stunning scenery made up for the tough climbs and hills. Jacqueline’s fantastic efforts were rewarded at the end of the race with a great time of 31:32, a wonderful prosecco shaped medal and a bottle of prosecco too.
Eight members of TRC completed the Loughshore5/10k on Saturday morning. There were terrific performances recorded for all our runners but particular praise goes to Tara Montgomery. Tara, a recent couch to 5k graduate, ran a brilliant time in the 10k and finished as second lady. Well done on your podium finish Tara! The post-race fry up went down a treat.
On Saturday Shauna Melaugh travelled to Cookstown to take part in her second MUSA parkrun. Shauna ran a super time of 24:03 and finished as 4th lady.
Stairway to Heaven, Enniskillen
One of our new TRC members, Fergal Hughes, travelled to Fermanagh on Sunday to take part in the Stairway to Heaven race. This tough race consisted of 60 runners starting 1 min apart to see who could cover the 7km distance to the top of the mountain in the fastest time (666 meters in total). Fergal finished as fourth overall in a fabulous time of 34:46. Well done Fergal!
Declan Leung travelled to Belfast to take part in Belfast City’s Connswater 5k. This is a popular race for many runners. Declan ran a fantastic time in the 5k of 22:11. Well done Declan.Congratulations to all the TRC members who represent our running club near and far. It is wonderful to see the orange and white running top at so many events. Hill training currently takes place from Lavey Club on a Thursday evening at 7pm. See TRC facebook page for more information on this and other training sessions available. If you are interested in joining TRC please visit termoneenyrc.com or send us a message on facebook.