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World Record Breaking Weekend for Tommy


What a fantastic weekend it was for Termoneeny Running Club.  First up was James McNally who took part in the first of the EAMS FATLAD series at Carrickfergus Castle.  This was James’ 35th Marathon which he completed in 4 hours and 45 minutes. Congratulations James, great to see you back out notching up yet another 26.2 miles!

30th Omagh Half Marathon

It was a perfect day for the SPAR Omagh Half Marathon on Saturday.  Now in its 30th year, the Omagh Half Marathon & Fun Run started off as a 10 mile race in 1981. In 1986 it was a 12 mile race but changed to Half Marathon distance in 1987. What was once a hilly course was rerouted to become an undulating route which attracts thousands of runners each year.  There was a great turnout from Termoneeny with super performances from everyone who took part, particularly given the unexpected warm weather! Our first runner home was Helena Quinn in a very impressive 1:33:22, followed closely by Michael Burke in an equally impressive time of just 1:34:40.  Congratulations to everyone who took part , with so many achieving PB times.   Thanks to Omagh Harriers for a fantastic event and their outstanding hospitality! Full results are as follows: Helena Quinn 1:33:22, Michael Burke 1:34:40, Shane Hurrell 1:35:25, Kevin Darragh 1:39:39, Eamonn Melaugh 1:40:26 PB, Orla Hatt 1:40:19 PB,  Damien O’Boyle 1:41:46 PB, Shauna Melaugh 1:43:00 PB, Robbie Maguire 1:44:52, Kerry Evans 1:50:34, Michelle Comer 1:52:27 PB, Catriona Murphy 1:52:22, Christina McErlean 1:53:17, Oonagh Madden 2:08:52, Tara Montgomery 2:24:41, Jacqueline McGonigle 3:00:27.

MUSA Parkrun

Congratulations to Claire Hassan who, along with her father Seamus,  took part in her 54th Parkrun at MUSA in 36:49 – well done Claire, it’s great to see you out running again!

Portrush Parkrun

Thomas Doherty took to the soft and tricky sands of Portrush Parkrun on Saturday morning finishing in 22:39 and in an impressive 6th place – well done Thomas!

Antrim Parkrun

Congratulations Kevin McErlean on his Parkrun PB  at Antrim Parkrun! Kevin finished in a super time of 26:00!  Also joining in the Antrim Park run were Lindsay Gibson (28:29) Ann McGarvey (32:02) and Anne Breen (33:12). Fantastic running ladies, keep up the great work!

Rotterdam Marathon 2019

Prior to Sunday morning the Irish record for Tommy Hughes’ 55+ category at marathon distance was 2.37.42 and the world record was 2:34:23.  However our Marrakesh Express, now age 59,  knocked over 7 minutes off the Irish record and over 4 minutes off the world record with a truly inspiring run of 2:30:15!  There is no disputing what a world class athlete Tommy Hughes is. He ran a perfect race to notch up yet another Irish 55+ record,  and a world 55+ record, just one week after breaking the Irish 55+ 10K record at the Titanic 10K in Belfast.  We could not be more proud – congratulations from everyone at Termoneeny Running Club! In Tommy’s own words : “Nine years have passed since I set the over 50 marathon record of 2:29:13.  In the time since I’ve had my ups and downs like anyone, but today I ran 2:30:15 for over 55 record and I’m truly delighted. I came close at the Malaga marathon in December, but said to Eoin Hughes, the next one I’ll do it! Thanks to everyone for their kind words. Remember guys keep going and you’ll get there in the end. Enjoy your running”. Adding on Monday morning,  “It now looks like I’ve ran a world record marathon for a 59 year old  of 2:30:15 in Rotterdam. The previous record was set in 2008 of 2:34:23 by Yoshihisa Hosaka (JPN) in Fukuoka marathon Japan. He also holds the over 60’s record of 2hrs 36mins 30secs. What can i say, i didn’t expect that!”

Termoneeny 5/10k 2019 Registration Open

The Termoneeny 5/10k 2019 will take place this year on the evening of Friday 10th May and registration is now open.  All online entries will be entered into a raffle to win a Garmin Forerunner 35! See our Facebook page and website for details.

Thanks and congratulations to all of our members who continue to represent the Club so well throughout the country and further afield in a variety of distances and disciplines.   If you are interested in joining Termoneeny RC please visit termoneenyrc.com or send us a message on facebook. You can be assured of a warm and friendly welcome.