The racing season is well and truly underway with a plethora of races to pick from every week. Termoneeny Running Club members are certainly making the most of the busy running calendar and had a fantastic week by attending a variety of fixtures with some securing podium positions, running two half marathons in one weekend and representing the club in the Paris Marathon.
The first event of the week was the Ballymena Belles 5 miler organised by Ballymena Runners. Among the all female crowd of almost 300 participants were 6 TRC ladies who assembled together in Galgorm on Tuesday evening. There was a narrow beginning to this race with very little room for manoeuvring during a steady two mile climb. After the runners reached the summit of a rather steep hill, there was a much welcomed downhill relief before a few more tricky twists and turns. Everyone from TRC finished strongly with Anne O’Doherty obtaining second place in her age category and all members greatly enjoyed the hospitality of Ballymena Runners afterwards.
Results: Anne O’Doherty 37:13 (2nd in age category); Shauna Melaugh 38:41; Kerry Evans 40:11, Denise Martin 42:44; Tara Montgomery 44:55; Jacqueline Montgomery 51:42.
Born2Run Glenarm Castle Challenge
Another fixture in the Born2Run series took place at Glenarm Castle on Saturday morning. Participants were able to choose between distances of 5k, 10k and Half Marathon, all of which included a scenic mix of forest trails, farmland and views along the Glenarm River. Three TRC members took part in this fantastic event which provided challenging yet picturesque routes. Jacqueline McGonigle is now no stranger to this distance and now has six half marathons to her name. James McNally was also fresh on his feet after having run a full marathon just last weekend. All three members displayed skilful running.
Half Marathon: James McNally 2:03:05; Jacqueline McGonigle 2:39:54
10k: Norman Gibson 58:55
Run Around the Castle for Creggan PS
The Run Around the Castle race took place on Saturday in the beautiful grounds of Shane’s Castle in Randalstown. Thomas Doherty was running with terrific form and secured a podium finish of third place in the 10k by finishing in a super time of 38:33. Well done to Thomas and appreciation is forwarded to Creggan PS for organising another successful event.
Kevin McErlean ran his 14th parkrun in a superb time of 25:21.
Lindsay Gibson had a fantastic result of 28:57 for her 15th parkrun.
It is well known that Paris is beautiful in the springtime and on Sunday morning, Christian Fortes O’Neil was able to appreciate its charms by covering 26.2 miles of the city and all of it on foot. Yes Christian completed his 54th marathon and was very close to breaking another personal best by finishing in a tremendous time of 3:36:13. Christian described it as a very enjoyable experience with the temperature close to freezing at the beginning but rising nicely thereafter along with glorious sunshine to create ideal running conditions. It was, as expected, a very scenic route but some cobbled streets were tricky underfoot. The Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris is the biggest in Europe with almost 50,000 competitors and no doubt it was an incredible experience to be part of. Christian now looks forward to a race that he has not participated in before and it will be definitely worth the wait because he will be among the assemblage of athletes taking part in London Marathon.
Northern Velocity Keep ‘er Cam Half Marathon
Three members from TRC, James McNally, Eamon McAteer and Shaun Dillon took part in the Northern Velocity Keep ‘er Cam Half Marathon which also took place on Sunday morning. This event covered two laps of Cam Forest with some long challenging climbs embedded into an overall undulating course. James McNally ran particularly well considering he completed another half marathon on the previous day. Well done to all three runners.
Run for Research Half Marathon
Kay McPeake completed the Run for Research Half Marathon at the Subway Holywood Exchange Outlet on Sunday morning. This event was organised to raise funds for the MS Society NI. Well done to Kay who achieved a brilliant result of 2:15:39 making this a new personal best for her.
Craigavon Lakes ¾ Marathon
This event is considered to be a worthwhile training opportunity for athletes who have an upcoming marathon in their racing calendar. There were five members from TRC who travelled to the Rushmere Centre in Craigavon to take part in this race which consisted of 19.6 miles.
Results: Michael Burke 2:36:37; Stephen Pickering 2:36:37; Kevin Darragh 2:40:16; Clare Convery 2:40:49; Damian O’Boyle 2:46:21
Termoneeny 5/10k 2019 Registration Open
Please note that the Termoneeny 5/10k 2019 will take place this year on the evening of Friday 10th May and registration is now open. Everyone who enters online pre-race will be entered into a raffle to win a Garmin Forerunner 35! Please 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.