From Ballydrain to Berlin : Coach Sam smashes his marathon PB in Berlin

The running started on Saturday morning with the annual Bangor 10k, organised by our neighbours North Down Athletic Club. It was also the final run in Ballydrain’s Super 15 Series and well done to the ‘Magnificent 7’  (William Alexander, Shirley McCloskey, Denise Bingham, Joanne Wallace, Jen Brown, Judith Hoey and William Brown)who completed all 15 races!  Almost 40 Ballydrain Harriers took to the road, the  first three  home all dipped below the 40 minute barrier. Stuart McIver (38.28), Colin Stevenson (39.09) and William Brown (39.30).  The first club female finisher was Joanne Ewart (50.23).

Meanwhile, on the North Coast, the 10th Anniversary Causeway Coast Marathon and associated events were also getting under way.  The events, an ultra marathon, marathon, ½ marathon, 10k and Challenge Walk were organised by ‘Extreme 26’and were  totally off road.  Jonathan Swann completed the gruelling marathon in 4 hours 44.  Four Ballydrain ladies took on the ½ marathon challenge.  Alison Stocks is making am amazing comeback following time out due to injury.  She ran her fastest parkrun to date last Saturday and this weekend Alison aced the Causeway half.  She was the 1st female finisher overall! Alison will definitely be making more headlines in the weeks ahead.

There was also lots of action on Sunday 29th.  Stephen Watterson won the Red Dress Run in 20.43.  It was a 5k run in the grounds of Stormont Estate in aid of Chest, Heart and Stroke and ‘yes’, he did run wearing a red dress!

Claire Ingram had her second podium place in 2 weeks!  This time she was the 1st female finisher in 48 minutes at the Divis 10k. An uphill climb around Divis and Black mountains with amazing views which made it a very worthwhile run.

Ballydrain Harriers had another podium finish.  This time Denise Logue was the 3rd female finisher in 19.30 at the Albertville 5k.

The Monaghan Phoenix Marathon Festival included a range of race distances over the weekend. On Sunday, Robert Beattie ran the ½ marathon in 1.40, a super time running mostly on trails.

Last but by no means least, there was plenty of action and lots of celebrations in Berlin.  Coach Sam Hughes smashed his marathon PB by 10 minutes.  Sam led by example as he raced around the streets of Berlin to cover the marathon distance in an astounding 3 hours and 3 minutes – well done Sam! Club secretary Valerie Martin (5.10), Louise Meehan (4.10) and Simon Moffett (4.06) also completed the Berlin Marathon.


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