Sandra’s Super Sunday!

The Carlingford Half Marathon & 10K in aid of St.Brigids Special School in Dundalk took place on Saturday 2nd March. The Half Marathon route begins in the picturesque village of Carlingford, taking in the beautiful surrounds of the Cooley peninsula, Ballagan Point, the Mourne Mountains & Carlingford Lough, finishing back in the village.

First home for Ballydrain Harriers and sixth overall was club captain Drew Fowler who crossed the finish line in 1:17:29, a personal best by 90 seconds. Paul Flynn followed at 1:21:34 and Norman Mawhinney in 1:24:15. First lady home was Amanda Perry in 1:28:20, followed by Brian Bogle in 1:33:34, Claire Ingram in 1:37:35, Paul Cochrane in 1:42:34, a personal best, Catherine Miskelly in 2:15:42, Alice Carson in 2:23:28, Heather Gyle in 2:51:28 and Fiona Murphy in 2:52:50.

Kirsty Bogle ran the Carlingford 10K route, a shorter but similar course to the half, in 1:12:36.

The Walled City Derry 10 miler also took place on Saturday. This is a fast 10 mile road race along the river Foyle, finishing on the track at St Columb’s park. Club athletes Mark Arnold and Holly Lane made the journey to take part, posting impressive finish times of 1:25:05 and 1:26:07 respectively.

On Sunday afternoon forty one Ballydrainers braved the cold, wet and blustery weather to complete a tough 5m XC course, expertly designed by XC veteran Jim Hayes, in pursuit of the Faulkner Cup.

The race was a closed handicap race with all runners starting together. Ryan Andrews took a significant lead from the start and crossed the finish line first in 31:51.The fastest female running time was clocked by Debbie Matchett, who completed the course in 37:45.

However as a closed handicap race it was the adjusted times that would count!! Post race the actual running times were adjusted according to each athlete’s handicap to calculate the overall race winner!

Based on those calculations the winner of the Faulkner Cup, the third Super Series 2019 Superstar and the recipient of those all important 25 series points was Sandra Grimason who put in a strong, steady performance throughout the race!

Second place went to Nathan Beattie and third Stuart McIver!

Special thanks to our amazing sponsors Comber Commercial Centre who provided the 2nd and 3rd place trophies for the race and whose continued support is invaluable and so appreciated by all of our members.

Thanks also to the following local businesses who each generously donated 5 training classes as today’s spot prizes – Seal Training and Fitness, Stronger Fitter Faster and Fit for Life – the winners of the spot prizes were Craig Bradley, Eithnie Hayes & Alper Hutchison

The next fixture in the 2019 Super Series is Jimmy’s 10K on Sunday 17th March.

The club would also like to congratulate the following members who achieved park run milestones this week. David Wade ran his 150th park run on Saturday, and husband and wife team Trevor and Anne McClurg celebrated their 100th park run together. Park run enthusiast and weekly park run reporter Darren Weir ran a park run PB of 20:02- it surely wont be long before he joins the sub 20 club- keep up the good work Darren!

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