This months training schedule is as follows
Thursday 5 December Cavehill
Meeting at adventure playground car park for 18.45 start .
Thursday 12 December Redburn Park
Meeting at car park beside nursing home for 18.45
Thursday 19 December Shaws Bridge
Meet in car park for 18.45 start
Headtorch and trail shoes a must for all nights . Dress accordingly for winter conditions.
New members are welcome to come along and try a few sessions out .
Saturday afternoon saw four of our mountain runners represent the club at the highly competitive Seeley Cup 10 k road race in Belfast .
Alan,Dessie,Geoff and Aaron at the finish line
First home for the club was Alan Ritchie in 38.49 followed by Geoff Smyth in 40.48 , Aaron in 40.52 and Dessie in 42.26 . Aaron and Dessie managed to bag PB’s on the day of impressive running from the hill men . Well done to all Arf! Arf !
Some of our athletes have been out and about racing throughout Northern Ireland this last few weeks . Phil Ward has notched up another 3 marathons in as many weeks racing with the East Antrim Marathon series and Run Armagh as he adds to his impressive marathon tally .
Peter Thompson battling the dreaded lurgy had to drop from Ultra distance to half marathon at the 26Extreme Tollymore event but still managed a superb 8th place .
Kathleen ,Ian , Denise and Pauline at the Running4Rescue last Saturday
Last weekend saw the annual Running4Rescue taking place in support of our friends at Mourne Mountain Rescue and our athletes again turned out to support their cause .
Jim Brown finished with an impressive 6th place overall , he was joined on the day by Paddy Mallon , Peter Mc Clenaghan ,Kathleen Monteverde,Denise O’Hagan , Ian Mc Cullough and Pauline O’Hara . Well done to all Arf ! Arf !
Thursday 21st at Cregagh Glen meeting at Upper Knockbreda Road ….head torch and trail shoes 18.30
Thursday 28 th at O zone meeting in the car park …18.30 start .
New recruits welcome to attend a session or two if interested.
Congratulations to our very own Trevor Wilson on completing one of the big majors . Trevor travelled to New York for the marathon last weekend and finished with a 3.42 .
Anyone that knows Trevor will be aware of his love for Parkrun so it will come as no surprise to many that he managed to join a bus load of other marathoners and head off for a park run the day before the race . Well done Trevor . Arf ! Arf !
Well done to Philip Ward and Declan McGrellis who both completed yesterday’s We Run Wild NI trail marathon starting out from the stunning Carrickfergus Castle on a mix of road and trails with some mud thrown in for fun.
Philip in action yesterday. Pic MRamsey
Runners were given a handbook at the start to follow the race route around and get themselves to the finish line . Both men managed to get round the tough course with strong finishes . Well done Arf ! Arf !
Declan at the start line ready to roll !
Last weekend Declan McGrellis travelled across the pond to take the Jedburgh Three Peaks Ultra. Definitely a race with a difference, 38 miles and 2800 feet elevation over forest trails , wobbly bridges , battlefields, riverbanks and an adventure playground named Playpark of Doom at the 27 mile mark .
Declan said the highlights involved the YMCA warm up dance led by unicorns at the start line and the playpark at 27 mile .
Sounds like good craic was had by all , well done Declan . Arf! Arf!
Well done to two of athletes who took part in Dublin Marathon at the weekend . Dessie Green earned himself a pb with a great 3.21.32 as he raised money also for Titanic Tigers special olympics team .
Dessie (left) with a well earned after race pint
Gerry Kingston also took on the streets of Dublin a week after the Mourne Skyline and showed great strength to get round in 3.32.07 after suffering a few side effects from his mountain exploits the week before .
Gerry with his Dublin memorabilia
On Sunday two of our athletes took to the roads of the famous city Amsterdam for a scenic half marathon . Aaron Shimmons ,still shaking off a few niggles from his Bigfoot exploits , ran a great time of 1.32.21 as he begins his road to Seville marathon in February 2020 .
Aaron in action at Amsterdam half marathon
Paddy Mallon was also in action in this great city to take on the half marathon. He too ran a great race finishing in 1.37.26 and looked to have paced it to perfection with his last two mile being his fastest .
Paddy in Amsterdam
Great to see are club colours travelling far and wide once again , well done lads Arf ! Arf !