As the Hill and Dale series draws close to the end it hasn’t deterred our hardy runners from turning out in great force . 13 mountain goats took to the start line this week for the ever popular Meels race which saw over two hundred descend on the Mournes for a Thursday night blowout.
Rónán Davison-Kernan,now sporting a BARF vest was first home for the club in 15 th place overall in 34.55 followed by Declan McGrellis 35.58, Jim Brown 36.21 which saw him take an age category win . Alan Ritchie was next in 39.39, Stephanie Pruzina 40.50, Trevor Wilson 44.44 closely edged Mark Pruzina who was 4 secs later in 44.48 , Andy Bridge 45.33, Gary Longridge 49.09, Clarke Campbell 50.16 ,Philip Ward 55.03, Ian McCullough 56.22 and Stephen Waterworth 59.40. Brilliant effort by everyone once again and super turnout folks. Arf! Arf!
Rostrevor and Newcastle were the startlines for our runners taking part in the 2019 Mourne Way races by 26 Extreme. Conditions on low lying trails were expected to be a little muddy due to monsoon season in Northern Ireland but it wouldn’t be enough to put off the BARF crew who are well used to harsh conditions and hills .
A very early start for Philip Ward in the Ultra which saw him make his way from Rostrevor to Newcastle then back again along the same route , a tough course but definitely an enjoyable one. Philip completed the 52 mile trail/mountain course in 13.08.19 and definitely earned a relaxing Saturday evening ,impressive running indeed.
The marathon would see runners start in Donard Park and follow the Mourne Way back to Rostrevor . Peter Thompson had another superb run and continued his fine form with a 3.53.13 and 6th overall . Dessie Green also took on this tough marathon and completed in another fine run of 5.23.47 . Denise O’Hagan (pic above) lined up for the marathon also and finished in a great 6.11.38 , she had a nice surprise en route also as Taryn and Pauline met her providing some great BARF support in the latter tough miles . A superb effort by all our runners under tough conditions on a testing course . Well done folks Arf ! Arf !
Thursday night means Hill and Dale race day and as usual the club had a great turnout of 12 mountain runners ready to take on probably one of the toughest but most enjoyable races of the series . This year it started anti clockwise with Carn then down around the Lough climbing Doan then meandering the peat hags to Loughshannagh before crossing to Ott onto the finish .
Colin Pascoe was first home for the club and 20 th overall in 50.54, Rónán Davison-Kernan 51.49, Jim Brown 52.55, Declan McGrellis 53.11, Paddy Mallon 54.49, Stephanie Pruzina (above pic) 1.01.12 and first in her category , Trevor Wilson 1.05.24, Mark Pruzina 1.06.57, Andy Bridge 1.07.12 , Gary Longridge 1.13.34, Clarke Campbell 1.19.06 (pic below) and Stephen Waterworth 1.34.18.
Well done to all our runners again , great effort and display from the club and congratulations again to Stephanie on her category win . Arf ! Arf !
The Glens of Antrim set the scene for Saturday’s NIMRA race, The Cairncastle Classic , a new route set in the scenic Glens of Antrim , a tough 10 miler with plenty of climbing and starting on Ballygally beach.
Alan Ritchie was home for the club first in 14th overall with Jim Brown , Gareth Boreland (below) , Jackie Toal (above) and Clarke Campbell all representing the club on the day .
Well done to everyone on the day ! Arf ! Arf !
pics by Hazel Mc Laughlin.
On Thursday evening 12 Barfers took to the hills from Donard Car Park to take on the latest race in the Hill and Dale series.
Colin Pascoe was first club member home in a fantastic 5th place overall and first in his age category finishing in 42.45 followed by Rónán Davison-Kernan in 47.51, Jim Brown 48.12, Declan McGrellis 48.17, Paddy Mallon 50.45, Stephanie Pruzina (pic above) 53.54, Trevor Wilson 56.29 ,Mark Pruzina 58.57 (pic below ), Gary Longridge 1.01.42, Andy Bridge 101.54, Philip Ward 1.02.47 and Clarke Campbell 1.09.36.
Well done to all our members on another great display on a tough fast mountain course . Next week sees the series head to Loughshannagh for the tough open mountain Loughshannagh Horseshoe. Arf ! Arf ! …….pics by P.Fegan and A.Shimmons
Congratulations to Declan McGrellis and Trevor Wilson who took on the tough Isle of Jura Fell Race over the weekend. The lads are no strangers to this race but it’s still a navigation day if the weather is bad and that was the case at the weekend meaning the compass was out .
The route takes in 7 summits over a testing 28 km of tough terrain with a total elevation of over 2370 metres taking in the Paps of Jura . Declan finished in 4.59.36 and Trevor in 6.12.04 .Well done lads ! Arf! Arf !
Last Wednesday evening Peter Thompson took to the roads at Bann 10 k in Banbridge. An event that grows year on year and attracts some stiff competition to the hilly road race .Pictured left above Peter finished the tough route in 36.55 got a well deserved 3rd place overall . Well done ! Arf! Arf!
Newcastle town centre was the start line for Saturdays annual Slieve Donard race with our largest mountain looking down on the eager runners about to tackle the tough climb to the summit and fast lung busting descent again back to Donard Park.
Rónán Davison-Kernan (below ) was first of our 8 BARF mountain goats home in 1.12.47 followed by Alan Ritchie 1.14.30 ,Paddy Mallon 1.21.58,Andy Bridge 1.30.24,Trevor Wilson 1.34.01,Kathleen Monteverde 1.42.18 which saw her first in her category with a strong performance(bottom pic ),Philip Ward 1.57.18 and Ian Taylor 2.17.50.
Strong running once again from all our club members in what is a very stern test but highly enjoyable race . Photos can be found at the link below
https://www.flickr.com/photos/newcastleac/sets/72157705052139932 (Paul Fegan)
Alan Ritchie made use of the bank holiday weekend to head to Kerry to take part in the Waterville Trail Running Festival, a multi stage race of 129.6 km and total elevation of 3720 metres taking in some of the Kerry Way with each stage consisting of 43.2 km and over 1000 metres per day over the 3 days .
Day 1 saw the runners head anti-clockwise and saw Alan finish in 5.22.11, day 2 was clockwise and he ran even quicker in 5.15.16 but there was better to come . Day 3 and anti-clockwise again he ran his quickest day in 5.14.22 finishing overall winner of the multi stage event and over an hour in front of second place . A perfectly paced weekend of running from Alan as he prepares to take on the West Highland Way shortly . Well done ! Arf ! Arf !
Sunday 5th May saw a new course lined up for the 2019 Belfast Marathon and our 9 BARF runners on the day . As is now well publicised there were a few teething problems but it didn’t deter our runners from putting in a strong run on the day though it did put pay to the group photo that had been organised for pre race .
Glen Blake (above)was first home for the club in a superb 3.11.54 followed closely by Aaron Shimmons 3.12.02 and Peter Thompson 3.12.04 ( pic below)
Declan Mc Grellis managed to shake off some cramping to be home next in a strong
3.25.38 followed seconds later by Gerry Kingston (Pics below ) 3.25.49.
Paddy Mallon had a great run in 3.42.02 with Dessie Green arriving across the line minutes later in 3.45.07. (Pics below)
Andrew Harvey was in next in 4.33.02 followed by Philip Ward who dressed as a minion for the day and
ran with the other minions at East Antrim Marathon Serires to put on a great spectacle. Well done to all our runners Arf ! Arf !