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BARF training schedule for August

Just like to put meeting time and venues from August. The 8th Divis carpark at 6.30- The 15th at 6.30 at Shaws Brigde carpark at 6.30. The 22nd at Redburn carpark beside nursing home, as per last year. Last session each month will be more speed focused meeting at Ozone carpark 6.30pm on 29th.

Anyone wishing to try a session or two before joining the club is welcome to attend , just make yourself known beforehand if possible .

BARF battles the Giant !

On Friday evening The Giant’s Trail Race 2019 took place in Belfast. The route takes in some of the most scenic trails in Belfast with a few hills thrown in for fun .

Three of our members took this race on in sticky heat , Denise O’Hagan completed the course in 1.03.07 with Pauline O’Hara following in 1.07.45 for the tough 6 mile course .

Rónán Davison-Kernan also took on the Giant and finished in 42.20 for a superb 29th place overall in a highly competitive field . Well done folks Arf ! Arf !

Andorra joy for Jackie !

Congratulations to BARF ultra athlete Jackie Toal who has just finished in the top ten at the notoriously tough Ronda dels Cims race in Andorra. Taking in over 13500 metres of elevation gain over a distance of 170 km Jackie completed the course in a superb 51 hours for 7th lady in this highly competitive race . Well done Jackie .Arf ! Arf !

Shimmons shines in Mourne 500 challenge!

On Saturday morning Aaron Shimmons took on the Mourne 500. A gruelling route around the Mourne Mountains taking in all 39 summits over 500 metres in height, over 60 km in distance, and total elevation gain of 5000 metres. It also has to be completely unsupported and everything needed has to be carried by the challenger. Aaron completed the route in 12 hours 38 minutes breaking the previous record held by Billy Reed of 13.10. His route choice took him to a distance of 62.5 k in what was superb run. Aaron’s local knowledge definitely proving beneficial as he prepares for even bigger challenges ahead!

Well done Arf! Arf!

Silent Valley from Ben Crom

BARF ladies in The Alps

Well done to Taryn McCoy and Joanne Curran who are currently taking on some spectacular climbs in the Chamonix Mont Blanc region of the Alps as part of the Mountaineering Ireland Summer Alpine Meet . Well done folks Arf ! Arf !

Mourne Mountain Marathon Entries

Time to get your entries in for the 40th anniversary of the Mourne Mountain Marathon, Ireland’s only two day endurance and navigation event – 21st & 22nd Sept 2019 🏕👟🥾
It’s a competitive event for teams of two, who can enter one of four categories, covering between 35km and 55km over two days. There is also a one day score category.
At the start of each day teams are presented with a route card listing a number of control markers which are identified by 6-figure map references. They must visit each control in the prescribed order but may choose their own route between each marker. A feature of the event is the overnight camp at which all teams must be self-sufficient with everything being carried throughout the two days of competition. Walkers to elite runners.
Find out more and enter here: http://mourne2day.com/<https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fmourne2day.com%2F%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR0TiDZh6L79K7823Q_ecHWpvdJQ0DQKpKpuT-37o0LHPi0Q39mZs02fGEY&h=AT3ESdQoYyeE_SxFlqv3v6neNrNpXaNjwC2oKJ4k_4NJ9bkn3XCN2RgLMxtoK1luLHUYdqtJ9xZjf6x7sD3bChlezpC2J6RgM3S0CYLJ0fpxJeielADPFyEjCUH8BZ–qJEqbPuvjZoA>

Peter tames The Tucker Trail !

Peter Thompson travelled south this weekend to take on the tough Glendalough Tucker Trail , an 80 k trail race with over 2000 metres elevation . He stormed home in under 8 hours 30 mins to take an impressive 4th place overall . Superb running from Peter in one of his first ultra outings .

One to watch on the ultra scene for sure in the future ! Arf ! Arf !

Energia 24 …The final frontier!

Victoria Park Belfast was the setting once again for last ever Energia24 race last Saturday. A lap around the park of just over a mile for as many times as your feet ,head and stomach will let you run. Three BARF runners would take on this challenge on what was a very warm weekend making for even more of a challenge .

Phil Ward (above) was back again looking to improve on his last go at this event . He had a strong 24 hours of running and duct taping his chafing areas to complete 77 miles which is 5 miles more than his last effort so he went home very happy and tired but didn’t stop him going for a dip in the sea the next day .

Glen Blake was competing in his first Energia24 and had a very strong race despite a lot of niggling injuries in the build up . Glen hit his goal of 100 miles finishing with 100.62 in total and again went home satisfied but vowing to get back to the mountains now .

Susan Mc Cartney is no stranger to this type of event and has all the experience and knowledge to manage these races . Susan completed 104.73 miles once again breaking the 100 mile barrier in 24 hours .

Impressive efforts from our purple heroes and a well earned rest for sure . Arf ! Arf!

Hill and Dale finale !

Last a Friday saw the end of the Hill and Dale series with the short and fast Drinahilly race followed by the series prize giving . On the night Colin Pascoe had a very strong run finishing 5th overall and first in his category. There was also category wins for Jim Brown and Stephanie Pruzina continuing strong form in the series for the club . Rónán Kernan-Davison,Andy Bridge , Gary Longridge, Clarke Campbell and Stephen Waterworth had strong runs on the night . Another good turnout for the club so well done all.

Final Series Results –

After the race the final results and prizes were presented with some notable performances from club members throughout the categories.

Stephanie Pruzina was second overall in her category as was Colin Pascoe and Jim Brown making podiums for the club . Rónán Davison-Kernan finished in a strong 11th on the overall standings showing very consistently strong racing throughout and Declan Mc Grellis was 4th in his category also . Well done to all on super turnouts throughout the series and congratulations on strong running each week ! Onwards and upwards Arf ! Arf !

Flagstaff to Carlingford NIMRA race /Lisburn Half Marathon

Recently four BARF mountain runners headed to the picturesque Carlingford area for the latest NIMRA race in the championship. Always a great race with navigation and area knowledge proving beneficial. Rónán Kernan-Davison was home in a great 15th overall followed by Jim Brown ,Matt Crawford and Richard Gamble .

Lisburn Half Marathon saw a couple of BARFERS take to the tarmac to try their hand at that old road racing lark. Declan McGrellis (Above pic )bagged himself a new pb in 1.30.21 and Gerry Kingston 1.39.08 , very strong running by both indeed . Well done everyone Arf! Arf !

……photo by Paul Fegan