This is the thirteenth year Ballymena Runners has hosted the Glenariff Mountain Race, supported by the local company Glens of Antrim Potatoes. Mark Alexander commented that it must have been the best weather they had in those 13 years, as indeed the sun was shinning over the Glens and the mountains were looking majestic, green and glorious.
The first race of nirunning was a fast course . There was a large cross section of members from different running clubs. It was great to see new clubs there that I was never even aware of, until today.
Boxing Day is capable of producing an array of winter conditions, most of them tending towards the unpleasant end of the scale, but this year we enjoyed a lovely winters day with sunshine, blue skies and light winds. Given the stormy weather which had preceded Christmas and the horrendous day which followed Boxing day we were indeed lucky to have raced in the lull between two storms.
A cold frosty morning with beautiful blue skies.
As usual at the start line there was a flurry of activity as we checked that everybody was carrying the correct gear and tried to deal with those who always turn up unprepared for the potential dangers and consequences of an accident in the hills in winter. We managed to get everybody kitted out one way or the other and a record number of 95 runners were sent on their way up the Trassey track.
Here are the official results for the 2013 BARF Turkey Trot. A full race report will follow. Well done to all runners, and a big thank you to all involved.
Place Name Club Cat TIME
1 Johnny Steed Ballymena MO 00:46:11
2 Seamus Lynch Newcastle AC* MO 00:46:36
3 Neill Carty North Belfast Harriers V45 00:47:12
4 Eoin Lennon Olympians MO 00:48:27
5 Jack Millar LVO MO 00:50:16
6 Dale Mathers Newry City Runners* V50 00:51:31
7 Alex Brennan Ballymena Runners V40 00:51:34
8 Emmet McAlister Ballymena Runners* MO 00:51:46
9 Cathal McGreevy Team Purple V45 00:52:00
10 Pete Grant Newry City Runners* V45 00:52:24
Saturday 30th November saw an assortment of BARFers decent on Lamb Doyle’s Pub (53.26593, -6.24177) for the Run The Line trail race. Now in its second year, the Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue fundraiser has two courses to choose from, an 11.5k short or a more appealing 25k long course. We all signed up for the main event!
The weather on the day was perfect, with bright clear skies, little or no cloud, and a crispness that a thin frost brings to the air!