Thursday night saw some of our take part in the St. Benedicts 10K and 5K. A very wet and miserable night made conditions a little more tricky around the multi trail course. Eoin Hughes led from the start to take the win is a time of 34.39. Next Acorn to finish was Leanne Sands in a PB time of 41.45 and 2nd lady, followed by Niall Hassan in 43.32 and Brian McKinless. Well done to St. Benedicts College for hosting yet another successful event. Jayne Meharg took part in the 5K event finishing First Lady in a PB time of 25.01.

Also on Thursday night Roger McLean took part in the FIRMUS Energy Super Six Series 3000m at Mary Peters track. Yet again conditions weren’t great and the track was very wet, although this didn’t hold back Roger as he ran a steady race and finished in a PB time of 10.44.

On Friday night Aaron Meharg travelled to Belfast to take part in the Albertville 4 mile road race. Aaron had a great run and finished in 3rd place overall in a time of 21.43.

 

Also on Friday night we had Project Africa Athletics join us to give a presentation on the work they do to help Kenyan runners living in poverty and some insight into the lives of the athletes they support and how the charity has changed their lives. It was a very successful evening and we want to thank Project Africa Athletics for taking the time out of their very busy schedule to come along and give the presentation. Also a massive thank you to everyone who attended and to everyone who donated to the charity. It was a very successful evening and was enjoyed by everyone.

 

A weekly ritual for some of our athletes is taking part in local parkruns on a Saturday morning.

MUSA PARKRUN

A very very wet and miserable MUSA this week but that didn’t stop our Acorns.

Glenn Donnelly 17.11 1st overall
Michael Gillespie 18.06 3rd overall
Andrew Shaw 19.26
Alan Shaw 19.32
Mark Conlon 20.28
Gary McGucken 20.40
Barry Loughran 20.46
Lisa Simpson 21.07 2nd lady
Matthew Thom 21.46 PB
Leanne Sands 22.15
Marsha Abbott 22.38 PB
Barry Hall 22.43
Denise Dallas 23.35 PB
Donna Patterson 23.56
Erika Kudrenko 24.23
Ciaran Brown 26.20
Brendan Sweeny 26.49
Sandra Hunter 27.44
Judith Black 27.56
John Callaghan 26.47
Jeanette Conlon 29.10 PB
Ilze Pastare 29.29
Karleen Colton 35.15
Mary Devlin 35.16 PB
Jack Devlin 41.45
Orlagh Brownlow 41.46
Andra McKeown 47.01
Sandra Smyth 47.01
Sophie Devlin 51.31
Bronagh Stockman 51.34

ECOS PARKRUN

Kate Semple 21.29 PB 1st lady
Don Brownlee 22.00 PB

ANTRIM PARKRUN

Gary McGuckin 19.25 PB
Kevin Conway 19.48 PB
Chalky McGuckin 20.29
Orhran Mulligan 23.49 PB
Keenan Conway 29.59 PB

DERRY CITY PARKRUN

Martin McGirr 18.48 1st overall

PORTRUSH PARKRUN

Linda Espie 30.42 PB
Helen Steenson 32.37 PB

 

Also on Saturday Acorns member Stephen Kerr took part in the Double Olympic Distance Triathlon in Athy, Kildare completing it in a great time of 5hrs 40mins.

 

Up bright and early was three of our Acorns men who took part in the Walled City Marathon. Sam Linton done his usual stunt of having the intentions of going easy but then starts picking off pacers resulting in him finishing in a time of 3.03.03. Next to finish was Ian Hobson in a great time of 3.55.37 and then Damian Kearney not too far behind, who completing his first marathon in a time of 3.57.53.

Acorns Jennifer Bradley and Deirdre Bradley took part in the Hazelbank 5 mile race in Belfast on Sunday morning. Jennifer finished 3rd lady in a time of 40.10 and Deirdre was 4th in 40.38.

 

UPCOMING FIXTURES

Craigavon lakes 10K, 5K & 1K, Wed 7th, 7pm, Craigavon water sports Centre.
Fairhill 5mile, Wed 7th, 7pm, Seven Towers Leisure Centre.
Boom 10K, Thurs 8th, 7.30pm, Ulster University Coleraine.
Stunners & Runnerz, Sat 10th, 12noon, Meadowbank Sports Arena.
Enniskillen 10K, Sat 10th, 2pm, Fermanagh Lakeland forum.
Centra Run Together, Wed 14th, 7pm, Derry Quayside.
Annaghmore 5K & 10K, Wed 14th, 7.30pm, Annaghmore.
An Creggan 5K Trail Run, Wed 14th, 7.30pm, An Creggan.
Dromara 5K, Wed 14th, 7.30pm, Community Centre Dromara.
Newell 10K& 5K, Thur 15th, 7.15pm(10K) 7.45pm (5K), Coalisland.
Comber 10K, Fri 16th, 7.30pm, Comber Leisure Centre.
Carrickmore 5K, Sat 17th, 11am, Carrickmore GAC.
Loup 10K & 5K, Sat 17th, 10.30am, Loup GAC.
Centra Run Together, Sun 18th, 10.30am, Parkanaur Forest.