This week Acorns AC were honoured to have representatives from the Cookstown Carnival come to our training in Cookstown on Tuesday evening to get a photo taken with members to promote the event and to invite us to take part in the parade. The Carnival takes place on Friday 30th June at 6pm, a free family fun night which is not to be missed.

On Wednesday night Acorns were in attendance at two difference events, Lisburn Half Marathon and St. Josephs 5K, Gransha. Runners were faced with very tough conditions for running with it being such a hot, clammy evening but our athletes still put on an impressive performance. On a tough course at Lisburn Half Marty McVey was the first Acorn over the line in a great time of 1.20.53. Next Acorns to finish were new members Mark Thom in a time of 1.48.17, closely followed by Gary McGucken with a time of 1.48.22. In the 10K event Eugene McAuley lead the Acorns home in 43.21, followed by Mark Friend 48.08 and Ian Hobson in 50.33.


Martin McVey 1.20.53
Mark Thom 1.48.17
Gary McGucken 1.48.22
Richard Smith 1.50.07
Marsha Abbott 1.50.51
Jacqueline Cahoon 1.53.15
Denise Dallas 2.00.45
Oli Murphy 2.00.45
Edel Kidd 2.01.41


Eugene McAuley 43.21
Mark Friend 48.08
Ian Hobson 50.33
Colin Thom 50.40
Craig Badger 58.24

The St.Josephs 5K race took place around the grounds of Gransha. Proceeds of the race were going towards purchasing a race wheelchair for St. Josephs student Dylan Wade. A fantastic crowd attended to support such a worthy cause and it was great to see some of our members there aswell. There was a battle between Eoin Hughes and Aaron Meharg to be first Acorn home with Eoin just getting to the line first in a time of 16.07 with Aaron only one second behind in 16.08.

Eoin Hughes 16.07 PB
Aaron Meharg 16.08
Colm Mullan 18.14
Leanne Sands 20.41
Niall Hassan 20.43
Bronagh Stockman 26.55 PB
Ramona Stockman 40.25
Jack Devlin 42.52
Orlagh Brownlow 42.52


On Friday some Acorns took part in the Lough Fea 5 Mile Charity run/walk. It was a beautiful evening for the event and all proceeds were in aid of the School Aid Romania Charity.

Yet again on Saturday morning Acorns were in attendance at local Parkruns around the country.


Roger McLean 18.53 2nd overall
Eugene McAuley 19.27
Andrew Shaw 19.35
Alan Shaw 20.08
Mark Thom 20.33
Brian Thom 22.06
Ian Hobson 23.48
Donna Patterson 23.53
Martin Conway 24.07
Conor McCann 24.21 PB
Erika Kudrenko 25.09
Paul Bradley 25.26
Tanya Shaw 25.31
Geraldine Mallon 27.18 PB
Judith Black 27.50
Samantha Gates 28.21
Emily McLean 46.48
Sandra Smyth 46.52


Robert Newell 21.36
Helen Steenson 36.32


Owen Coogan 26.06
Bronagh Stockman 26.33 PB
Orlagh Brownlow 45.48


Patrice Laffitte- Fitou 23.49


Also on Saturday afternoon Darrell McKee competed in the 3000m race at the Irish Milers Meet at Mary Peters Track. Darrel finished the race in a great time of 9.15.


On Sunday morning Loughshore Legend, Chalky McGuckin took part in the Orga Colmcille GAC 5K Fun Run in Drummullan, finishing in 1st place in a time of 20.16.


On Sunday afternoon there was a great turn out of Acorns at the Hell4Leather race in Moneyglass. Conditions were great for running and yet again Acorns put on a great performance and were dominating the podium positions. Eoin Hughes won the 10K race, beating his time from last year and setting a new course record in a time of 34.02. Ciara Goddard was 3rd in the ladies race finishing in a time of 44.42. In the 5K race Diarmuid Logan made a return to running and won the race in a time of 18.35, next Acorn to finish was Gary McGuckin in a new PB time of 18.56. Leanne Sands was 1st Lady with a PB of 19.59 and Lisa Simpson was 2nd lady in a time of 20.32.


Eoin Hughes 34.02 1st overall course record
Enda Daly 37.44 pb
Enda McKaigue 38.41 PB
Pat Groogan 41.21
Oli Murphy 42.19
Niall Hassan 43.32
Ciara Goddard 44.42 PB 3rd female
Dermot Mitchell 44.55
Marsha Abbott 47.31
Denise Dallas 49.34
Padraig O’Kane 50.01 PB
Suzanne Bigmore 50.08
Orlagh Brownlow 51.04 PB
Edel Kidd 51.10
Brian McKinless 52.38
Paul Bradley 52.40 PB


Diarmuid Logan 18.35 1st overall
Gary McGuckin 18.56 PB
Leanne Sands 19.59 PB 1st female
Brian Thom 20.30
Lisa Simpson 20.33 2nd female
Erika Kudrenko 23.50 PB
Karl Murphy 25.13
Andra McKeown 26.48 PB
Linda Espie 27.46 pb
Amanda McCullagh 28.26
Cathy Cleary 31.55
Brianna McKinless 31.58


24 IN 24
In the early hours of Sunday morning some of our members joined 9 members of Mallusk Harriers at the MUSA Parkrun course who were running the 24 Parkrun courses in 24 hours to raise money for Action Cancer. What a great achievement for these guys, a big well done from Acorns AC.

Acorn Junior, Emily Maneely took part in Tullylagan Triathlon on Sunday. The event involved Emily swimming and running at the Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre and then cross country pony riding at Maddybenny Portrush. Emily’s Team finished in 2nd place.

Loughinislon GAC, Wed 28th, 7.30pm, Loughinslon.
Jude Gallagher Memorial Round the Bridges 10Mile, Thurs 29th, 7.30pm, Limavady FC.
Ballyhegan Park & Stride 10K & 5K, Fri 30th, 7.30pm, Kilmore.
Ards Half Marathon & Walk, Fri 30th, 6.30pm, Ards Leisure Centre.
Greyabbey 10K & 5K, Fri 7th July, 7.30pm, Greyabbey Village Hall.
NI & Ulster 10,000m Track Championships, Sat 8th July, 11am, Mary Peters Track.
The Great Rossa Run, Sun 9th July, 10am, Arboe Parish Hall.