Another busy week in the racing calendar. First event some of our members attended was the Dessies 10K in the grounds of Gransha hospital. A race with some very strong runners in attendance but our three men had strong runs with Marty McGirr being first Acorn to finish in a time of 37.17, followed closely by Colm Mullan in 37.49 and then Niall Hassan 43.38.


On Thursday night Acorns were at the Donaghmore 5 mile, a very testing course with some big hills. Eoin Hughes won the race in a very impressive time of 28.04. Eugene McAuley was the first home in the M50 category in 33.05. Results are as follows,


Eoin Hughes 28.04 1st Place
Eugene McAuley 33.05 M50 Prize Winner
Pat Groogan 33.45
Jim Buchanan 45.21
Craig Badger 45.48
Sandra Hunter 46.28
Leeona Davidson 47.23
Linda Espie 47.44
Leanne Johnston 49.09
Caoimhe Bradley 50.37
Trevor Allen 54.18


On Friday night some of our members headed if to the North Coast to take part in the Portrush 5 miler. After looking like it was going to be a very wet evening for running the weather improved and conditions were basically perfect. Runners had some lovely scenic views to admire during the 2.5 mile out and back course to take their minds of the race before crossing the finish line next to the beach. Results are as follows;

Jonathan Dempsey 30.25
Alan Shaw 32.13
Oli Murphy 32.26
Brian Thom 33.45
Les Maneely 36.30
Jacqueline Cahoon 37.24 PB
Leann Whittle 37.48
Paul Bradley 39.27 PB
Colin Thom 39.30
Denise Dallas 39.56
Karl Murphy 40.26
Paula Kelly 40.30
Bridie Young 40.51
Wendy Walker 41.41
Brendan Sweeny 42.06 PB
Kate Semple 42.27
Jason Crawford 42.50
Rosalin Bowman 43.19
Sandra Symth 44.38
Donna Patterson 44.38
Linda Espie 45.06
Geraldine Mallon 47.32
Bronagh Stockman 48.07
Carol Brownlee 48.07
Samantha Gates 50.09
Helen Steenson 55.17


Also on Friday night Sinead Mulgrew ran the Strangford 10K, a challenging course with a few tough hills at the halfway mark. Sinead had a great run finishing in a new PB time of 68.28. Sinead said there was great support at the event from members of other clubs.


Yet again there was great attendance at Parkruns near and far on Saturday morning.

Enda Daly 18.14 PB 2nd overall
Pete Tuohey 19.17 PB
Andrew Shaw 19.23
Leanne Sands 20.13 1st female
Pat Groogan 20.23
Lisa Simpson 20.35 2nd female
Mark Thom 21.20
Dermot Mitchell 21.17
Karen Alexander 22.06
Jamie Shepherd 22.42
Brian Thom 23.22
Ian Hobson 23.52
Colin Thom 24.04
Trevor Dallas 24.17
Owen Coogan 24.24
Martin Conway 25.11
Brendan Sweeny 26.27
Zach Shepherd 27.10
Alan Shaw 27.14
Leeona Davidson 27.48
Judith Black 28.39
Gary McGucken 30.04
Caroline Kelly 31.03
Trevor Allen 33.16
Marsha Abbott 52.40

Geraldine Mallon 33.36
Denise Bownes 36.51
Wendy Walker 38.40
Joshua Steenson 47.02
Helen Steenson 47.03

Natasha Henry 25.40

Barry Hall 23.01

Padraig O’Kane 23.54


On Saturday morning Acorn Eoin Hughes who took part in the 3000 metre race which was part of the Team Trophy and Senior Relay Event at Mary Peters Track.
A small turnout at the event meant Eoin struggled to work of a pack regarding pacing but still accounted himself well finishing strongly in 9.22.80 and a new PB.

Saturday also saw Acorns Kate Semple, Deirdre Bradley, Jennifer Bradley, Don Brownlee and Gary McGuckin take part in the Rathlin 10 Mile run. An early start with the first challenge being the ferry ride from Ballycastle to Rathlin but fortunately the weather was good today and the sea relatively calm. The 10 mile run is a challenging one, an out and back course to the lighthouse and back, starting close to the harbour it is straight into a steady climb and then the first of some really sharp hills. The Acorns all had a great day and really enjoyed the event, with great views up to and near the lighthouse though not much time for taking in the great scenery before heading back to the finish. Gary finished first Acorn in a new course PB of 1.13.11, with Deirdre and Jennifer following in 1.33.52 both taking 2 minutes of their pervious PBs. Trying the event for the first time were Kate and Don and both finished strongly in 1.37.47.

Acorns Stacey Hinfey and Edel McGuckin who took on the Frank Duffy 10 Mile in Dublin on Saturday morning in very warm conditions. With 5500 runners it made for a great atmosphere. Both ladies had a great run with Stacey finishing in a time of 1:22:49 and Edel in 1:31:58.


Mark Thom took on the Armagh City Half Marathon on Sunday morning in hot conditions and a hilly, challenging course. Mark had a very strong run finishing in 1.39.37.


On Sunday a few Acorns travelled to Carrickfergus to taking part in the Storming the Castle event. A fairly flat course which ran along the picturesque promenade before finishing in the 12th century Norman castle near Carrickfergus town centre. Results are as follows;
Suzanne Bigmore 50.43
Chris Jones 54.04
Edel Kidd 59.05
Judith Dickson 59.52
Stephanie Jones 66.37
Charlene Hyndman 75.47
Vicki Hassan 75.47

Firmus Energy Super 6 Series,
Thurs 31stAug,Mary Peters Track
Moneymore 10K & 5K, Sat 2nd Sept, 11am, Moneymore GAC
Run for the Hill, Sat 2nd Sept, 10.15am, Moneyleck Road, Rasharkin
Laganside 10K, Sun 3rd Sept, 2pm, Ormeau Park Bowling Pavillion.
Waterside Half Marathon, Sun 3rd Sept, 10am, St. Columbs Park.
Tannaghmore 10K, Sat 9th Sept, 12 noon, Tannaghmore Primary School.
Diva Dash, Sat 9th Sept, 11am, Carrickmore GFC.
Keith Reid 10K Memorial, Sat 9th Sept, 12.30pm, Back Row Hall, Draperstown.
RunHer Titanic 5K and 10K, Sun 10th Sept, 11am, Pure Running.
Centra Run Together Pairs Event, Sun 10th Sept, 10am, Antrim Forum.
Tiny Life 10, Sun 10th Sept, 9.30am, Pleasure Bowling Greens, Portadown.