Another busy week for our Acorns members. Some of our members took part in local race, the Brackaghreilly 5 miler on Wednesday night. It dried up just in time for the race start as athletes took on the 5 mile route. Aaron Meharg was first to the finish line in a time of 27.52. Leanne Sands was First Lady to reach the finish in a time of 34.03. Big well done to Brackaghreilly Community Group for organising the event.


Aaron Meharg 27.52 1st overall
Diarmuid Logan 30.18
Jonathan Dempsey 30.46
Pat Groogan 32.57
Oli Murphy 33.15
Chalky McGuckin 33.23 PB
Leanne Sands 34.03 1st lady
Mark Conlon 34.30 PB
Niall Hassan 34.47
Padraig O’Kane 39.30 PB
Suzanne Bigmore 40.27
Bridie Young 42.17
Orlagh Brownlow 43.28 PB
Paul Bradley 43.28 PB
Helen McToal 46.23


On Thursday Acorn Colm Mullan finished 6th overall at the Owen Roes 5K in Leckpatrick. Over 200 runners took part. The course was very fast and Colm had a strong run finishing in 17.06 and a new PB.


On Friday Night Acorns ladies Lisa Simpson and Bridie Young both enjoyed the Lac Patrick Milk Run 5 Mile in a very wet Ballymoney. Lisa come over the line in a time of 34.44 with Bridie following in a time of 42.15.


On Saturday Acorn Sinead Mulgrew completed her 1st 10k in Crossgar as she prepares herself for the Fergal 10 miler later this year. Sinead at a strong run and finished the race in 70 minutes, on a tough course and in warm conditions.

Saturday morning again saw a number of our members taking part in local parkruns.

Enda Daly 18.26
Alan Shaw 19.24
Andrew Shaw 19.39
Pat Groogan 19.57
Oli Murphy 19.59
Brian Thom 20.14
Mark Conlon 21.08
Niall Hassan 22.15
Mark Thom 22.36
Damien Kelly 22.36
Stacey Hinfey 23.28
Denise Dallas 24.12
Martin Conway 24.16
Edel McGuckin 25.11
Wendy Walker 25.33
Teeny Woods 26.03
Olivia Brennan Moore 26.03
Erika Kudrenko 26.23
Geraldine Mallon 26.27 PB
Bronagh Stockman 27.12
Frances Bell 27.24
Andra McKeown 27.40
Judith Black 28.26
Jeanette Conlon 29.28
Lisa Simpson 29.34
Jayne Hassin-Scott 31.15
Leeona Davidson 33.12
Sandra Symth 44.02
Donna Patterson 44.02

Colm Mullan 18.43
Marty McGirr 19.31

Denise Bownes 35.54

Even while on holidays Acorns are popping up and taking part in races. Acorn Ilze Pastare while on holiday in Latvia completed a 6km Trail run and her family did a 1km trail run.


Sunday was a very busy day for Acorns AC as we had members taking part in three different events. We had members taking on the gruelling 13.1miles around Cookstown Half Marathon. On a day that had been forecast with thunderstorms everyone was very shocked to see the sun make an unwelcome appearance as the added heat made conditions very tough on an already very tough hilly course. Eoin Hughes was first Acorn to finish, in 2nd place overall in a time of 1.20.39. Jay Crean was next Acorn to complete the distance in a time of 1.35.20 followed by Brian Thom in a time of 1.41.00. Robin Abbott, husband of Acorns member Marsha Abbott, presented The Abbott Family Trophy to Eoin Hughes for being the first Acorn member to finish.

Eoin Hughes 1.20.39 2nd place.
Jay Crean 1.35.20
Brian Thom 1.41.00
Mark Thom 1.44.03
Andrew Gribbin 1.47.40
Damian Kearney 1.49.15
Gary McGucken 1.50.32
Don Brownlee 1.55.01
Kate Semple 1.55.01
Judith Dickson 1.55.01
Jacqueline Cahoon 1.56.21
Mark Friend 1.56.40
Ian Hobson 1.58.28
Viola Henry 2.03.02
Chris Jones 2.05.55
Jason Crawford 2.12.06
Claire Donnelly 2.21.20

Acorns also took part in Divis 10k Trail Run. As the runners collected their race packs Divis mountain in the distance was shrouded in mist but as the race got underway the mist lifted and conditions turned out really good for running. A steady first mile and a half climb up a rocky narrow path to the top of Divis mountain. Then a breather as the next mile was downhill with great views over Belfast and Strangford Loughs. Then the second steady climb to the top of Black’s mountain and more great views over the top towards the Mournes, but little time for sightseeing as the next three mile was a twisty undulating stone path around Black’s mountain and a final turn back unto the home straight to the finish.

Gary McGuckin 46.00
Jennifer Bradley 56.00 Age Cat Prize
Oli Murphy 56.00
Bronagh Stockman 66.00
Orlagh Brownlow 66.00

We even had Acorns travelled a little further afield as Ailis Corey claimed Silver in the 3k walk at the British Transplant Games in North Lanarkshire, Scotland.


Sperrin Harriers Stanley Reid Memorial 5Mile, Fri 4th Aug 7.30pm, Loughry Campus.
More than a Marathon, Sat 5th Aug, 8.30am, East Strand Carpark.
Kells & Connor Charity Running Festival, Sat 5th Aug, 10am, Kells Community Centre.
Carnlough 5K, Sat 5th Aug, 12noon, Carnlough Hurry Head
Remembering Dermot, Sun 6th Aug, 1pm, Ballyguddin, Drunrane Road, Dungiven
Eswin May Nissan 5Mile Classic, Wed 9th Aug, 7.30pm, Coleraine Leisure Centre
Mallusk Harriers, Fri 11th Aug, 7.30pm, academy Sports Hub, Mallusk
Purple Ladies 5K, Wed 16th Aug, 7.30pm, Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre, Ballymoney