On Saturday Acorns traveled to Bellaghy to take part in the Church Island 10K and 5K event. It was a beautiful morning and spring had definitely arrived making conditions warm for running and bringing great support to the event with over 200 runners taking part. The 10K race was a tough undulating course but Acorns Eoin Hughes worked hard to take the lead and win the race in a time of 35.40. Next Acorn to finish was Mark Conlon, followed by Les Maneely, Padraig O’Kane, Orlagh Brownlow, Edel Kidd and Bronagh Stockman.

The 5K race started on a steep hill but the rest of the course was close to flat with a lovely downhill finish, in this event Acorns Kevin Bigmore was first overall, next Acorn to finish was Oliver Murphy closely followed by Leanne Sands who was 1st lady overall followed then by Lisa Simpson (2nd female overall). Next over the line was Caogan Kidd, followed by Suzanne Bigmore, Bridie Young, Maragret McKee, Jill Overend and Judith Maneely. This event was ran in memory of Maragret Diamond and proceeds were going to Northern Ireland Hospice.

Eoin Hughes 35.40
Mark Conlon 45.27
Les Maneely 45.42
Padraig O’Kane 54.14
Orlagh Brownlow 58.52
Edel Kidd 59.41
Bronagh Stockman 61.33

On Wednesday night representatives from Acorns were invited to come along to the Athletics NI AGM to receive their prize for coming second in the XC league. Club secretary, Stacey Hinfey and ladies team captains Leanne Sands and Sandra McKeown travelled to Belfast to collect the award. We would just like to thank ANI for making us feel so welcome at the event. Again,well done to our ladies XC team.

On Saturday night Acorns celebrated yet another successful XC season. On the night every lady that took part in the XC events was awarded with a silver medal for finishing second in the league for the second year running. The Acorns men also had success at the Northern Ireland and Ulster Intermediate XC Championships held back in January at Gransha, where they came home with silver medals for the second year. These men who were part of the winning team were also presented with silver medal. Lets hope next years XC season is just as successful. Many thanks to the committee members who were involved in organising such a great night and a massive thank you to the Greenvale Hotel, Cookstown, for their great hospitality and delicious food.

On Saturday, Paul Corey who is running 50 Marathons in 50 days to raise money for Cancer Focus NI was at Ballinderry GAA club to run his 21st consecutive marathon around a 0.8 loop until he had reached his 26.2 miles. He asked for people to come along and take part weather you ran 1mile,5K, 10K or a half marathon in memory of Aaron Devlin and to support another worthy cause, Meningitis Now. On the day there was some Acorns who went along to support Paul, Mick Muldoon, Gary McGuckin, Orry George McGuckin, Ciara Quinn and Ailis Corey to name a few. Great support folks and on the day over £1,000 was raised for Meningitis.

With over 200 people taking part in this week’s Parkrun there was sure to be an Acorn or two showing their faces, supporting their local event. Natalie Hall was first female at the parkrun and yet again there was a few PBs as well. Well everyone.
Enda Daly 18.32
Robert Newell 18.56
Andrew Shaw 19.51
Natalie Hall 19.52 (1st female)
Alan Shaw 19.55
Chalky McGuckin 20.03
Eugene McAuley 20.14
Barry Loughran 21.02
Don Brownlee 22.05
Ian Hobson 22.09
Kate Semple 22.12 PB
Nula Breen 23.09
Judith Dickson 23.15 PB
Barry Hall 23.30
Denise Dallas 23.52
Donna Patterson 24.16
Paul Bradley 24.25
Olivia Brennan Moore 24.25
Paula Kelly 24.34
James Rushe 26.49 PB
Judith Black 27.59
Karleen Colton 29.09
Linda Espie 30.02 PB
Geraldine Mallon 31.23
Mark Conlon 32.29
Trevor Allen 46.13
Damien Kelly 51.22

Acorns Niall Hasson who took part in the Portrush Parkrun today, finishing in a time of 21.58. Well done Niall.

On Saturday the ECOS parkrun was celebrating its 5th birthday, some Acorns went along to join in on the celebrations.
Stacey Hinfey 22.59
Chris Jones 25.07 PB
Edel McGuckin 25.11
Stephanie Jones 29.33
Well done Chris on your new PB!


Acorns Colm Mullan was 2nd overall at this weeks Derry City Parkrun and got himself a new PB of 18.05.

Deep Riverrock Queens 5k & 3k, Wednesday 29th March, 7.30pm, Queen’s Sport, Botanic Gardens
Antrim Primary School 5 Mile, Thursday 30th March, 7pm, Loughshore, Antrim
Omagh Half Marathon and 5k fun run, Saturday 1st April, 11am, Omagh leisure Complex
Subway Holywood Exchange Half Marathon, Sunday 2nd April, 9am, Holywood Exchange
Seapark 10k and 5k, Sunday 2nd April, 11am, Banbridge.
Gortin 5K & 10K Fun Run and Walk, Saturday 8th April, 12noon, Gortin Primary School.
The Castleward Challenge, Saturday 8th April, 10am&11am, The Courtyard, Castleward Estate
Dale Farm Protein Milk TQ10K and 1 Mile Fun Run, Sunday 9th April, Titanic Quarter, Belfast.
Feeny Fast and Furious, Sunday 9th April, 11am, Feeny Community Centre.
Ballymena Belles, Tuesday 11th April, 7pm, Galgorm Community Centre.
Bay Road 5K, Wednesday 12th April, 7.30pm, UU Magee Sports Centre.