Malcolm Cup XC 2015

The main event on Saturday was the annual Annadale Striders’ Malcolm Cup cross country races at the Six Mile Water Park in Ballyclare, on a course roughly similar to the one we used for the McConnell Shield a few weeks ago. This is a lovely little course on the banks of the Six Mile Water, one that is challenging enough without being impossible.

Saturday dawned an awful day with heavy rain to the point of flooding and very strong winds, but at least it wasn’t cold. The course at the Six Mile Water cut up very quickly and there were some extremely muddy sections. The headwind on the opening straight was quite unbelievable although, in recompense, the return section along the banks of the river hardly needed any effort at all.

Well done to all those from OAC who braved the conditions today to run for their Club and to those too from OAC (Liz and Sharon) who helped to run the race and to cheer us on:

OAC Ladies and Male 35+

M Thomas Leitch 19.11
M Robin Montgomery 20.39
F Julie McKimm 23.42
F Lisa Fleming 24.43
F Verity Cornford 25.47
F Jill Holland 25.54
F Trish Magill 27.05
F Alison Hall-Thompson 27.18
F Jenny Powell 27.38
Catherine Fearon 29.57


The winning male veteran was Gareth Lyons (Ballydrain Harriers) in 17.26 and Aileen Reid (City of Derry) was the first lady in 18.54.

Malcolm Cup (Open)

MO Andy McIntyre 27.14
MO Tim Robinson 29.08
MO Darren Houston 29.53
MO Brian Todd 30.01
MO Robin Montgomery 30.01
MO Rodney Corrigan 30.20
MO Stephen Anderson 30.41
MO Ian Grant 30.49

The race was won by Seamus Lynch (Newcastle A.C.) in 22.24 and Ray MaGilloway (Foyle Valley) was the leading U20 runner.

There was also a series of boys’ and girls’ races at Ballyclare. Well done to the following members of the Junior Club who braved the conditions to compete today:

U13 Boys and Girls

U13 Rory Hall-Thompson 6.29 (11th/34)
U13 Iseult Fahy 6.57 (6th girl)


Thanks to NiRunning and John T Glover for the photos.