WEEKLY REPORT 16th JULY TO 22nd JULY 2018 b David Doey

Portaferry 10 Mile Race and 2×5 Mile Relay, July 17, 2018. (Report by Gerald Harvey)
Take ten miles of undulating course, three miles of it roughly surfaced, two hills at the end that threaten to wreck your PB dreams, an enthusiastic local crowd of spectators, proper summer weather and you have the makings of a memorable race. This part of the Gala Fest is over for another year, but for those who competed, the medal and colourful mug are a reminder of a special night in July.

Well done to David Montgomery who was first OAC finisher in the 10 mile race in 1:06:25 and Brian Todd who came first in the M65 category in 1:15:47. Heather Flint and Alison McConnell came a fine 2nd in the ladies’ relay race in 1:15:04.

Full individual results are below

David Montgomery 01:06:25
Robin Montgomery 01:07:43
David Gribben 01:09:34
Brian Todd 01:15:47
David Roberts 01:17:20
Gerald Harvey 01:26:28
Gillian Fisher 01:33:42
George Gribben 01:38:45

Relay results are below

Danny Bradley & Eric Fairfield 01:01:45
David Fletcher &Andrew Bennett 01:11:52
Rodney Corrigan &Ian Grant 01:12:44
Gillian Logan & Chris Woods 01:13:04
Tony Liken & Verity Cornford 01:14:37
Heather Flint & Alison McConnell 01:15:04
Carolyn Beattie & Helen Charlton 01:20:48
Jill Holland & Lisa Fleming 01:22:54
Sharon McFarland & Alan Montgomery 01:35:24

Sarah Wilson also took part in the relay and ran a time of 1:27:43 with her partner Jane Holland

Brackaghreilly Maghera 5 Mile Run 18th July

Andy McIntyre made the journey north on Wednesday to take part in the Brackaghreilly Maghera 5 mile run and finished a fantastic fifth place with a time of 29:16. The race was won by Eoin Hughes (Acorns AC) with a time of 27:37.

Kennedy Kane McArthur Festival of Running 21st July

Kennedy Kane McArthur was born in Dervock but emigrated to South Africa where he won the Gold Medal in the marathon in 1912. The running festival this year saw a new half marathon course now dubbed the “Dark Hedges Half Marathon” and a new 5 mile race replacing the old 10k race. Rumour has it that the half marathon course was faster but having ran the last two and a half miles of the half marathon course in the 5 mile race I can assure you that part of the race was hillier than any part of the old half marathon course! There was Orangegrove representation in both races, Congratulations to Lyndsey Tyro on her fourth place finish in the Half Marathon. The race was won by David Simpson (Newcastle AC) 1:15:37 and Louise Smith (North Belfast Harriers) 1:26:40.

Half Marathon

Lyndsey Tyro 01:33:23
Carolyn Beattie 01:45:20
David Roberts 01:46:29
Steven Gilliland 01:47:36
Alison McConnell 01:52:06
Heather Shanks-Miller 01:57:11
Kimberley Reynolds 01:58:30

5 mile

Sarah Wilson 00:46:02
David Doey 00:46:55
Seven Sisters Mountain Marathon 22nd July
A mountain marathon tells you that there will be a lot of climbing as well as covering 26 miles and in this case there was 13000 feet of climbing. An out and back course taking in the two highest peaks of Donegal (Errigal and Muckish) saw Michael O’Donoghue complete it in an admirable 12:49:00. Well done Michael.

There was OAC representation at ten different parkruns this past weekend with the greatest turn out at Victoria Park. Congratulations to David Montgomery on a new PB here with 18:20. Michael O’Donoghue warmed up for the Seven Sisters Mountain Marathon with a PB at Queen’s. Harriet Anderson was a first timer at Portrush as was David Fletcher at Ormeau. Brian McFarland made his debut at City Park, Craigavon where Karen Russell and Hilary Patterson both ran PBs. Ronan McPeake and Eleanor Acheson were parkrun tourists as both ventured outside Northern Ireland for their 5k Saturday morning fix.
A full list of results for Orangegrove AC members can be accessed by the link below