Weekly Report 9th-15th July 2018

Club Report, 9th-15th July 2018

THE SHORE 10K, KILLOUGH, 11th July, 2018.

With trouble flaring in Belfast over bonfires and the usual media hysteria over England’s World Cup campaign, it was a relief to pull on the orange vest and head to the quiet and scenic Lecale peninsula for the 10K at Killough. Doubts about the race taking place were dispelled along with the recent high temperatures. It turned out to be a perfect night for running with a slight cooling breeze and overcast skies. Though the name suggests it, the route was by no means totally flat, there was 61m of ascent, seemingly all of it in kilometres 7 and 8. It was a relief then to reach the flat coastal path again and finally cross the finish line.

Well done to Robin Montgomery on being the first OAC runner home in 40:58, 20th place out of 180 runners and to Brian Todd, running his third 10K race in less than a week, on being M65 category winner in 44:00, 42nd place. Gerald Harvey was next in 50:57, 85th place, then Alan Montgomery in 55:26, 119th place. Sarah Wilson and Alison Hall-Thompson ran together for a time of 59:12, 140th and 141st places. This was Alison’s comeback race after an injury during the winter.

The race was won by Drew Fowler (Ballydrain Harriers) in 36:03 and first lady was Mari Troeng (Newcastle AC) in 39:37. Thanks to East Down AC, Mags Mathieson and all the volunteers for getting the 6th Shore 10K organized and safely completed. Proceeds from the event went to PIPS, Downpatrick and St. Nicholas’ Primary School, Ardglass.

WICKLOW HOSPICE FOUNDATION MARATHON, 12 July, 2018. [Report by Michael O’Donoghue]

The Wicklow Hospice Foundation Marathon was primarily a Quadrathon event (four marathons in four days) that has been running for a few years. Consequently each marathon is a piece of a jigsaw and you don’t get the full picture unless you do all four marathons!
It is set in the picturesque Avondale Forest in the heart of Wicklow county, which contains the house of Charles Stewart Parnell. The route is mostly on trails with some road sections and was moderately hilly.

Michael O’Donoghue resisted the temptation to do all four marathons and just did the one. He finished with a time of 4:53:20, 23rd place. The winner was Rock Pender (3:30:24) and first lady was Bridget O’Sullivan (3:33:57).

SEA 2 SKY 10K, 13th July, 2018.

This Born2Run race started on the Promenade in Newcastle, proceeded anticlockwise through the southern part of the town, skirted the lower slopes of the Mournes (ascent of about 150m) to reach the Kilkeel Road and turned north to the finish back on the Promenade. Well done to the two OAC runners who were on the start line. Paul Tyro finishing 30th out of 603 runners in 42:22, closely followed by Lyndsey Tyro in 42:23, 31st place.

The race was won by William McKee (Mourne Runners) in 34:38 and first lady was Karen Wilton (Jog Lisburn) in 39:34, 12th overall. Obviously there is more than jogging going on in that club.

PARKRUN, 14th July, 2018.

It was beautifully sunny at Victoria Park on Saturday morning, numbers though were down due to the holiday period. With more room to run, it can be an opportunity for setting a personal best time, but it was just too hot. The only OAC runner to manage a PB was Jacqui Maxwell, who got round the twists and turns at Comber in 24:36.
There was a small group of first timers: Tom Houston (Rostrevor); Marcia Sharkey (Letterkenny); Chris Heaney (Stormont) and Martin Doherty (Bushy Park, Dublin).
Remember to volunteer three times a year by contacting Gerry Ward at:

Well done to Aaron McCord and Adam Sykes who competed in the 100m at the National Juvenile Championships yesterday. Aaron ran a fabulous 11.81 (.01 secs off his PB) in a very wet heat. Adam ran a PB of 11.39 sec in his heat qualifying for the final where he ran 11.25(w), coming 6th overall.

Photos: Sarah Wilson, Gerald Harvey, Michael O’Donoghue, Gillian Sykes