Club Report 16th APRIL 2018 TO 22nd APRIL 2018

Club Report 16th APRIL 2018 TO 22nd APRIL 2018

On a lovely sunny evening 25 OACers made the journey to the outskirts of the Mourne Mountains to take part in the 6th race of the Club Championship. It was the second race in the Hill and Dale Series hosted by Newcastle AC. Starting at the monument, runners dropped down to the river and then took the most direct route to the highest point of the forest. If this lung busting ascent wasn’t enough the route then went out on to the open hill where one final climb awaited. It was called the “Hill with no name” although I reckon it was called a few names by those attempting to run up it. It was then a speedy descent back through the forest before one final short sharp climb to the finish. Unfortunately the timing system used by Newcastle AC failed but thanks to chairman Robin Montgomery a list of finishing order for Orangegrove AC and times (some approximate) was compiled and these are below.

Name Race Time
Andrew Tees 00:36:35
Michael Broadhead 00:39:05
Chris Woods 00:43:21
Robin Montgomery 00:44:53
Michael O’Donoghue 00:45:27
Stephen Hamilton 00:46:17
Brian Todd 00:49:05
Verity Cornford 00:50:24
Andrew Bennett 00:54:45
Lisa Fleming 00:58:00
Gerald Harvey 00:58:43
Jacqueline Maxwell 01:00:20
Reg Sanlon 01:01:13
David Doey 01:01:35
Harriet Anderson 01:01:50
Judith McCann 01:02:04
Brian McFarland 01:02:10
Anna Rankin 01:02:21
Ben Magee 01:04:50
Ian Wilson 01:06:00
Jackie Grant 01:08:49
Adrienne Savage 01:08:50
Selina Myles 01:10:00
Anne Devlin 01:11:00
Stephen Craig 01:11:01



Saturday saw the annual Ballynahinch 10k which is two laps around the Co Down town. Starting in the centre, the route makes its way out the Newcastle Road before a climb up towards Montalto Estate. Then through the estate before a descent back into the town. Two intrepid OACers took up the challenge in a field of 131 with Andy McIntyre finishing fifth in a time of 36-11 and Stephen Gilliland placed 48th in a time of 48-08. Ben Branagh (St Malachy’s AC) and Jessica Craig (North Down AC) took the honours.


I’m sure many of us were tuned to the TV and had the London Marathon App downloaded following our Magnificent Seven as they ran around London in record breaking temperatures. The feat of running a marathon has to be admired at the best of times but it was plain to see how difficult conditions were so full credit to everyone who completed the marathon. A fantastic support crew were on hand to cheer each of the seven on and no doubt there was plenty of celebrating afterwards. Times for these magnificent seven were as follows

Lyndsey Tyro 3:17:25
Julie McKimm 3:45:58
Gillian Logan 3:49:38
Edwina Ternan 3:53:38
Colin Simpson 3:54:17
Pauline Bayliss 3:55:03
Stephen Anderson 4:29:11




There were 29 eager parkrunners on Saturday with Brian McFarland and Ben Magee being first timers at Waterworks. Ross Robinson was a first timer at Victoria Park. Claire Kelleher achieved a great PB at Ormeau. It was great to see Ian Reid back running as he made his debut at Comber. Melinda Wilkinson ran her 150th parkrun at Stormont. Tourism was led by Antra Balcuna at Heaton and Catherine Fearon was a first timer at Gladstone parkrun. Lyndsey Tyro warmed up for London marathon with a run around Victoria Dock parkrun with husband Paul.
A full consolidated club report can be found below