Weekly Report Monday 18th March – Sunday 24th March 2019

Report by Andrew Tees

One event dominated the race calendar last week as far as Orangegrove athletes were concerned. Larne Half Marathon is a favourite among the club and obviously many clubs, as it sold out months in advance.
This year, the race featured as the 3rd race in the OAC Club Championship and as such was a target race for many of those who were not partaking in spring marathons, but also provided an ideal opportunity for those on marathon training wanting to gauge their progress.
Conditions were perfect on the day with mild temperatures and sunshine, as 48 Orangegrove athletes toed the starting line. There were many outstanding performances across the club, producing a ridiculous number of HM PBs, a testimony both to the quality of the training plans being provided by the coaching team and the commitment of club members in executing them.
The race was won by Vincent McKenna of Acorns AC in 1:09:40 and the first lady to finish was Mourne Runners’ Laura Graham in 1:15:46. Danny Bradley led the OAC men home in an excellent 1:21:24, and Gemma Blake was the first OAC lady across the line in 1:36:41.
The full list of OAC results is below:

Danny Bradley 01:21:24 PB
Keith Weir 01:21:55 PB
Eric Fairfield 01:23:33 PB
Robin Montgomery 01:29:21
Jonathan Weston 01:29:31
Ryan Kerr 01:29:36 PB
David Gribben 01:30:04
Des Fahy 01:32:30
David Fletcher 01:33:20 PB
Rodney Corrigan 01:33:19
Chris Woods 01:34:57 PB
Gemma Blake 01:36:41 PB
Pauline Bayliss 01:37:15 PB
Brian Todd 01:37:32
Darren Houston 01:38:07
David Roberts 01:38:08
Martin O’Brien 01:38:05
Julie McKimm 01:39:31
Ian Grant 01:41:33
Steven Gilliland 01:41:07
Gillian Logan 01:42:52
Heather Flint 01:43:05
Alison McConnell 01:44:24 PB
David Gilliland 01:44:55
Carolyn Beattie 01:45:26
Heather Shanks-Miller 01:47:48
Kimberley Reynolds 01:49:49 PB
Sharon Howe 01:51:18
Kerris Hamilton 01:51:58
Jacqueline Maxwell 01:52:10
Alison Canning 01:52:10 PB
Adrienne Savage 01:54:39 PB
Anna Rankin 01:57:10
Jenny Cochrane 01:57:45
Chantal Hemphill 01:57:47
Catherine McIntyre 01:58:54
Gerald Harvey 02:00:43
Jackie Grant 02:01:09 PB
Jenny Powell 02:01:28
Judith McCann 02:02:22 PB
Gillian Fisher 02:03:16
Conor Walker 02:06:40
Marcia Sharkey 02:08:48 PB
Brian McFarland 02:10:00
David Doey 02:11:40
Martin Walker 02:15:48
John Ferris 02:20:39
Hannah Montgomery 02:22:45 PB

Elsewhere last week…
Andrew Tees completed the Maurice Mullins Ultra in Co Wicklow, a 50km course through the Wicklow Mountains encompassing 1900m of ascent, finishing in 5:12:55 (40th/236).
Michael O’Donoghue ran the Colchester Half Marathon in 1:36.
The parkrun consolidated report is here http://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/…