The weekend showed the start of the cross country season with the juniors travelling to Kilbroney Rostrevor and the vets travelling over to the Dub for their first races.
Juniors at Kilbroney
In Kilbroney on Saturday Jimmy Nolan took charge of nine young harriers as they all took part in their various age groups. Conal McCambridge had another successful race taking the bronze medal. The largest contingent took part in the under 12s with Annie Bradley, Raoisle Hoy and Ellie Bradley all doing well in the girls race while Damian Marquess came in 7th in the boys u12 even with being one of the youngest there. Lauren Barclay did her first race in a year with Aaron McCann and Brendan McCambridge also doing well in the under 12s. Tina Hagen ran her first race for the club. Well done to all involved.
Over at the dub it was the annual vets cross country with international vests for the home internationals up for grabs. In the womens race Cathy McCourt had company for two and a half of three laps but at that stage she showed the opposition a clean pair of heels to win out by 14 seconds. In the mens race the top performer was Matt Shields who won the M55 category easily while John Patience continued to show good form for 3rd M50. Other performers included Laurence Johnston who was 5th M50, Paul Jenkins was 6th M35, Eddie Burns 8th M45, Jim Newberry 3rd M55, Neil Carty 6th M40(in the strongest category there) and in the open Eddie Cooke was 2nd and Eoin McQuillan 9th.
At the waterworks parkrun the runners got a surprise when there had to be a reroute due to ongoing repairs. This reroute turned out to be favourable with a number of PBs. Darryl Blair showed a welcome return to form for an easy victory in 16:23 while recent recruit Andrew Considine showed his training is paying off for 4th place in 17:28 with Stevie Walker not too far behind for 6th place in 17:39. Waterworks leader Damien Gill finished 13th just outside his PB in 19:22 , Greg McClure got back in the sub 20s for 19:59 and 20th place while Angela Burns had a good run to win the womens race in 20:05. Regular Jim Clinton had a good run to PB in 21:37 and young Darragh McNairney recorded a new PB in 25:15.