Smyth Cup and Maghera 5 mile race
What a beautiful evening for the last EAH club handicap race of the season, the Smyth Cup 5mile Road Race. The race which starts on the Mill Road initially takes runners into the town. They then travel towards Doagh, before turning back onto the Templepatrick line, then finishing again on the Mill Road. There was a great turnout with 16 racing. Mark McElhinney took the honours holding off strong challenges from Laura Wylie (2nd) and John Neill (3rd). Mark will now have his name etched on the famous old trophy in preparation for the awards dinner in mid June. Well done to everyone who ran and thanks to Jeanette and Norman for setting handicaps and time keeping.
Tom Magee ran the Maghera 5 mile Road Race on 31st May. Tom, has just recently returned to training following injury, and showed he is coming back to form with a 2nd place finish overall. Plenty more to come from this lad.
May Fair 10K
Thanks to County Antrim Harriers for putting on an excellent race on Saturday, the Ballyclare May Fair 10k. East Antrim Harriers had 4 representatives on what proved to be a successful days running for the club. Approx 250 started the 10k. First home was new EAH recruit Matthew Hewitt who showed a glimpse of things to come, as he finished 2nd overall with a time of 36:37. David Turtle followed in 5th position in a time of 37:23. In doing so David won the V40M category. Billy Reed was next home for the hoops in 8th position with a time of 38:45. Billy took home the V50M category prize. Rick Hill made a return to racing after his marathon exertions with an excellent time of 39:00 for 10th position overall. The ever improving Tim Khanna finished 50th overall with a time of 46:05. Well done lads. Congratulations to you all.
McKillen Shield Club Handicap Race
Congratulations to Colin James, the winner of tonight's EAH XC handicap race the McKillen Shield. The 8 mile race covered 8 laps of the Six Mile water park. There was an excellent turnout for the race and period of good weather ensured good conditions underfoot. Tim Khanna controlled the race from the first to the 7th lap and built up a healthy lead. Colin would not be denied, and put in a gutsy last couple of laps to pass Tim with approx half a mile to go and take the Shield home. Billy Reed followed up his win at the last club race (the Baird Cup) with a 3rd place finish. Special mention to Laura Wylie and John Neill running in their first club races. Also well done to Kirstie Annett who looks to be getting stronger by the week.
Thanks to everyone who ran and to those who came to support. Also thanks as always to Jeanette and Stevie for results and to Norman for setting handicaps.
Slieve Donard Mountain Race
John Neill was running in the 73rd annual Slieve Donard Mountain Race. The event hosted by Newcastle AC, starts in Newcastle Town Centre before climbing to the top of Slieve Donard (850m). The course then descends and finishes in Donard Park. The total distance is just under 6 miles. Tight going. John who has also been competing regularly in the Hill and Dale races this year ran nicely to finish 54th out of over 204 starters. His time was 1hr19:29. Well done John.
Belfast Marathon 2018
Congratulations to EAH’s David Murray, on completing his first marathon, the Belfast City Marathon. David finished in a great time of 3:12:57 for 125th place overall, and also ran a negative split. He was kept company the whole way round by fellow EAH man Michael Allen who on the day ran in the Epilepsy Research UK vest which is a charity close to his heart. (127th 3:12:58). Hard luck to Andy Liddle who trained hard to get to the start line, but unfortunately felt unwell during the race and had to withdraw at mile 18. Also well done to Mark McElhinney who trotted round in fancy dress to raise money for charity. (1478th 4:43:06)
Brilliant to see colleagues from the club providing drinks, gels and shout outs, from the sidelines, and even mobile support by bike. Really appreciated by all the runners involved.
The Highland Fling
Yesterday 2 of our EAH lads took on one of the toughest challenges of all. The Highland Fling. The Highland Fling is a 53 mile trail race which takes place every year in April. The scenic route follows the West Highland Way, Scotland’s oldest official long distance footpath, through the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. With an overall elevation of 2,300m including some long steep climbs and sharp descents. The quads and calves are in for a real battering. The race was approx 90% trail and about 10% road. Numbers are capped to 1000 participants. Ultra marathon specialist and all round mountain goat, Billy Reed performed superbly to finish 35th overall and in doing so was first Northern Ireland athlete home. Like a fine wine Billy continues to get better with age. Next home was Chris Collins running this event for his first time. Despite struggling with injury during a large chunk of his training Chris battled superbly for 128th finish.
Superb work gents. Enjoy the recovery.
35th Billy Reed 08:55:44
128th Chris Collins 10:21:42
London Marathon 2018
9 hardy EAH lads had been putting in the long miles throughout what appeared to be the longest winter in living memory, in preparation for the event. Ironic that the race day itself was the hottest London marathon in history with temperatures reaching 24.2C. With this in mind common sense prevailed and race goal times adjusted. It wasn’t a day for running eyeballs out. Despite this there was still some great times from the lads,and thankfully everyone made it home in 1 piece.
Steven Beggs was the first EAH home and in doing so ran his 2nd consecutive sub 3 hour marathon. Special mention to Gary Davison who was running his final marathon event and helped pace Larry McAteer. Also great to have support crew Sam Crawford and David Murray at the side of the course to cheers the boys on and give ‘advice’
847th Steven Beggs 2:57:30
1507th Ross Mercer 3:06:20
1669th Michael Allen 3:07:28
3776th Jim Finlay 3:29:38
3824th Rick Hill 3:29:42
5159th Larry McAteer 3:41:44
5162th Gary Davison 3:41:44
7654th Johnny Craig 4:01:29
10395th Marty McMillan 4:22:36
Well done to everyone
On a sad note everyone at East Antrim Harriers was sorry to hear of the death of 29 year old Matt Campbell, who died after running 22.5 miles of the event. Our thoughts are with his friends and family
Titanic Quarter 10K
Steven Beggs and Ross Mercer ran for EAH at the Annual Titanic Quarter 10k 2018. Just under 1000 runners took part. Both men showed they are in excellent shape for the upcoming London Marathon with Ross posting a personal best over the distance and Steven not far off his.
20th Steven Beggs 35:35
22nd Ross Mercer 35:46
Larne Half Marathon
Thanks to Larne AC for a great day yesterday at the Annual Larne Half Marathon. With one of most scenic routes imaginable, Larne AC always manage to get the weather spot on too. 2000 runners took part. Some great running by the EAH contingent, with plenty coming into good form for the upcoming marathons. Special mention to Steven Beggs on a PB, and to Tim Khanna who had a great run. Well done lads. Onwards and upwards.
32nd Ross Mercer 1:19:53
76th Michael Allen 1:25:01
104th David Murray 1:26:40
143rd Gary Davidson 1:29:13
173rd Jim Finlay 1:30:36
208 Larrold McAteer 1:32:51
362 Andy Liddle 1:39:42
718 Tim Khanna 1:49:23
Shane's Castle Half Marathon
In what was a busy weekend of Racing for EAH, Ross Mercer took on the Shanes Castle Half Marathon in Antrim. The trail race definitely took Ross out of his comfort zone, he much prefers road running!! Despite this fear of uneven ground he performed well to finish 5th place out of 79 entrants.
Well done Ross....we all glad you made it home in one piece!
Carlingford Half Marathon
Congratulations to Rick Hill who gained a personal best at the Carlingford Half Marathon yesterday. Rick, who is training for his first London Marathon at the end of April, finished 14th out of nearly 500 runners, with a time of 1:23:38. Looks like training is paying off.
The Spud Run
Looked like pretty rough conditions for the annual Glenariff Mountain Race or 'Spud Run' as it is also known. Every runner gets a bag of Spuds for finishing. Of the 134 runners, 3 EAH men took part with David Turtle first home in 16th place. Billy Reed finished 22nd and in doing so won the MV50 category. John Neill followed close behind in 26th position. Well done lads! Hope those spuds are good eatin
Superb photo of Mark McElhinney about to take on the Barcelona Marathon. Mark a seasoned Marathon runner joined the club this year with the aim of bringing his times down. He had a great run, finishing with a time of 3:28:08 which is one of his fastest to date. Well done Mark....plenty more great times to come for sure, and the famous black n' white hoops certainly suits you well.
IMRA Glendalough Clover
Great run from Billy Reed on Saturday at the IMRA mountain race, the Glendalough Clover. The 80km route with 3000m of ascent covered Wicklow Way and St Kevins Way. Billy performed to his usual high standards with a 10th place finish. Well done!
Dune Half Marathon
Well done to Rick Hill who completed the Dune half marathon. Rick who this year is running London marathon showed his training is going well with a 43rd place finish in a time of 1hr27:13. Well run!
Billy Reid and Jim Finlay took part in the Stormont Cross Country on 3rd Feb 2018. Out of a quality field of 211 Billy finished 61st with Jim coming in 104th. Well done guys!
Raheny 5 Mile Road Race
Thanks to Raheny AC for a putting on a great event yesterday. The Raheny 5m road race, one of most iconic races on the Irish racing calendar attracted a field of over 4000. After a few late withdrawals Michael Allen was the first EAH runner home in just under 31 minutes. David Murray followed just behind him with a new PB of just over 31 mins. Well done to everyone who ran.
Arguably the best fun was had afterwards with Raheny football club, as always, very welcoming at the bar, and a great meal at the Anglers Rest in Banbridge, on the way home. Thanks to the lads from Albertville and others who travelled on the bus to help make it such a fun day.
2018 Race Over The Glens
The EAH contingent looking soaked after today's Race over the Glen. The annual New Years day event held in Glenariff Forest Park is certainly a good way to blow the cobwebs off, with some steep climbs and fast descents over the 5 mile course. 290 finshed the course and EAH runners performed well.
David Turtle 16th 36:45
Billy Reed 22nd 00:37:13
Phil McNeill 67th 00:42:37
Andy Liddle 97th 00:45:53
Well done lads