Antrim Coast Road Marathon
John Neill took on the Antrim Coast Road Marathon hosted by Larne AC. Anyone running this event is in for a treat with the scenery absolutely stunning. John finished in 23rd position out of approx 150 runners with a time of 3:18:54. Great photo at the end of John running in with his kids.
Ards Half Marathon
Kirstie Annett and Marty McMillan took on warm conditions and plenty of hills at the Ards Half Matathon. Approx 450 finished.
Unfortunately Marty pulled out at 4 miles due to illness. Kirstie powered on to record and excellent time of 1:56:44 and 189th position.
Four made the journey for the widely participated event, in which 1535 finished. First home was Ross Mercer in 14th position 36:23. Rick Hill followed in 25th 38:16. Tom Magee was next home in 38:43 for 29th position. Johnny Doey performed very well in only his 2nd run in the hoops with a time of 47:00 for 188th position. Well done lads
Woodburn Forest Series
Congratulations to the EAH quartet of Larry McAteer, Billy Reed, David Turtle and Andy Liddle who took home the team prize at the inaugural Woodburn Forest Series. The four men performed consistently well throughout the three race series. This also resulted in David Turtle taking home the overall MV40 prize and Billy Reed taking the MV50 overall prize. Well done gents and thanks to Gary for putting on a well organised event.
2019 Smyth Cup
Congratulations to Kirstie Annett winner of this year's EAH club Handicap race, the Smyth Cup 5 mile Road Race. Kirstie controlled the race from start to finish as she held off strong challenges from Andy Liddle and James Kitchin who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively. Strong turnout from the Black n white hoops despite a horrible night. Well done to all....some excellent times.
Many thanks to Stevie and Jeanette who stood in the rain to provide time keeping. Without these guys the races wouldn’t be possible.
Four men took on the undulating course on what was a great night for running. Rick Hill was home first in 12th position in a time of 38:04. Tom Magee working his way back from injury followed just after in 13th position in a time of 38:08. Mark McEIhinney ran close to a pb with a time of 43:01 for 52nd position, and Phil Smyth had a solid run for 77th position in a time of 44:55. Well done gents and thanks to the race organizers for putting on the event.
Woodburn Forest Series (1st Race)
Well done to EAH runners who took part in the 1st Race of the Woodburn Forest Series (14/5/2019). The trail race covered a distance of 3 miles on what was a lovely evening for running.
4th David Turtle 00:17:54
5th Billy Reed 00:18:39
15th Andy Liddle 00:20:08
20th Larry McAteer 00:20:46
EAH man Billy Reed travelled to the USA to participate in the 2019 Barkley Marathons. The race is a 100 mile trail race held in Frozen Head State Park, Tennessee. It consists of five 20 miles loops totaling 100 miles. The total elevation would be equivalent to climbing Mount Everest twice.
There is a time limit of 60 hrs to complete the course. If you complete 3 laps of 20 miles, this is known as the fun run. Unsurprising there had only been 18 occasions on which this course had been finished, which is why the event is known as the toughest ultramarathon in the world.
More information on this race is well worth a read at https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barkley_Marathons
The 40 entrants this year were hampered by severe weather conditions, with heavy rain and freezing cold conditions. In fact no entrants completed the event for the 2nd year in a row despite the worlds top ultra runners taking part. Only one participant made it to the 4th lap.
Billy gave everything he had but due to the severe cold, and fatigue from the ‘relentless’ climbing he called it a day on lap 2. Despite this he said ‘he loved every minute of it’.
Well done Billy Reed. Everyone at EAH is very proud of your achievement and representing the club in such a prestigious event.
Congratulations to David Turtle. Winner of EAH Handicap the McKillen Shield. The event held at The Six Mile Water Park in Ballyclare is the longest of the club races at 8 miles. David who is in excellent form at the minute started from the back of the race to finish ahead of Andy Liddle and Jim Finlay.
Thanks to Stevie and Jeanette for time keeping. Thanks also to those who took part in the race
Wicklow Way Ultra Marathon, Coventry Half Marathon
On a busy weekend 2 EAH men went further for some racing action. On Saturday morning Chris Collins took on the Wicklow Way Ultra Marathon. The scenic trail event covered 31 miles with 6000ft of ascent. Chris, who recently had started to concentrate on the ultra distance, performed well to finish 61st in a time of 5:29:13.
On Sunday morning, David Turtle took a trip over to the midlands for the Coventry Half Marathon. It was a very worthwhile exercise too as David finished 25th overall and 1st V40 in a time of 1:18:45. Particularly impressive on a hilly course on which over 3200 runners took part.
Well done guys
Larne Half Marathon
Thanks to Larne AC for a great day at the Catterpillar Larne Half Marathon. The sun always seem to shine in the day of this event and by all accounts the conditions were perfect for running and fast times. First home for the club was Colin James who is readying himself for the upcoming Belfast Marathon in May. Performances of the day came from Rick Hill, Jim Finlay and Kirstie Annette. Rick had another personal best, with Kirstie taking a massive 4 minutes off her previous best. Like a fine wine, Jim seems to get better with age as he stormed to a sub 90 for the first time in several years.
29th Colin James 1:17:53
43rd Steven Beggs 1:20:43
66th Rick Hill 1:22:48
101st Matthew Hewitt 1:26:02
160th David Murray 1:28:41
180th Sid Green 1:29:28
188th Jim Finlay 1:29:37
237th Andy Liddle 1:32:22
827th Kirstie Annett 1:51:38
828th Marty McMillan 1:51:38
Well done to everyone who ran
On Sunday 10th March, 4 lucky harriers took a break from the wind and snow back home when they took on the Barcelona Marathon. Turned out to be a day of excellent performances too with 2 EAH recording pb’s with sub 3 hour marathons. Ross Mercer was first home with a pb time of 2:54:28 followed by Michael Allen who also recorded a personal best time of 2:58:08. Larry McAteer who found the heat tough for the last few miles came in with a time of 3:21:32. Mark McIlhinney a regular attender of this event finished in 4:03:58. A great effort having battled back from a long term injury.
Plenty of sangria enjoyed after the event, by all accounts and well deserved.
Congratulations to Jim Finlay. The club Chairman showed everyone how it’s done when winning today’s Kirkpatrick Cup XC 6m Club Handicap, at The Six Mile Water Park (16/2/19).
On what was a great day for running Norman Caughey and then Kirstie Annett set the early pace with Kirstie building a decent lead by half way. Jim who is running very strongly at present wouldn’t be denied, and eventually passed Kirstie with a lap to go. He then had plenty in the tank to hold off Michael Allen who finished 2nd, with Kirstie finishing in an excellent 3rd.
Well done to everyone who raced today and many thanks to Big Stevie and Jeanette for time keeping.
Well done to the EAH who turned out for the XC at sunny Moira on 2nd Feb, hosted by City of Lisburn AC. In what turned out to be a successful day for the club, David Turtle and Matthew Hewitt finished 2nd and 3rd respectively, with Jim Finlay picking up the V50M age category prize. James Kitchin and David Murray also had strong runs.
With Jim being the shy and retiring type he said he didn’t want to boast about his category win. In fact, he said he hardly even mentioned it during the club run this morning. Despite this quite a few of the lads have been on saying they know every blade of grass at Moira Demense even tho they’ve never been there...
Well done to everyone who ran
Raheny 5 mile race
Thanks to Raheny AC for a fantastic day out at the Raheny 5 mile Road race in County Dublin. The event which attracted nearly 5000 runners is always eagerly anticipated. Thankfully the forecast wind died down for the race which gave rise to great conditions for running. The EAH took advantage of this with 4 personal bests on the day.
First home was Ross Mercer who ran sub 28mins for the first time. Chris Collins and Michael Allen also ran pb’s for 5miles with Chris breaking 30mins for the first time and Michael narrowly missing out on this marker. Tim Khanna was the 4th EAH to pb on the day and in doing so broke 35mins for only his 2nd time.
The Baird Cup
Congratulations to EAH lady Kirstie Annett, winner of Saturday’s EAH XC Club Handicap the Baird Cup. The 6 mile race at Ballyclare’s Six mile water park attracted a decent turnout from the hoops with conditions good underfoot.
Kirstie showed just how much she has improved since joining the club last year, as she lead from start to finish to claim the trophy.
EAH veterans Marty McMillan and Jim Finlay took 2nd and 3rd positions. Special mention to Michael McDonald who had a strong run narrowly missing out on a top 3 finish in his first XC for the club.
Thanks to Stevie for time keeping and well done to everyone who ran
Race Over The Glens
The annual New Years Day event hosted by Ballymena Runners always attracts large numbers. The ideal way to start the year. Congratulations to our team of 6 runners who finished 2nd Male team behind deserved winners Ballymena Runners. Special mention to Matty Hewitt (4th) and David Turtle (10th) who both finished in the top 10. Well done everyone. Great start to the year.