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.