Fine performances for Carmen Runners

Thursday, 22 June 2017

AMONG the 160 competitors at An Creagán's annual 5k trail race last Wednesday were 13 members of Carmen Runners, who all put in performances to be proud of.

First club member home was Dara Sweeney, who produced another strong run achieving a 'sub-20' time of 19:25. There were also notable performances from Bobby Collins and Oliver Murphy, who crossed the finishing line in 20:57 and 21:53 respectively.

Aisling Gillespie secured third place on the female's podium with a superb run of 22:42 and Neil Donnelly also was in great racing form finishing in 23:09. Solid performances also came from Fiona Mc Cullagh (26:10), Karen Donnelly (26:22), Maureen Eccles (26:43), Oonagh Bradley (28:09) and Carmel Stewart (30:22).

The club's junior members also ran exceptionally well. Caolan Gillespie crossed the line in 30:13, and sisters, Alanagh and Mia McCann, supported one another around the course, clocking a time of 32:32.

Also on Wednesday night, Acorns AC's night of 3,000m races took place in Magherafelt. It was an evening of spectacular running with astonishing times being recorded by members of Carmen Runners.

Reaping the benefits from the structured Tuesday night training sessions was Declan McDermott, who secured an incredible time of 13:03 around the track. Two ladies who continue to make a significant impact on the track were Toni Moore and Morgan Owens who both recorded impressive times of 10:48 (Toni) and 11:13 (Morgan). Jack Moore produced another outstanding performance with a time of 9:41.

On Thursday, over 500 runners participated in the inaugural Newell Stores 10k and associated 5k road race hosted by Keep Er Lit Running CLub in Coalisland. Among the participants were seven of the Carmen Runners who were led home by the ever consistent Michael Kerr in a time of 36:45.

Notable performances came from Ciara Coyle who finished in 45:14 and Aileen Hurson who crossed the line in 46:54.

Catriona Gillen had an impressive race seizing her second personal best of the week with a time of 46:55. Fiona McCullagh, who has been displaying brilliant running over recent weeks, recorded an excellent result of 54:01 and Sinead Kerr's hard work and determination ensured she also accomplished a new personal best of 55:25. Siobhan McDaid remained strong throughout to finish in 1:01:43.

Carmen Runners would like to congratulate the Keep Er Lit Running Club for organising such a successful event and for their excellent post-race hospitality.

On Friday, June 16, Carmen Runners hosted their Primary Schools' Cross-Country event. Over one hundred talented and determined young runners created an excellent spectacle of running.

Carmen Runners would like to say thank you to the children, staff and parents from Our Lady of Lourdes Greencastle, St Patricks' PS Gortin, St Mary's PS Ballygawley, St Columbkille's PS Carrickmore and St Teresa's PS Loughmacrory for their attendance and support.

Congratulations all the boys and girls for their excellent efforts and participation; it is incredible to witness such incredible talent and ability among the local community and is something which should be treasured and encouraged. Congratulations to all the individual winners on the day and to St Columbkille's P.S. who took home the Boys' and Girls' team prize.


NI & Ulster Age Group Track and Field Championship

Mary Peter's Track hosted the NI &Ulster Age Group Track and Field Championship on Saturday. Amongst the young competitors was a notable contingent from Carmen Runners, who all produced notable running across the different events.

In the Boys U17 2000m Steeplechase final, Jack Moore continued his excellent run of performances recording a time of 6:58:47 to secure the silver position. Molly Curran, who has been impressing on the track over recent months, enjoyed success in the Girls U15 250 Hurdles and 200m.

After a great run in her hurdles heat recording a time of 40:28, Molly qualified for the final and with another superb display she was rewarded with silver in a time of 40:35. Molly also had an excellent run in the 200m heat, with a time of 28:05 and then again in the 200m final where she crossed the line in 27:59, snatching another silver medal. Molly completed in the U15 Girls Long Jump where she recorded a distance of 4.55m taking fourth place overall.

The ever consistent Sarah Broderick competed in the U15 Girls 800m event with an excellent run in a time of 2:33:09, finishing with a top 10 position in ninth place. Aoife McCreesh showed excellent strength in the U16 Girls 3000m final with a time of 12:12:52 finishing in fifth position.

Aoife's sister, Aine McCreesh, ran an impressive 14:92 in the U16 Girls 100m heat. Mia Hamill had an excellent run in the U16 Girls 200m heat where she qualified for the final and also achieved a new personal best of 29:50. Mia had a fantastic run in the final recording a time of 29:68. She also obtained a new personal best in the 100m heat with a time of 14:10.


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