Athletics: Lots of personal best times recorded by Acorns over Easter holiday period

Acorns Enjoy Rabbit Run 5k
Acorns Enjoy Rabbit Run 5k

On Monday 28th(Easter Monday),over a hundred runners turned out for the inaugural running of the Scenic Carn 10k and 5k.

The race was based at Slaughtneil hall just outside Maghera at the foot of the Sperrins.

The 10k race started with a small loop,then made its way down the Halfgayne Road, before turning right at the crossroads unto the Tirkane road.

The course climbed at this stage towards the base of Carn Togher mountain. The terrain changed to a rough stony underfoot section for about a mile,before the final fast section a long downhill stretch back down the Halfgayne Road to the finish.

Acorn Shane Donnelly had a great race, setting the pace from the start to finish first in a great time of 36.28.

Eoin Hughes showed no signs of tiredness after running the Omagh half marathon to finish in second place just behind Shane in 37.44.

Acorn Karen Alexander was next in and first female in 40.09.Karen had a great run considering she had just returned from taking part in the World Half marathon championships in Cardiff.

Following Karen was Stephen Mulholland with 40.55. Next Acorn to finish was Samantha Convery in 47.40,after Samantha was Jennifer Bradley in 51.17,closely followed by the final Acorn Deirdre Bradley in 51.35.

Thankyou to the organisers of Scenic Carn race for an enjoyable well run event.

Shane Donnelly 36.28 1st Male

Eoin Hughes 37.44 2nd Male

Karen Alexander 40.09 1st Female

Stephen Mulholland 40.55

Samantha Convery 47.40

Jennifer Bradley 51.17

Deirdre Bradley 51.35

There was a big turnout of 29 Acorns at Musa Parkrun this weekend and there must be something in the Cookstown water as everyone was flying. There wasn’t a blade of grass between the first three finishers and the first four broke 17 minutes.

In a very close finish Aidan O’Hagan was first Acorn home and third overall with a big PB of 16.49. He has set the bar high and says come beat me.

Close behind Aidan finishing fourth overall and also breaking 17 minutes was Glenn Donnelly 16.55. Glenn has recently returned from injury and is quickly getting back too top form.

Martin Loughran was next in with 18.16 and closely following him with a big pb was Sean Boyle 18.25.

Kevin Bigmore 18.47 was next Acorn in; returning from injury Kevin is progressing well. On his shoulder was the first female finisher and first female Acorn Karen Alexander in a new PB of 18.50.

Just behind, in a repeat of last week’s humdinger,was PatGroogan 18.54 pulling out all the stops to just stay ahead of the big man, Roger McLean 19.02pb. With a second PB in a row, hE’s running like he’s being chased.

Next in was Alan Shaw 19.20, followed by Brian Thom in a new PB of 19.36, Brian is in good form.

Following Brian and running strong was Gary McGuckin 19.55, followed by Andrew Shaw 21.33, Sandra Mayne with a new PB 21.41 and third female overall.

Trevor Dallas 22.08, is in a rich field of form, followed by a man in great fettle, Don Brownlee with a PB of 22.18.

One of our newest members and bringing some French flair to Acorns is Patrice Fitou 23.30PB. Just behind was Donna Patterson 23.37 and Steve Dallas 24.14.

Next in with a strong run was Nigel Stockman 25.19,followed by Sandra Smyth 25.52, running really well.Caoimhe Purvis 26.53 and Edel Kidd 27.20 were next in, followed by Leeona Davidson in a PB of 27.53; well done, Leeona.

Judith Black followed in 27.53, with Michaela Duffin 29.27PB, then Jayne Hassin-Scott in 29.36, Tracey Devlin 35.35, Helen Steenson 35.42 and Andra McKeown 37.51.

Musa Parkrun Results

Aidan O’Hagan 16.49PB third

Glenn Donnelly 16.55

Martin Loughran 18.16

Sean Boyle 18.25pb

Kevin Bigmore 18.47

Karen Alexander 18.50PB

Pat Groogan 18.54

Roger McLean 19.02PB

Alan Shaw 19.20

Brian Thom 19.36PB

Gary McGuckin 19.55

Andrew Shaw 21.33

Sandra McKeown 21.41PB

Trevor Dallas 22.08

Don Brownlee 22.18PB

Patrice Fitou 23.30PB

Donna Patterson 23.37

Steve Dallas 24.14

Nigel Stockman 25.19

Sandra Smyth 25.52

Caoimhe Purvis 26.53

Edel Kidd 27.20

Leeona Davidson 27.22PB

Judith Black 27.53

Michaela Duffin 29.27PB

Jayne Hassin -Scott 29.36

Tracey Devlin 35.35

Helen Steenson 35.42

Andra McKeown 37.51

Limavady Parkrun

Diarmuid O’Kane 17.49 first overall

Antrim Parkrun

Mary Martin 31.32

Portrush Parkrun

Leslie Maneely 21.52

Craigavon Parkrun

Carla Brennan 26.48pb

Benone Beach 10k

Well done to the Acorns who took part in last weeks Benone Beach Run To Remember, but no results were available at the time of going to press.

Wendy Wensley 57.15

Lisa Devine 1.06.41

Sandra Smyth 1.07.20

Fiona Greaves 1.07.20

Well done ladies,was tough conditions on the day; you all did yourselves and club proud.

Ormeau Parkrun

Maura McKenna 26.34

Well done toall the Acorns who took part in Parkruns, a great effort from everybody.

Rabbit Run 5K

Well done to all the Acorn ladies who took part in the second annual 5k Rabbit Run.

Around the picturesque Hazelbank Park they were there to help raise vital funds to support the local charity in making a difference to many peoples lives.

These ladies sure know how to put the fun into run, by dressing up in their bunny themed gear for this great cause.

Upcoming Fixtures

Sunday 10th April

Titanic 10K Belfast

Tuesday 12th April

Ballymena Belles Ballymena

Wednesday 13th April

Bay Road 5K Magee

Weekly Training

Monday 6.30pm

Meadowbank Magherafelt

Wednesday 7.30pm

Meadowbank Magherafelt

Tuesday 6.30pm

Mid Ulster Sports Arena Cookstown

Thursday 6.30pm

Mid Ulster Sports Arena Cookstown