Athletics: Acorns Club celebrate XC achievements

Acorns Ladies who claimed cross country bronze medals receive their awards
Acorns Ladies who claimed cross country bronze medals receive their awards

On Friday all roads led to the Greenvale Hotel for the Acorns Cross Country League presentation dinner.

Due to the successes in the 2014/15 season with 3rd place overall in the XC League, the Acorns ladies were each presented with a commemorative medal to reward the effort and achievements.

Following the meal, Club Chairman Francis Purvis made a short speech to commend the commitment of everyone involved in the league campaign, which meant various members of the team adjusting their work schedules, plus accommodating training on a Sunday morning at MUSA during the winter months.

The overall success the club has had in Cross Country in its first year has been exceptional, with both male and female teams, as well as running its own XC race in January.

Thanks to the management and staff at the Greenvale Hotel for the excellent meal and service on the night.

This week’s Parkrun was well represented by new members of the Acorns team, who have recently graduated from the Couch to 5k programme. First was Acorns Martin Loughran with Cathaoir Purvis in fourth.

Results: Martin Loughran 19.13; Cathaoir Purvis 21.52; Caoimhe Coney 27.36; Stacey Hinfey 27:38; Siobhan Rocks 28:10; Roisin Egan 28:10; Joan O’Neill 28:19; Shelley Glendining 32:04; Ben Cudden 32:52; Helen Steenson 33:11; Carla Brennan 33:50; Ursula Crozier 34:05; Brenda Buchanan 36:17; Claire Jamieson 37:19.

Please remember that when registering for Parkrun to ensure you select the club name “Acorns AC”, this will ensure that all results are picked up correctly.

BST Mucky Pups- Katie Kelly took part in the BST organised kids Mucky Pups event on Sunday morning, and completed the tough course in 24 minutes.

The current C25K programme for all those newcomers to running has now passed the halfway stage and is now entering week 8 of the 9 week programme.

Once the programme has been completed, those people who wishing to continue running have the opportunity to continue with the regular Acorns AC training schemes. Thanks to the local councils for their support with the C25K so far.

The next Couch to 5k Programme is due to start in April, please keep a watch on our social media site and also on Active NI over the coming weeks, as participants will be required to register on-line.

The Club AGM will take place on Tuesday 10th March at 7.45pm in Cookstown Leisure Centre.

It is important that as many members as possible attend, as this is your opportunity to hear how the club has performed in 2014 and also to get an understanding of the future plans.

Race Calendar: Saturday– Lough Feagh 10 Mile; Castlewellan 10k. Saturday 7th March – Carmen 10k; Albertville 5. Sunday 8th March – Addiction 10k; Valleys 5k.

Killarney Trip- The club is organising a trip to Killarney on 17th July for their annual Marathon events. If you are interested please contact Francis Purvis.

Training- Meadow Bank Sports Arena- Monday and Wednesday- Couch to 5k programme at 6.45pm. Senior Training: Monday at 7pm, Wednesday at 7.30pm.

Mid Ulster Sports Arena- Tuesday and Thursday Couch to 5k and Senior Training at 6.30pm.

All newcomers wishing to take part in our regular training schedules are welcome.

Club kit is available from Trevor Dallas and Francis Purvis, place you order with them by text or at club training.