Athletics: Acorns contingent take on Mussenden Challenge

Bliadhan Glass
Bliadhan Glass

Bliadhan Glass, Niall Hasson, Cathal Cassidy and Pat Groogan took part in the scenic Mussenden Challenge 10k around the Castlerock and Downhill area of the North Coast.

This multi-terrain event started on roads, then moved to trails and finally finished with a beach section – a technical course to say the least.

The lads put in a solid shift with Bliadhan taking 3rd place overall in 38.18, Cathal was 6th in 40.32, followed by Pat who secured 13th spot in 42.52 and Niall also finished inside the top 20 (18th) completing the distance in 43.56.

Beragh 5 Mile– Shane Donnelly and James Little participated in this race on Saturday, which had some top athletes including Vinceny Kiprotich (recent winner of the Larne Marathon) and Stephen Duncan (Omagh Harriers) who won the Beragh 5 last year.

Shane had a fantastic run finishing in 7th place overall in a time of 29.39 and James crossed the line in 38.45.

Parkruns – Aidan O’Hagan Diarmuid O’kane were placed 2nd in their respective events. Karen O’Kane was 2nd female at Musa and there were several more PB’s this week including Annemarie McKernan, Edel McGuckin, Stacey Hinfey, Andra McKeown and Hollie Irwin, to name but a few. Well done to all those who achieved personal bests.

Parkrun MUSA: 2nd Aidan O’Hagan 17.15; 4th Cathaoir Purvis 19.15; 6th Eugene McAuley 19.55; 7th Alan Shaw 20.02; 9th Gary McGuckin 20.31 PB; 10th Karen O’Kane 20.33; Annemarie McKernan 22.05 PB; Martin Loughran 22.07; Colin Thom 24.10 PB; Edel McGuckin 24.25 PB; Paula Kelly 24.30 PB; Stacey Hinfey 24.40 PB; Olivia Moore 25.08; Caoimhe Coney 26.08 PB; Rhonda Wilson 26.10 PB; Donna Patterson 26.41; Rosalin Bowman 27.41 PB; Andra Mckeown 28.30 PB; Marina Abbott 29.49; Bronagh Stockman 29.58 PB; Lisa Hampsey 30.27 PB; Caoimhe Quinn 30.37 PB; Ben Cudden 33.05; Hollie Irwin 39.35 PB.

Parkrun Limavady: Diarmuid O’Kane 17.54.

Parkrun Portrush: John Knocker 24.34; Rosemary Hargan 26.10; Steve Dallas 26.15; Karen Alexander 31.01.

Parkrun Antrim: Des McFarlane 23.40.

Race Calendar:- Friday – Dental Solutions 5k classic– Eglington. Saturday – Magherafelt 5 Mile Classic.

Tuesday 14th April – Ballymena Belles 5 mile; Wednesday 15th April – Bay Road 5k – Derry; Saturday 18th April – Ballynahinch 10k, Gortin 10k, Castleward Challenge.

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.

Couch to 5k – April to June. This new nine week programme starts in April with registration nights on Monday 13th April in Magherafelt (Meadowbank) and on Tuesday 14th April in MUSA. Registration is available on

Training and venues- Meadow Bank Sports Arena (Magherafelt)- Monday and Wednesday- Couch to 5k programme at 6.45pm. Monday- Senior Training at 7pm. Wednesday- Senior Training at 7.30pm.

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

A stock of club kit is available from Trevor Dallas and Francis Purvis.