Athletes turn out for good cause:
On Sunday 1st December 2013, Action on Hearing Loss NI welcomed running enthusiasts from all over the province to their inaugural 5 mile race, which was organised to raise funds for the local charity.
North Belfast Harriers' Brendan Grew, who narrowly missed a personal best at yesterday's Seeley Cup 10k (please see seperate report, in November 2013 news), broke the tape in 27:46 to win. He was followed by club mate and winner of the last Action on Hearing Loss NI event, Simon Reeve (North Belfast Harriers) in 28:37 (2nd place); Pure Running Half Marathon Series prize-winner, Mark Walker (Unattached) completed the fast course in 28:47 (3rd place).
Victoria Simms (Holme Pierrepont RC), an impressive performer at the last Chain Reaction Cycles 'Belfast Hills' race, took top spot in the ladies race, after recording 34:47 for the distance. Consistent County Antrim Harriers lady, Louise Smart, crossed the line in 35:11 (2nd place), before Ruth Hannah (Unattached) took 3rd place in 37:43.
Top 3 Men: 1st Brendan Grew (North Belfast Harriers) – 27:46, 2nd Simon Reeve (North Belfast Harriers) – 28:37, 3rd Mark Walker (Unattached) – 28:47
Top 3 Ladies: 1st Victoria Simms (Holme Pierrepont RC) – 34:47, 2nd Louise Smart (County Antrim Harriers) – 35:11, 3rd Ruth Hannah (Unattached) – 37:43
Full Results: Action on Hearing Loss NI 5m 2013 Results
NiRunning 5m Trail Race 2014:
On Sunday 1st December 2013, NiRunning (Northern Ireland Running) officially announced the newest addition to their race repertoire, a 5 mile trail race, which will take place in Ballyboley Forest on Sunday 16th February 2013 (11am).
The undulating course will cover the fire roads and trails within the forest and will prove a testing but manageable event for athletes. Registration for the event will take place on the day (in the car park at the Upper Ballyboley Road entrance to the forest) and the entry fee will be £5 (£7 for unaffiliated athletes). All proceeds from the event will go back into the www.nirunning.co.uk website.
Next year will also see NiRunning introduce a road race and quite possibly a mountain race, to go alongside the already established NiRunning Mile, as we strive to offer a race over every terrain for our valued followers. Announcements regarding further events will follow in early 2014.
Other important information for NiRunning followers:
Over the next three week's (from Friday 29th November 2013) you will notice that things on the website will slow down slightly, by this we mean that race summaries and results will not be available just as quickly and the popular Weekend Preview's will not be compiled again until the Tuesday 24th December 2013 (this will be a Greencastle 5m 'Special Preview'). Normal service will resume on Monday 23rd December 2013. We apologise in advance for this, but during this time, the resources we have available will be minimal.