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Athletic NI Announces New Cross Country League

CROSS country running in Northern Ireland is set to get a boost with the establishment of a new cross country league, supported by Athletics Northern Ireland (ANI). The league has been established after an open consultation process with the athletics community and will incorporate the following races: The Bobby Rea…

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EDAC Notes: Victoria Park Relay Championships

SATURDAY  saw the welcome return of competitive high quality Relay running to the sporting calendar  after an absence of several years. Fledgling club Orangegrove AC organised the event in the idyllic surroundings of Belfast’s Victoria Park and were rewarded with ideal running conditions.  East Down had 2 Male teams, in…

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East Down AC Notes

While I was away enduring the hardships of thunderstorms and 24 hour eating in the Eastern Mediterranean, East Down athletes were not resting on their laurels. Six seniors took part in the Bangor 10 K race and acquitted themselves admirably.  First man home was Stephen Shannon in 36 .52 with…

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EDAC Reports From Killyleagh, Portaferry And Rathlin

KILLYLEAGH, PORTAFERRY and RATHLIN What a week it’s been for East Down athletes. At Killyleagh, where a record 113 runners took to the scenic but personal bests were being set by virtually every East Down runner with Ryan Hagen dipping below 30 minutes, Mark McDowell just over and newcomer Paul…

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Ryan's Flying' And Cheryl's Hot (Not Cole)

LESS than 10 days after posting a notable 1.29 time for the Lisburn Half Marathon East Down’s Ryan Hagen took on the distance again in Newtownards on Friday night.  If ever the saying practice makes perfect was proved right it was then as he knocked a massive 7 minutes of…

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EDAC Notes

IT started on Thursday in Tollymore with my first appearance at Race 9 of the Hill and Dale series, brought there more by the first staging of junior races for children from P5 upwards, than any desire or intention of participating. In the event I thought I would try out…

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EDAC Report

IN a departure from the normal weekend saunter in Tollymore Park, three intrepid East Down men took part in what is called the Wicklow Roar, whether that’s because it involves rowing your own canoe or to be precise kayak, across Blessington Lake is not clear, or perhaps it’s to describe…

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EDAC Notes: Stephen And The Girls Excel In Edinburgh

EDINBURGH, ‘Auld Reekie’, capital city of Scotland, home of the Military Tattoo, the famous comedy Festival and Edinburgh Marathon Festival? Well it’s all of these but perhaps this latter title is stretching things a bit as the marathon which boasts of being a fast, flat course only stays within the…

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EDAC Notes

A busy week for East Down athletes on 3 fronts in 3 very different locations – Wednesday night saw  a sizeable number of competitors take part in the Open Graded meeting at Mary Peters Track where blustery weather made conditions far from ideal.  Nevertheless Elaine Burch set a personal best…

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The Belfast Marathon 2011

BELFAST MARATHON 2011 ON May Day Monday East Down AC surpassed last year’s entry in the Belfast Marathon by sending out a team of 15 to tackle the full 26.2 miles on what proved to be an excellent day for spectating but less comfortable for running.  Bright sun and a…

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EDAC Notes: Connemara, Hill And Dale And London

CONNEMARA, HILL and DALE and LONDON Last weekend , while the local interest focused on the Titanic Quarter 10K the annual Connemara Marathon and Ultra Marathon were taking place amid the rugged beauty of Quiet Man country.  After my experiences there last year I had promised to return again this…

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EDAC Notes: Jimmy's Ten Just Round The Corner

A BUSY weekend on the running front with a first class series of cross country races in the magnificent setting of the Stormont Estate, where over 260 primary school boys and girls took part writes Joe Quinn. Among them were Eimear Connor and Aoife Cochrane who placed 14th and 25th…

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'Jimmy's 10' Road Run Set For March 13th

SPEAKING at the launch of the biggest road run in the area, the Jimmy’s Ten, East Down Athletic Club secretary Joe Quinn said that “it is almost upon us again, the time of year when a real buzz of expectancy envelopes the East Down Athletic Club and the wider running fraternity….

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EDAC Notes

MOIRA Demesne was the venue for last weekend’s cross country races and apart from a passing shower or two and the occasional gust of wind conditions were good, and certainly fast underfoot  if legs above were capable of moving them, writes Joe Quinn. The Moira event is somewhat of an…

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EDAC Notes

WHERE have all the runners gone? A strange question perhaps at a time when record numbers of new members are reported at most clubs and when ever more can be seen running the roads. The question is prompted by the fact that on Saturday only 223 runners took part in…

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