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CAUSEWAY COAST HALF MARATHON - PORTBALLINTRAE

On Saturday, Paul Le Blanc and Aaron Montgomery took the long journey to Portballintrae to take part in the popular CauseWay Coast Half Marathon run by 26Extreme and of which was the events' 10th anniversary. This event has one of the most beautiful scenery backdrop with the Half Marathon starting at the Rope Bridge Quarry Car Park bringing the runners along the coastal path traversing the challenging surfaces of road, trail, beach, wooden walkways and rocks with the additional addition of steep climbing until they reach the finish line in Portballintrae.

Joanne McCauley in action during the XC at Palace Demense, Armagh
Joanne McCauley in action during the XC at Palace Demense, Armagh

Paul Le Blanc had a fantastic 12th overall finish placing and took the second placing in his age category in a time of 1:41:19. Aaron Montgomery placed 60th overall in a great time of 1:59:38. These were amazing placings in a race event that had 463 competitors.

ANNAGHMORE 5k

Lee Maginnis took part in the Annaghmore Festival of Running 5k on Saturday morning. This is a very popular event which gives the competitors the choice of races from a 18 miler, half marathon, 10 or 5k. Lee ran a good steady paced 5k road race on the undulating course and was rewarded with a well deserved first placing in at time of 19:10.

KILLEAVY 5k

 Club Junior Anna Fegan participated in the annual Killeavy 5k event on Sunday morning. Anna ran a good race on an undulating road route and see finished with 16th overall position and 5th female placing.

Lee Maginnis come over the finish line at the Annaghmore 5k
Lee Maginnis come over the finish line at the Annaghmore 5k

TJ McELMEEL CUP, CROSS COUNTY, PALACE DEMENSE, ARMAGH

Joanne McCauley travelled to the city of Armagh and the beautiful setting of the Palace Demense for the 1st local Cross Country meet of the season. The weather was mild with sun and occasional rain showers. The course for the commencement of the female and male senior races had been well cut up by the previous Junior events so this added to the challenge of the hills. The mud definitely made the course a true cross country experience. The hilly course for the Senior and Master Ladies was 6k with 2 loops of the trails and grass which was challenging underfoot. 

Joanne ran a consistent race using the challenge for her winter training off the sprint track. She finished middle of a large field of competitors. No results were available at the time of going to press. Credit to Armagh AC who organised and marshalled the event of which the course route was superb, the event well organised and the attendance numbers were large making it a great day for the city of Armagh.

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