Springwell athletes in action over holidays
Thursday, 5 January 2017
IT might have been Christmas and New Year but it was busy as usual for Springwell athletes as they competes on a number of fronts and disciplines. Greencastle 5 Mile Road Race
On Monday December 26 well over 1,000 athletes turned out for the 31st annual running of the Greencastle 5 mile road race in County Tyrone, a popular fixture on the festive racing calendar.
Northern Ireland and Ireland International Paul Pollock recorded his third consecutive victory in the event.
The talented Olympian crossed the line in an impressive 24.52.
Springwell's only representative, Andrew Wilmot, finished in 279th place with a time of 39.00.
Northern Velocity Muff Glen Trail Run
Tuesday December 27 saw Events Company Northern Velocity stage their annual trail run around the scenic Muff Glen just outside Eglinton village.
The four mile race consisted of two laps of the forest trail through the Glen.
The men's race was won by Roy McGilloway (Foyle Valley AC) in 24.59 and Ciara Toner (Springwell RC) won the ladies race in 29.10 finishing in 16th place overall.
Springwell Results - Rhodri Jones 5th 26.22, Thomas Moore 15th 29.01, Ciara Toner 16th 29.10, Kerrie McIlmoyle 33rd 31.24, Peter Jack 48th 33.56, Andrew Wilmot 53rd 34.38, Catherine Pinkerton 55th 35.04, Paul Dornan 58th 35.34, Tanya Cartwright 109th 46.02.
On Tuesday December 27, Newcastle AC hosted the 33rd running of the Castlewellan Christmas Cracker with a record number of 600 teams descending on the county Down village.
Athletes are required to pair up with another runner to complete the course with some opting to run ahead of their team mate, but wait at the 'meeting point' close to the finish, while others run together the whole way.
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