Busy time for Springwell athletes

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On Monday 5 May, over eighteen thousand runners took to the streets of Belfast for the 33rd running of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon and the associated Team Relay event.

Alistair Shaw 3:09:05 was the first Springwell Runner home followed by Dave Sexton 3:13:50, James McMullan 3:14:14, Nicola Frizelle 3:22:55 (PB & 3rd NI Lady), Ryan Kennedy 3.37.28 (PB), Eddie Clyde3:43:51 (Pacer), John Butcher 03:47:27 (PB), Chris Denton 3:58:03 (Pacer), Robert Workman 3:55:35 (2nd MO60), Jean-Claude Bourgeois 4:00:24, Beverly Gordon 4:42:40 (PB), Claire Shields 4:42:44 (PB) and Stephen Smyth 4:51:39 (PB).

The Lost World’s - Causeway Crossing, a unique event which offers competitors three distances; 100K, 50K and 25K took place on Saturday 3 May.

All three races passed through the spectacular and world famous Giant’s Causeway.

The 100K race started in Waterfoot (Glenariff) and followed the Moyle Way (and route markings) to Ballintoy, where participants joined the Causeway Coast Way (50K) to the turnaround point at Dunluce Castle Car Park.  After the turn the athletes followed the Causeway Coast Way back to Larrybane Head Quarry to the much anticipated finish line.

Springwell’s Nicki McPeake led the race home completing the 100K in 10:10:35 with teammate Fran McFadden (12:05:16) winning the Ladies 100K in and finishing fourth overall. Alison McAllister was Springwell’s sole representative in the 50K finishing fourth lady in 6:05:02.

The 25K event, competitors started at Dunluce Castle Car Park and followed the Causeway Coast Way to the finish at Larrybane Head Quarry.  Springwell had four athletes in this event. Stephen Fillis was first home in seventh place in a time of 2:12:36 followed by Rebecca Clarke 2:49:13 (4th Female), Debbie Tutty 3:00:07 (6th Female) and Caroline Taylor 3:12:52 (8th Female).

Springwell had two runners at the Strabane - Lifford Half Marathon. Gerard Mullan finished 3rd MO50 in 1:30:17 and Sandra Rosborough ran a PB time of 2:14:37.