The Guys Go the Distance

Posted: 19/9/2019

Graeme McGowan from local running club Scrabo Striders secured 1st place in the 2019 “Ultimate Ultra” 50km last weekend. This is a series of three races on track, road and trail promoted and organised by Atlas Running. The final event took place on the trails of the Castle Ward Estate, Strangford in warm and sunny conditions, so athletes looked forward to the forest sections to cool down.

Also taking part were from Scrabo were Gavin McDonnell, Liam Rodger and Garry Cavill who all completed their 5 x 10km loops to get the distance. Garry took 1st place in the Male 60 category while his son Matthew ran one of the 10km loops as part of the “pop up” run available to supporters and spectators. Congratulations guys.

The annual Tower of the Lake race took place on Sunday 15th, 10 kilometres through the Clandeboye Estate trails. Organised by Bangor based running company FEARR (Forget Everything and Run Races), the event saw Glen Taylor take first place in 39 minutes 34 seconds followed by Jonathan Gibson in 40:14 and Scrabo Strider Ricky Jordan 3rd in 40:22.

The ladies race was won by Clair Quigley from North Down AC in 44:42 followed by Claire Ingram of Ballydrain Harriers in 45:31 and Scrabo Strider Catherine Cauley in 46:13. Second across the line for Scrabo was David Stevenson in 43:55, Graeme McGowan 46:30 and Manny Farrelly in 48:38. Our next ladies were Lesley Semple 50:35, Caroline Dwyer 55:00 and Amanda Martin in 55:35. Well done to all Scrabo Striders at this event.

Over at the Stormont Estate Scrabo Strider Lorraine Adams completed her 50th Parkrun in 33:51 for the 5km distance, with her trusty dog Rusty by her side. Congratulations on this milestone Lorraine. At the same event Bill McGucken secured a new personal best time of 25:52 while Lesley Semple and Jonny Kinney recorded a new personal best of 21:18 at the Belfast Victoria Parkrun. Well done all.

To find out more about Scrabo Striders Running Club visit Training nights are a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 7:15 pm at Londonderry Park and all are welcome (tortoises and hares). We would like to emphasise that Scrabo Striders training is for all ability levels and is non-competitive. You will be sure to hook up with a group that runs at your pace and make some new friends. Come along and push yourself!

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