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29/06/2005 at 14:10
Donna try Ann Bonner out at the old hospital Limavady tel 77768592. She sorted me out after the marathon charges £25 for about an hours treatment.
29/06/2005 at 14:52
Hi everyone. Although very new to running (shuffling)and still walk/running at the moment, I was wondering if any of you knew of a short race anywhere in NI later in the year? I am talking maximum 5k! I feel I need something to work towards to give me the push I need to start making a bit more progress.
Thanks.
29/06/2005 at 14:55
Meant to ask also, is it OK to r/w short races like that or would be frowned upon?
29/06/2005 at 15:32
Hi beans everyone has to start somewhere and having something to aim for is a great help. A full list of races can be found on the NIAF website.
http://www.niathletics.org
The only 5K races I can see at the moment are the Bob Mullan 5K series. There are four races left in the series on 13/7, 30/7, 3/8 & 17/8 all at different venues around Derry. more details can be found on the City of Derry website
http://www.sparta-athletics.co.uk/
In the races so far the slowest time has been between 26 & 34 minutes. Most race organisers are just glad to get bodies taking part.
Keep a eye in the local papers sometimes you see short races organised by community associations which would not be advertised on the NIAF website Hope this helps.
29/06/2005 at 17:48
Thanks Kenneth, I will heep a look out for any local races, there was a 10k locally (Enniskillen) earlier in the month but I am not nearly ready for something like that!
29/06/2005 at 21:49
Welcome Beanz, Omagh harriers are a friendly bunch, they will know of races down that neck of the woods on both sides fo the border.

Just back from teh Redburn Forest run, just how much up hill can you fit into four miles?? Bl@@dy hell it was hard, resorted to walking up a some of the hills, it was quicker than trying to run, eminded me of why i dont do fells and do do roads. Hopefully legs will be ok for the bridges tomorrow theyre aching now!!
29/06/2005 at 22:07
Thanks Baldy, I will check them out also.
30/06/2005 at 11:46
Thanks Kenneth. Phoned Ann but can't get appointment until next Fri. Will crosstrain until then. I was doing well with Orthodics in old trainers but got a foot injury due to lack of cushioning but the old calf injury seemed to have gone until I purchased a pair or nimbus 2 weeks ago. I hate to admit it but I think my trainers are too cushioned because as well as my calves seizing up my achilles felt twingy as well. £90 down the drain... Usually went to John in Huey and Hendersons, Coleraine but he is down to part time Tues & Wed which doesn't suit me. Can you recommend another specialist running shop that could help me out please.
30/06/2005 at 23:33
Ladyluck - Startfitness.co.uk is quite reasonable for shoes if you know what you want.

Kenny - Pass on my thanks to the organisers of the Limavady 10. It was very well organised and the mile markers were very clear. I enjoyed the run - I could have went faster but there were too many top class athletes in the race. There were'nt enough plodders to keep up with - there were long spells when I was running on my own, like a home training run - but It was one of the best organised races of the year.
01/07/2005 at 12:24
Donna I wouldn't bin the new shoes just just yet wait and see what Ann says take your shoes & orthodis with you and see if she thinks they are suitable. I usually go into Ronnie in Bishops Sports Coleraine although he doesn't keep as big a selection as he used to. There is also Style and Sport in Ballymena, Angela is a runner so she may abe able to help. Up & Running in Belfast are a dedicated running shop and would be able to advise. As Seamus says there are loads of places on the internet but you need to know what you want sizes etc. Start Fitness have a shop in Newcastle which we usually visit when we are over at the Great North they stock everything you need if you a runner.
Sorry I couldn't speak to you longer last night as I was under pressure trying to get the results sorted. Computers are only as good as the people operating them and the new program will be good once I get the hang of using it.
Glad you enjoyed the race Seamus its a good course but you need me breathing down the back of your neck to push you on. I didn't get out of the room all evening. I thought I'd get out to see the finish but it took me all the time getting the entries into the computer. Much rather have been out plodding the streets. Best entry for a good few years so it makes all the effort worth while. Two years ago we were down to 45 runners its taken a bit of an effort to get it back up. I think the number of people running at the moment is up as a lot of races recently have had record entries.
Keep up the training and I may see you at Dervock Half on 23 July depending on how I feel. Back behind the computer at the Riada on 27 July a good 5 miler if anyone is interested.
01/07/2005 at 13:30
Kenny - What site do you get the results of the Limavady 10?
01/07/2005 at 14:06
Seamus they are up on our website link on the frontpage
http://springwellrunning.tripod.com/
01/07/2005 at 16:41
Kenny, great race last night (pass on congrats to the rest of the lads). My best 10M time for 10 years so I'm well chuffed
02/07/2005 at 15:01
Hi everybody - I did another 10 mile run today in 86 mins. Its hard going duting a 10 miler.

Ian - Are you started your training for Longford? I've started now and I hope to increase my milage over the next few weeks.
03/07/2005 at 23:06
Thanks for the info Kenny. Will take shoes and orthodics to Ann and see what she says. So frustrated at mo, just want to get out there and run. Done an hour on cross trainer tonight but it is so boring. Really enjoyed watching round the bridges. Such a lovely night but maybe a bit too warm for running. It was good to meet you Kenny even though u were quite busy. It seemed to be so well organised. Maybe next year I will even get to do it myself. Me, my sis and bro are enroling for Ballymoney 5 miler. No great speed expected with my calf injury, my sis not running for 15 years and my bro just give up smoking but it is the taking part that counts.
04/07/2005 at 11:13
Hi everybody ran 12.5 miles yesterday OK the first half but struggled in the second half. Begining to feel a little better don't think I race until Ballyclare 10 on 13 Auguts good race if you like hills.
Glad you enjoyed the race Seamus and Michael will pass your comments onto the rest of the club at this months meeting tonight.
Ladyluck much prefer being out on the road to being stuck inside hopefully Ann will hopefully be able to sort out the calf on Friday. I always say that theres more crack at the back of a race than at the front were everybody is so serious. Look forward to seeing the three of you in Ballymoney.
04/07/2005 at 14:40
Kenny - Good to hear that you're improving in form. Ballyclare 10 will be a tough race. Its similar to Clogh but a bit harder.

Kenny - Do you know anything about the Clogh, or Stranocum runs this year?

I'm going to do some hill training tonight.
04/07/2005 at 14:47
Seamus they haven't ran Stranocum since they year of the thunder & lightening (now that was a race never to be forgotten). I think they got worried if anything had happen who would have been responsible so they just have a 3 mile walk now. I asked Ballymena Runners a couple of weeks ago about Clough and they said they wouldn't be hosting it this year or any time in the fiture (not sure what the problem is there but I know the farmers had been kicking up a bit of fuss about it before). Pity because they were 2 good runs. Are you off for the summer now?
04/07/2005 at 20:08
Yes Kenny I'm glad to be off. I've plenty of time for training now. Its a pity those two runs are off as they were great runs. Yes that night of the thunder was exceptional. I arrived home afterwards and the modem for the internet had blown. The computer technician said he never replaced as many after that storm.

I did 68 mins of hills this evening. I think the hills strengthen you for the races. When I think I'm tired on the flat runs - I think of the hill training and it keeps me going.

Everyone is quite quiet on this thread these days. Ian, Jim, Scott, James - Are you all still out there training?
05/07/2005 at 16:45
Hi Seamus nobodies talking to us must be busy doing other stuff or away on holidays. Going to try hill session tonight to see how it goes. Planing to run the Dervock half on Sunday as our long run
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