Start of Summer Racing

QUB 5k
As the so called summer racing programme gets underway one may wonder when winter finished however at least the results so far are quite warming.
On what was a cold and windy wednesday evening Paul and Damien headed the small Abbey squad home with 5th and 6th placings in the Queens 5k. Paul set a very fast opening lap determined to make it a fast race while Damien took his normal steady approach working through as the race progressed. Paul recorded 15.25 and Damien 15.40. Andrew Agnew was next to finish in 32nd(17.23)then Andrew McMurray 45th(18.00) Peter Klever was testing himself for the Belfast Marathon having picked up an injury with the increased milage and finished 74th(18.47).This was Judi’s first 5k road race and had a good outing winning the junior womens category with ease in 107th place and 8th senior womens slot (19.43)
Thursday night was the first of the River Rock series and turned out dry but cold.

RIVER ROCK SERIES
Rachael Evens was disappointed with her start in the 100m but still recorded 13.4 to be =3 overall in the 1990/1991 category. Danielle McMahon (also 1990/91)was 11 with 14.0.
Ellen Wilson (1992/93)was happy with her first 800m track race with 3-04.3 while Kirstie Bell recorded a new 800m pb of 2-40.8 in the 1989/90 category to finish 4th.

LONDON MARATHON
Eddie Bell made the trip across to London with high hopes but unfortunately between heat (we were freezing at Laganside)and cramps in his legs he crashed and was happy to finish the race in 1089th in 2-59.37. Greg McClure had a good run finishing 2133 overall in a time of 3-12.17.
Jenny Pyper (Alchester Running Club/Abbey AC)had only limited training because of constant colds etc so set of with 3-10 in her mind but once again ran negative splits and came home in 3-05.17
Jennifer McBrien took part in the London Mini-Marathon representing Northern Ireland however we still await the results of this event.

LAGANSIDE 10k
Turlough was the only Abbey athlete to toe the line for the Cheap Contract Phones Laganside 10k on an extremly cold and wet Sunday afternoon.
he was well up with the leading local group during the first of the one and three quarter lap even but onfortunately drifted and was left to face the conditions on his own. Although not happy with the 33.10 time he knows that on a better day things could have been much different. Thanks to cheapcontractphones.org.uk for sponsoring this event.

Abbey Athletic Club was formed at the start of the new millennium by a group of relatively young athletes.

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