Sun 24 Oct 2010 – 23:32
Newry City Runners 5k Road Race
The second Newry City Runners 5k Road Race took place on Wednesday 12th May in fine conditions. Over 100 atheletes lined up to support our local club in what was one of the highest quality field of runners ever seen in a 5k race in Newry.
Hot local favourites Barry Monaghan(BGM Runners), Don Travers(Newry City Runners), and Stevie Williamson made an appearance alongside top flight athletes from further afield, the likes of Paddy Hamilton(Annadale), Daniel Diamond(Beechmount), and the popular “Armagh Sports” proprietor Dermot Kerr(Armagh AC).
Many of the NCR novice athletes also took part in their first road race. This was a brilliant achievement and testament to the excellent voluntary contribution and dedication of the NCR mentors like Dermot Winters, Eugene O’Callaghan and David Craughwell to mention only two of the team.
The race started at 7:30pm sharp and the field filled the breadth of Ballinacraig Way as they stormed down the opening straight. The route was to complete 3 laps of the business park before heading back to the finish line at Pairc Esler. By the time the race had reached the 2k mark Paddy Hamilton had broken well clear of the field and our local best and opened up a gap of almost 200 meters. The immediate chasing group was made up of Shane Kerr, Barry Monaghan, Daniel Diamond, Don Travers, Dermot Kerr, and Stevie Wiliamson. Close on their heels were the likes of Andrew Hicks, Andrew Mckee, Julie Turley, and NCR’s Johnny Gregg. All of these runners were maintaining a pace of 5minutes and 30 seconds per mile and below for the 5k, an indication of the standard of experienced runner attending.
Newry runners Kevin O’Callaghan and Gary Beattie attended using the 5k as a build up to their BGM 10k on Sunday 16th May.
Paddy Hamilton continued with his blistering pace throughout the 5k and finished in a time of 14:47 which is an average race pace of 4 minutes 45 seconds per mile. Shane Kerr was second in 15:50 and Daniel Diamond third in 15:54. Although Paddy finished over one minute clear of the rest of the field the following six places were taken within 11seconds.
The top ten were.1st Paddy Hamilton, 2nd Shane Kerr, 3rd Daniel Diamond, 4th Don Travers, 5th Dermot Kerr, 6th Barry Monaghan, 7th Stephen Williamson, 8th Andrew Hicks, 9th Andrew McKee, 10th Maurice McMahon.
Race organizer NCR’s Chairman Dermot Mathers, who couldn’t attend the night due to illness, said “…a lot of hard work was put in on the night by certain individuals who stepped up to the plate and delivered. Big thanks to Dermot Winters and the NCR Crew along with a massive thank you to the Extreme 26 team who helped out immensely on the night. The classy field in attendance made for some excellent times and a successful night for Newry City Runners”