East Down AC Report For Sunday 24th March 2024

East Down runners have a quiet weekend – for a change

East Down runners took part in the Portadown Running Festival Half Marathon

Sunday morning saw athletes from across N Ireland heading to Portadown for the annual running festival, which involves a 10k and half marathon.

The Half Marathon starts and finishes at Portadown Rugby club with the fast flat route taking in one large loop of the People’s Park.

The start of the Portadown Running Half Marathon.

A number of runners would have been using this race as final preparation for the London and Belfast Marathons.

EDAC had two runners taking on the Half Marathon, Gordy Graham has had not had a competitive race in over seven months and was not sure what form he was in. With a top quality field Gordy will be very happy with his fourth position and a time of 1 hr 13 min 33 sec. This was great running which works out at 3 min 31 sec per Kilometer !

Portadown Festival of Running 2024: Dee Murray can be seen working his way through the runners on the left.

And Dee Murray also toed the line for the Half Marathon, an old hand at this distance.

Dee ran a steady 1 hr 28 min 39 sec in 101st position out of 684 runners. This was a great preparation for the Manchester Marathon in April.

A great effort from both of the guys. Well done!