Another busy weekend of varied events for BST members
Fire and Ice Ultra- Iceland
Blood, Sweat and Tears member Shane Mullan took on an impressive multi day ultra running event covering 250km in Iceland. In the 6 day event Shane and the other competitors from across the globe had to be totally self reliant and had to carry with them everything they would need to cover the challenging Icelandic terrain, including food, water, clothing and medical equipment. Starting in the centre of the volcanic highlands the route covers some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Shane finished in a strong 6th position in a total of time of 28 hours and 51 minutes.
Mark Farquhar finished 6th overall in a time of 20 mins. Jason Kelly, Keith Hardy, Esther Hardy and Mucky Pup Lewis Farquhar also running. Over 400 competitors ran in the event which started at The Rowan Tree and went into forest trails with 2 large steep hills and finishing back at the Rowantree. The event was organised by Pomeroy Runners, with all proceeds going to Ronald McDonald Foundation.
Tiny Life 10 Miler
Held in aid of the premature baby charity Tiny Life, this 10 mile race took runners along the Portadown to Newry Towpath and out onto country roads. Steven Cairns ran a fantastic race in a time of 1.05, finishing 8th overall. Keith Hardy was 11th over all in a time of 1.07, Ester Hardy 1.24, Wendy Dunlop 1.26.
Stenaline Sprint Triathalon
On Saturday 3rd September sister in laws Dervla Weir and Joanne Weir competed in a Sprint Triathalon which consisted of a 750m swim, 20km bike 5k run . The event was held in Valley Leisure Cntre in Newtownabbey with the swim taking place inside the centre pool, followed by a very hilly bike route and finishing along the local 5k park run route. This was the first time the girls had taken on the longer sprint distance having previously competed in the shorter super sprint events.
Tour of Orchard County
Gary Kidney competed in the 62mile event which is now in its 5th consecutive year. The event started and finished in the Armagh City Hotel and traveled throughout County Armagh. With heavy rain for most of the day and strong head wind for the cyclist to battle it proved a challenging route for most.
Following on from their success at Ironman Lanzarote Keith Weir and Gary McClean travelled to Cork to compete in the Irish Middle Distance Championships in Kenmare, Cork. After completing the half Iron distance Keith said ' We both finished strong and both gained personal best times on a hilly, technical course with the added bonus of heavy rain and strong gusts of wind to challenge us even further'. Keith finished in a superb time of 4.57 and was delighted to finish in a sub 5 hour time. Gary completed the course in a strong time of 6.13.
Pretty Muddy Race for Life
Bronagh Stockman, Susan O'Neil and Gail Ryan took part in the Race for Life, pretty muddy edition. Which was a 5k event with added mud, water and obstacles. The event was held in Ormeau Park in Belfast in aid of Cancer Research UK.
BST members busy fortnight
Blood, Sweat and Tears members have been very busy this past fortnight, competing in various events held right around the province.
Bst member Darren Warnock completed a massive challenge of running four marathons in four days days in a row at the Quadrathon in Donegal. The combined distance was a massive 104.8 miles in total and Darren was running for 19hours 41 mins in total. Each day was a challenge in itself covering some difficult and very hilly terrain so to complete the full marathon of 26.2 miles each day was a fantastic achievement. Darren received a special medal after each days events which clipped together to make a huge plaque which will no doubt take pride of place on the mantle piece. This is the second year in a row that Darren has completed this amazing event.
The Lurig Challenge
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of The Lurig Challenge, the event certainly held up to its name as seven members of BST travelled to Cushendall to compete in this gruelling event. Held as part of the Cushendall summer festival, the runners were supported by hundreds of supporters as they made their way up and down the Lurig Mountain. Keith Clarke had a fantastic run holding onto 13th place in a very fast time of 33.52. Julie Gallagher was first home for the BST ladies in a time of 52.42, followed by Declan Mulholland 55.31, Susan O’Neil 56.11, Vicky Lawson 56.13 and Paula Mulholland 57.06.
Monaghan 10 Miler
Following from their gruelling run at the Lurig the previous day, four members of BST also travelled to Monaghan to complete the ever popular 10 miler. Vicky Lawson and Paula Mulholland were the first BST members home finishing together in a super time of 1.32. They were followed closely by Julie Gallagher in a time of 1.37 and Susan O’Neil 1.43.
Joanne McDonald and Derlva Weir completed in their first ever triathlon at Ballyronan Marina. The super sprint distance consisted of a 750m swim in Lough Neigh, a 20km cycle finished with a 5km run. This was a challenging event for anyone new to triathlon as the swim was a mass start and both Joanne and Dervla done very well. Making a welcome return to triathlon Nicola McIvor Henry completed in a sprint distance in Portaferry, the sprint has distances of a 900m swim in Strangford Lough, 21.5km cycle and a 5km run.
Keith Hardy ran a superb time of 36.51, followed by his wife Ester in a time of 47.19 and Natalie Kelly finishing in a time of 50.43. Mark Farquhar was in great running form and was looking set for a very fast time but unfortunately suffered a calf injury and had to pull up.
Dambusters Half Marathon
Held in the picturesque area of Silent Valley Mountain Park, the 5th annual race took competitors through dramatic mountain scenery and some tough hilly climbs. Symon Ferguson finished in a great time of 2.13 and this was his very first half marathon. Also running were Susan O’Neil and Paula Mulholland crossing the line together in a time of 2.06, a very strong time for a difficult half marathon.
Donegal Half Marathon
Vicky Lawson continuing her successful training for Dublin marathon later this year completed the Donegal Half marathon gaining a Personal Best over the 13.2miles with a time of 2.23.
Gael Force West
Bst member Micheal McCrory tackled the mighty Gael Force West a massive 67km adventure race that had a variety of elements including mountain running, kayaking and cycling. The race brought competitors over different terrains including roads, beaches, trails and bogs. A fantastic achievement taking in some beautiful scenery in Connemara.
Slieve Donard Training Night
Several members took to climbing Slieve Donard at night by torch light as part of the training for up coming event ‘The Gallion Hallion’ a 40 hour endurance event which will take place at Slieve Gallion in December
St Swithans 10k
on Friday night past Karle Farquhar, Bronagh Stockman, Orlagh Brownlow and Stephanie Henry competed in the St Swithans 10k.
Wendy Dunlop took part in this event and with a strong field of female runners came 13th.
On fantastic running form Stephanie Henry claimed 3rd lady finisher at the Boots Chemist 5k held at MUSA which was a charity event in aid of Children in need.
BST 24 July Female Winners
RichText.The ladies field was won by regular Kathleen Diver with Helen Perry second and local girl Sandra McKeown Third.
BST 24 July 16 Male Winners
Sunday 24th July saw Noel Tierney home first in the Blood Sweat & Tears Race. Second place was previous winner Barry McCarroll and third place was local man Denis Cush. The ladies field was won by regular Kathleen Diver with Helen Perry second and local girl Sandra McKeown Third.
Peadar Cleans Up...
Blood, Sweat and Tears have taken 5 of the top spots at local obstacle race Mud Madness, continuing on from their success at the same venue in April.
Peader McCall has taken 1st place in the 2pm race with a massive 10 minute lead on the second place. What is even more impressive is the fact that he ran a half marathon the same morning and the day before he was 1st at Hell and Back in Wicklow!
Peader travelled to Hell and Back, Wicklow on Saturday morning with fellow BST member Kerry Graham who also completed the grueling 10k course. Considered one of the toughest obstacle races in Ireland as the course is set on the Little Sugar Loaf mountain. Peader lead from the start, managing to claim another victory for BST. On Sunday morning Peader completed 13.1 miles around the hilly Carrickmore in Tyrone's first ever official marathon, organised by The Mary Anderson Foundation. He joined over 800 other competitors getting covered in paint at the event and managed to clock a Personal Best time of 1.36. Brain Hackett completed the full 26.2 miles in a time of 4 hours.
Blood, Sweat and Tears had a fantastic day at Mud Madness, as well as Peader's win in the 2pm race 4 of the top spots also belongs to BST members in the 11am race. 1st placed male was Daniel O'Neill in a very fast time of 47.41. Anne Killen was 1st lady for the 3rd time. 2nd place male was Paul Henry 48.22, with Mark Farquhar close behind in 48.38 to take 3rd place. BST ladies had a fantastic run with Joanne Weir coming 5th female in a time of 1.16 and Cynthia Clarke 7th female. Niall McGinty finished in a time of 1.14.
These absolutely fantastic results are testimony to the hard work and training put in by all members of BST. Well done everyone
Mucky Pups 23rd August 2015
Mucky Pup Event
On Sunday 23rd August local extreme running club Blood, Sweat and Tears held a kids only adventure trail and obstacle course race in Parkanaur Forest Park, Dungannon. Over 250 children ran in the event and everyone had a lot of fun despite the wet weather.
The event consisted of three separate races for ages 3-15 years, on new extended courses the Mucky Pups began the race with a trail run through the forest, encountering many natural obstacles along the route including, logs, bogs and plenty of mud pits. Circling back to the green they had to over come a specially designed obstacle course featuring skips full of water, cargo nets, pipes, climbing frames and hay bales before running to the finish line to claim their bespoke Mucky Pup medal. All children were very wet, dirty and tired by the time they finished but the smiles on their faces showed how much they loved taking part.
All the children are winners for simply taking part and completing the races, in a digital world it can be hard to get children off the sofa, but taking part in an event like this can really boost their confidence. The first three children past the line in each age category got a small trophy. In the age 3-6 category 1st boy was Samual Arnold, 2nd Cillian O'Sullivan and 3rd Lance Clarke. 1st girl was Amelia Sheehan, 2nd Ellie Costelloe and 3rd Alex Farquhar. The 7-11 age category saw some great racing between the boys on the obstacle course 1st was Eoghan McNicholl, 2nd Alex Ledley and 3rd Joe McNicholl. For the girls, 1st place was Molly Hughes, 2nd Aisling Crush and 3rd Ruby Brownes. The last race of the day was the 12-15 years group, they had a very challenging course which consisted of approximately half of the adult course held in November. 1st male was Adam Giles, 2nd Jordan Henry and 3rd Pater Crush, 1st female was Chloe Brisbane, 2nd Aoife Hagan and 3rd Rachael McMenemy. Congratulations to all the Mucky Pups and the prize winners.
Children were also treated to a BBQ and family fun day with plenty to keep them entertained with bouncy castles, wrecking ball, fire brigade and pet owl. The event was raising money for Matthews Friends who provided the race packs, the charity supports parents and children on the Ketogenic diet which can help control some drug resistant epilepsy.
The committee would like to that everyone who supported the event and helped in anyway, without whom the event could not have taken place.
BST 10k & Mucky Pups 22/2/15
On Sundays 22nd February over 500 adults and 230 children descended on Parkanaur Forest Park outside Dungannon to take on BST’s toughest course to date. Despite the cold and what seemed like never ending rain, spirits where not dampened and the participants waded through many mud pits, crossed freezing cold rivers, climbed walled and crawled under cargo nets and that was just the kids! In an increasing technology dependant culture BST feel strongly about getting the kids out doors and back into nature, and it would seem lots of parents agree. The youngest taking part were just 3 years old with the oldest up to 15. The courses ranged from 1 mile for the little ones with the older group tackled the first zone of the adult race before all completed the obstacle course at the end. Cold and shivering they received a well-earned medal and hot chocolate to warm up. BST are very proud of the children who took part as there are many adults who wouldn’t have ventured outside in that rain! The chosen charity for the Mucky Pups event was NI Cancer Fund for Children.
Next up was the adult race. Conditions had cleared slightly by midday and when the 500 participants headed out of the court yard and out onto the course. In less than 1 kilometre into the river they went in a series of river crossings before heading up ‘heart attack hill’. The course weaved through out the forest, through waist deep mud, chest height water and up and down as many hill repeats as the team could squeeze in. After 10k of this, the weary folk who were freezing and covered in mud attempted the obstacle course with 8 foot high walls and skips filled with water. A bespoke medal and warm food made it all worthwhile at the finish line. Winning male was Mark McCann in a fantastic time of 1.05 and top lady was Kathleen Diver, who also topped the leader board in Novembers Race. Everyone who took part are winners to BST, especially those out on the course over 3 hours.
Blood, Sweat and Tears would like to thank all participants, spectators and marshals who all worked hard over the preceding days and weeks to make the event run with such success.
February saw 17 members of Blood, Sweat and Tears taking on the pinnacle of Obstacle Course Racing Tough Guy The Original. The members plus two support crew travelled to Wolverhampton to test themselves again the mastermind behind the event Mr Mouse. Anxiety was high as the team toed the start line along with 5000 other likeminded competitors to face a 5mile country run with some of the steepest hill reps they have faced, endless cargo nets and 20 head height ditches that competitors had to pull each other out from. What sets this event apart form others is the obstacle Heavy Killing fields, where the fun really begins. 40 foot obstacles, underground tunnels, electric shocks, barbed wire and energy zapping mud really tested even the fittest competitors. Having survived so far the team had to swim across a pond and dunk their heads 5 times under the freezing cold water, climb another 40 foot obstacle this time with the wind cutting through their wet clothes like knives, then walk off a plank and jump back into the cold water. At this point, heads where fuzzy from the cold and the heat was draining from their bodies. Its no wonder over 1500 failed to finish the course, with St John Ambulance tents full with casualties and those suffering hypothermia. All BST members made it to the finish to claim their horse brass medal, but not without a few cuts, bumps and bruises. First lady to cross the line for BST was Anne Killen who finished the course in an impressive 2.22 to claim 9th female finisher a great achievement again a very strong female field, this has qualified Anne for a place at the Obstacle Course Race World Championships in Cincinnati in November. Male BSt member leading the team was Keith Clarke who finished in an excellent time of 1.56, just 19minutes behind the winner and world champion Johnathon Albon. Shane Mullan and Gail Ryan were also top 50 finishers, a great run amongst such a large crowd. Daniel o’neill, Jason Kelly, Clive Arnold, Mark Farquhar and Peadar McCaul all made it home in under 3 hours, with Julie keating, Dave Wiley, Paul henry, Cynthia Clarke, William Glendinning and David Henry not far behind. Fighting the cold and showing great determation to finish where Natalie Kelly and Ruth Arnold who finished in a time of 4.17. All freezing, shivering with muck in their hair a proud team made the 8pm flight back to Belfast. BST committee are very proud of their members for completing such a brutal race and they enjoyed the feezing comditions several members have already signed up for 2016! RichText.
BST 22 Feb 2015
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Anne and Keith Qualify for OCR World Championships
BST's Anne Killen and Keith Clarke have recently qualified for Obstacle Course Racing World Championships. Anne finished 8th and Keith finished 19th at Tough Guy OCR recently held in Wolverhampton. The OCR World Championships will take place later this year on 17th/18th October in Cincinnati, USA.
Tough Guy 2015
Sunday 1st February saw 17 members of Blood, Sweat and Tears taking on the pinnacle of Obstacle Course Racing Tough Guy The Original. The members plus two support crew travelled to Wolverhampton to test themselves again the mastermind behind the event Mr Mouse. Anxiety was high as the team toed the start line along with 5000 other likeminded competitors to face a 5mile country run with some of the steepest hill reps they have faced, endless cargo nets and 20 head height ditches that competitors had to pull each other out from. What sets this event apart form others is the obstacle Heavy Killing fields, where the fun really begins. 40 foot obstacles, underground tunnels, electric shocks, barbed wire and energy zapping mud really tested even the fittest competitors. Having survived so far the team had to swim across a pond and dunk their heads 5 times under the freezing cold water, climb another 40 foot obstacle this time with the wind cutting through their wet clothes like knives, then walk off a plank and jump back into the cold water. At this point, heads where fuzzy from the cold and the heat was draining from their bodies. Its no wonder over 1500 failed to finish the course, with St John Ambulance tents full with casualties and those suffering hypothermia. All BST members made it to the finish to claim their horse brass medal, but not without a few cuts, bumps and bruises. First lady to cross the line for BST was Anne Killen who finished the course in an impressive 2.22 to claim 9th female finisher a great achievement again a very strong female field, this has qualified Anne for a place at the Obstacle Course Race World Championships in Cincinnati in November. Male BSt member leading the team was Keith Clarke who finished in an excellent time of 1.56, just 19minutes behind the winner and world champion Johnathon Albon. Shane Mullan and Gail Ryan were also top 50 finishers, a great run amongst such a large crowd. Daniel o’neill, Jason Kelly, Clive Arnold, Mark Farquhar and Peadar McCaul all made it home in under 3 hours, with Julie keating, Dave Wiley, Paul henry, Cynthia Clarke, William Glendinning and David Henry not far behind. Fighting the cold and showing great determation to finish where Natalie Kelly and Ruth Arnold who finished in a time of 4.17. All freezing, shivering with muck in their hair a proud team made the 8pm flight back to Belfast. BST committee are very proud of their members for completing such a brutal race and they enjoyed the feezing comditions several members have already signed up for 2016! .
Tough Guy 2015
A Review of 2014
Blood Sweat & Tears (BST) an extreme running club now their 2nd year who train regularly in Parkanaur & other local forest parks. The club organise & compete in many different sporting events throughout the country and further afield. To date the club has raised over £30K for charity supporting SANDS, SOFT, Friends of the Cancer Centre, Clic Sargant & Speedwell.
2014 was a very busy year for members taking part in various events.
January - 11 members travelled to Wolverhampton to take on the original & toughest 15K of its kind - Tough Guy. Competitors faced cold water, 40 ft obstacles, tight spaces & electric shocks. Everyone made it through safely and they enjoyed the torture so much, 21 members are going back this year for more!
April – Members participated in the Jaffa Cake Mud Madness, and it was a very successful day for BST. For the 2nd year in a row our Chairman & caption Keith Clarke claimed victory, Anne Killen was 1st lady to finish. Peader McCall took 2nd place, while Gail Ryan came in 3rd. Keith also decided to give the afternoon race a go and finished 5th.
May –Our member and newly elected Vice-Chair for 2015, Keith Murphy was diagnosed with leukaemia in January 2014. The club organised many fund rising events for Friends of the Cancer Centre and Clic Sargent who supported Keith through his illness. A table quiz, raffle and cake sale together with members taking part in Belfast Marathon, raised a huge amount of money. BST had several people tackling the full 26.2 miles in Belfast, also relay teams and even 6 crazy men who not only cycled from Dungannon to Belfast but then pushed wheelbarrows around the course.
June - This month was a very busy month with our sister club Trilimits Ironman & half ironman triathlons taking place. With a lot of training done over the past few months we had some of our members competing in both distances. Paul Henry & Mark Farquhar, Karle Farquhar tackled the gruelling full iron distance. While Keith Weir, Jason Kelly and Brian Hackett completed the half iron distance. Two relay teams also completed the ironman distance, these were Joanne Millar swimming, Emma-Jane Earls biking & Janine Martin running. Cynthia Clarke swimming, Keith Kirkland biking & Nicola McIvor-Henry running. Clic Sargent was the chosen charity for these triathlons.
Also the same day Gail Ryan, Clive Arnold, Nuala Grogan Philip Anderson and Paula Donaghy look to the Mournes to complete the Mourne Way Marathon in extremely difficult conditions.
22nd June saw BST’s second event taking place, the fantastic Run for The Hill’s in Pomeroy with over 600 people taking part. Another very successful event raising over £24K for SOFT.
Mucky Pups, BSTs junior group was launched, with the extreme runners of the future enjoying the challenge.
July – BST’s award night. Liking to do things a little bit different the club had their Christmas Party night in the summer. Christmas jumpers, Secret Santa and crackers!
Several members travelled back to Wolverhampton this time to take part in Nettle Warrior, as the name would suggest there were a few nettles involved along with the obstacles. Anne Killen, claimed 1st lady to finish.
This month also saw some members taking part in Run Mucker Run in Antrim and also Trilimit’s Cookstown half marathon and 10k.
September – The Causeway Marathon saw the largest turn out of our members at an event, there was something for all abilities – 1st off was the 6 members tackling the Ultra Marathon (40 miles) setting off at 6am from Portstewart Strand, next up was the Marathon starting at Portbalintrae, then the Half Marathon started at Carrick-a-rede rope bridge and finally the 10K starting at Dunseverick.
The second Mud Madness event of the year also took place this month with several of our members taking part, as well as the local road race Felix 10K.
October – Keith Murphy took part in The Wall Duathlon coming in 7th overall. On the same day Peadar McCall came in 1st at Hell and Back in Sligo. He was accompanied by a few members dressed as Ninja Turtles.
BST members became Zombies for the day to chase terrified competitors at the Jungle NI.
Several members also completed in a triathlon with a difference at the Power up the Tower event, where competitors had to run up the flights of stairs in The Obel, NI’s tallest building. The GR8 Dundrum run was also attended by BST members.
November – This was a busy month getting organised for our event with our 1st ever Mucky Pup’s event taking place which was sold out within weeks for launching. The adult race extreme 10K was also a sell out event. Bespoke medals & non-alcoholic beer went down a real treat at the finish line. Mucky Pups event was also a great success with all the kids having great fun in the muck and through the obstacles.
Some members also attended the difficult terrain of Sperrin Harriers 10k in Davagh Forest.
December – With a busy year coming to an end BST did things a little different again by having a BBQ Hawaii themed night out. Mucky Pup road trip to the North Coast was a great day out with a trip to jet centre and a visit from Santa.
The club also made several accents of Slieve Donard in the dark!
Congratulation to all BST members who have done some incredible work this year, competing in some seriously tough events, raising thousands of pounds for charity and organising several very successful events, which takes a lot of work behind the scenes. Here’s to 2015 for some more crazy antics! Find us on facebook Blood Sweat & Tears or at www.bstextreme.com
Mud Madness Winners
BSTs Keith Clarke and Anne Killen won first male and first female at Mud Madness recently. This is the third year in a row that BST Chairman Clarke has led the way at Mud Madness. Well done Keith!!
Well Done Keith & Anne
Mucky Pups event
Mucky Pups event on Saturday 22nd November @ 9.30am. Kids 1mile trail run up to the age of 16 years old.
Run For The Hills was a massive success on Saturday 21st June. over 600 compeitors took part in the second BST event in Pomeroy Forest. The winner was Matthew Hewwitt from County Armagh finishing in an impressive time of 46 mins. First female finished was Ruth Hill also from County Armagh. Check out our gallery for some images...
BST membership is now open to anyone wishing to get involved in some running with a hint of fun. Open to all levels of fitness we will cater for your needs. Membership will cost £50 per year. This will include a members hoodie (design pic to be uploaded later), Insurance and running all year with the BST crew. No weekly fees!! Alternatively, you can pay per week £5. Our training schedule will be published on Training Schedule page on website !!! For more details use contact form on website