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