Ballynure Presbyterians put their best foot forward for Ethiopia

Moments after crossing the finishing line at last year's Belfast City Marathon are members of the Ballynure Presbyterian Church Marathon Relay teams pictured with the then Mayor of Belfast, Pat Convery. INNT 02-211-CON
Moments after crossing the finishing line at last year's Belfast City Marathon are members of the Ballynure Presbyterian Church Marathon Relay teams pictured with the then Mayor of Belfast, Pat Convery. INNT 02-211-CON
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Last year Ballynure Presbyterian Church’s four relay teams and six walkers took part in the Belfast City Marathon on May Day Monday for the fifth successive year to help raise funds for their Church Building Fund and Tearfund Ireland.

The A, B, C & D teams - aptly called the Angels, Believers, Converted and Disciples - all enjoyed a memorable day out, and were delighted that their exertions raised much needed funds for such worthy causes.

The Angels, consisting of a mixed team of Darren McAlister, Christine Murray, Russell Hughes, Gary Stitt and Alastair Black were the first Mixed Relay Team and ninth overall out of 2,281 teams with an amazing time of 02:46:59. The full results were - Angels 2:46, Believers 4:18, Converted 4:00 and Disciples 3:45.

The 9-mile walkers consisted of Rev James Rogers, Bertie and Freda Allen, Keiron and Tricia Forbes and Sandra Rowan who all thoroughly enjoyed the day.

Also, congratulations are due to Darren McAlister who completed the first leg and ran on and completed the whole marathon in 2:53, being placed 26th overall out of 2,883 competitors!

Christine Murray, a well known local runner and the Church Marathon Relay Co-ordinator was pleased with the amount of money raised especially considering the economic climate, and she recently handed a cheque for £726.50 to Caroline Bradley of Tearfund Ireland. The money raised will help families who need it most in Ethiopia. These families, as a result of policy, conflict, lack of education, dearth of supplies and poverty, miss out on many of the basic necessities for life.

Read the full story in this week’s Times...