Charity will benefit from Spring Tractor Run in Ballymena

right: Alan and James Rainey at the Spring Tractor Run in aid of the Ballymena branch of the Samaritans.

THE Ballymena branch of the Samaritans will benefit from the Spring Tractor Run held in conjunction with the Grassmen.

The Samaritans are trying to raise their profile in the north Antrim area. As a spokesperson explained: “We’re very aware of offering support to rural and farming communities. Rural and farming communities can have particular issues to overcome – the loss of rural facilities, including banks/post offices, transport routes or the threat from Brexit may lead to increased stress.

ABOVE: Nathan Howe and Carolyn Aiken, Ballyclare, at the Spring Tractor Run in aid of the Ballymena branch of the Samaritans.

“Farming is so important to the rural community. The majority of farmers may be small enterprises but they support mechanics and other trades within the community. They are the backbone of rural life, and may be reluctant to discuss their fears for the future, as they do not want to worry family or friends.

“Whenever you need support, even in the middle of the night, a volunteer will be available to listen in total confidentiality. Contact us on 1161232 or email

A spokesman for the Grassmen said: “It’s a really worthwhile cause. The Samaritans is something we feel is very important. If there is a problem and you have issues, there is someone you can reach out to and talk about issues. We’re hoping to do more with the Samaritans going forward. This is the start of it.”

After assembling at Ballymena Market Yard, the roadrunners embarked on an 18-mile route, along Woodside Road; Broughshane Road; Frys Road; Grove Road; Doury Road; Springmount Road; Main Street, Clough; Drumagrove Road; Knockan Road; Broughshane Road and back to the Market Yard on Woodside Road.

right: Ian McIlroy and ‘Farmer Luke’ at the Spring Tractor Run in Ballymena.

The organisers would like to thank all those who took part, and everyone who helped in any way to make the event a success.


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