Action-packed seven days for East Coast Athletic Club

Callum McIlroy who completed both Larne parkrun and Glenarm 5k.

Callum McIlroy who completed both Larne parkrun and Glenarm 5k.

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East Coast Athletic Club’s junior members were in Glenarm for the Dalriada Junior Duathlon in midweek.

In the 6-8 years race, Rhys McManus, Lukey McIlroy, Keilan McManus, Imogen Taylor, Katie Monaghan, and Maggie Deller all performed well, while in the 9-11 years race Callum McIlroy just missed out on a podium place, claiming fourth.

At Dalriada Glenarm Triathlon, Stephen Millar was first across the line for the club in 1:20:32 (29th place). Danny Hylands wasn’t far behind in 33rd (1:21:37). At the North Coast 10k, Marty McToal ran 52:21 to secure 53rd overall.

Dalriada 5k and 10k

Allan McCullough was the first club member to finish Friday’s Dalriada 5k, putting in in a top performance to claim ninth in 20:18. Junior star, Matthew McIlroy was next to cross the line in 21:24 taking 12th place overall. Janice Plumb’s time of 22:08 secured a second-place finish in the ladies’ race. Trisha Campbell narrowly missed out on a podium place in 22:57 (4th).

Nikki McNeill took on the tough 10k race and finished in a time of 55:41, securing 10th in the ladies’ category.

Meanwhile, James Robinson ran Saturday’s Kennedy Kane McArthur 10k road race in Dervock in 39:37 (11th).

International athlete Adele Neill was back in action at Sunday’s Lisburn City Triathlon and she performed to her usual top-class standard, completing all three disciplines in 1:09:45 to secure second overall and first place in her category.

Parkrun

The local Larne parkrun enjoyed its largest-ever turnout on Saturday (July 19), largely due to the final 5k run / graduation of East Coast AC’s Jog Larne programme.

A massive 182 athletes took to the start line and it was Corey Urwin who was first runner across the line in 21:05. It was a superb result given that Corey ran the entire course pushing a buggy with not one, but two children inside! Laura Hogg led the ladies home in a new personal best of 22:49.

Callum McIlroy showed no signs of tiredness from his performance at the previous night’s Dalriada 5k race when he covered the course in 25:03, claiming 19th place.

Bradie Hogg followed just three seconds behind, showing that the running talent certainly runs in the family when she joined her mum at the finish area in a time of 25:06 (3rd lady).

Sandy Plumb secure 23rd place in 25:50, closely followed by Karl Joyce who achieved a new personal best of 25:57 (24th place).