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.

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).