Athletics: Cracker win for Maxwell

Larne Athletic Club's Bernard Brady and Phelim McAllister at the Castlewellan Christmas Cracker.

Larne Athletic Club's Bernard Brady and Phelim McAllister at the Castlewellan Christmas Cracker.

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A record number of Larne Athletic Club members ran in the Castlewellan Christmas Cracker in County Down on Saturday. The event requires runners to pair up and race as a team, with the added stipulation that they must cross the line together.

The first Larne runner home, in sixth place, was Justin Maxwell (1:04:32), who was running with Iain Taggart of Ballymena Runners.

Other times: Bernard Brady / Phelim McAllister 1:05:28 (11th); James McIlroy / Craig Hutchinson 1:06:44 (12th); Andy Gregg / Andy Guy 1:07:14 (18th); Wayne Morrow / Ben Morrow 1:08:51 (21st); Greg Lavery / Paul Hutchinson 1:09:39 (23rd); Billy Thompson / Sammy Drummond, 1:14:51 (48th); Mark McManus / Murray Deller 1:18:31 (70th); Nigel Kane / Bert Shaw 1:18:47 (72nd); James Robinson / David Noble 1:32:16 (150th); Rhonda Brady / Ruth Wilson 1:32:19 (151st); Declan McGaughey / Orla Smyth 1:32:49 (157th); Paul Tilson / Geraldine Quigley 1:32:59 (158th); Heather Baxter / Rhonda Montgomery 1:38:04 (194th); Jenny Magill / Helen Kane 1:42:25 (220th); Jayne Liddle / Mandy Johnston 1:45:27 (230th), Jackie Wallace / Rhonda Wallace 1:46:45 (238th); Ian Brennan / Trevor Gardiner 1:47:44 (246th); Bernie Regan / Elaine Hall 1:53:42 (264th); Amy Beggs / John Neill 1:56:18 (270th); Dan Magill / Gillian Logan 1:59:26 (275th); Robin Alexander / Rhonda Adamson 2:00:06 (276th).