Brady leads the way for Larne AC runners at Malcolm Cup

Larne AC's Davy Henderson, Diane Hunter, Rhonda Brady, Heather Baxter and Bernard Brady at the Malcolm Cup in Ballyclare. INLT 50-917-CON
Larne AC's Davy Henderson, Diane Hunter, Rhonda Brady, Heather Baxter and Bernard Brady at the Malcolm Cup in Ballyclare. INLT 50-917-CON

Five Larne AC runners took part in the Malcolm Cup meet on Saturday, supported by Annadale Striders.

The race was part of the cross country league and took place at the Six Mile Water Park in Ballyclare.

The combined ladies and vets race over three miles consisted of three laps of the park. Bernard Brady ran a very strong race and was the first Larne AC runner home in 17:27, 12th place overall. It was another great performance from Bernard after a very successful outting at the Seeley Cup the previous week.

Rhonda Brady was first lady home in 21:08, 87th place, bettering her last year’s time by almost one minute.

Davy Henderson 23:40, 131st stormed home and just pipped Heather Baxter to the post. Heather, who is the club’s distance race specialist, was testing her spikes out in a rare foray into cross country racing. She clocked 23:41 (132nd), whist Diane Hunter was the final Larne AC member to cross the finish line in 27:58 (163rd). This was a great run for Diane as she had taken part in the Larne parkrun earlier in the day.

Larne AC would like to give a special mention to Lyndsey Haggan who accompanied them to the meet and had a great run and clocked 22:25 (PB) 106th. Also we would like to thank all of the local clubs that supported and encouraged all of their runners during the race.

Larne Parkrun

At the Larne parkrun, the club had another large turnout with 14 runners taking part in the weekly 5k timed run.

Phelim McAllister was first finisher in 18:22, with Nigel Kane and Martin Keane both running strongly to finish third and fourth in 20:19 and 20:49, respectively.

Paul Tilson clocked a course personal best of 21:40, showing a return to form after a long-term injury.

Aaron Mulvenna completed his first Larne parkrun in an excellent time of 22:29, while Patricia Blair was first lady home for the fourth occasion in a time of 22:50. Julieanne Keane was second lady finisher in 24:39, with Julie Allen finishing third lady in a personal best 25:51.

Diane Hunter and Roberta and Roger Barham were also first timers over the course and all ran very strongly with times of 27:29, 29:39 and 30:31 respectively.

Lousie Moore had a great run and finished in 30:46, with Irene Beattie close behind in 32:35.

Mel Priest completed her third Larne parkrun in 55 minutes.