Clarke claims gold at Irish Half-Marathon Championships

David Clarke won the Vet 55 Category at the recent Irish Half Marathon Championships. INLT 32-920-CON
David Clarke won the Vet 55 Category at the recent Irish Half Marathon Championships. INLT 32-920-CON

Larne man David Clarke won the Vet 55 Category at the recent Irish Half Marathon Championships. The victory comes at a great time for North Belfast Harriers runner Clarke who is set to compete in the Berlin Marathon on September 27.

Not to be outdone by her husband, David’s wife Carol Clarke took part in the Cookstown Half Marathon on Sunday (August 2).

Carol is currently lying second in her category in the half-marathon series with one race to go. She timed 1:55 in arguably on of the toughest races of the series.

Another local, Nat Glenn, is finding form again, this time at the Milk 5-mile Road Race in Ballymoney on Friday. Glenn was fourth overall and won the Vet 50 category in a time of 28:06.

Penny Lindsay, now back racing, won the V45 category in a time of 34:16 and a 40-second PB. Bernadette Campbell, who decided to race at the last minute because she had missed a training session the previous night, also set a PB in a time of 37:24.

Friends of the group, Paul Hutchinson, training for the Dublin marathon, set another PB in 30:27. Sean McAllister, a man on the comeback trail, ran 32:43. Ruth Kelly, also training for the Dublin Marathon, finished in 43:11.

At Saturday’s Larne parkrun, Matthew McIlroy ran 20:40, while Callum McIlroy clocked 21:34. Janice Plumb finished the 5k event in 22:06.

At the recent Dalriada festival races John Black came second (35.44) in the 10k and David Clarke timed 37.49. Penny Lindsay was second female overall in 43.42.

In the 5k, Nat Glenn was fifth in 17.51, and Matthew McIlroy set a PB of 19.35.