Marathon effort from Larne AC

Andy Guy, David Noble and Alan Poag before Monday's Belfast Marathon
Andy Guy, David Noble and Alan Poag before Monday's Belfast Marathon

Monday’s Belfast Marathon proved a popular event for local runners with Larne Athletic Club fielding 11 participants.

Andy Guy produced an excellent performance to lead the local athletes home in 2:57:18, finishing well below the three-hour barrier, and he was followed by the ever-consistent Phelim McAllister in 2:58:53 and official Belfast City Marathon three-hour pacer Justin Maxwell, who fulfilled his role perfectly, crossing the line as the clock struck 2:59:00, meaning that his followers achieved their sub-3:00:00 finish. Billy Thompson covered the distance in a superb 3:05:49.

The club’s ladies’ relay team, which included Rhonda Montgomery, Rhonda Brady, Trisha Campbell, Bernadette Campbell and Ruth Wilson finished as third-placed female team in 3:19:21 (37th place overall, out of 1,900 teams).

Bert Shaw followed in 3:19:49, with John McManus (3:23:30), who was completing his third marathon in a month, just behind. Kirsty Sharratt ran an excellent race, clocking the second-fastest time ever by a Larne AC lady over 26.2 miles. She crossed the line in an excellent 3:25:33. Paul Tilson battled well through the closing miles to finish in 3:51:59, before Alan Poag (4:14:13), David Noble (4:29:26) and Andrew Carson (4:38:07) completed the course.

On Saturday, Andy Gregg, Bryan Magee and Corey Urwin took part in the Annalong Horseshoe Mountain Race - a 13.1-mile journey through the Mourne Mountains and includes 1,550m of ascended terrain. Gregg was first home in 2:37:39 (19th place), with Magee finishing close behind in 2:41:13 (23rd place). Urwin continued his return to competition with a 2:50:00 (31st place) finish.

Elsewhere, Amy Beggs and Eddie Finn took on the 26extreme Lost Worlds Causeway Crossing. This was a 100k foot race from Waterfoot, across the Moyle Way and onto the Casueway Coast, finishing at Larrybane Quarry, close to Carrick-a-Rede rope-bridge. Amy completed the gruelling course in 15:46:30, to claim third place prize in the ladies’ category. Unfortunately, Eddie had to withdraw at 70k due to a knee injury.

On Sunday, Heather Baxter completed the Cincinnati Marathon in America. Despite the hilly course, Heather managed to run a new personal best of 3:48:29, smashing her previous 26.2-mile best by over 10 minutes.