Maxwell claims top spot at Mourne Way marathon race

East Coast AC's Justin Maxwell on his way to winning the Mourne Way marathon on Saturday. INLT 24-901-CON
East Coast AC's Justin Maxwell on his way to winning the Mourne Way marathon on Saturday. INLT 24-901-CON
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East Coast’s Justin Maxwell was victorious in Saurday’s 26extreme Mourne Way Marathon.

In horrible conditions, Maxwell started off well, but it wasn’t until the seven-mile mark that he began to move clear. He reached the finishing area over 20 minutes ahead of his nearest rival, completing the gruelling 26.2-mile course (including 8,000ft of ascent) in an impressive 3:21:00 (1st).

(l-r) Drew Girvin, Corey Urwin, Danny Hylands and Murray Deller who completed the Tri Limits Ironman and Half Ironman. INLT 24-924-CON

(l-r) Drew Girvin, Corey Urwin, Danny Hylands and Murray Deller who completed the Tri Limits Ironman and Half Ironman. INLT 24-924-CON

In the Mourne Way 10k event, Matthew Hewitt took top spot (35:10), while clubmate Lee Stirling crossed the line in 53:00 (44th place).

Triathlons

Danny Hylands, competing in the Tri Limits Ironman event in Dungannon, completed a gruelling 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile cycle, and an amended 28-mile run in 12:35:20, taking fifth place.

At the Tri Limits Half Ironman, (1.2-mile swim, 56-mile cycle, and 13.1-mile run) Drew Girvin finished in 5:35:00, Corey Urwin 5:10:00, and Murray Deller 5:15:00.

In Camlough, Phil Smyth took part in the Crooked Lake Sprint Triathlon (750m swim, 18k cycle, 5k run) finishing in an overall time of 1:23:35 which was enough to secure 295th place. Club friend, Gareth McIntyre covered all three disciplines in 1:29:00 (374th).

Larne parkrun

Also on Saturday, the heavy rain didn’t deter members from taking part in the Larne parkrun.

The free weekly time-trial events cover 5k in local parkland areas. The tough but scenic route starts and finishing at Dixon Hall in Drains Bay.

Andy Guy led the 16-strong East Coast AC contingent home in 18:53 (first place), marking his 10th parkrun with a top result.

Newcomer to the event, Paul Hutchinson followed just behind in 19:10 taking second place.

The impressive and consistent Naoise McLoughlin, who is no stranger to this course, performed well to take 5th place in 20:16.

Naoise was swiftly followed by James Robinson who covered the 3.1 miles in 20:24 (6th place).

Fairhill Five-Mile

Road Race

In midweek, East Coast’s Tracey Shannon joined over 300 athletes for the Fairhill Five-mile Road Race in midweek, completing the course in 47:03 (95th lady).