New club hits the ground running

East Coast Athletic Club's Allyson O'Toole (right) in action at Monday's Dalriada Festival 5k in Glenarm.
East Coast Athletic Club's Allyson O'Toole (right) in action at Monday's Dalriada Festival 5k in Glenarm.

Members of the newly-formed East Coast AC enjoyed their first outing as an officially affiliated club on Monday.

The Larne-based club received official notification of their affiliation with Athletics Northern Ireland this week and had several runners participating in the Dalriada Festival 5k Run in Glenarm.

Nat Glenn, Mark McManus, Martin Taylor and Allyson O’Toole joined almost 80 runners on the start line of the 3.1-mile journey through Glenarm Forest and into the grounds of the scenic Glenarm Castle, before returning to the village and finish line on Altmore Street.

Glenn battled it out at the front with race winner Mark McKinstry (North Belfast Harriers), before claiming a brilliant second place in 17:45. McManus followed in 18:47 (7th place), while Allyson O’Toole (22:04) finished strongly to secure third place in the ladies’ race which was won by Paula McAllister (Ballymena Runners) in 20:40. Taylor continued his consistent and impressive improvement, crossing the line in 27:53 (36th place).

Meanwhile, East Coast AC’s nine-week Couch to 5k programme commences next Tuesday (July 23). Anyone interested in taking part is encouraged to contact the club via email on eastcoastac@gmail.com before Friday (July 19).

Don’t miss this week’s Larne Times for more photos from Monday’s Dalriada Festival 5k. Available on Wednesday.