Members of Larne Athletics Club have taken part in a number of parkrun events this week, including Comber, Carrick and Larne.
At Comber, Bobby Boal got a new p.b. finishing in 21.00 with wife Emily finishing in 28.15.
Meanwhile at Carrick, Janine Rainey finished 3rd lady with a new p.b. of 24.27 and Norma Johnston finished in 30.47.
And at Larne, James Topping was first home for the club finishing 4th in 21.32 with Gabriel Rodgers 6th in a new p.b. of 21.55.
Andrew Beattie was next in 22.16 followed by Karl Simpson in a new p.b. of 25.23.
Ian Brennan finished in 26.08, Ashlynn Rodgers in 26.14 & Erin Beattie ran a p.b. of 26.26. Stephen McManus was next home in 27.58 followed by 1st timer Rory McGregor in 28.16. Helen Kane, Laura Brennan & Angeline Davidson were the next finishers in times of 30.04, 30.54 & 31.51.
Karen Robinson finished in 32.59, Cathy Baston was a 1st timer with a time of 33.09 & Clare Wilson & Tina McAuley both ran p.bs with times of 34.46 & 34.47. Irene Beattie was next in 36.54 & Sharon Lynn-McGregor ran a new p.b. of 46.13. Mairi McGregor finished in 51.38, Noreen Guiller 51.39 & Davy Henderson in 51.39.
On Monday, August 18 Bryan Magee took part in the annual ‘Twin Peaks’ 4.5k race in Cargan.
He clocked 17:33 and finished 5th overall claiming the 2nd male vet prize. Great running on a very tough course.
On Saturday, 10 Larne AC members braved the short but rocky ferry journey to compete in the 2014 Rathlin Run. The sun was shining on arrival in Church Bay to greet over 200 runners and their supporters.
The 10-mile race started close to Rathlin’s picturesque harbour taking runners uphill to follow a gruelling, undulating route out to Seabird Viewpoint near West Lighthouse.
This gave runners the opportunity to ‘take in’ the island whilst being treated to magnificent views of the Antrim Coast and Donegal headlands. Water stations were plentiful and most welcome in the warm but breezy conditions. Phelim McAllister of Larne AC and Andy Guy of East Coast AC led the race from the start with Andy being the eventual winner in a time of 01:02:39.
Phelim was first home for Larne AC finishing in 2nd place in a time of 01:03:19. Martan Keane finished in 4th place in a time of 1:10:27, claiming 1st male in the vet 35 category.
Thomas Craig followed closely behind in 5th place in a time of 01:10:46. Nigel Kane was next home for the club finishing in 9th place in a time of 01:12:48 with David Noble finishing in 32nd in a time of 01:19:21.
Juliane Keane finished in 61st place (7th female overall) in a time of 01:26:37, claiming 1st lady in vet 40 category. Elaine Hall completed the Larne AC contingent finishing in 118th place (29th female overall) in a time of 01:40:17.
The 5k event started 15 minutes after the 10 mile event, again taking runners uphill but to the east of the island towards Rue point.
The race was won by Thomas Reid of North Belfast Harriers in a time of 19:00.
First home for Larne AC was Daniel Magill in 10th place in a time of 22:43. Laura McAllister was next home in 17th place (9th female) in a time of 25:22, followed by Kerrianne Kearney in 21st place (12thfemale)in a time of 26:10.
Thankfully the finishing line for both races was close to McCuaig’s Bar which allowed runners to enjoy refreshments after the race.
The Rathlin Run proved to be a running event not to be missed and well worth the rocky ferry journey.