Girvin powers home at Larne parkrun

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On Saturday September 13, despite a busy weekend of running, local club East Coast AC had 18 athletes taking part at the challenging but popular Larne parkrun.

Daniel Girvin, who participated in the event as part of a duathlon training session, was the first runner to reach the Drains Bay finish line, completing the course in a speedy 19:36.

Junior member, Callum McIlroy again impressed, running a new personal best with a finish time of 21:58 (9th).

Last weekend’s Great North Run finisher Paul Clements was next home, completing the route in 23:54 for 19th place. Less then a minute later (24:37), April Clarke led the East Coast female runners home (2nd female overall) in a new personal best time for the country park course.

Young Harry Plumb also recorded a new personal best, crossing the line with his mum Janice in 25:08 (25th) and 25:09 (4th female) respectively.

Janice and Harry were followed across the line by another impressive junior athlete, Bradie Hogg (25:16), who finished as 5th fastest female.

Martin Conway, who continued his progress, taking 29th in a new personal best time of 25:45.

Like her son Daniel, Glenda Girvin also completed a tough training session by competing in parkrun. Glenda completed the scenic run in 28:39, taking 12th place in the female category.

Doris Kirby and Cyndy Hay added to the list of personal bests, Doris crossing the line in 30:34 (16th), followed by Cyndy in 30:36 (17th).

Junior members Hannah Clements (31:03 - PB), Charlotte Dean (31:08 - PB) and Sarah Girvin (31:59), took 18th, 19th and 20th (female) spots, before Charlotte’s father Mark Dean completed his 5k, taking 53rd place overall in 32:12.

Christine Irwin, who has also shown massive progress lately, was another to finish the course in a new personal best time. Christine completed the route in 34:22 for 25th place.

Mother and daughter, Joirdan and Shirley McGuckin worked hard together, with the junior of the two Joirdan taking 28th place (35:39) in the female category and Shirley 29th (35:41).

Further afield in the Arrow Valley parkrun, (Redditch, England), Peter McManus achieved a massive new personal best for the 5k distance when he clocked 24:33, claiming 73rd place in what was a competitive field.