Gregg and Magee tackle tough Tollymore five-mile challenge

Larne Athletic Club's Heather Baxter with Jim Evans and Colin Baxter after the Ballynahinch 10k.
Larne Athletic Club's Heather Baxter with Jim Evans and Colin Baxter after the Ballynahinch 10k.

Larne Athletic Club runners have been in action in two mountain races over the last week.

Andy Gregg and Bryan Magee took part in the second round of the Hill and Dale Series over a five-mile course in Tollymore Forest on Thursday. Gregg finished 23rd in a time of 36:08 and Magee came home in 36:54 (34th).

The pair went again on Saturday in the Mournes for the Commedagh Chase. Magee was 17th (1:13:44), while Dale Smith completed the seven miles in 1:15:04 (22nd).

Gregg was 31st in 1:21:43, while Laura Hamill ran strongly to finish 43rd in 1:36:17. Larne AC would like to wish Laura and Dale best wishes for their wedding on Saturday and every happiness for the future.

Amy Beggs continued her ultra-marathon journey completing the 53-mile Hoka Highland Fling in a time of 13:54:58 (503rd).

At the Antrim parkrun Kirsty Sharratt notched up another first-lady finish with a time of 20:49, with Rhonda Montgomery running strongly to finish in 23:51.

At the Larne parkrun David Murphy was first finisher for the club, coming home in fourth place in a time of 20:21.

Janine Rainey made it a double for the ladies also finishing first in a personal best time of 25:39. Robin Alexander also ran a personal best of 27:45, followed by Gabriel Rodgers, accompanying his daughter, in 27:52.

Kirsten Montgomery and Melissa Whiteside both also achieved personal bests finishing in 28:00 and 28:55 respecitvely.

Geraldine Hastings was next home in 30:02, followed by Irene Beattie in 31:07. Richard Vassey crossed the line in 41:01. Mel Priest and Davy Henderson completed the course in 56:35.

Heather Baxter was first home for Larne AC at Ballynahinch 10k, breaking the 50-minute barrier in 49:41. Jim Evans ran well to finish in 53:09. Colin Baxter, making his 10k debut, also ran strongly to finish in 66:13.

At Easter Monday’s five-mile race in Whitehead, Kirsty Sharratt was chased to the line by Patricia Blair who finished as fourth lady (33:21). Nigel Kane was first club male in 13th overall (29:47).

Other results: Ruth Wilson (35:45, 10th lady); Andrew Beattie (36:09); Bernie Regan, Julie Allen and Alison Magill in 39:50, 39:55 and 40:00 respectively; Jim Evans (41:13); Gillian Given (41:54). Robin Alexander (42:28); Irene Beattie (43:43) Marty McKay(45:57) Amanda Wood (46:36).