Nine Larne Athletic Club members were among almost 15,000 runners taking part in the 33rd Dublin Marathon last week. Despite the cold, and at times breezy conditions, several ran personal bests.
Justin Maxwell, running his second marathon in three days, continued his current form, completing the 26.2-mile course in 2:42:21. Paul Gaskell, now a regular sub-three hour finisher, ran an impressive 2:56:49, while Phelim McAllister clocked 2:59:33.
John McManus recorded 3:15:50, ahead of David Noble, who ran 3:37:17. Ruth Harrison (3:37:59) produced a notable performance, while Elaine Hall returned to the marathon distance, running 4:06:29. John McCann, who ran a strong race, finished in 4:12:21 before Declan McGaughey, running his first-ever marathon crossed the line in 4:18:43.
Special mention must also go to Peter Grimes (4:03:44) from Ballygally and Janice White (4:03:41) from Larne who also completed the race.
On Saturday, eight Larne AC members participated in the 78th McConnell Shield in Ballyclare. In the Ladies’ three-mile race, Geraldine Quigley (20:28) led the red, white and black vests home, finishing 19th in a high quality field. Rhonda Brady followed in 22:02 (35th place), with Ruth Wilson (39th place – 22:23) just behind.
In the Men’s five-mile race, Andy Guy completed the course in 29:52 (27th place) - enough to secure second place in the Vet35 category. Club chairman Andy Gregg was next to finish, clocking 31:31 (42nd place), while Nigel Kane (60th place – 33:00) and Dublin Marathon finisher Noble (65th place – 33:27) crossed the line close together.
Paul Tilson, having completed the Waterworks 5km Parkrun (20:23) earlier that morning, showed true strength, covering the tough XC course in 35:32 (83rd place).
At the ECOS Parkrun in Ballymena, Robin Alexander continued his excellent progress, running 28:37 (58th place) for the 5km time trial.
Larne AC is always on the lookout for new members. If you run, or would like to start running please visit the club website at www.larneac.co.uk for information on club runs and training times.