Maxwell takes fifth spot in Donadea 50k ultra-trail

East Coast Athletic Club's Justin Maxwell (right).
East Coast Athletic Club's Justin Maxwell (right).

Athletes from East Coast AC enjoyed another busy and successful weekend, with no less than 35 club members taking part in local and national events, ranging from 5k to 50k. Several of the local runners also picked up podium places and prizes at their events.

The action kicked off on Saturday, with 16 club members completing the Larne parkrun. Greg Lavery completed the 5k course in 19:42 (second), before Daniel Girvin (20:39) and Drew Girvin (21:35) took third and fourth respectively. Chris Davis continued his training for the upcoming AES Larne Half Marathon, with a 24:13 (11th) finish, while Catherine Maxwell took nearly one minute off her previous best on the course, when crossing the line in 27:41 (3rd lady).

There were also good runs by Patrick Campbell (24th, 27:44), Karen McConnell (4th lady, 27:44), Sandy Plumb (30th, 29:18), Jacque Craig (7th lady, 29:52), Cyndy Hay (8th lady, 32:33), Caeli McLoughlin (9th lady, 32:43), Hannah Girvin (10th lady, 33:07), Leah Girvin (11th lady, 33:07), Angela Burns (12th lady, 34:00) and Caolifhinn McLoughlin (14th lady, 40:45).

East Coast’s Justin Maxwell and Matthew Hewitt travelled to County Kildare for Saturday’s Donadea 50k ultra-trail race, which also incorporated the AAI National 50k Championships. Both men performed well with Maxwell securing fifth (3:17:24), while Hewitt recorded 4:35:19 to take 72nd place.

On Sunday, East Coast AC were well represented at the NiRunning Five-Mile Trail Race in Ballyboley Forest.

James Brown led the black and yellow vests home in 27:09 (3rd place), with Nat Glenn (28:09) following exactly one minute later, securing fourth overall and the Vet40 category prize.

Andy Guy completed the route in 29:11 (8th place), ahead of James Robinson, who ran 30:54 (15th place). Drew Girvin returned in 32:51 (25th place). Allyson O’Toole (33:41), Penny Lindsay (33:57) took second and third in the ladies’ race, follwed by Alex Robertson in 34:20 (34th place). Janice Plumb came home in 34:46 (4th place lady) and alongside the aforementioned O’Toole and Lindsay, secured the ladies team prize for East Coast AC.

Other results: Sharon Smith (18th lady, 41:34), Gillian Leetch-Armstrong (23rd lady, 41:55), Lesley Robinson (24th lady, 42:39), Carol Clarke (25th lady, 43:07), Kelly Deller 45:32 (28th lady, 45:32), Jacqui McLoughlin (29th lady, 46:22), Jacque Craig (36th, 49:19) and Angela Burns (42nd, 54:06).