Noble claims second-place finish at 10-mile Rathlin Run

Larne AC's David Noble finished second at Saturday's Rathlin Run. INLT 28-932-CON
Larne AC's David Noble finished second at Saturday's Rathlin Run. INLT 28-932-CON

Larne Athletic Club’s David Noble continued his build-up to the Galway Marathon, taking second place at the 10-mile Rathlin Run in 1:06:43 on Saturday.

Twenty-four hours later Noble was one of six Larne members, along with Ian Brennan, Pamela Ward, Alan Lockington, Simon Allen and Beverly Gaston, who took part in the 10th annual Lap of the Lough 85-mile cycling challenge around Lough Neagh.

At Sunday’s Storming the Castle 10k, Larne’s John Neill finished fourth (37:36), while Janine Rainey was the first lady home for the club in 19th spot (50:06).

On Saturday, Malcolm Robinson and Bobbie Garrett took part in the Mourne Triathlon. Malcolm finished 30th in 1:15:14. Bobbie finished in 1:20:39.

Larne AC hosted the annual East Antrim Inter-Club Road Race in midweek, with the invitation race attracting athletes from Ballymena Runners, County Antrim Harriers, East Antrim Harriers, East Coast AC, Seapark AC and Whitehead Social Runners.

Descending from Linford car park along Feystown Road, the men completed a five–mile route and the ladies, four miles.

First to cross the line was James Hamilton 28:41, 2nd, Michael Bennett 28:43, 3rd, Ben Morrow 28:55, 4th, Jack Neeson 29:20, 5th, Jason Wilson 29:26. Ballymena Runners secured first place in the team prize with 23 points. Larne AC were second with Phelim McAllister being first home for the host club in sixth. He was followed home by John Neill (7th), David Noble (9th), James Topping (22nd), Jack Baxter (23rd) and Malcolm Robinson (24th) for a total of 91 points.

The East Coast team of Mark McManus (15th), Murray Deller (19th) Corey Urwin (21st), Chris Davis (31st), John Steele (44th) and Callum Sittlington (46th) finished third with 176 points.

The ladies’ race was won by Sharon Leetch (Ballymena Runners) in 26:10. Her club-mate Kerry Balmer was second (26:12), while Geraldine Quigley, also Ballymena, was third in 26:27. Lorna Sibbett (6th) ensured Ballymena won the team prize with 12 points. Larne AC took second place with 51 points and County Antrim Harriers were third.

In addition to being a team race, the event raised money for the charities Autism Initiatives UK and Fun for Finlay.