Larne AC enjoy double success at the ECOS

Larne AC athletes have been in action this weekend, on Saturday morning seven club members participated in ‘parkrun’ events. The FREE weekly 5km time trials have fast become the cornerstone of running in Northern Ireland since their introduction just over two years ago.

Paul Tilson travelled to the Waterworks ‘parkrun’ in Belfast, were he clocked 19:29 to finish in an excellent 10th place. Meanwhile, six others stayed a little closer to home; opting for the ECOS ‘parkrun’ in Ballymena.

This proved to be a successful outing, with Larne AC celebrating victory in both the male and female categories. Andy Gregg led the field home in 18:15, while Rhonda Brady smashed her previous 5km personal best by nearly one minute when she finished as 1st lady in 21:29 (12th place overall).

Ian Brennan finished between the victorious pair (21:27) in 11th place, while Lionel Date (22nd place – 23:22) and Heather Baxter (23rd place – 23:28) proved inseparable until the finish. Heather’s good running was rewarded with a 2nd place finish in the ladies category. Elaine Hall, competing in her first official ‘parkrun’ recorded 26:07 (48th place).

In the afternoon; three club members participated in the Masters 40+ 5600m race at the IAAF International Cross Country at CAFRE Greenmount Campus in Antrim.

In an incredibly close race, the trio battled throughout and were rewarded with fantastic placings. Bernard Brady (19:53) finished in 4th place, with Nat Glenn (19:58) and Craig Hutchinson (20:00) in 5th place and 6th place respectively. Craig’s finishing spot was enough to secure a win in the Vet50 category.

Interested in running? Larne Athletic Club are a friendly and welcoming group, always on the look out for new talent. If you have considered taking up running as part of your New Year’s resolution, why not come along to one of the clubs Tuesday or Thursday training sessions. For details please visit www.larneac.co.uk