Quigley wins Randalstown 10k

In a week when some Larne AC members were resting after having completed the Virgin London Marathon, or are taking it easy in preparation for upcoming 26.2 mile events in Belfast and Cincinnati (USA); others were racing over roads, trails and mountains throughout the province.

On Tuesday, the club held it’s annual Moore Cup handicap race on the hilly roads around Cairncastle. Fiona McToal was first off, and made use of the generous handicap offered, as she ran well to complete the tough 5 mile course in 51:33 (corrected time also 51:33), thus securing the Moore Cup title. Fiona’s husband, Marty McToal followed, crossing the line in 54:55 (corrected time 47:25) to take 2nd place, just over a minute ahead of Nikki McNeill who recorded 55:58 (corrected time 48:28) to complete the top three finishers.

Martin Keane was the next runner home in 58:57 (corrected time 33:42), before Julie Allen (corrected time 45:15) and Melissa Whiteside (corrected time 46:40) finished in 59:15 and 60:45 respectively. Tom Craig was just five seconds behind Melissa in 60:45 (corrected time 35:45), while Kerry Campbell finished a mere eight seconds after Tom, recording 60:53 (corrected time 43:43). Derek Reid finished his first handicap race in 63:57 (corrected time 42:57) and Elaine Hall completed the top ten in 61:58 (corrected time 43:38).

The fastest time of the night was 28:05, clocked by Justin Maxwell; Kirsty Sharratt was the quickest lady, running 35:27. The Larne AC committee would like to thank everyone involved in organising the Moore Cup handicap race, as without their time and effort, these races would not be possible. Full results can be found at www.larneac.co.uk.

On Thursday night, three Larne AC members made the long journey to Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor for the third race in the Hill & Dale Series at Slieve Martin; this was a difficult 4.25 mile race, which included 1,740ft of ascending/descending. Justin Maxwell led the red, white and black vests home in 37:38 (9th place), with club chairman Andy Gregg next to finish in 40:41 (31st place). Dale Smith crossed the line in 43:50 (60th place), while Laura Hamill (20th place – 55:51) battled well to achieve a top twenty place in the ladies category.

On Saturday, Geraldine Quigley produced arguably the performance of the week. Taking part in the Randalstown 10k, Ballymena based Geraldine won the ladies race in 37:44. This was another notable victory for Larne AC’s leading lady, who is a regular category winner and podium finisher.

Not too far away, sisters Trisha and Bernadette Campbell, two of Larne AC’s brightest prospects, took on the ECOS parkrun in Ballymena. Trisha completed the 5km time trial in 21:58, taking 2nd place in the ladies category. Bernadette followed in 22:34, achieving an excellent 3rd place finish.

Larne Athletic Club would like to remind all interested persons that the club’s re-scheduled AES Larne Half Marathon will take place on Saturday 8th June 2013. Entries have been re-opened and are available at www.larnehalfmarathon.webs.com