It has been a very busy and successful week for Larne AC as they took part in a number of races and lifted a number of podium places. The first of these races took place at the Hill & Dales Millstone on Thursday 23 May the distance was four miles with a climb of 1500 feet. First home for the Club was Bryan Magee he finished 24th in a time of 44:15 winning V40 followed by club member Dale Smith 43rd in 46:32. Laura Hamill was the final lLarne Ac member to finish in 145th position 59:29 which secured her 2nd in the FV40 Category.
Last Thursday seen the annual running of the Seacourt Handicap race, this is the only event in the Handicap series that has both an Adult and junior race, it also has the honour of being the only Handicap with a Mass start.
First off at 6-30pm were the Juniors, possibly with the lure of goody bags and medals 43 kids took part ages ranging from 14 right down to 3!! With most kids making their running debuts it was especially tense on the start line. Furthest travelled was young Charlie Gillen from Glenarm who equipped himself well and finished strong, defo one to watch.
Roads, mountains, water and volcanoes have all been covered by Larne AC athletes this week, but before we go into this week’s action; a special mention must go to Jackie Wallace, Thomas Craig, Adele Neill and Kerry Fokkens who were all competing last week.
Adele produced an excellent performance at the Liam Ball Triathlon in Derry/Londonderry last Sunday, the North West Tri Club hosted event comprised of a 750m swim – 20km cycle – 5k run. Adele completed the trio of disciplines in 1:17:47 to claim an excellent 4th place finish in her category.
This week, runners from Larne Athletic Club have been competing over long distances and tough terrain; the local club where represented at races in Annalong, Belfast, America and a 100k ultra-marathon from Waterfoot to Carrick-A-Rede.
On Saturday, Andy Gregg, Bryan Magee and Corey Urwin took part in the Annalong Horseshoe Mountain Race, one of the toughest events on the NIMRA calendar. The course takes competitors on a 13.1 mile journey through the Mourne Mountains and includes 1,550m of ascended. Andy was first home in 2:37:39 (19th place), with Bryan finishing close behind in 2:41:13 (23rd place). Corey continued his return to competition with a 2:50:00 (31st place) finish.