EAH Trail Race 1 – Ballyboley Forest

The East Antrim Harriers Trail Series started again on Tuesday evening and Larne Athletic Club was out in force with no less than 33 runners participating. Held on gravel tracks within Ballyboley Forest, the 4.2-mile race took place in perfect conditions and despite the hills, all seemed to enjoy the event.

Rhonda Brady gave the top performance on the night for Larne AC, winning the ladies race after catching the leading lady at around 3 miles and storming home to win by eleven seconds. Her time was 30:00 and she finished in 21st place overall. First home for the men was Martin Agnew, with a superb 5th place finish and a time of 25:27, to give him a third place position in the Open category.

A regular to the Forest Series, Andy Gregg finished in 7th place to achieve first place in the Vet45 category. Martan Keane was next in 15th place (27:30) with Ian Brennan in 20th (29:59) taking second place in the Vet45’s. Bobby Boal was 22nd (30.10), Bert Shaw, 25th (30.19), Dan Magill, 27th (30.34) and Alan Lockington, 33rd (32.14). Emmett Woods returned to the red vest with 35th place and a time of (32.32) while Susan Lambe was second Larne AC lady home in 42nd overall (34:16), giving her a second place in the Female Open category.

Andrew Beattie was 47th in 34.51, Alison Magill, 48th (34.52) and last year’s Female Vet50 category winner, Bernie Regan, staked her claim to the Vet 55 prize this year, winning the category in 49th place overall and a time of 34.53. Next for Larne AC and all running well were Jim Evans, 55th (35.43), Glenn Mann, 59th (36.24), Kellie Connor, 61st (37.18), Gillian Given, 62nd (37.20), Robin Alexander, 64th (37.53), Charlene Robinson, 65th (37.54) and Kirsten Montgomery, 68th (38.32).

Erin Beattie in 70th place was first Under 20 Female finished with a time of 38:36. Emily Boal was next in 73rd place (39.10), Marty McKay was 74th (39.20), then Helen Kane, 77th (40.37) and Geraldine Hastings, 78th (40.59). There followed a number a Larne AC runners in succession with Ashleigh Gaston, 80th (42.13), Michele Woods, 81st (42.18), Amanda Wood, 83rd (43.35) and Irene Beattie placed as second Female Vet 50 in 84th overall and a time of 44.11.

Laura Brennan was second Under 20 Female in 85th place (44.32) with Linda Moore, 86th (44.36). Margaret Ferguson found the Ballyboley course to her liking with 89th place and a time of 53.32.

Results – EAH Rail Series, Race 1

5,         Martin Agnew,               25.27

7,         Andy Gregg,                 26.00

15,        Martan Keane,               27.30

20,        Ian Brennan,                  29.59

21,        Rhonda Brady,              30.00

22,        Bobby Boal,                 30.10

25,        Bert Shaw,                    30.19

27,        Dan Magill,                   30.34

33,        Alan Lockington,           32.14

35,        Emmett Woods,                        32.32

42,        Susan Lambe,               34.16

47,        Andrew Beattie,            34.51

48,        Alison Magill,                34.52

49,        Bernie Regan,               34.53

55,        Jim Evans,                    35.43

59,        Glenn Mann,                  36.24

61,        Kellie Connor,               37.18

62,        Gillian Given,                 37.20

64,        Robin Alexander,           37.53

65,        Charlene Robinson,       37.54

68,        Kirsten Montgomery,     38.32

70,        Erin Beattie,                  38.36

73,        Emily Boal,                   39.10

74,        Marty McKay,                39.20

77,        Helen Kane,                  40.37

78,        Geraldine Hastings,       40.59

80,        Ashleigh Gaston,           42.13

81,        Michele Woods,                        42.18

83,        Amanda Wood,            43.35

84,        Irene Beattie,                 44.11

85,        Laura Brennan,              44.32

86,        Linda Moore,                 44.36

89,        Margaret Ferguson,       53.32