Carnlough Quarry 5k

On Saturday, 5 August, 11 Larne AC athletes made the short trip up the coast for the first ever running of the Carnlough Quarry 5k. The out and back course took the 44 runners from the bridge at the Hurry Head up the Waterfall Road and along paths to the entrance to the quarry. From there the runners made their way up a stiff climb of rock, loose stone and grass tracks to the top of the quarry. A brief downhill section sent runners around the turning point and back up the now steeply uphill section! From there it was a fast descent along the track and path of the old railway line back to the finish on the Hurry Head.

First home, and Overall Race Winner was Bryan Magee in a brilliant time of 20:21. Bryan’s mountain strength and descending nous proving invaluable. An excellent run by Sean McAllister, racing for the second time this week, saw him also making the podium in third place in 21:13.

Dom Dorris was the third club finisher in 23:41 for 12th place. Steven Reid (25:10) and Steven Gilliland (25:57) were next home in 17th and 18th places respectively.

First lady finisher for the club was Suzanne Reid in 30:39 for 23rd overall and 3rd placed lady. Kerry Inglis (30:46) was the second Larne lady in 24th place overall (4th lady). Next, and claiming his first ever running medal, was David Ewing in 29th place (31:30).

Evelyn Cooke (31:49) and Pearl Henry (33:58), also having their second races of the week, both ran well in 33rd and 37th places respectively. Norma Brennan (37:44), also running well, was the next Larne athlete to finish in 39th place.

Refreshments were provided afterwards in the Glencloy Inn. Many thanks to all involved in organising and marshalling what was tough, challenging, but ultimately enjoyable and rewarding race. Hopefully it will become an ongoing fixture, and if so, would recommend marking it in your race calendar for next year.

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