Castlewellan Christmas Cracker

On Saturday 30th December a large group of 30+ Larne AC athletes made the journey to Castlewellan for the annual Christmas Cracker organised by Newcastle AC. The race this year was the most popular to date with almost 1300 finishers. The multi-terrain race is ran in pairs and the course changes every year. This year proved to be possibly the most difficult to date with a distance of 9.2 miles and many deep muddy sections and steep climbs

First home for the club with a great performance inside the top 30, was Phelim McAllister with his partner Bernard Brady, finishing in 25th place with a time of 1:09:27. Next home for the club in 102nd place with a time of 1:19:48 was Nigel Kane and Bryan Magee. Paul Tilson and Geraldine Quigley were the first mixed pair to finish in 125th place and a time of 1:22:26. Brian Heron and William Thompson finished in 157th place with a time of 1:26:22. John Neill and Laura Wylie were next to finish in 171th place with a time of 1:28:06. First lady to finish for the club was Patricia Blair with her partner of Rhonda Brady in 188th place with a time of 1:30:04

Thank to Bert Shaw for the photos

“Race
Pos” Runner 1 Name Runner 2 Name Category Time
25 Bernard Brady Phelim McAllister Male 80 – 99 01:09:27
102 Nigel Kane Bryan Magee Male 80 – 99 01:19:48
125 Paul Tilson Geraldine Quigley Mixed 80 – 99 01:22:26
157 Brian Heron William Thompson Male 80 – 99 01:26:22
171 John Neill Laura Wylie Mixed Under 80 01:28:06
188 Patricia Blair Rhonda Brady Female 80 – 99 01:30:04
276 Steven Gilliland Jody O’Boyle Male Under 80 01:40:42
280 Dom Dorris Mark Todd Male 80 – 99 01:41:04
298 Thomas Craig Jackie Wallace Male 80 – 99 01:42:28
305 Daniel Magill John Magill Male Under 80 01:43:24
314 Emma McKeen Rhonda Montgomery Female 80 – 99 01:44:48
378 Ricky Mann John Wright Male Under 80 01:54:14
396 Elaine Hall Bernie Regan Female 100 – 119 01:56:05
421 Mandy Johnston Jayne Liddle Female 100 – 119 02:00:00
446 Steven Reid Stephen McManus Male 80 – 99 02:03:22
464 Heather Baxter Janine Rainey Female 80 – 99 02:05:45
467 Patrick Gingles Male 100 – 119 02:06:05
582 Pearl Henry Evelyn Cooke Female 100 – 119 02:21:48
600 Shiree Brennan Sharon Parke Female 80 – 99 02:28:03

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