East Antrim Inter club race
Larne Athletic Club hosted the East Antrim Inter club race on Tuesday 28th August, the event proving to be a huge success with 262 runners. This year, the annual invitation race attracted athletes from Ballymena Runners, County Antrim Harriers, East Antrim Harriers, East Coast AC, Glens Runners, Monkstown Spartans, Mallusk Harriers, Whitehead runners, Seapark AC and Glenlough
Runners set off on an out-and-back course, descending from Linford carpark along the Feystown Road, with the men completing a 5–mile route and the ladies, 4 miles. The first half of the course is downhill and those familiar with the route will have known what to expect, with a tough climb of almost two miles on tiring legs to the encouragement of cheering supporters at the finish.
Mathew Hewitt of East Antrim Harriers crossed the line first to win in a time of 27:47 with James Hamilton of Ballymena Runners in second with a time of 28:17, Michael Bennett was 3rd with time 28:36
In the team event which counts each clubs first six runners; Ballymena Runners won by 33 points, Second was East Antrim Harriers with 88 points and third was East Coast AC with 141 points
The ladies race was won by Natasha Henderson of County Antrim Harriers in a great time of 26:54. Next in second place was Geraldine Quigley form Ballymena with a time of 26:56 and Larne AC own Patricia Blair was third with a time of 27:12.
In the team event which counts each clubs first six runners; County Antrim Harriers won with 91, very close in second place was Larne AC on 92 points and in third place was Seapark 112 points.
Larne Athletic Club would like to thank all Larne Athletic Club members who worked to ensure that the event ran smoothly, providing assistance with entries, timekeeping, results, marshalling on the course and for organising prizes and catering. Finally, a big thank you to the runners and supporters of Ballymena Runners, County Antrim Harriers, East Antrim Harriers, East Coast AC, Glens Runners, Monkstown Spartans, Mallusk Harriers, Whitehead, Seapark AC and Glenlough for their support to the inter-club race and for helping to make the event such a success.