Brief history

Larne Athletic Club was formed in 1988. At that time, road running and in particular, 10K’s, half marathons and full marathons, were very popular. Consequently a number of local runners were training on a regular basis. Gradually small groups formed and two of these entered teams in the 1988 Larne relay races. This provided the competitive edge and interest in getting together and forming a club based in Larne.

A meeting for all those interested was convened and held in the McNeill Hall in early October. All were agreed that a club should be formed and a steering committee was elected.

Members elected were:

  • Chairman – Keith Millar
  • Secretary – George Dummigan
  • Treasurer – Chris Cassiday
  • Race Secretary: Billy Magee & John Agnew

Other pioneer members were: Jimmy McAllister, George Sloan, John McAllister, Ford Buchanan, Noel Greenlee, Paddy Kemp, John Barkley, Kenny McVicker and Kevin McRandal.

An application to affiliate with the Northern Ireland Amateur Athletic Association was prepared and forwarded. On 20th October 1988 the application was considered at the Association Council monthly meeting and as a result Larne Athletic Club was accepted as an affiliated club.

Club colours and design of the running strip were agreed and ordered. The first official outing with our new strip was in the Larne Rugby Club five mile road race on Boxing Day 1988. This was to prove a successful start with the male veteran team of Jimmy McAllister, Billy Magee and George Sloan winning the veterans team prize.

The first venture into competitive running was at the Brooks International cross country at Mallusk in January 1989. Teams were entered in both the Open and Veteran events.

Club membership has fluctuated since those early days with a peak of around fifty in the early nineties to a low of fifteen in 1999. Recent events have seen a renewed interest and current membership is over one hundred runners.

During the twenty year period the club has supported and participated in many disciplines within the sport, namely:

  • Road running
  • Cross country running
  • Track and field athletics
  • Indoor athletics
  • Mountain running
  • Triathlon / Duathlon
  • Ultra Marathons