1. New Course Record Set at AES Larne Half Marathon

    On Saturday 8th June 2013, Larne Athletic Club hosted their re-scheduled AES Larne Half Marathon, and conditions could not have been more different to those that led to the postponement of the original event in March.

    In glorious sunshine, over 1,500 runners took to the start line, which was situated on the picturesque Antrim Coastline with views reaching as far away as Scotland. Initially, the runners veered inland where they completed a lap of the town centre, before returning to the Coast Road; by which time the podium places were already becoming apparent.

  2. May bank holiday weekend round-up

    It has been a very busy and successful week for Larne AC as they took part in a number of races and lifted a number of podium places. The first of these races took place at the Hill & Dales Millstone on Thursday 23 May the distance was four miles with a climb of 1500 feet. First home for the Club was Bryan Magee he finished 24th in a time of 44:15 winning V40 followed by club member Dale Smith 43rd in 46:32. Laura Hamill was the final lLarne Ac member to finish in 145th position 59:29 which secured her 2nd in the FV40 Category.

  3. Family fun at Seacourt Handicap

    Last Thursday seen the annual running of the Seacourt Handicap race, this is the only event in the Handicap series that has both an Adult and junior race, it also has the honour of being the only Handicap with a Mass start.

    First off at 6-30pm were the Juniors, possibly with the lure of goody bags and medals 43 kids took part ages ranging from 14 right down to 3!! With most kids making their running debuts it was especially tense on the start line. Furthest travelled was young Charlie Gillen from Glenarm who equipped himself well and finished strong, defo one to watch.

  4. Larne AC Athletes Show Their Multi-terrain Expertise

    Roads, mountains, water and volcanoes have all been covered by Larne AC athletes this week, but before we go into this week’s action; a special mention must go to Jackie Wallace, Thomas Craig, Adele Neill and Kerry Fokkens who were all competing last week.

    Adele produced an excellent performance at the Liam Ball Triathlon in Derry/Londonderry last Sunday, the North West Tri Club hosted event comprised of a 750m swim – 20km cycle – 5k run. Adele completed the trio of disciplines in 1:17:47 to claim an excellent 4th place finish in her category.

  5. Larne AC athletes compete in long distance events

    This week, runners from Larne Athletic Club have been competing over long distances and tough terrain; the local club where represented at races in Annalong, Belfast, America and a 100k ultra-marathon from Waterfoot to Carrick-A-Rede.

    On Saturday, Andy Gregg, Bryan Magee and Corey Urwin took part in the Annalong Horseshoe Mountain Race, one of the toughest events on the NIMRA calendar. The course takes competitors on a 13.1 mile journey through the Mourne Mountains and includes 1,550m of ascended. Andy was first home in 2:37:39 (19th place), with Bryan finishing close behind in 2:41:13 (23rd place). Corey continued his return to competition with a 2:50:00 (31st place) finish.

  6. Quigley wins Randalstown 10k

    In a week when some Larne AC members were resting after having completed the Virgin London Marathon, or are taking it easy in preparation for upcoming 26.2 mile events in Belfast and Cincinnati (USA); others were racing over roads, trails and mountains throughout the province.

    On Tuesday, the club held it’s annual Moore Cup handicap race on the hilly roads around Cairncastle. Fiona McToal was first off, and made use of the generous handicap offered, as she ran well to complete the tough 5 mile course in 51:33 (corrected time also 51:33), thus securing the Moore Cup title. Fiona’s husband, Marty McToal followed, crossing the line in 54:55 (corrected time 47:25) to take 2nd place, just over a minute ahead of Nikki McNeill who recorded 55:58 (corrected time 48:28) to complete the top three finishers.

  7. McManus represents Ireland, Maxwell takes Cooley title

    This week, athletes from Larne AC have participated in events in Holland, London, Carlingford, Belfast, Newcastle (County Down) and Ballymena; achieving podium places and personal bests along the way.

    Last Thursday, Andy Gregg and Bryan Magee took on the second race of the popular Newcastle AC organised Hill & Dale Series in Tollymore Forest, County Down. In wet and windy conditions, both performed well, Andy completed the 5 mile course, which has approximately 900ft of ascending in 44:25 (28th place). Bryan, who is just returning after a period of forced rest, crossed the line in 49:48 (81st place).

  8. James Brown wins Sperrin Harriers 5m Road Race

    Larne AC athletes were in action this weekend, taking part in races spanning the length and breadth of the country and over various terrains.

    On Friday night, five club members took part in the NiRunning Mile at Antrim Stadium. Phelim McAllister was the fastest of the Larne based runners, clocking 5:15 (7 th place) for the classic distance. James Robinson also ran well, crossing the line in a new personal best of 5:33 (13 th place). Wayne Morrow followed in 5:51 (22nd place), ahead of Heather Baxter (6:39) who finished in 7th place in the ladies category. Robin Alexander took twenty six seconds off his previous best mile time, clocking 7:26 (34th place) on this occasion.

  9. Podium places and category prizes for local athletes

    As the first hint of Spring appeared, athletes from Larne Athletic Club made the most of the sunshine and pleasant running conditions, taking part in several events over the weekend.

    On Saturday morning, David Noble and Geraldine Quigley took on the ECOS parkrun in Ballymena. The weekly 5km time trial is very popular with Larne AC members, who have notched up numerous race wins and personal bests. This week was no different, David Noble completed the course in 19:13 (6th place), while Geraldine Quigley won the ladies race in a new personal best of 19:42. In Belfast, Elaine Hall completed the Victoria Park parkrun in 26:17, finishing as 16th lady.

  10. Easter Weekend Roundup

    Larne AC members have enjoyed a busy and successful Easter, picking up prizes and personal bests in races in Belfast, Ballymena, Omagh and Whitehead. Just before the holiday weekend, three club members took part in the Queen’s University ‘Race around the River’ 5k in Belfast on Wednesday 27th March 2013. Craig Hutchinson led the trio home in 15:52 (60th place), before Dan Spencer crossed the line in 18:21 (77th place). Danielle McCluskey also had a good run, completing the course in 27:42 (274th place).