It was the Larne half marathon at the weekend and with many Harriers using it as marathon prep and others racing it 46 took to the line. There were many standout performances with the men(top 4 to score) taking team honours, the women falling just short due to a registration “issue” and several age group winners. (All Larne half marathon pictures are courtesy of the excellent www.nirunning.co.uk web-site)
Recent recruit and half marathon debutant Andrew Annett started out up front and stayed there right to the finish taking 2nd place in 1:11:31. Conor Curran and Andrew Considine also finished top ten taking 8th (1:15:05) and 10th (1:15:57) respectively and the ever improving Mark McKinstry made up the team finishing 11th in 1:16:34. Michael Fitzpatrick and Niall Farquarshon also made the top 20 finishing in 13th(1:18:44 and 1st M40) and 17th(1:19:30) respectively.
Marc Jennings(1:20:21) and John McGuigan(1:20:51) broke the 81 minute barrier while Matt Shields stepped up the distance for the first time in a while finishing in 1:22:18 and easily winning the M55 category.
Simon Reeve also broke the 85 barrier finishing in 1:23:46. Next up were the harriers looking to break 90 minutes with several being successful in the process – John McConnell (1:25:03), Sean McShane (1:26:51), Rory Kane (1:27:39), Greg McClure(1:27:44), Drew Knox (1:28:02), Martin Cox( 1:28:07), Colin Simpson(1:29:14) and Michael McCormick(1:29:18) all making it.
Gerry Gribbon(1:31:14) and Joe Norney(1:31:17) both broke the 92 with Ray Cameron breaking 1:35 in 1:34:21 and Paul Curley just outside in 1:35:19. Joe Drain(1:36:27) and Athanasia Sevastaki (1:36:44) both broke the 97 closely followed by Patrick McShane (1:37:09).
Paul Williams just missed out on the 1:40 barrier in 1:40:26, Andrew Harding finished in 1:41:02 and Siobhan Drain in 1:41:14. Paddy McCambridge (1:41:30) finished ahead of wife Ita in 1:43:24. Jack Carberry battled it out for first M65 being pipped by 4 seconds but running a 1:45:56 in the process. Lynn McCullough pipped the 1:48 finishing in 1:47:54, Hannah Funnel exactly a minute behind in 1:48:54 ,Jason Reid in 1:49:42 and John Johnston 1:49:55. Stephen Thompson finished in 1:53:03, John O’Hare in 1:55:46, Orla McCambridge in 1:58:16, Sandy Carr (2:06:37), Mary Reid(2:06:51), Thomas McKinstry (2:07:15), Clare Holmes (2:10:22), Nuala Connolly 2:23:38, Geraldine Robinson 2:27:53 and Jeannette Ascott 2:27:53.
It must be noted that as well as people with experienced racing backgrounds this year we had several participants from our Jog Belfast scheme who have went from being unable to run 5k to running a half marathon thus illustrating the success and benefit of this program and also rewarding the hard work everyone put in.
Conal McCambridge travelled to Nottingham as the sole representative of the NI U20 team. With Conal having a few years at U20 this was a great experience for him and he put in a solid shift to finish in 31st.
Experienced marathon runner Alan Ritchie made the journey to Rome at the weekend and despite suffering an incident at 29k managed to limp home in a strong 3:18.
Wicklow way ultra
Robert Irvine travelled to Wicklow for the Wicklow way ultra marathon covering 51k (with 1,940 m of ascent) and had continued to show good form in the ultra scene finishing 16th in 5:18:14.
In the 26k Helen Weir had another string showing just missing out on the podium for 4th place in 2:30:10.
East Antrim marathon series
Simon Reeve completed a busy weekend on Sunday finishing 3rd in the East antrim marathon series in 3:11:59. This was Simon’s 3rd event of the weekend after Larne parkrun on saturday morning and Larne half marathon on sunday afternoon.
1st Connor Ashley MCQUILLAN 17:32 – New PB
20th Jim CLINTON 23:52
3rd Simon REEVE 20:40
6th Gerry GRIBBON 22:03
12th Mark SHIELDS 22:39
2nd John BLACK 18:03
43rd Aine WILLS 23:27 – New PB
140th Jennifer BILL 29:15
173rd Drew CRAWFORD 32:31
4th Philip Patrick DONNELLY 19:34
28th Eoin MCQUILLAN 22:36
29th John LAVERY 22:48
31st Ciaran HUNTER 22:57
37th Kevin LAVERY 24:07
2nd Laurence JOHNSTON 17:39 – 50th Parkun
3rd Paul MCALLISTER 18:09
4th Tony MC CAMBRIDGE 18:27
9th Harry BREWSTER 19:32
10th Andrew MILLIGAN 19:46 – New PB
11th Tony MCNULTY 19:49
12th John Gerard MURPHY 20:03
14th Conor O’RAWE 20:19 – New PB
17th Francis MCCAFFREY 20:42
34th Niall ARMSTRONG 22:45
41st Thelma MCCULLOUGH 23:31 – New PB
51st Emma SHEEHY 24:24 – New PB
88th Ciara O’RAWE 28:34 – New PB
114th Nora CURRAN 31:48
160th Christine DOUGLAS 45:48