It was London marathon time of the year and this year several harriers toed the line against Mo Farah as well as two on international duty in the mini marathon.
First harrier across the line was Andrew Considine running just a minute outside his PB and making first NI finisher in 2:40:53. Jim Benson made his annual London trip to finish a solid 2:47:27. Just outside the 3 hour mark the ever consistent Greg McClure crossed the line in 3:05. Stevie Walker was next up in 3:12:10 while Colin Simpson and Gerry Gribbon finished close together with Colin making a new PB in 3:14:05 and Gerry running 3:14:31.
Mark Shields put his injury woes behind him to finish in 3:21 while close behind Athanasia Sevastaki and Michael McCormick finished close together in 3:26:27 and 3:26:49 with Athanasia taking almost 2 minutes of her PB in the process.
Patrick McShane had a solid run for 3:53:07 and just outside the 4 hour mark Gerard McNamara crossed the line in 4:06 and Jason Reid ran a big PB for 4:18.
Both boys had great races – in the U13 race Tony finished 19th covering the 3 mile course in 17:03 and in the U19 Conal finished 63rd in 15:57.
Mark and Cathy victorious in Castleward
Mark McKinstry continued his excellent form to win the born2run trail half marathon in 1:22:34 winning by over 2 minutes. John Burns and Sandy Carr also took part both crossing the line in 2:22:03.
In the 10k Cathy McCourt made a welcome return to racing and won the womens race by over 30 seconds in 43:40. Joe Drain ran 45:18, Siobhan Drain ran 49:26 and Lynn McCullough also ran the challenging course in 1:02:05.
2nd Connor Ashley MCQUILLAN 18:01
33rd John O’HARE 26:40
45th Aine WILLS 23:37
172nd Drew CRAWFORD 32:09
18th Helen F WEIR 20:50 – New PB
25th Ciaran HUNTER 21:28
2nd Michael FITZPATRICK 17:33
4th Drew KNOX 19:08
6th Tony MCNULTY 19:20
8th John Gerard MURPHY 19:34
9th Harry BREWSTER 19:59
11th Conor O’RAWE 20:21
19th Eamon SHERIDAN 20:53
23rd Jack CARBERRY 21:34
27th Niall ARMSTRONG 22:00
29th Matt SHIELDS 22:14
31st John Robert JOHNSTON 22:19
33rd Tony REID 22:34
43rd Lauren COX 23:14 – New PB
44th Martin COX 23:16
60th Emma SHEEHY 24:11 – New PB
69th Mannix MCALISTER 25:01
79th Ciara O’RAWE 25:21
86th John GRIBBIN 25:48
105th Marian HAYES 27:18
135th Nora CURRAN 30:05 – New PB
171st Adam THOMPSON 33:37