Ballydrain Harriers donned the blue vests in force at the weekend.
Larne 10k took place on Saturday 3rd July, hosted by Larne AC. This race was a flat out and back route which took in the stunning scenery of the iconic Antrim coast. Eight Ballydrain Harriers were amongst the 730 runners. The overall winner was John Craig from Annandale Striders in 00:31:55. Our Drew Fowler ran an exceptional PB in 00:34:21 and was first over the line for the Ballydrain Harriers. Paul Flynn was next in an impressive 00:36:24, followed by Michael Barton and Simon Moffett smashing their PBS with 00:36:39 and 00:44:55 respectively. Joanne Craig pushed her 20 month old son Caleb in his buggie and completed in 00:59:27, Valerie Gibson finished in 01:01:01, followed closely by her husband Michael Gibson 01:01:05, and Paul Magee finished in 01:06:25.
The arduous Annalong Horseshoe Fell Race also took place on Saturday 3rd July organised by The Belfast Association of Rock Climbers & Fell Runners (B.A.R.F ) This race is 20 km depending on the runners route choice and takes in 7 checkpoints. The start and finish was Carricklittle Track, with the checkpoints being Chimney Rock, Slieve Donard, Donard/Commedagh Saddle, Commedagh Summit, Cove Summit, Slieve Lanagan and Slieve Binnian. Visibility was appalling with low cloud but there was at least a calm temperature. Six Ballydrain Harriers kitted up and joined the 96 fell runners. Due to the extremely difficult conditions only 85 runners completed the race, this included the 6 runners from Ballydrain. The overall winner was Adam Cunningham in 02:27:28. Mark Dugan was the first Ballydrain Harrier home in an outstanding 03:21:34, next was Graham Hill in a respectable 04:15:07, followed by Christina Mc Connell 04:20:44, Amanda Perry 04:20:52, Mark Elliott 04:22:32 and Debbie Mingout 06:01:15. Well done to all six plucky runners .
Last Saturday’s Comber Park Run was an extra special morning for all Park runners with the unveiling of John McKeag’s memorial bench. Ballydrain Harriers had a large turnout of runners, spectators and volunteers to pay respects to the late legendary John McKeag who was a long standing and well respected member of the club and an ardent supporter of Comber Parkrun.
Christina McConnell and Amanda Perry at the Annalong Horse Shoe Fell Race
Simon Moffett (left) working hard for his personal best at Larne 10k
Joanne Craig and son Caleb enjoying the coastal path at Larne 10k
Michael Gibson (left) Paul Magee and Valerie Gibson on completion of Larne 10k