Race Reports w/e 23rd September 2018

Paula Worthington produces a superb performance to claim a podium position at the Belfast Half Marathon as a few hardy souls battle with the Causeway Coast and Neil and James go hunting Nessie!

Belfast Half Marathon

The weekend action was dominated by the Belfast Half Marathon with a large number from Ballymena Runners turning out amongst the 4000 athletes on show.

And what a hugely successful event it was for the club!

Paula Worthington grabbed all the headlines, not only finishing second lady in what was her debut half marathon but setting a new club record over the distance in a fantastic 1:26:21!

But there was a plethora of individual successes too with many personal bests being recorded on what was a perfect day for running.

Amongst those setting new PB's were Tanya Agnew (1:54:27), Iverene Carleton (2:24:34), Jennifer Dickson (2:29:58), John Donnelly (1:29:30), Stephanie Johnston (1:59:02), Bronagh McCormick (2:32:27), Eugene Reid (1:42:45), John Robinson (1:20:01) and Victoria Ross (1:56:58). Well done everyone!

Causeway Coast Marathon Events
A few hardy souls made their way to the north coast for the 26Extreme Causeway Coast Ultra, Marathon and Half series of events.

An event not for the faint hearted, Robin Alexander competed in the Ultra division covering the 39.5 miles in 9:38:11 while Ryan Armstrong (4:26:35) and Vicki Dunn (5:13:41) lined up for the Marathon.

Meanwhile, tackling the Half Marathon were John McClelland, Daniel McClelland and Aidy Dodds.

Loch Ness Marathon
Neil Craig and James Weir went searching for Nessie on Sunday and whilst they might not have found the elusive monster they did enjoy the spectacular scenery along a course that hugged the south-eastern shore of the Loch before ending in Inverness.

It was a successful outing for Neil who covered the 26.2 miles in 3:19:35, setting a new personal best while James was a matter of seconds away from clocking a sub-5 hour time.

 Paula Worthington takes her place on the podium alongside Collette McCourt and Gerrie Short

Paula Worthington takes her place on the podium alongside Collette McCourt and Gerrie Short

 Thumbs up from Iverene Carleton on her way to a PB at the Belfast Half Marathon

Thumbs up from Iverene Carleton on her way to a PB at the Belfast Half Marathon

 Eugene Reid, Alastair Donaghy, David Rainey, Chris Davies, Nigel Davidson and Conor Crilly after the Belfast Half Marathon

Eugene Reid, Alastair Donaghy, David Rainey, Chris Davies, Nigel Davidson and Conor Crilly after the Belfast Half Marathon

 Vicki Dunn with the stunning scenery of the Causeway Coast Marathon as a backdrop

Vicki Dunn with the stunning scenery of the Causeway Coast Marathon as a backdrop