County Antrim Harriers were out in force for the history making 38th Deep River Rock Belfast Marathon. With race day being a Sunday for the first time, a new race start from Stormont, a changed route which took in all parts of the city, a record breaking number of competitors, perfect weather conditions, and enthusiastic Club support and smiles around the course, expectations were high. Nineteen Harriers toed the line for the full (plus a little extra due to a slight error) distance – including a running / dancing Louise Smart dressed as Elvis; and Martina Toal dressed as a Minion; there were three Club Relay Teams; and eleven other members taking part in work or charity Relay Teams.
Everyone produced magnificent performances and their results are a testament to their fastidious training and hard work. Congratulations to Graeme O’Hara, Sarah Kinnear, Gordy Brown and Mandy Yau-Wilson on their well-deserved PBs . Special mention also to Sharon Kerr, Anouska Holend, Louise McAllister, Chris Dickey, Robin Wilson, and Simon Lloyd on their inspirational marathon debuts.
The Clubs Relay Teams, “Pete, The Tri-Athlete & The Tri Hards”, the aptly named “Where’s The Finish Line?”; and “The Alpbach Aftershocks” also buoyed by the along-course Club support produced similarly gutsy results.
Everyone agreed, it was another great Club day out!