It was another successful weekend for County Antrim Harriers, with 13 members taking part the long awaited “live” marathons in London and Belfast on Sunday (3rd October). Everyone produced magnificent performances and their results are a testament to their fastidious training and hard work
In Belfast, in bright but chilled conditions, seven Harriers toed the line at Stormont Estate to start their journey through the city to finish at Ormeau Park. There were a few showers but these helped refresh the runners, as did the good crowd support. All gave their best with special mention to Louise Holmes and Johnny Loughead on their excellent marathon debuts. Chris Hopkins, in fine form, crossed the line, in a superb PB time of 2:35:11, (13th overall), and set another Club Record! Suzanne Kennedy pacing herself perfectly, crossed the line in 3:47:26 PB; followed by distance debutants Johnny Loughead (4:11:18) and Louise Holmes (4:27:14). Irene Downey clocked a strong 4:37:48; while Louise Smart and Claire Oliphant completed the distance in fancy dress bringing smiles to other racers and spectators. Club member, Sean Pagel, part of a two-man relay team, covered his sections of the course (16 miles) with ease.
Across the Irish Sea, five members took to the streets of capital for the Virgin Money London Marathon. First home for the Club, in a superb PB time of 3:24:38 was Aaron Anderson; followed by Alexandra McLaughlin (3:37:27 PB); and Sarah Kinnear (3:46:09). Patrick McLain (4:21:27) and Chris Dickey (4:32:32 PB) also ran well. Well done all.