It proved to be a busy festive period for the runners of East Antrim Harriers who participated in a number of events in the local racing calendar.
First up was the club handicap McCalmont Cup race on December 19, a four-mile cross country race in Six Mile Water Park in Ballyclare.
After some strong running from all involved, James Kitchen just pipped Gary Davison to a dash for the line to claim first place. Davison, in second, was followed by Andy Liddle in third.
On December 28 the club had three teams participate in the Castlewellan Christmas Cracker.
A popular race hosted by Newcastle AC which covers 8.3 miles of cross country terrain and stiff climbs through the forest of the country park. First home for the Harriers were Sam Crawford and Davison taking 16th position overall and second place in the Vet 50 category in a time of 60:23.
Next home in 18th position overall were David Turtle and Steven Beggs in a time of 61:00, followed closely by Michael Allen and Jim Finlay in 65:36 and 49th overall. Marty McMillan also finished in a mixed team with Frankey McGivern (North Belfast Harries) in 103:27.
On New Year’s Day the Harriers took park in the Race over the Glens in Glenariff, hosted by Ballymena Runners. The Harriers finished well with Turtle in 42:06 (20th), Gary Davison 42:22 (21st) and male vet 50 winner, Ross Mercer 43:04 (26th), Steven Beggs 43:53 (32nd), Billy Reed 43:56 (33rd), Chris Collins 44:27 (38th), Michael Allen 44:39 (43rd), Jim Finlay 45:14 (52nd), Andy Liddle 48:50 (99th) and Tim Kahanna 58:49 (233rd).
East Antrim Harriers meet each Tuesday and Thursday at 6:45 from the clubhouse in Ballyclare. All abilities are welcome. Further details can be found at www.eastantrimharriersac.co.uk.