ATHLETICS: Century of parkruns for County Antrim Harriers’ Ricky Mason

County Antrim Harriers at Waterworks parkrun. INLT 02-910-CON
County Antrim Harriers at Waterworks parkrun. INLT 02-910-CON

County Antrim Harriers’ Ricky Mason reached his 100th parkrun at the Waterworks park in Belfast on Saturday. Ricky is a huge supporter of parkruns and as well as running them is a keen volunteer, having assumed a range of roles including time-keeper, marshall and race director.

At Waterworks, the torrential rain didn’t dampen the spirits of Ricky or his fellow County Antrim Harriers who turned out in force to support and celebrate with him.

First home for the club was Graeme O’Hara (22:07), quickly followed by Natasha Henderson (22:36 1st F), Irene Downey (25:17) and Carol Annesley (25:41).

In the next cluster Jane Kinnear (27:08) was first to appear, closely followed by Lynnette McBride (27:09), and Ellen Montgomery (28:09).

The man of the moment, Mason, ran 30:07, supported by Lisa Montgomery (30:09), Rachel Lloyd (30:12), Julie Young (30:13), Marion Morrow (30:58) and Marian Hayes (30:58).

Also enjoying the parkrun were Eileen Stewart (32:22), Ally Bennett (32:23), Grace Startin (33:27), Fran Wright (34:53), Lesley Browne (34:56) and Martina Toal (37:34).

Elsewhere, Erin Montgomery and daughter Grace ran at Wallace Park, while Mandy Yau-Wilson was among the runners at Valley.

Helen Baird, Christine Murray and Gillian Orr travelled to An Creagan Forest, County Tyrone, for the third race of Sperrin Harriers Winter League Series.

In a record field of over 200 runners, the ladies ran strongly, negotiating the scenic but tough five-mile forest route.

Christine Murray was delighted to finish in 36:44 (1st FV45), and Helen Baird dug deep to cross the line just before Gillian Orr (44:03 and 44:08 respectively).