ATHLETICS: Personal bests for Harriers quartet at London Marathon

County Antrim Harriers celebrate after Sunday's London Marathon. INLT 17-958-CON
County Antrim Harriers celebrate after Sunday's London Marathon. INLT 17-958-CON

Eight ladies from County Antrim Harriers were among the thousands who took part in Sunday’s London Marathon and four of the club’s runners set personal bests.

Jayne McKeever, Andrena Berry, Rachel Lloyd and Martina Toal set broke new boundaries for the distance.

McKeever had the race of her life, pacing herself perfectly to cross the line in an impressive 3:44:57 (pb).

On-form Berry was next home in 3:55:25 (pb) with Christine Murray was hot on her heels, finishing in 3:56:03. It crosses one more off the list of marathons Christine is running in memory of the club’s late coach and chairman, Greg Hopkins.

Lloyd, Julie Young and Irene Downey also ran strongly and were delighted to finish in 4:01:59 (pb), 4:02:39 and 4:05:23 respectively. Mandy Yau-Wilson had an excellent marathon debut, clocking 4:15:32; while Toal dug deep to achieve a well-deserved 4:58:13 (pb).

Also on Sunday, Harriers runner Ricky Mason was in Hampshire to take part in the Southampton 10k. He timed 1:04:02.

Earlier in the week, a trio of Harriers took part in the Queen’s 5k race. The fast, flat course around the Stranmillis and Annadale embankments suited the Harriers.

Club times: Graeme O’Hara 20:38 (pb); Natasha Henderson (21:06); and Louise Smart (21:24).