Davidson secures superb win at Runher 10k

County Antrim Harriers' Carol Annesley, Paula McMaster and Joanne Hughes at the Run Round the Bridges 10-mile race at Limavady. INLT 27-923-CON
County Antrim Harriers' Carol Annesley, Paula McMaster and Joanne Hughes at the Run Round the Bridges 10-mile race at Limavady. INLT 27-923-CON

A delighted Natalie Davidson had a fantastic first-place finish at the Runher 10k event at Carnfunnock on Wednesday night.

All the County Antrim Harriers (CAH) athlete’s recent triathlon training paid off as she recorded an excellent 43:03 on a hilly course - well clear of the next runner.

Lyn Hardie also had an excellent run, coming home in eighth place in 53:34, closely followed by Jane Kinnear in 57:05 in her first 10k race, and Christine Neeson in 1:01:02.

In the 5k event Katherine McAllister led CAH home in 32:17 with Eileen Stewart in 34:10. Fran Wright, running her first race after injury, was thrilled with her time of 34:34.

Three Harriers members headed for Limavady on Thursday evening for the Round the Bridges 10-mile race organised by Springwell Runners. Paula McMaster was first home for CAH in 1:30:22, an excellent achievement on her first 10-miler.

Carol Annesley was close behind in 1:30:44 and congratulations to Joanne Hughes who put in a stirling performance in her first-ever race to clock 1:41:30.

Naomi Lusty was the lone representative for the club at the Ards Half-Marathon on Friday night. This is a notoriously hilly course and Naomi had a fantastic run for her first-ever half-marathon to finish in 1:56:02.

Greg Hopkins

Members and friends of County Antrim Harriers were saddened to learn of the passing of their esteemed chairman, coach and friend, Greg Hopkins, on Friday past. Our deepest sympathies go to his son Chris, daughter Ashleigh, her partner Aaron, and grandchildren Christian and Jorgia.