Harriers perform well at international events

Members of East Antrim Harriers, family and friends, in Toronto for the city's marathon event. INLT 44-905-CON
Members of East Antrim Harriers, family and friends, in Toronto for the city's marathon event. INLT 44-905-CON

RUNNERS from East Antrim Harriers have been busy taking their famous black and white hooped vests worldwide for a number of international marathons.

A group of athletes from the club took to the streets of Toronto, Canada for the city’s stunning event. Jennifer Ashby was the fastest Harrier in 3:35.08, Nichola Kennedy recorded 3:39.20, Penny Lindsay enjoying a personal best (PB) time of 3:44.19 and Eddie Blayney crossed the line in 4:15.47.

In the half marathon, Bobby O’Toole had a good run to finish in 2:36.10.

Ken Beggs’s excellent finishing time of 3:49 is even more remarkable given he completed the Victoria BC marathon days earlier in 3:58 as part of his drive to complete his 100th marathon by the end of this year.

Fellow ultra-marathoner Stephen Gibson completed a very hot Palma marathon in 4:05. Both Ken and Stephen also tackled the gruelling Causeway Marathon event recently, while Billy Reed ran to an incredible third place in the 39-mile ultra marathon distance at the same event. His time was 5:51.23.

Club treasurer Norman Caughey enjoyed a 4:09 time in the Chester Marathon.

Accomplished club veteran Bertie Grimson, keen to add to his impressive tally of winners’ medals, has been congratulated by club members for being chosen for an 18th time to represent Northern Ireland in his age group on the forthcoming cross-country UK championships.

Proving that a number of distances are popular with East Antrim Harriers members, Marian Hayes has achieved two PB times in two weeks in the 5k Park Run event.

East Antrim Harriers welcome new members. The club meets at its Harrier Way clubhouse most Tuesdays and every Thursday at 7pm (except for the first Thursday of every month).