Murray makes her return in Malcolm Cup

County Antrim Harriers Christine Murray, Glenn & Louise Smart ran in Saturday's Malcolm Cup Cross Country Races at Ballyclare. INLT 49-903-CON
County Antrim Harriers Christine Murray, Glenn & Louise Smart ran in Saturday's Malcolm Cup Cross Country Races at Ballyclare. INLT 49-903-CON

County Antrim Harriers had three runners out at the Malcolm Cup Cross Country Races at Sixmilewater Park, Ballyclare recently. The race was held in excellent conditions and was well organised, as usual, by host club Annadale Striders.

Christine Murray was back in action after a long break, while husband-and-wife duo, Glenn and Louise Smart, were making their cross country debuts.

As expected, the experienced Murray was first to finish for the club, and though tiring a bit on the second of the two laps, she upped the ante on the final half-mile to finish in a creditable 23:04.

Murray out-sprinted and held off the competitive Glenn Smart over the final 50 metres by a mere second, with his wife Louise finishing in a well-deserved personal best of 23:14.

In Saturday morning’s Waterworks Parkrun, Heather White was first lady home in a pleasing 22:53.

Malcolm Cup Three-Mile Veterans’ Race (December 1): Christine Murray 23:04; Glenn Smart 23:05; Louise Smart 23:24pb;

Waterworks Parkrun (December 1): Heather White 22:53.