Trio take part in Belfast Marathon

COUNTY Antrim Harriers fielded three runners in Monday’s Belfast City Marathon, with Alan Briers, Bob Carson and Jonathan Turner turning out for the club in the Province’s premier 26.2-mile event.

Briers was first to reach the finish line in Ormeau Park after the gruelling race in a commendable 4:30, before Turner, who used the event as a training run, crossed in an impressive 4:32.

Next to finish was newcomer Bob Carson who was making his marathon debut and running for charity. Bob hit the 21-mile stage in just under 3:40, and was delighted to finish in a well-deserved 4:38.

Meanwhile, it’s congratulations to Louise Smart who tackled the 50k Lost Worlds Causeway Crossing Ultra Marathon on Saturday. Coming a mere three weeks after her 3:53 in Vienna, Louise completed her first ultra-distance race, which included off-road tracks, forest paths, glens, coastal cliff paths, bogs, beaches and headlands in an excellent 5:41:11, to claim sixth female and 26th overall.

Meanwhile, Grace Startin, Jacqueline Briers and Greg Hopkins were out at the Waterworks Park Run, finishing in 25:47pb, 26:21 and 27:53 respectively. Eileen Stewart was at the Ecos Park Run where she clocked 31:17.