ATHLETICS: County Antrim Harriers enjoy Mount Stewart 10k

County Antrim Harriers at Mount Stewart. INLT 03-906-CON
County Antrim Harriers at Mount Stewart. INLT 03-906-CON

Saturday’s freezing temperatures did not deter eleven members of County Antrim Harriers joining over 700 others to compete in the sixth race in the ‘Run Forest Run’ trail series at the Mount Stewart Estate.

The 10k started at the front of the estate house, before taking runners on a challenging looped course, along the roads and trails around the estate, to finish back where they started.

Lyn Hardie, running strongly, was first home for the club (51:20), followed closely by Raymond Hilman (54:01). Next, giving gutsy performances, were Marian Hayes (59:08), Talitha Collins (59:55), Shelley Boyle (1:00:53) and Kim Gleave (1:03:43).

Crossing the line almost together were Ally Bennett (1:07:12), Eileen Stewart (1:07:17) and Grace Startin (1:07:39).

Marion Morrow, acting as sighted guide for Tony Barclay, in his first race since illness, also ran well (1:23:04).

On Saturday, Christine Murray competed in the senior ladies’ 5.6k race at the annual IAAF Antrim International XC staged at Greenmount. Christine was delighted to finish the muddy course in 26:28 (3rd F45).