ATHLETICS: Seapark’s Irvine is ‘Last One Standing’ at Castle Ward

Seapark AC's Bobbie Irvine, winner of the Last One Standing at Castle Ward. INLT 08-919-CON
Seapark AC's Bobbie Irvine, winner of the Last One Standing at Castle Ward. INLT 08-919-CON

Seapark AC’s Bobbie Irvine showed tremendous determination to win the The Last One Standing Ultra at Castle Ward at the weekend.

In the event, which attracted 104 runners, athletes had one hour to complete a 4.2-mile route every hour, on the hour until there was only one person, well, left standing.

Seapark AC’s Gillian Cordner also took part, finishing after completing 12 x 4.2-mile laps (50.4 miles).

Irvine took first place after a gruelling 30 x 4.2-mile laps (126 miles). Second-place Pat Staunton exceeded the hour limit (1:01:35) for lap 29.

At the same event, County Antrim Harriers’ Louise Smart’s meticulous preparation, determination, essential support (provided by fellow Harrier, Lisa Montgomery) and pacing allowed her to complete 15 laps (63 miles) - one of only 17 men and six ladies to do so. With only four ladies moving on to lap 16 it was another outstanding achievement from Louise.

Meanwhile, Ronald Simms represented Seapark Athletic Club at the Omagh CBS 10K on Saturday (Feb 20) clocking a time of 40:05. He was 18th out of a field of 183 runners.

Online entries for County Antrim Harriers’ inaugural Ballyclare May Fair 10k and 5k events are now open.

The Harriers continue to enjoy an increase in membership with 30-40 runners out each Monday and Wednesday night and the club is operating a Couch To 5k programme to help aspiring runners (minimum age 16) get up and get running.

The cost is £20 and includes free entry to May Fair 5k, plus race goodie bag! Registration will be on Monday, March 7, from 6pm-8pm at Sixmile Leisure Centre.