Six Seapark athletes compete in Benone races

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Six athletes from Seapark AC travelled to Benone on Saturday to compete in the Born 2 Run Benone Half Marathon and 10k races.

The half-marathon covered a difficult, hilly route rewarded with outstanding views across the Innishowen Peninsula in Donegal.

The route for both half and 10k distances covered four miles of the stunning Benone beach.

Results for half-marathon: Bobbie Irvine 1:46, Richard Hethrington 1:47, Angela McCormick 2:02, Karen Poag 2:08, Alison Welsh 2:19. Gillian Barnhill was second female in a time of 1:46. Philip Poag completed the 10k race in 50:38.

Elsewhere, Seapark’s Alanah McCombe and Andy Smyth competed in the Les Jones Memorial 10k in Belfast on Friday, with times of 51.45 and 51.59.

There was a fantastic turnout of 40 runners from Seapark AC and Jog Carrickfergus at the East Antrim Harriers Woodburn Forest Race in midweek. This year saw the largest field of athletes competing in this multi-terrain annual event, the first of four forest races put on by East Antrim.

Barn Runners

Six Barn Runners took part in the annual Les Jones 10k at the Mary Peters Track in Belfast.

Northern Ireland Athletics have organised this event for the past 24 years, a fitting tribute to the athlete, team manager and chairman, who sadly passed in 1992.

Barn Runners’ times: Gareth Shannon 41:39, Neil Porter 41:52, Alan McMillen 42:18, Barry Wheelwright 44:07, Damien McGrane 44:39, Colm Coyle 47:00.