County Antrim Ladies Impress both at Home and Internationally

County Antrim Harrier, Wendy Forsythe, was in action at Aintree on Saturday (16th November), representing Northern Ireland that the British and Irish Masters XC International.  Wendy rose to the occasion taking the testing 6k course in her stride and giving her all.  The Club is very proud of her.


Closer to home, 8 Harriers were in action at the popular 26 Extreme Tollymore Trail Marathon events.  The chilly, dry day meant conditions were perfect for running the beautiful forest trails and hills of Tollymore; with half marathoners completing one loop, marathoners two loops, and ultra-participants three loops.  First to toe the line were training partners Lyn Hardie, Sarah Kinnear and David Hamill in the Ultra event (40 miles).  Unfortunately David had to reluctantly pull-out early due to injury; but the ladies continued, crossing the line together in an impressive 7:35:09, to take a well-deserved podium place (third female finishers).

Andrena Berry and Patricia Hamill represented the Club in the marathon distance and the duo both ran strongly.  While in the half marathon Claire Oliphant, Rachel Lloyd and new member Jennifer Hardie all gave gutsy performances.

Previously the Club was represented at the popular annual charity event ‘Run in the Dark’ in Stormont Estate, which helps raise funds for the Mark Pollock Trust.  Undeterred by the torrential rain or tough run up Parliament Hill, Shelley White and Karen Haddock donned their head-torches to race the 5k (one loop); while Simon McDowell and Chris Dickey took on the 10k (two loop).

Elsewhere John Holmes was the sole Harrier at the first race of popular Sperrin Harriers Winter League Trail Series at Davagh Forest.  John ran strongly, successfully negotiating the 10k forest route.