County Antrim Harriers Mayfair 10k & 5k 2017:
On Saturday 27th May 2017, well over four hundred athletes descended on Ballyclare Rugby Club for the annual Mayfair 10k and 5k road races, a well-organised event hosted by County Antrim Harriers.
As expected, reigning Champion Dan Tanui (Project Africa Athletics) returned to defend his title. Dan was joined on the start line by fellow Project Africa Athletics team mates Emmanuel Kiprotich Melly and Hillary Chirchir, while Salome Jepkoech Kimutai played a major part in the ladies race.
Dan, Emmanuel and Hillary were joined at the head of the pack by local men Ben Branagh (St Malachy’s AC) and Andrew Annett (North Belfast Harriers) but despite their best efforts, the local men were unable to hold on as the Kenyan trio dominated the podium. Dan out-paced Emmanuel in the final stages to secure top honours in 30:33 (1st place); Emmanuel followed four seconds later in 30:37 (2nd place). Hillary then completed the top three in 31:21 (3rd place), with Ben Branagh taking 4th place in 33:15.
Northern Ireland’s Commonwealth Games marathon runner Gladys Ganiel O’Neill (North Belfast Harriers) was the outstanding performer in the ladies race. Gladys looked in good form as she cruised to victory in 37:14 (1st place). Salome Jepkoech Kimutai claimed 2nd place in 37:42, before former City of Lisburn AC track star Karen Wilton (Unattached) completed the ladies podium in 39:50.
In the associated 5k race, emerging Ballydrain Harriers star Ethan Dunn led the way, breaking the tape in 17:29 (1st place). Another up and coming athlete, East Down AC’s Lauren Madine, won the ladies race in 19:47 (1st place).
Top 3 Men: 1st Dan Tanui (Project Africa Athletics) – 30:33, 2nd Emmanuel Kiprotich Melly (Project Africa Athletics) – 30:37, 3rd Hillary Chirchir (Project Africa Athletics) – 31:21
Top 3 Ladies: 1st Gladys Ganiel O’Neill (North Belfast Harriers) – 37:14, 2nd Salome Jepkoech Kimutai (Project Africa Athletics) – 37:42, 3rd Karen Wilton (Unattached) – 39:50
Full Results: MayFair 10k & 5k Results 2017
Photos from the Mayfair 10k & 5k Road Races will be added to our Photo Gallery in the coming days.