Dalriada Festival 10k & 5k Races 2017:
On Friday 21st July 2017, hundreds of athletes descended on the County Antrim village of Glenarm for the annual Dalriada Festival 10k and 5k races. The well-organised races are part of a week-long festival of events in the village, which attracts people from around the world.
The 10k competitors were faced with a challenging but picturesque two lap course, while the 5k athletes completed one lap of the same route. In pleasant running conditions, athletes set off uphill into Glenarm Forest and onwards towards the adjoining Castle Estate.
At the sharp end, little separated Portaferry 10 winner David Simpson (Newcastle AC) and last years 5k winner Kent Swann (North Belfast Harriers) as the pair battled it out for the 10k title. Kent had a marginal lead at half way, but in the end, it was David who secured his second victory in 72 hours when he crossed the line in 34:44 (1st place). Kent claimed 2nd place in 35:14, before PACE Running Club athlete Stephen Nicholson completed the route in 37:21 for 3rd place.
In the closely contested ladies 10k race, Larne based North Belfast Harriers athlete April Clarke took top honours in 45:13 (1st place). Natasha Henderson (County Antrim Harriers) followed thirty seconds later in 45:43 2nd place), taking the runners up spot. Judith Worthington (Ballymena Runners), who won the race in 2016, completed the top three in 46:49 (3rd place).
In the 5k race, Nat Glenn (North Belfast Harriers) not only took the top prize, but also family bragging rights when he edged out his son, Ethan Glenn (North Belfast Harriers), for victory. Nat broke the tape in 17:14 (1st place), with Ethan following in 17:48 (2nd place). In the ladies 5k, Ballymena Runners’ Paula Worthington sealed 1st place in 20:08.
Note: Photo by Bill Guiller.
Elsewhere this week…
Earlier this week (Tuesday 18th July 2017), well over three hundred athletes turned out for the Portaferry 10 mile road race in County Down. Newcastle AC’s David Simpson showed he is back to full fitness with an impress run to seal victory in 55:51 (1st place). Ballydrain Harriers’ Amanda Perry continued her run of podium places with a 1:09:04 finish for 1st place in the ladies race. Full results for the event can be found HERE.