East Coast AC Larne 10k 2017:
Larne native John Black (North Belfast Harriers) and up and coming star Rebekah Nixon (Dromore AC) secured top honours at the Larne 10k road race this weekend (Saturday 9th September 2017).
A record field of nearly two hundred and fifty athletes took on the 2nd annual running of the East Coast AC Larne 10k. The two lap course covered a fast route, taking competitors through the atmospheric Town Centre whilst also incorporating stunning coastal scenery.
The event kicked off with a well-supported and highly competitive Junior 800m race, which saw East Coast AC duo Hannah O’Toole and birthday boy Charlie Patterson secure wins.
This proved to be a perfect atmosphere builder for what were two good races.
Heavy rain in the first fifteen minutes of the 6.2 mile event made conditions difficult, but that took nothing away from a classy performance from John Black. John went through 5k in just over 16 minutes, with a huge lead on the chasing field, he further extended this gap on the second lap to win in 33:12 (1st place).
Fellow North Belfast Harriers athlete Joe Malone continued his good recent form to secure runners up spot in 35:18 (2nd place), while Ben Morrow (Ballymena Runners) claimed family bragging rights when securing 3rd place in 36:59 – just ahead of brother Wayne Morrow (Larne AC) who crossed the line in 37:00 (4th place).
In the ladies race, 10k first timer Rebekah Nixon produced a dominant performance. The Northern Ireland junior international went well under the coveted 40 minute mark when breaking the tape in 39:37 (1st place) for a well deserved victory. In a close race for the remaining podium places, Ballyclare based athlete Jana Ross (Unattached) took 2nd place in 43:39, before Natasha Henderson (County Antrim Harriers) made a welcome return from injury to secure 3rd place in 43:52.
In the battle for local honours, Paul Hutchinson (Unattached) and April Clarke (North Belfast Harriers) were victorious with finish times of 37:46 (5th place) and 44:32 (4th place lady) respectively.