Dub Runners host 3rd annual Giants Trail Race:
On Friday 28th July 2017, Belfast based club Dub Runners welcomed well over three hundred athletes to the 3rd annual running of their Giants Trail Race in Belfast.
The race started at Dub Playing Fields and took competitors on a challenging 6 mile course, which consisted of a combination of forest trails, pastures and the Lagan Towpath, all of which provided views of the River Lagan. Athletes climbed through the woodlands of Minnowburn, passing the sculptures and natural art along the way, before passing through the ancient environs of the Neolithic monument at the Giant’s Ring and returning via Edenderry village and Gilchrist Bridge to Shaw’s bridge, finishing at the Dub Playing Fields.
Pre-race favourite Mark McKinstry (North Belfast Harriers) lived up to expectation, winning in a new course record of 33:45 (1st place). Ever consistent Neill Weir (Willowfield Harriers) followed in 35:29 for 2nd place, before Stephen Wylie (Victoria Park & Connswater AC) completed the podium in 36:52 (3rd place).
In the ladies race, Sarahjane Guiney (Unattached) continued her recent run of good form when she sealed victory in 41:09 (1st place). Lagan Valley AC’s Jenny Finlay claimed the runners up spot in 42:18 (2nd place), while Susan MacRitchie (Bellahouston Harriers) recorded 42:47 for 3rd place.
Top 3 Men: 1st Mark McKinstry (North Belfast Harriers) – 33:45, 2nd Neill Weir (Willowfield Harriers) – 35:29, 3rd Stephen Wylie (Victoria Park & Connswater AC) – 36:52
Top 3 Ladies: 1st Sarahjane Guiney (Unattached) – 41:09, 2nd Jenny Finlay (Lagan Valley AC) – 42:18, 3rd Susan MacRitchie (Bellahouston Harriers) – 42:47
Full Results: Giants Trail Race (6 miles) 2017 Results