Photos Credit to Fintan Stewart
Neil Johnston was always prominent in a leading five-strong group, with defending champion North Belfast Harrier’s Mark McKinstry, Craig McMeechan of North Down AC and local duo Declan Reed and Allan Bogle. Bogle and then Reed dropped off the pace as Johnston and McKinstry upped the tempo before Johnston made the winning move on the final lap to grind out a 21 second win from McKinstry who just held off the fast finishing McMeechan.
The Spartans packed well in the 6 to score team race, with Reed 4th, Bogle 5th, Sean Melarkey 11th, Emmett McGinty 12th, Noel Logan 17th and 15 year old Daniel Devenney scoring on his first senior team 28th, to seal the deal comfortably clear of Foyle Valley, led home by Marty Gallagher in 7th, and followed by North Down AC, Willowfield Harriers and Springwell Running Club.
Written by Gerry Lynch