Murlough make trip to Antrim

Murlough make trip to Antrim

7 February 2024

IN near perfect running conditions, a large Murlough AC contingent made their way to Antrim town to take part in the penultimate race of the Run Forest Run race series. 

A popular event due to its lack of hills, the 10K route starts in Antrim Castle Gardens and takes runners along the road before turning into the Loughside park trail to the ruins of Shane’s Castle – which is a Game of Thrones venue – and back again. Over 600 runners competed in the 10K.

Along with over 600 competitors, most of the Murlough AC runners took part in the 10K with Declan McCormick once again achieving a top 50 finishing position with a chip time of 40.45. 

He was followed by Marcus Chambers and Johnny Irvine. There were strong finishes from both Ciaran Poland and John O’Neill. Congratulations to Noel McMullan on achieving a personal best for this distance.

Anne McCormick was the first MAC woman over the line, followed close behind by Fionnuala Boyle.  

The shorter 5K option was restricted to the Antrim Castle grounds with loops around the 400 year-old gardens. 

Congratulations to all our MAC runners, especially the new members who continue to improve with each race event. 

Meanwhile, a few weeks ago, the club had members taking part in a South African parkrun. 

This week, however, Murlough had Tracy McCaughey taking advantage of a trip to Derry to take part in the Derry City parkrun at St Colman’s Park. 

“A nice route but Derry was freezing,” said Tracey, after Murlough members Hazel and Carol had complained previously about the heat in South Africa.