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Runners out in force for Kilwaughter Minerals 10 Mile Race on East Antrim coast


 

More than 500 runners descended on Larne last weekend as the Kilwaughter Minerals 10 Mile Race returned to the County Antrim town for the second year running.


The popular race, hosted by Larne Athletic Club, was an all-inclusive event, welcoming amateur athletes, seasoned runners, and race rookies from both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.



Taking top honours on the day, completing Northern Ireland’s most picturesque race route in a time of just 51.44 was unattached runner, John Paul Williamson.


Kilwaughter Minerals' CEO, Gary Wilmot (right) proudly presents John Paul Williamson with 1st place prize following his victory in the annual Kilwaughter Minerals 10 Mile Race
Kilwaughter Minerals' CEO, Gary Wilmot (right) proudly presents John Paul Williamson with 1st place prize following his victory in the annual Kilwaughter Minerals 10 Mile Race

John Paul, first time runner of the annual Larne 10 Mile Race, was followed by Conal McCambridge of North Belfast Harriers running club who secured second place at 51.51, and Foyle Valley AC male Scott Rankin who came in third having crossed the line at 52.24.


Impressive finishing times by the male cohort were matched by strong performances in the women’s race.



Leading lady Caitlyn Harvey of Road Runners athleticclub clocked 1.00.43 to bag first place, whilst Elisoa Crawford, North Belfast Harriers runner and North Down AC athlete Fiona McQuillan picked up second and third place medals with times of 1.03.12 and 1.03.27 respectively.


Road Runners athlete, Caitlyn Harvey (left) receives accolade from Kilwaughter Minerals CEO, Gary Wilmot, after crossing the finishing line of the Kilwaughter Minerals 10 Mile Race in first place.
Road Runners athlete, Caitlyn Harvey (left) receives accolade from Kilwaughter Minerals CEO, Gary Wilmot, after crossing the finishing line of the Kilwaughter Minerals 10 Mile Race in first place.

Gary Wilmot, Chief Executive, of headline race sponsor Kilwaughter Minerals, said:


“Kilwaughter Minerals is delighted to have once again teamed up with local running club, Larne AC, to bring this fantastic racing event to the area.


“The sheer volume of runners who took part this year is testament to the success of the inaugural race back in 2022 and the popularity of such events in our region.


“It is an honour to champion sporting initiatives like this which drive people to our town and deliver real physical, social, and mental benefits to those who take part.



“As proud headline sponsor, we would like to thank the hundreds who came out to support the race and extend a huge congratulations to everyone who organised or took part - what an achievement!”


Also commenting on the success of the second Kilwaughter Minerals Larne 10 Mile Race, Larne Athletic Club Chairman, William Thompson, enthused:


“What a turnout for the 2023 Kilwaughter Minerals Larne 10 Mile Race.



“Many of the 500 runners who took part this year were returning participants from 2022 which just goes to show the calibre of the event that we and Kilwaughter Minerals have been able to deliver.


“We are immensely proud of everyone who took part, either in the race itself, as part of the organisation committee, or as a spectator and supportive voice along the route and can’t wait to see what 2024’s event will bring.”

 

For full official race results, please visit:


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