The Rathlin Run is a popular race with the club, with members having participating and in some cases winning it for a number of years. On this occasion, in addition to it being the final event in the OAC Club Championship, the NI Running website people had involvement in organising it, meaning several changes and a somewhat higher profile event. Its appeal meant a dozen OAC members making the ferry journey over to the Island.
Changes this year meant a return to a 10 mile route from the half marathon distance of the last couple of years, and a replacement of the 10k event for a 5k. It proved a well organised event with accurate mile markers, more water stations and a bigger turnout. There was strong representation from Foyle Valley, Termoneeny and Belfast Running Club. The reduction in distance still meant it was by no means an easy event. The 10 miler had formidable hills, particularly in the first half. OAC as always rose to the challenge with some great results and several medals.
Thomas Leitch, a regular of the event, won 3rd place overall with a time of 1h04m52s. Andy McIntyre was 2nd OAC member to finish with a great time of 1h13m37s. Brian Todd won his age category with a time of 1h18m16s. Stephen Orr, who wouldn’t usually do this sort of distance acquitted himself well with a time of 1h20m25s. In addition, Jill Holland won a category prize with a time of 1h33m19s. Remaining times were:
In the 5k event Liz Leitch was 3rd lady with a time of 22m19s
Thanks to NI Running for the photo, and for helping to put on a great event.