Jarlath Falls came out on top of an entry of 350 athletes to win the Race Over The Glens at Glenariff Forest Park for the eighth time on Wednesday.
The event promoted by Ballymena Runners and sponsored by Causeway Dental, StyleNSport with help from Powerade was held in horrendous conditions with gale force winds and rain lashing the runners throughout.
Falls moved to the front in the early stages and increased his lead over the tough hilly course to claim the King Of The Glens title 45 seconds before ultra distance runner Justin Maxwell with Newcastle new star Seamus Lynch coming third.
Lynch was joined by Paul Carlin, Deon McNeilly, Mark Kendal, Eamon McCrickard and Brendan Donnelly as Newcastle took the team title with 71 points ahead of East Coast who had 83.
Shileen O’Kane showed her mountain racing skills to claim the Queen Of The Glens crown well ahead of Naoise McLoughlin, Trudy Brown and Penny Lindsay.
Results - Men: 1, J Falls (Ballymena and Antrim) 38:44; 2, J Maxwell (East Coast) 39:29; 3, S Lynch (Newcastle) 39:39; 4, M Hewitt (UA) 40:13; 5, P McAnespie (Armagh) 40:29; 6, J Brown (East Coast) 40:32. Ladies: 1, S O’Kane (Lagan Valley) 46:29; 2, N McLoughlin (East Coast) 47:50; 3, T Brown (Orangegrove) 49:23; 4, P Lindsay (East Coast) 50:44.