Mark McKinstry
Mark McKinstry

Mark McKinstry produced a dominating performance to win the third Castleward Challenge Half Marathon around the grounds of the stately mansion near Strangford.

The North Belfast athlete was in a class of his own in the Born 2 Run event. He hit the front early on and moved steadily ahead to win by three minutes twenty five from Ryan Moore with Stuart Paulin taking a good third.

Commonwealth Games tri-athlete Julie Murphy, runner up last year, had a start to finish success as she won the Ladies by almost ten minutes from Janice Reid with Emma Moley 3rd.

James Savage, just outside the medals last year, won the 10K from Paul Burns with Cathy McCourt finishing third overall as she followed her Ballymena success with Ladies victory ahead of Catherine O’Connor and Louise Lemon. John McConnell was 3rd man.

There were 152 finishers in the half marathon and 177 in the 10K. The nominated charity was Marie Curie Cancer Care.

James Edgar and Christy Conlon were top local performers in the London Mini Marathon Races.

Paddy Robb from St Malachy’s came 50th in the U17s with Kian Bittles 18th and Tony McCambridge of North Belfast 19th in the U13s.

In the Girls Olivia Nelson from Stratherne was 14th in the U13’s with Enya Haigney of Omagh 35th and Mollie Brown Glenlola 36th. Lisburn’s Madison Bowyer came 50th in the U15s with Catriona McGloin of Balmoral 44th in the U17s.

There was some good performances by local competitors in the main marathon, Andrew Considine ran 2:40:53; Francis Marsh 2:41.56; Mark Kendall 2:44:56 and Jim Benson 2:47:17 while in the Ladies Penny Lindsay had 3:00:21; Lynsey Pronger 3:24:35 and Athanasia Sevastaki 3:26:27.