ATHLETICS: Big field expected for Wilderbeast 10 Miles Trail Race

Mark McKinstry will start favourite
Mark McKinstry will start favourite

A big field is expected for the inaugural running of the Wilderbeast 10 Miles Trail Race at the spectacular Glenarm Castle.

Mark McKinstry will be favourite for the men’s race.

The North Belfast Harrier seems to be at home on every type of surface and claimed second place in the senior cross country at Lurgan. He should win again.

Phelim McAllister and Thomas Leitch will be among the challengers along with Jonny Graham.

World mountain medallist Karen Alexander is another who can win over road, country or mountain and the Acorns girl will be well up among the leading men in the event. Liz Leitch and Sarah Steer will go well.

The race taking in Glenarm Forest as well as the Castle grounds should provide a great spectacle. There are also junior events.

Meanwhile, Catherine O’Connor can follow her bronze medal in the Laganside 10k with a victory in Saturday’s Shore 10k Road Race at Killough. The East Down runner also a mountain international should win from Mari Troeng, Sinead Murtagh, Sam McNeilly and Cheryl Denver.

Newcastle men Martin Melvin and David O’Flaherty look good in the men’s race. The race starts at 11am.

Elsewhere, three times winner Chris McPeake will start favourite for Saturday’s Ballinderry Bridge 10k Race. Defending champion Heather Foley looks good to take the ladies again from Pauline McGurren.

The action starts at 12pm.

Also, Gary O’Hanlon and Hannah Oldroyd will be the favourites for Sunday’s Mary Anderson Colour Marathon at Carrickmore.

O’Hanlon is a 2 hour 22 performer over the distance and should take the honours from Stephen Duncan, Steve Darby, Brendan Grew, Chris Denton and Delfim Pimentel.

English-based Hannah Oldroyd has a habit of winning races in Northern Ireland and should add this title to her growing list. Tara Malone, Natalie Hall and Gillian Logan can be next best.

The runners will start at 9am.