SLIDESHOW: Fairhill road race a huge success

More than 500 competitors took part in the annual Fairhill five-mile road race through the streets of Ballymena last Wednesday night.

The event, organised by Ballymena Runners, saw runners tackle two laps of the town centre course.

Some of the children who took part in the Fairhill 5 mile road race. INBT24-217AC

Some of the children who took part in the Fairhill 5 mile road race. INBT24-217AC

As the athletes made their way through the 2 mile marker, it was Brian Campbell (Willowfield Harriers) and Glenwherry-based Mark McKinstry (North Belfast Harriers) who led the way, with Aaron Meharg (Acorns AC), Brendan Grew (North Belfast Harriers) and Andrew Considine (North Belfast Harriers) amongst the chasing pack.

In the ladies race, Cathy McCourt (North Belfast Harriers) looked a dominant figure at the front, while Gillian Wasson (Springwell Running Club), Denise Logue (Ballydrain Harriers), Gillian Burns (Dromore AC) and the host clubs Lorna Sibbett and Geraldine Quigley all contesting the remaining podium places.

The second half played out just as it did for Campbell and McKinstry at the Mayfair 10k two weeks ago, with Brian just edging clear and securing victory, while there was no stopping Cathy McCourt in the ladies’ race.