Mark is toast of Fit N Running Club after Race Over Glens win

Mark McKinstry after winning the Race over the Glens on New Year's Day.
Mark McKinstry after winning the Race over the Glens on New Year's Day.

Mark McKinstry was at his brillant best as he secured the 2016 King of the Glens title in a course record time at Glenariffe Forest Park.

The Fit N Running athlete however had company most the way in the New Year’s Day race as Brian Camphell of Willowfield and North Belfast’s Andrew Annett broke away from the 367 strong field.

The trio interchanged the lead throughout and were still together at the top of the steep climb before an injection of pace from McKinstry and Camphell took them clear of Annett.

There was little in it going into the last mile and with his eyes fixed firmly on the prize McKinstry then made what proved to be a winning move as he cranked it up another gear opening a gap which continued to grow all the way to the line.

Mark’s time of 35mins 11 secs was a new course record with Camphell 14secs adrift in 2nd and Annett a good 3rd.

Also in action was Conor Shiels who produced a fine performance to finish well up the field in 25th place 42mins 48secs.


If you feel inspired to take up running and would like to learn how to do it properly, Fit N Running are planning an 8 week beginners class starting on Tuesday 19th January at 615pm from the Michelin Athletic Club in Ballymena.

The course will teach proper running technique, warm up and cool down routines using a range of modern training and strength/conditioning methods.

This will help to to minimise injury and maximise performance enjoyment and progression.

Some individuals wishing to take up running can find themselves restricted due to excess weight, poor posture or pre-excisting injuries. If this is the case they can then transfer to the Wednesday evening conditioning circuit class to help address these issues.

The course will be taken by Personal Trainer and Athletics Coach Gregory Walsh who has 21 years experience as an athlete and coach. It is suitable for all ages and designed to take take participants from scratch to 35mins running over the 8 weeks.

Also available are individually tailored nutrition plans and access to our runners strength/conditioning circuit class.

Cost for 8 week running course is £20. It is limited to 20 people so book early to confirm your place. Pre-enrolment is neccessary.

Individually tailored nutrition plans are also available at a 50% discount of £20 to newly enrolled beginners.

For further infomation or to enrol contact Gregory on 07952168016 or email


Fit N Running weekly sessions and times are: Monday 615pm Recreational Run; Wednesday 615pm Conditioning Circuit class; Thursday 430pm Advanced running group; Thirsday 630pm Flexibility Class. There is also a session on Saturday morning for the advanced group.