Pauline continues to impress in athletics comeback

Fit N Running's Mark McKinstry in cross-country action at Ballyclare.
Fit N Running's Mark McKinstry in cross-country action at Ballyclare.

Pauline Thom continued her racing comeback with another fine performance on Saturday.

East Antrim Harriers staged the McConnell Shield cross country event in Ballyclare.

Pauline was using the race as preparation for next weekend’s British and Irish Masters Championships where she will represent Northern Ireland.

Going in a 186 strong field the the Ballymena & Antrim athlete who trains with Fit N Running was prominent from the off and was indeed a clear winner in her age category.

She swept around the 3 mile course in 19mins 21secs to finish well up in a quality field with an impressive 8th place overall.

It is the latest impressive outing for the Ballymena woman who returned to athletics earlier this year, 13 years after retiring from the sport.

The local school teacher enjoyed a glittering track career which saw her represent Great Britain as a junior and both Ireland and Northern Ireland as a senior International athlete.

At her peak she was a two time silver medalist on the track at the British indoor championships.

In the male open event staged over 5 miles Mark McKinstry continued his consistent and impressive run of form with a 4th place finish.

From an impressive line up of 220 athletes, Glenwherry man Mark clocked a time of 27mins 12secs.


Fit N Running put on a range of weekly sessions and times to suit runners of varying abilities.

The weekly schedules are as follows:

Monday 615pm Recreational Run.

Monday 730pm Beginners Run

Tuesday 615pm Advanced Run.

Wednesday 615pm Conditioning Circuit.

All these sessions are from the Michelin Athletic Club on the Woodside Road in Ballymena.

New comers are always welcome.

For further information contact Gregory Walsh on 07952168016 or email