Mark retains Fairhill 5 Mile title

Shaun Oneill


Shaun Oneill


FIT N Running athlete Mark McKinstry was in ruthless form as he retained his Fairhill 5 mile road race title on the sun drenched streets of Ballymena last Wednesday evening.

He was prominent from the off as Keith Shiels of Foyle Valley took up pole position with McKinstry taking close order in his slipstream. However the defending champion made an early move to open a 9 second gap from Shiels at half distance bringing rapturous applause from the large crowd of spectators assembled at the Broadway bandstand.

By mile 3 it was all McKinstry and he looked superb as he recorded a sweeping victory breaking the tape on Church Street in 25minutes 14 seconds. Former winner Keith Shiels was 25 seconds adrift in silver position.

Other Fit N Running athletes in action were Marcus Lynn (38.24). Clare Semple (41.43). Allan Clarke (42.54). Angela Gibbons (51.03) and Marianne Clarke (57.38) Alison Gribnen, Paula Casey, Dorothy Orr and Alana Donnelly.


Monday 7.15pm, Intermediate group run (Studio 365 Springwell Street)

Tuesday 6pm, Runners Circuit Class (Private Studio)

Tuesday 7.15pm, Beginners Course (Ballymena North Centre)

Wednesday 110pm - 140pm Hard core Circuit Class (Studio 365)

Wednesday 7.15pm, Speed Development Run Group (Ballymena North Centre)

Thursday 6.30pm, Flexibility Class (Private Studio)

Thursday 7.45pm, Runners Circuit Class (Private Studio)

Saturday 9am, Beginners Course (Studio 365 Springwell Street)

For further information contact Gregory on (M) 07952 168016 or

(E) Gregory.walsh@

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