AN IRVINE runner was mixing with the best of Britain recently when he took on a half marathon in Northern Ireland.

Colin Whitby was one of a small field, which included multiple Olympic and World champion Mo Farah, who made it to the start at the County Antrim half marathon.

Similar to many of the major races this event was elite only with 40 men and 40 women making up the field with an ‘A’ and ‘B’ race in each of the categories.

The race gained a good deal of publicity as it was packed with champion and international runners, including Colin, who set off with the ‘B’ group where the first four miles consisted of an undulating lap of Larne.

The next section headed out along the beautiful Antrim Coast road up to Ballygalley, then looped back into Larne. The weather conditions were almost ideal except for a strong wind occasionally. Due to the small field the Irvine runner spent most of the time running by himself but was rewarded with an excellent time of 71:49 beating his previous personal best time by over two minutes.

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