IRVINE Running Club (IRC) athletes recently competed at the prestigious Monument Mile held on the Stirling University track as they returned to action following lockdown.

The main talking point from the event, which attracts runners from across the country, was the breaking of four minutes by two athletes in the main race.

Not to be outdone three IRC athletes shone under the floodlights at the event.

Lee Shaw busted off the rust of six months without races to clock an electric 4:58 in his debut over the mile distance, placing third in his heat. Colin Whitby, back in action after a stellar run at the Larne half marathon, ran a courageous race from the gun to earn a PB in a speedy 4:51, placing fifth in his heat. Michael Rimicans unleashed a powerful finishing kick on the home straight to win his heat, breaking the tape in a personal best of 4:45.

All athletes were delighted to run personal bests and enjoy their first race in a long time.

Closer to home, the club organised a three-mile time trial in order to give the members some much needed competition.

The course started at the Low Green bridge and headed out across the moor to the recycling centre where they turned and followed the same route back.

14 club members turned up for the early morning event and runners were set off at three minute intervals.

Ross Harvey now recovered from injury posted the fastest time of the day with 16:25 and Colin Whitby was not far behind with 16:41.

Fastest lady was Jennie Jackson with a time of 22:02.

Other times were Alex Allardyce (18:32), Alan Douglas (19:18), George Irving (19:49), Jim Sneddon (20:38), Stuart Moffat (20:51), Mike Flinn (23:15), Susan Rhodes (24:59). Layna Thomson (28:35), Joyce Stewart (28:37), Bob Nicol (33:54) and Ian McManus (43:46).