Jason Wilson of Ballymena Runners takes third in Rathlin Run

Some of those who took part in the Rathlin Island Run on Saturday. Runners from far and wide came to run around the Island which is one of NI's most challenging routes. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia

JASON Wilson of Ballymena Runners took third spot in the Rathlin Run on Saturday.

The event is described by the organisers as ‘the most unique and challenging road race in Northern Ireland’.

The winner was Neill Weir from the Willowfield club.

Some of those who took part in the Rathlin Island Run on Saturday. Runners from far and wide came to run around the Island which is one of NI’s most challenging routes. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia

 

Others taking part included 68-year-old David Ford, the former South Antrim MLA who is also an ex-leader of the Alliance Party and a former Justice Minister in Northern Ireland.

The Rathlin Run 10 mile race covers an extremely scenic course. It starts in the hub of the island, ‘Church Bay’ before heading inland, where competitors complete a ‘loop’ which takes them in the direction of the East Light House.

Once at the island’s Community Centre (1.6miles), the course directs athletes right and follows the main road towards the popular RSPB Seabird Centre and the West Lighthouse.

Some of those who took part in the Rathlin Island Run on Saturday. Runners from far and wide came to run around the Island which is one of NI’s most challenging routes. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia

Participants then follow this undulating road, where they are treated to stunning coastal and inland views. En-route to the furthermost western point of the island, runners pass Kinramer Wood before entering Kebble Nature Reserve.

After completing a short off road road/trail section competitors turn at the RSPB Seabird Centre (5.7miles) to head back towards the Church Bay.

Ruth and David Ford with Mary Wallace during the Rathlin Island Run. Mr Ford (right) is the former Northern Ireland Justice Minister. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia

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