New Post on Slugger O’Toole: Celebrating Northern Ireland’s Olympic Past and Future

mcarthur-gallery-1I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog, ‘Celebrating Northern Ireland’s Olympic Past and Future in Antrim and Dervock.

While this departs from the theme of the Church Without Walls blog, some readers may be interested to know that:

This week features two events highlighting Northern Ireland’s Olympic past and future in athletics.

Tomorrow evening, 18 July, will be an opportunity to see top local athletes compete against Olympic runners from Qatar, Egypt, Oman and Djbouti. The Antrim Stadium will play host to the first Brian Downing Memorial International, organised by Athletics Northern Ireland and Lagan Valley Athletics Club, at 7 pm.

Saturday 21 July the Kennedy Kane McArthur Festival of Running will take place in Dervock. This event honours the Northern Ireland-born athlete who, running in the colours of South Africa, won the Olympic Marathon in Stockholm in 1912. The Festival will include road races over the marathon, half marathon and 10k distance.

(Image of K.K. McArthur sourced on

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