Victories for the North Belfast mens’ and ladies’ teams:
It was a weekend of victories all round for the North Belfast mens’ and ladies’ teams:
The annual Armagh ten mile road race was first off on Sunday 10th October at 12 noon. In fine form, Breege Connolly led the ladies’ race comfortably from start to finish winning in a time of 60.44. 2nd in the ladies’ race was Anne Paul, from City of Derry, while Lisa Sturgeon was 3rd in 66.32. It was great to see Louise Smith making a welcome return to competition in a time of 70.55 and Franky McGivern ran another good race in just over 1hr 20mins. North Belfast also won the ladies’ team prize.
The men performed equally as well also winning the mens’ team prize. First home for the club was Eamon White in an excellent time of 54.26. Close behind him was Conor Magill in a time of 55.02 while Alan O’Hara capped the victory for the men in a time of 55.04. Having a superb run and great to see him returning to form, Davy Brady came home next running a great time of 58.01- there’s a lot more to come there this season! Mark Sturgeon came in next running 62.45 while the ever solid Greg McClure finished for the mens’ team in a steady time of 65.18.
Michael Magee and Gerard McNamara have also been training with the North Belfast marathon crew over the last few months and both ran excellent pb’s in times of 61.59 and 63.55 respectively.
This race provided the last run out for the Dublin marathon squad so fingers crossed the good times and hard work pays off!
Meanwhile, up at Stormont, Sharon Bird led the folks on the hill to cruise to victory in the womens’ Run Her 10k race. It was a close battle between Cathy McCourt and Sharon with Cathy leading for most of the race. However, Sharon’s strength over the hills gained, from her mountain racing over the summer, paid dividends and gave her the edge to win in a time of 39.20. Cathy, however, fought hard to the end and came home just 20 seconds later in a time of 39.41. Amanda Perry made it 1,2 and 3, for North Belfast finishing in a time of 41.47 – an excellent return to racing for Ms Perry and great to see her back!