This week has witnessed a number of fantastic performances by the club’s men and women over different distances throughout the province, Republic of Ireland and UK.
Last Wednesday night, Eamon White ran a brilliant race to secure the runner’s up spot in the 2nd Dundalk Half Marathon. Held over a fast circut on the outskirts of the City, Eamon posted an excellent time of 1.12.51, just 20 seconds behind the winner Gary O’Hanlon.
LES JONES 10km (Friday)
The Les Jones 10km was held on Friday evening and two Harriers – Alan O’Hara and Breege Connolly – won the men’s and women’s events.
A particularly tough course with two long climbs, personal bests were never going to be threatened but our Harriers acquitted themselves well over the hilly terrain and reasserted the club’s dominance on the local road racing scene.
Alan O’Hara gave a classy display of aggressive front running as he demolished the field by around 45 seconds. This was Alan’s second win of the road racing season, having won the Albertville 5m back in March.
Times are largely irrelevant on this course but Alan will be pleased at the distance he put between himself and fellow Masters’ Paul Carroll, Mark Wright (both Annadale) and Neil Douglas (Ballymena Runners).
Mick Fitzpatrick, in his first race since the Belfast Marathon, was 5th. Paddy Hamill was 15th, closely followed by Davy Brady 16th.
Breege Connolly was first woman home in 37.06 and is now tapering ahead of the Edinburgh Marathon in two week’s time, where she is expecting to go well. Louise Smith won the F40 category in 41:50.
WATERWORKS PARK RUN (Saturday)
Driving rain and strong head winds on the toughest parts of the course ensured quick times weren’t in order at the 28th Waterworks Park Run on Saturday morning.
That said it was a Harriers one-two as (a sleep deprived) Conor Curran won in 16.54 from Paul Jenkins in 18.01. It was the second 5000m this week for Conor who ran his first track race in 16 years on Wednesday night, recording 16.16 for fourth place at the Mary Peters Track Open Graded Meeting.
Cathy McCourt ran the same race recording 17.59 both runners were competing more against the clock as the numbers for the event were not as high as expected (official results still unavailable).
BRISTOL 10km (Sunday)
Stephen Scullion reaped the benefits of three week’s altitude training with a repeat of his 2010 5th placing in the Bristol 10km this morning.
The fast, flat course doubled as the 2011 English Athletics 10k Championships and forms a key element in runbritain’s Grand Prix series, which aims to encourage participation from leading athletes by linking five of Britain’s leading road races for a total prize purse in excess of £55,000.
Stephen recorded a time of 29.20 today and took the scalps of some notable UK elite runners.
RUNHER 10km (Sunday)
Cathy McCourt’s busy week continued with a repeat of her 2010 win in the RunHer 10km at Stormont today.
Battling strong winds and a hilly course, Cathy was the winner of this popular, female-only event which is sponsored by the Belfast Telegraph.
Cathy won in 38.16 from Julie Balmer (North Down).
Termoneeney 10km (Sunday)
Finally….on Sunday, the Termoneeny 10k took place and runners had to contend with the wind and 5 tough climbs.
After 2k Matt Wray (Ballymena & Antrim) & Christopher McPeake (Sperrin Harriers) were starting to make the race their own with Alan Ritche of North Belfast Harriers chasing them hard.
The race stayed like that to the finish with Matt winning in34-38 . McPeake was second in 35-15 with Alan 3rd in 36-21.