In the big race of the weekend – the Ards half – the Harriers had a number of individuals competing with top three finishes in both the mens and womens races.
Alan O’Hara continued his fine form this season to shake off Paul Rowan in the second half of the race and finish 3rd in 1:10:58 only ~10 seconds behind 2nd. Next harrier up was new recruit, and former clubman, Alan McCullough who has only rejoined the club of late – Alan was 5th in 1:12:34. Michael Fitzpatrick was next up in 9th with 1:16:21 with Paddy Hamilton running a PB to finish 16th in 1:21:45. Laurence Johnston continued his good season with 1:21:58 in 19th. Greg had his usual consistent run in 1:26:13 for 42nd with Lisa Sturgeon next up to finish 3rd woman in 1:28:37. Well done to all involved especially given the tough nature of the course! Paul Pollock won the mens race with Julie Balmer winning the womens.
In the half marathon series Michael(Fitzpatrick) leads the O40s with Greg(McClure) second in the O50s.
In midweek racing several Harriers were involved in the East Antrim trail series in Tardree forest on Tuesday and the Drumough 5 miler on Wednesday. On Tuesday Jim Benson, Gareth Grew and Stevie Walker traveled to Tardree with Jim finishing third in a close finish with Gareth, Gareth finishing fourth and Stevie also having a solid race finishing seventh . On Wednesday Gareth, Stevie and Davy Brady travelled to Drumlough for the annual 5 mile race. Gareth finished second to Neill Douglas with Davy Brady, who’s making a return to form, finishing third. Stevie continued his good form with a time around 29 minutes on a tough course. Alan Ritchie also had a good race finishing third in Annaghmore in 37:24.
In Drumlough in the 2.5 miles u16 race Conal McCambridge won the boys with Catherine McNicholl winning the girls . Nuala Collins, Maeve McCambridge Lauren Barkley also had good runs. (No official results available at time of writing to confirm times).
In the primary school race at Drumlough Damian Marquess, Adam Lamb ,Cora Lamb, Amie and Elie Bradley, Conor McNicholl ,Sam Carr, Tomas Killian, Tom O’Hare and Conor Mc Cann all ran and did the club proud.
In the waterworks times weren’t recorded for the week however the harriers had several people taking part. Jim Benson finished 4th with Stevie Walker finishing 5th. Greg , the morning after Ards, finished 11th with Francie (McCaffrey) in 14th. Damien Gill kept his waterworks parkrun lead up with 19th place. Matthew Verdon took 38th place with regular Jim Clinton taking 69th place. Young Darragh McNairney was 81st.