Weekly roundup: busy week despite July holidays

Despite it entering into the holiday month several Harriers were still in action in various places throughout the week.

First up was the Loughisland 5.05 miler on Wednesday night.  Nelson Cahoon was first harrier over the line and second M50 in 31:16 with new minutes secretary Frankey McGivern second harrier over the line with second place in the F45 category in a time of 39:04.

On Thursday night two harriers traveled to the Jude Gallagher round the bridges 10 miler in Limavady. Alan Ritchie had a great race to finish 9th in 61:23 with Greg McClure finishing 23rd in 63:27.

On Saturday there was a track meet at Antrim forum for the team trophy and ANI relay championships. Paul Jenkins and Jim Newberry made the journey to compete in the 3,000m with both competing well and Paul finishing in 10:12 with Jim in 11:01.

In the waterworks parkrun, also on saturday, we had the usual large contingent of harriers taking part. Darryl Blair continued his improvement of late with first place and victory in a new PB of 16:20 after a close-fought race. Next up was Gareth Grew, who was minus the pressure of sibling rivalry this week, to finish 3rd in 17:22. Regulars Greg (McClure) and Damien (Gill) were next up for 11th and 13th place with 19:10 and 19:45 respectively. Gerry Gribbon finished 17th with 20:33, Jim Clinton 36th with 22:38,Mary Ringland was 60th with 24:53 and young Darragh McNairney was 85th in 27:49.

Across town in Victoria Park new recruit Judi Graham was 1st woman in 19:28.

Perhaps the biggest result for the harriers happened the previous Sunday in Phoenix park with walker Emma Doherty winning the 10k in the 18th Dublin grand prix of race walking amongst a strong field. Emma finished in a time of 55:54 in a grand prix meeting which included several olympians and world class racers across distances. Results here

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