On Saturday 8 harriers made the journey to Phoenix Park Dublin for the Irish runner Dublin 5 mile. Over 6,000 runners took part in this race which was the first of the Dublin marathon race series and the harriers had a successful day with highlights being 1st male 35, 1st male 35 and 3rd female open.
In the mens race Alan O’Hara was first Harrier across the line to continue his superb season so far with a time of 26:01. This placed Alan 8th overall and 1st in the M35 category. Darryl Blair, fresh from his Greyabbey win, was next Harrier over the line to finish 16th in 27:09. Ed Cooke made his debut for the club with a strong run in 27:46 for 25th. Jim Benson had a good run to finish 47th in 28:39 with 5th in the M40 category while Stevie Walker continued to show the benefits of his training with 29:46.
In the womens race we also had a strong contingent out with Gladys Ganiel finishing highest in 3rd place in a time of 28:40. Breege Connolly was next up in 6th with 29:32 while Cathy McCourt finished 8th in 29:58 taking 1st place in the F35 category.
At the time of writing we believe that we won the team prize but are not 100% sure. The team prize was mixed with first 6 scoring.
On Thursday the annual Coleraine 10k took part with Laurence Johnston continuing his good form for 14th in 37:08 with Linda Petticrew also running finishing 69th in 46:38.
On Sunday the Cookstown half marathon took part in difficult weather conditions with Greg McClure finishing 26th and 2nd M50 in 1:27:06 and Jim Clinton finishing 147th in 1:44:00.
In the waterworks parkrun we had the usual large contingent taking part. Greg McClure was 8th in 19:25 with Jim Newberry next in 9th in 19:32. Waterworks parkrun leader Damien Gill finished 16th in 20:18 with Dr Tony Forde 22nd in 21:02. Juniors Adam Lamb and Darragh McNairney were 72nd and 73rd respectively with 25:57 and 26:20.
Over in victoria park Paul Jenkins made the journey to finish 2nd in 18:03.
In other news Greyabbey contacted the club to award us the mens team prize in the previous week’s 10k as an error had occured giving North Down the prize at the time.