There were two road races on this week with the annual Downpatrick 10k on Wednesday night and the annual Ballymoney 5 miler on Friday night. The harriers travelled in numbers to both coming out victorious in both the mens and womens in Ballymoney and getting third,fourth and fifth in Downpatrick.
Several Harriers made the journey to Downpatrick on Wednesday with good results all round. Darryl Blair and Connor Magill fought it out for 3rd place with Darryl coming out on top in a new PB of 34:00 and Connor, continuing to get stronger after his comeback from injury, finishing in 34:17. Alan Ritchie finished 5th breaking 35 minutes for the first time finishing in 34:52. Paul Jenkins was the next harrier in 13th breaking the 37 minute barrier for the first time in 36:49 Aidan O’Reilly got himself a new PB finishing 36th in 41:56 with Jim Clinton also getting a new PB for 74th in 45:57. Brendan Teer from East Down won the race in 31:50.
Stephen Scullion and Cathy McCourt were firm pre race favourites for the 5 miler with both justifying the favourites tag. Stephen unusually had company for the first mile but after that normal service was restored and he had a runaway victory with 25:03. (Second place was 26:30).Gregory Walsh had a good battle with Matt Wray finishing fourth in 27:39 while Jim Benson continued his good run of form to finish 4th in 28:00 with Stephen Walker also breaking the 29 minute barrier for a new PB of 28:54 in 11th. Laurence Johnston continued his good season for 13th in 29:10 with Cathy McCourt next harrier in just over 30 minutes (30:11) to finish two minutes ahead of the next woman. Angela Burns was next up for 3rd woman in 32:34 with Mark Hall finishing 97th in 37:46
At the waterworks Matt Shields rolled back the years to win in 18:02 with Damien Gill 6th in 19:29. Gerry Gribbon and Aidan O’Reilly ran news PBs for 13th and 19th in 20:21 and 21:05 respectively.Jim Clinton finished38th in 22:32 with young Darragh McNairney next in 27:37 while Jimmy Nolan came close to his PB in 29:51. Jim McIllwaine finished 115th in a new PB of 33:15.