There were victories for harriers all around at the weekend. In Ards Jim Benson won the 5 miler, in the Cookstown 5 miler Stephen Scullion and Cathy McCourt both won,in Annagassan Gladys O’Neill won the 10k in 35:12 [clarification – Gladys was the first women, first man was Brian Mc Cluskey] and in Portadown Connor Magill won the 10k. In Carlingford Judi Graham was 3rd woman and in Ards Angela Burns finished 3rd.
Ards 5 mile
Jim Benson showed a clean pair of heels in the last half a mile of Ards to fend of an old rival and win by 10 seconds in 27:39 while in the womans race Angela Burns followed her 3rd in Ballymoney with another 3rd in 32:12.Gerard McNamara continued his return to form for 12th open in 31:02 while Jim Clinton had another solid run to finish 9th M45 in 36:27.
Cookstown 5 mile
On Friday night in Cookstown there were victories in both the male and female races with Stephen Scullion being the clear victor in 24:36 and Cathy McCourt winning the womans race in 29:57. Alan O’Hara continued his good run of form to finish 2nd in 25:40 while Darryl Blair finished 5th in 26:47.
On Saturday morning Connor Magill won the Portadown 10k on Saturday for the second year in a row in 33:18 to continue his return from injury.
In Carlingford three harriers travelled on Friday night for the local festival 5k with runners from all over the north and south taking part. After a few false starts and an ill timed three point turn across the lead race pack the harriers all recorded good runs with Conor Curran finishing 6th MO in 16:19, Judi Graham finishing 3rd woman in 18:54 and Eoin McQuillan recording a new PB in his first race of the year for 27th in 17:29.
The usual large contingent of harriers travelled to the waterworks on saturday morning. Clubmates Stephen Walker and Laurence Johnston had a good battle for 2nd with Stephen winning out in 17:57 and Laurence finishing in 18:04. Matt Shields followed up his victory from last week with another good time in 18:21 with parkrun leader Damien Gill posting another sub 20 in 19:29. New member Gerry Gribbon recorded a new PB in 20:18 with the Lavery brothers John and Kevin battling it out with John Lavery finishing in 22:06 and Kevin in 22:12. Regular Jim Clinton was next up in 26:17 with young Darragh McNairney finishing in 26:55 and Jimmy Nolan ran 35:48.
In other races Conor Curran donned the Northern Ireland vest for a 3k in Solihull. Despite the wind, rain, thunder, lightning and hail Conor had a good run to finish 2md M35 in 9:30. In Annagassan on Saturday Gladys won the 10k in an excellent time in 35:12 while in Galway City Breege Connolly had a good race among a strong field to finish 6th woman in 28:48.