This week saw Jimmy Nolan’s kids get their first competition in a while, another win for Gladys, good runs in Dublin, more track racing and a silver medal in the Irish Masters track 5000m.
National Lottery 10 Mile (“Frank Duffy) Road Race, Phoenix Park, Dublin
Stephen Scullion showed that he’s back to something resembling top shape with a personal best and sub 50 minute clocking over 10 miles on Saturday morning.
Stephen rang strongly to record 49:59 for third place in the race behind Spaniard Jose Carlos Hernandez (48.15) and Anthony Ford of Sale Harriers and England (48:36) who also recorded a personal best over the distance.
Club mate Alan O’Hara continued his brilliant season with 14th, a personal best and a win in the M35 category. Alan’s time of 53:38 bodes well for his half marathon attempt next month.
Breege Connolly came up against another strong women’s field and performed strongly to record 60:11 for 8th position.
Marty McIlkenny ran a stormer of a race to record 60:59 for 114th place. An excellent time for the Lurgan man and one which indicates a sub 3 marathon time in Dublin should be on the cards.
Results here: http://dublinmarathon.ie/results.php
Irish Masters Track and Field Championships
Conor Curran ran 16.00.78 for 5000m on his way to winning the (M35) Silver medal in yesterday’s Irish Masters Track and Field Championships in Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
About 15 runners took to the line, which was won by Irish running legend Gerry Ryan of Craughwell AC.
Gerry (M45), who last week won the Streets of Galway 8km in 24:24, was never in danger of losing the National Masters 5000m title he won last year.
However, just like last year’s race, he had company in the shape of Letterkenny runner Ciaran Doherty, the current Masters (M35) World Champion over 3000m steeplechase.
Frank Quinlan of Waterford AC (M35) also went with the early pace but suffered in the late stages. Quinlan saw his 80 metre gap over Conor reduced to nil with 400m to go, Conor having worked his way through the field and moving from 7th to 4th at the bell.
At the same stage in the race, Ryan was away and clear from Doherty taking the tape in 15.06. Doherty finished 10 seconds adrift of Ryan while Curran passed and then held off Quinlan’s late kick to nick silver in the M35 category and third overall.
Conor knocked over 7 seconds off his personal best but narrowly missed out on his pre-race “sub 16” target recording 16.00.78 to Quinlan’s 16.01.80
Conor’s attention turns to the NI Masters Track and Field Championships this weekend at the Mary Peters Track where he will be joined by fellow Harriers Paul Jenkins, Jim Newberry and Laurence Johnston.
Results will be posted here: http://www.athleticsireland.ie/content/?p=20904
GaelForce West Adventure Race
Marty Rea, Gareth Grew, Jim Benson and Stevie Walker competed at the GaelForce West Adventure Race in Westport, Galway, this weekend.
This is billed as one of the toughest multi-discipline adventure races in Ireland but the travelling stags performed admirably.
That said, according to land-based eye witnesses, Gareth Grew got into a spot off bother with the Kayak when he started to row in circles.
And spectators were even more alarmed when they saw Gareth being tracked by a mysterious shiny headed figure bobbing in and out of the water. However, closer inspection revealed that this was simply Jim Benson.
Locals also reported that North Belfast man, Grew was later finding the “disciplines” of “walking and talking” slightly harder than earlier demands of the kayaking and running.
Thankfully, his slurred speech and balance problems had cleared up (a little bit) by the following morning.
On a serious note, the boys all performed very well. There were 2253 finishers and the Harriers’ placings were:
Marty Rea, 25th, 4hrs 08
Jim Benson, 55th, 4hrs 22
Gareth Grew, 179th, 4hrs 48
Stevie Walker, 223rd, 4hrs 53
Gael Force results here: http://www.gaelforceevents.com/west/en/event_info/gaelforce_west_results.html
Photos unavailable. Unfortunately.
Crawsfordsburn trail race
In Crawsfordsburn on Wednesday night Gladys O’Neill competed in the tough 5k and won the womans race in 18:40 also finishing 6th overall in the race to continue her dominance of the local scene.
Paul Blaney had a good return to racing after a long layoff to take 4th place.
The event, which starts in Crawfordsburn Country Park, is off road and hilly – taking in walking paths around the forest and surrounding coastal route.
Other harriers who ran included Ciaran Hart, Frankie McGivern and Michael Harte.
Jimmy Nolan’s youth squad were in action on Thursday night in the 5th Edwards meet of the year at the Mary Peters track.
The large squad of unders 9s, under 10s and under 11s had the option of 150 and 600 metres.
Conall Browne, Shane Carr, Cian McGrath, Tom O’Hare, Sam Carr, Thomas Killian and Diare Browne all competed well in the 150 metres while in the 600 metres Damian Marquess was 5th with Conall Browne, Owen Reid, Cian McGrath,Tom O’Hare , Sam Carr, Diare Browne and Thomas Killian all competing well.
In the 800 metres young Conall McCambridge(u17) had the tough ask of being in with the u20s and seniors and had a good race to run 2:27.
Antrim forum 3k
Norman Bisset’s squad travelled to the Antrim forum for the open meet 3k. Paul Jenkins got another step closer to sub 10 in another new PB of 10:08, Laurence Johnston took 2nd place in 10:29 and Jim Newberry took 3rd in 11:14.
Gerard McNamara notched up a nice new Park Run PB (18.48) on Saturday morning when he was 3rd in the Waterworks parkrun.
Parkrun stalwart Damien Gill kept his points tally healthy with 10th place in 19.52. Dropping down in distance for a rare outing over 5km, Lisa Sturgeon was 5th overall in a time of approximately 19.20 (results don’t record Lisa’s time and place).
Other Harriers included:
Gerry Gribbon 20:02
Angela Burns 20:22
Mary Ringland 25:12
Daragh McNairney 27:54
Greg McClure and Tina Hagen crossed the line in the same time of 43:23.
Over in the east waterworks organisor Matt Shields paid a guest visit to victoria park and finish 2nd in a time of 17:57.
Finally, Matt and Damien would like to pass on a big thanks to all the Harriers who kindly gave up four hours of their Sunday to volunteer and marshal the bike section at the Groomsport Tri yesterday.