The big race of the weekend was the annual Bangor 10k organised by North Down AC. The harriers had a large contingent out and had a very successful day overall winning both male and female team prizes in addition to having some fine individual performances.
In the mens race up front Alan McCullough had a great battle for 2nd place, narrowly losing out by 1 second to Paul Rowan, to finish 3rd in 32:46. Jim Benson and Eddie Cooke were battling it out for next harrier with Jim winning out for 5th in 35:06 and Eddie finishing in 6th 35:11. This sealed the team prize.
Gareth Grew was next up for 10th in 35:48. John Patience continued his return from injury for an excellent 21st in 36:49 while Stevie Walker ran a new PB for 23rd in 36:55. Laurence Johnston was next up for 30th in 37:30 while Gerard McNamara and Jim Newberry had a good battle for 38:21 and 38:25 respectively.
John McGuigan was 50th in 39:22 while Travis Todd, after missing out narrowly in Laganside, cracked the 40 minute barrier to finish 51st in 39:27.
In the ladies race the big talking point was the battle between Gladys (O’Neill) and Kerry Harty. This turned out to be a great battle with Gladys leading up until the 7k mark but Kerry Harty finishing stronger to win by ~20 seconds. Gladys ran 35:32 to finish 9th overall.
The team event was also turning out to be closely fought with North Down. Louise Smith, in her first race for quite a while, finished 2nd female harrier(7th woman overall) in 41:56 and Claire Prenter completed the team victory in 42:28(8th woman overall).
Conal McCambridge made the journey to Ards forest park on saturday for the trail 5k and won the under 18 section in a time of 19:30.
At the waterworks a smaller contingent of harriers than usual turned up due to bangor. Recent recruit Gerry Gribbon, running a new PB for 14th in 19:48, was first harrier over the line. Waterworks leader Damien Gill was next up for 18th in 20:35 with Malachy McKenna making a comeback to finish next harrier in 29th with 22:07. Under 14 Daragh McNairney ran a new PB for 60th in 25:27 with regular Jim Clinton finishing 77th in 27:02. Over in Glasgow Aidan O’Reilly took in the Glasgow parkrun for another good time of 20:57 in 31st.
Greg McClure made the journey to Berlin for the world record breaking marathon. Despite having suffered with ITB of late Greg showed great determination to finish and used a run-walk strategy to go round in 4:34. We have no doubt Greg will be back running sub 3 hour marathons in no time.