The main competitive action of the weekend for the harriers took place at the causeway coast. The now annual event saw 10k, half marathon, marathon and ultra races take part with harriers in the ultra and the half marathon.
The course(s) could be described as multi-terrain and with bad weather conditions on top of this times can’t compare to road times. In the half marathon Gareth Grew continued to show good form in the run up to the Dublin marathon taking victory by 19 seconds. Gareth took the lead early on and maintained distance from 2nd place for the remainder of the race. Gareth finished in 1:31:59. Gerard McNamara, also preparing for Dublin, had another good run for 15th place with 1:46:04 while Alan Ritchie also ran to finish 35th in 1:52:10.
In the ultra marathon Martin Rea started as one of the pre race favourites and lived up to the billing taking 2nd place to Englishman Geoff Smyth in 5:45:22 while Liam McGarry continued his good form in endurance running finishing 8th in 6:31:00.
At the waterworks a good contingent of the harriers turned out.Matt Shields, returning from injury ,was first harrier finishing 3rd in 18:05. Gerry Gribbon continued his good progress with his 5th consecutive parkrun PB to finish 5th in 19:31 with waterworks leader Damien Gill next up to finish 7th in 20:05. Under 14 Darragh McNairney got his 2nd consecutive PB for 43rd in 25:23 with regular Jim Clinton finishing 47th in 25:21.
In Wallace park on Saturday Paul Blaney had a good run amongst a strong field in the open 3k to finish 6th in 9:48 with Connor Bradley from City of Derry winning in 9:17.
At the Respect 10k starting from the waterworks on Sunday 10k became more like 11k with flooding – new recruit Andrew Considine competed amongst ~40 runners to finish 2nd with a good run.