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North women dominate / weekend report


In the last serious day of the road running calendar before the cross country season start the harriers had team relays, 10 milers, 10ks and the usual park runs to take care of as well as some international duty.
World silver for Carty
A belated congratulations to Neil Carty for helping Ireland to a silver in the world mountain running  championships. Neil was on duty for Ireland in in Paluzza Northern Italy where he finished 15th(first Irishman) in the M40 category to help Ireland to a silver.

Breege triumphs at Armagh
Breege Connolly had a great run on Sunday in Armagh to defeat local rival Julie Turley (Dromore) by 8 seconds in 58:59. The harriers involved were mainly using this as a final preparation run for Dublin marathon on the 31st of October. Eamon White was first harrier over the line for tenth place in 56:32while other harriers involved were Alan Ritchie who finished 31st in 62:06, Claire Prenter who was 5th female in 68:18 and Aidan O’Reilly who finished 93rd in 71:48.

imageEventful day in Omagh / Gladys victory
On Saturday the annual Sally’s Omagh 10k took place with several harriers travelling. Alan McCullough, despite taking a wrong turn, finished 3rd in 33:03 with Jim Benson next, showing he’s coming into good form for Dublin, finishing 4th in 34:32. Gladys O’Neill won the womens easily in 35:30 while Stevie Walker, despite an unplanned emergency stop to avoid a local cow herd, had another good run in 37:26. Travis Todd ran his second sub 40 in a row for 39:52. (Photo taken by Ed Winters Photographer of Omagh. Reproduced with thanks.)

NI relay championships- silver for vets
On Saturday in Victoria Park the harriers fielded mens team in both the open and the vets category. Each team consisted of 4 members with each athlete running 3380m. In the open Connor Magill, Alan Ritchie, Eddie Cooke and Paul Jenkins made up the team finishing an excellent 5th place against oppostion heavily dominated by track runners. The vets had a great race finishing 2nd with John Patience, Jim Newberry, Laurence Johnston and Neil Carty all running well.

2nd for Sharon
Across in Scotland Sharon Bird , after a long layoff with shin problems,took part in the Pentland skyline hill race finishing second woman. The race covered 16 miles and 6200 feet of climbing. Sharon finished in 3:01.

Cathy wins runher
In the now annual runher 10k Cathy McCourt and 5other runners took part with Cathy taking victory easily in 39:05.

parkrun event director Matt Shields was first harrier over the line at the waterworks for 2nd place in 18:02 with Damien Gill, the waterworks leader, challenging his PB for 5th in 19:21. Greg McClure ran his first since Berlin and the dreaded ITB and finished 12th in 20:45. Regular Jim Clinton finished 45th in 24:57 with Mary Ringland and Darragh McNairney next up for 25:31 and 26:07 respectively.