Saturday saw a busy day for the harriers with the waterworks parkrun celebrating it’s first anniversary and the NI uneven championships and Bobby Rea cross country races taking place over at Barnett’s Demesne in south belfast.
NI uneven championships
It was again good to see a large contingent of young harriers taking part in the age-group championships. In the under 11 girls Ellie Bradley had a good run while in the under 11 boys Damian Marquess finished 11th to qualify for the all irelands with Adam Lamb, Brendan McCambridge and Conor McNicholl also having good runs.
In the under 13 girls Raoisle Hoy and Laila Murray both had good runs while in the boys Conall Brown performed well in his first cross country. In the under 15 girls Catherine McNicholl had a good race while Conall McCambridge had his usual solid race in the under 17 boys.
Many of these young athletes will be available for the same age-group next year making their performances all the more impressive.
Saturday also saw the annual Bobby Rea cross country at Barnetts Demesne with a large contingent of harriers taking part in very muddy conditions. Recently crowned novice champion Connor Magill had another good run for 6th place with Alan O’Hara, despite a slow start, finishing strongly for 9th position. Mountain man Neil Carty had a strong run for 17th with Darryl Blair next up in 22nd position. Ed Cooke ran well for 29th with Laurence Johnston, Eoin McQuillan and Jim Newberry also putting in good runs.
In the womens race Cathy McCourt, after a good initial battle with Julie Turley, finished in 2nd place with Claire Prenter having a good run finishing very strongly to take 8th place.
At the waterworks it was a day of celebrations to mark the first anniversary with fancy dress and post race entertainment being the order of the day. In the event itself it was quite fitting that event director Matt Shields took 1st place running an impressive 18:07. Angela Burns took victory in the womens race while Greg McClure had a good run despite his marathon exploits on Monday with next harrier Ciaran Hunter also in recovery from the Dublin marathon. John Lavery was next up followed by Damian Gill. parkrun first timer Claire McCorry was next up followed by regular Jim Clinton with Darragh McNairney having a good run. It was Jenkins junior next with Joshua completing his first parkrun while Jack O’Dwyer Henry and Aaron McCann also had good runs.
Special mention must go to Damian Gill who was awarded mens champion at the waterworks. Damian ran 46 park runs over the course of the year and also achieved full volunteer points making him clear winner. His PB for the year was 19:13 and he is now 3 runs away from being the first person from the waterworks to get the covetted parkrun t-shirt for 50 runs.