Yesterday saw the annual Joe Seeley NI 10k championships take part in Ormeau park with large numbers of harriers, both old and new members,turning out to place the team in both men and women.
Girls gold / Gladys bronze
The girls had a strong team out starting as firm favourites and didn’t disappoint. Despite having ran in Dublin 2 weeks previous Gladys O’Neill and Breege Connolly both had excellent races with Gladys winning the individual bronze in 35:59 and Breege taking 4th in 37:04.
Claire Connor had her first outing in a while and showed that her training at the track has been paying off taking 6th girl and breaking 40 in 39:41 with Claire Prenter having a great race to PB and finish 7th girl and creep under 40 in a chip time of 39:58. Louise Smith returned to racing as well to finish 9th girl in 40:11 while Angela Burns finished 12th girl in 40:35. Minutes secretary Frankey McGivern, also recovering from Dublin , had another solid race to finish in 48:21.
The team won with a total of 13 points with next up scoring 37 points.
Bronze for men
In the mens there was a good battle for top harrier with Alan O’Hara despite a collision with an athlete who ran into “the bollard” having a great race for a top 10 finish in 9th (32:28) with next harrier Connor Magill putting an injury ravaged year firmly behind him for an 11th place finish in 32:39. Darryl Blair was third man in the team placings finishing 24th and recording a new PB, breaking 34 minutes for the first time, in a time of 33:41.
Eddie Cooke was 4th harrier to finish with another good race finishing in 34:45 with Gareth Grew having a good race for 56th in 35:34. Recent recruit and top veteran Paul Elliot was next up with an excellent 36:11 with Alan Ritchie close behind in 36:22. Eoin McQuillan, in his first 10k of the year, finished in 37:18.
Travis Todd and John McGuigan both continued to smash their PBs having a good battle in the process with Travis recording a new PB in 38:07 and John 38:13. Junior coach John Marquess also broke 40 coming in at 39:28.
Robert Irvine had a good race for 40:54 with Greg McClure, fresh from the morning’s parkrun, just behind in 41:01. Francie McCaffrey finished just outside 42 with a good run in 42:01.
New recruit Lance Breen had a strong run in his first outing for the club for 43:17 with recent Dublin marathoner Aidan O’Reilly topping off a good year in 43:41. Tony Forde was next up in 44:56 with veteran Drew Crawford finishing in 50:54 and John Burns finishing in 52:07.
The team finished with 206 points with our top 6 athletes scoring.
Our photos from the Seeley can be found here.
The waterworks parkrun turned into a warm-up exercise for some of the veteran harriers on international duty next weekend with Laurence Johston finishing 3rd in a new parkrun PB of 17:39, Matt Shields equalling his parkrun PB of 17:44 for 4th and Paul Jenkins just outside his PB in 17:49 for 5th.
Greg McClure had his first outing of the day for 11th in 20:03. Gerry Gribbon had a solid run to continue his recovery from Dublin in 20:58 with Damian Gill getting one step closer the 50 t-shirt for his 48th outing in 21:40.
Regular Jim Clinton made his comeback after Dublin for 25:09 while Jimmy Nolan took part himself and also had juniors Brendan McCambridge, Conor McNicholl and Tina Hagganwith every one of them putting in a good showing.