Cathy McCourt continued her impressive season with a bronze medal performance in the V35 category at the British and Irish Masters International Cross Country in Glasgow on Saturday 26 November. NBH athletes were also on bronze medal winning teams for the V35 women (Cathy), V55 men (Paul Elliot, Matt Shields, Jim Newberry) and V40 men (Paul Blaney).
At the UK Athletics Awards in London, NBH was a finalist for Club of the Year. Although that honour ultimately went to Sedgefield Harriers, it was a great achievement to make the final cut. The club was represented at the ceremony by Conor Curran and Eoin McQuillan.
British and Irish Masters
With her top-notch run, Cathy improved on her 5th place V35 performance from a year ago and was the first runner for the Irish team. She was sixth overall in the race.
NBH’s V55 men were well-placed in their category, with Paul Elliot tenth, Matt Shields 12th, and Jim Newberry 19th.
Paul Blaney finished 17th in the V40 division and helped the Irish team to bronze medals.
Lawrence Johnston was 23rd in the V50, John Patience 27th in the V50 and Paul Jenkins 30th in the V35.
Irish Inter County Cross Country
The Irish inter-county cross country championships were Sunday 27 November in Sligo. Junior athlete Conal McCambridge participated in his first championship of this kind and turned in a credible performance, finishing in the top half of the field in his race. He also qualified for the uneven age group championships at the Curragh on December 11th.
UK Athletics Awards Night
On Saturday night at the Park Plaza hotel in Westminster London North Belfast Harriers were shortlisted for the UK athletics club of the year. Two harriers, Conor Curran and Eoin McQuillan, made the journey to represent the club who made it to the last four. Unfortunately on this occasion it wasn’t to be with Sedgefield Harriers taking the award however the club can hold it’s head high after a very successful year and can be proud to have it’s name on view, and be mentioned with, the cream of UK, and in some cases world, athletics.
The award ceremony had several NI representatives over for the visit with the major talking point being London 2012. Guests of note included world champion Dai Greene, 800 metre prospect Jenny Meadows, UK athletics chief Charles van Comenee.
The Harriers once again turned out in force for the Waterworks Park Run, which saw Brendan Grew notch the win in 17.33. Travis Todd (18.11) and Andrew Considine (18.13) also had solid runs for the club.
Angela Burns was the first woman home in 20.12, while Athanasia Sevastaki completed the course in 22.05 to finish third and set a new personal best of 22.05.
Other performances included Mark Shields (20.54), Lance Breen (21.15), Damien Gill (21.58), Darragh McNairney (25.28), and Jim Clinton (25.32).