It was cross country day again in Ballyclare with the Harriers out in force in vets and open mens race and once again in the juniors.
In the under 11 race Jimmy Nolan once again had his young protiges out in force with half a dozen taking part.
Damian Marquess had a great run to win by 5 seconds. Damian wasn’t alone with solid runs from Jenkins junior – Joshua – Aaron McCann, Daire Brown, Sam Carr and Shane Carr.
In the under 13 race Conal Brown had a good run.
Well done to all.
Vets / Horwill cup
In the vets race Neil Carty had a great run for 3rd place with Laurence Johnston and Paul Jenkins also having good races for 14th and 17th respectively. John Patience ran well for 23rd place and recent recruit Drew Crawford also had a good run to finish in 97th.
In the Malcolm cup there were cross country league points at stake so vets and open alike took part with 9 in total representing the club.
Alan O’Hara had his usual good race for 4th with Alan McCullough also running strongly for 10th place in his first cross country back for the club. Eddie Cooke was next in 23rd with Matt Shields next in 40th. Andrew Considine, in his first cross country for the club, had a great race for 40th with Travis Todd continuing his good form for 45th place.
Francie McCaffrey and Robert Irvine had their usual close battle for 58th and 64th respectively with Greg McClure completing his 2nd race of the day for 67th position.
The team took 3rd place and we remain top of the cross country league.
In the waterworks Alan Ritchie had a good run for 2nd place in 18:01 with Claire Connor next harrier winning the womens race in 19:31. Recent recruit Mark Shields had a good run for 10th with Gerry Gribbon continuing his return from Dublin for 11th place, Angela Burns taking 2nd woman in 12th and Greg McClure just behind in 13th. Other recent recruit Lance Breen had a good run for 15th.
In 24th place Damien Gill made the magic 50 number with Vernon Douglas also achieving this feat. They become the first people to complete 50 parkruns in Northern Ireland (and exclusively waterworks). Terry Eakin has also achieved this landmark however there were a variety of London runs included.
Athanasia Sevastaki also joined the club of late and had a solid run for 29th with Jim Clinton (in his 44th parkrun) and Mannix McAllister just behind. Ian McCollam finished just outisde the top 100.
Jingle Bells 5km
Gareth Grew had a good run in the Jingle Bells 5k run in Phoenix Park Dublin to finish 41st in 17:11 amongst what was a high quality field. Over 1,000 competitors took part.