It was a relatively light weekend for racing but the Harriers produced winners on Saturday at the both Dromore Cross Country meeting and the Waterford Half Marathon. Neil Carty scooped top honours in the Veterans cross country race and Gladys Ganiel O’Neill secured a victory as part of her preparations for the Houston Marathon on 15 January.
Dromore Cross Country
Conditions were tough in Dromore as runners battled a challenging, hilly course and a more than healthy sampling of muck underfoot. Apart from Neil’s win the Veterans race, Connor Magill had another solid performance to finish third in the open event. Travis Todd chipped in with a seventh place finish.
This race is not part of the Athletics Northern Ireland Cross Country League.
Waterford Half Marathon
Gladys Ganiel O’Neill clocked 77.22 in bright conditions at the Waterford Half Marathon. Gladys had travelled to the south of the island for her Irish citizenship ceremony in Cork on Friday, and extended her stay to use the half marathon as a hard tempo run to prepare for next month’s Houston Marathon.
Gladys ran slightly faster than her target marathon pace for most of the race in the company of two male competitors, who generously shared pacing duties.
The course was the same as that used for the national half marathon in September, featuring a number of gradual up and downhill drags and some headwinds on the Waterford to Tramore road.
Claire Prenter First Woman at Waterworks Park Run
Cold temperatures and icy conditions underfoot didn’t stop Claire Prenter from once again finishing as the top woman at the Waterworks Park Run. Claire’s 22.19 was well off her personal best but all times were similarly affected by the conditions.
Brendan Grew was the winner of the men’s race in 18.44. Other Harriers who turned out were Lance Breen (ninth in 21.22), Greg McClure (24.49), Kilian Woods (26.57). Darragh McNairney (27.13), Damien Gill (27.35), and Jim Clinton (34.12).
Further afield, Matt Shields clocked 18.09 to finish 33rd out of 810 competitors at the Park Run in Bushy Park, London.
All Set for Northwest Cross Country Championships on December 17
The Harriers are gearing up to send a big men’s team to the Northwest Cross Country championships in Derry on Saturday. The men are leading the Athletics Northern Ireland cross country league.