Gladys had a great run finishing 7th overall in a new PB of 2:40:56 but unfortunately 2:37 was required for automatic Olympic qualification.
With the online tracker clocking in every 5k it could be seen that Gladys was bang on for her target up until 18 miles running a consistent 5:58 per mile but unfortunately Gladys was running in isolation from miles 9 to 17 and this took it’s toll as she slowed a little over the last 8 miles putting her just outside the qualification time.
This was a great effort from Gladys and with a number of months still to go until the London olympics Gladys will get other chances.
Gladys’s marathon mission team mate Ava Hutchinson finished 2nd qualifying in 2:35.
Active Belfast Cross Country Challenge
At the Grove on Saturday the juniors had a run out in the Active Belfast cross country challenge sponsored by Belfast City council. All in all six races took place with the young harriers performing well in all the races.
In the under 11 girls Ellie Cross, Cara Carson and Kivsach Bradley ran well while in the under 11 boys the harriers took up half of the race field with Thomas Reid (finishing second), Brendan McCambridge, Kelvin Kearney, Conor McNickle, Caine McGrath, Daire Brown, Aaron McCann and Sam Carr all having good races.
In the under 13 girls Amie Bradley, Rosisle Hoy, Morgan McCann, Laila Murray, Rheanna McAuley and Ellie Bradley all had good races. In the under 13 boys Ewan McGrath, Damian Marquess, Conall Brown and Shane Carr ran well too.
Next up were the under 15s and under 17s in the same race with Catherine McNicholl, Regan Hughes and Cloidhana performing well in the girls race. In the boys race Conall McCambridge had a great run for a 7 second victory while Callum McGrath and Conor Morrow also competed well.
Magill / team victorious in Moira
Connor Magill had a great run in the annual Moira XC winning out by 13 seconds and showing that he’s recovering well from the flu that has hampered him over the last few weeks. Next up was Eddie Cooke having a strong run in his first race of the year for 4th place with triathlete Peter Savage finishing tenth.
Alan Ritchie had a good run for 12th with Laurence Johnston finishing 15th and Lance Breen, having just completed a parkrun in the morning, finishing 23rd.
This proved a good workout for next weekend’s senior competition and was enough to give the men the team prize for the second week in a row with Lagan Valley second and City of Lisburn third.
The new years resolution boom continued at the waterworks where 190 took part in the weekly 5k. As usual the harriers had a large contingent out. First up was ultra man Martin Rea in 4th with 17:29 with David Brady returning to action for 6th in 17:52. Simon Reeve and Lance Breen showed they’d recovered from last week’s exploits for 7th and 13th place respectively in 18:36 and 20:14.
Gerry Gribbon was next for 18th in 20:24 with Eoin McQuillan 30th in 21:30 closely followed by Jenny Bill in 33rd(3rd woman) and John Lavery in 37th. Ita McCambridge got a new PB in 45th with 22:43 with young Darragh McNairney finishing 93rd.
Joe Beattie was 122nd with coach Jimmy Nolan finishing 150th and young Aaron McCann finishing 123rd.