It was a quiet weekend on the road racing scene, but the Harriers were to the fore in other venues, with Breege Connolly’s run for an Irish team at the Ras na hEireann cross country among the highlights. Breege was sixth overall in the 4k event, second among Irish women, in her first appearance in an Irish international vest. And at the Armagh International Road Races on Thursday evening, Conor Magill scored a big personal best, clocking 14.59.47 to slice nearly a minute off his best road time.
Ras na hEireann
Breege followed up her victory in the Northern Ireland and Ulster cross country championship, and her excellent race over the half marathon in San Francisco last week, with yet another top-class performance at Ras na hEireann. She looks to be rounding into great shape as she prepares for the Rotterdam Marathon.
It was the major weekend for indoor athletics on the island, with the Irish national championships and the Northern Ireland & Ulster Juvenile Championships on at the Odyssey in Belfast. Ciaran Barnes ran 8.35 in the under-15 60m hurdles (good for third in his heat) while Catherine McNicholl clocked 3.02.22 over 800m (under-15 category). Alan Ritchie was the only senior athlete in action, competing in the 800m, but the official results have not been posted.
Armagh International Road Races
There were some fast times at the always competitive Armagh International Road Races. Apart from Conor’s big personal best, Alan Ritchie timed 16.27 in the men’s 5k, Breege Connolly ran 10:05 for 2nd NI woman and 11th overall in the women’s 3k and Cathy McCourt turned in a time of 10.29.97 , good for 18th overall.
The winners were England’s James Wilkinson (13.54) and Lizzie Adams (9.16.43).
In the men’s 3k, Peter Savage (9.56), Conal McCambridge (10.00), Paul Jenkins (10:05 – a 3 second PB) and Paul Elliott (10.09) turned out for the Harriers.
The Waterworks Park Run drew a healthy field of 186, with Angela Burns leading the way for the Harriers, finishing first among the women in 19.45. There were six Harriers in the top 15, including David Brady in 5th (18.06), John Patience in 8th (18.33), Matt Shields in 9th (18.35), Lance Breen in 12th (19.12), John Murphy in 13th (19.20) and Gerry Gribbon in 14th (19.23).
Other good performances came from Stevie Walker (19.45), Paul Williams (22.03), Killian Woods (22.08), Ita McCambridge (22.22) in a new personal best, Jim Clinton (23.07), first timer Orla McCambridge (24.18), William Beattie (25.43) for a new personal best, Morgan McCann (30.46), and Aaron McCann (31.38).
Across town at the Victoria Park Run, Amanda Perry competed for the first time, completing the course in 23.09. Drew Crawford clocked 32.06.