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Active Belfast cross country and parkrun dominate quiet weekend

The third round of the Active Belfast cross country challenge took place at Victoria park Belfast allowing a large group of Jimmy Nolan’s young Harriers another chance to showcase their talents.

First up were the under 11 girls with Cara Carson and Kivsach Bradley both having good runs for 6th and 7th respectively. In the under 11 boys four young harriers took part with Brendan McCambridge, Kelvin Kearney, Aaron McCann and Daire Brown fighting it out for 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th respectively.

Next up were the under 13 girls. Amie Bradley, Rosisle Hoy, Laila Murray and Ellie Bradley all had good runs while in the under 13 boys Damien Marquess and Conall Brown both had strong runs finishing 4th and 7th.

In the under 17 race Conall McCambridge ran well to finish 3rd.


The waterworks parkrun continued to attract large numbers with 179 taking part despite the cold and very windy conditions.

Up front Darryl Blair finished way out in 2nd in 16:57,  Martin Rea took 3rd in 17:27 and Andrew Considine was 4th in 17:40.

Alan Ritchie and Laurence Johnston had a good battle with Alan finishing 6th in 18:00 and Laurence 7th in 18:03 with the next harriers Paul Jenkins and David Brady also having a good battle with Paul finishing 9th in 18:15 and Davy 10th in 18:17. Simon Reeve ran 18:44 while Lance Breen broke the 19 minute for the first time in 18:57.

Stevie Walker finished in 19:35 and Gerard McNamara was just behind in 19:37 and Greg McClure in 19:48. Angela Burns was 2nd lady in 20:10 with Jim Newberry just behind in 20:20. Rosie Daly took 3rd lady in 20:40.

Ita McCambridge, Paul Williams and Jim Clinton were 50th, 51st and 52nd respectively in 22:40, 22:57 and 23:00 while reigning champion Damien Gill was 59th in 23:28.

Killian Woods ran 24:38 for 80th and Darragh McNairney was 120th in 27:08.

Click here  for details of our Active Belfast hills challenge in association with the pioneer group.