It was another great showing for the club as NBH men’s teams swept the first two places in the team competition. Ed Cooke was next home, claiming the sixth slot in 27.45, followed by Peter Savage in eighth (28.06) and Jim Benson in 11th (28.21). Not far behind were Gareth Grew (28.35 for 14th), the improving Travis Todd (28.42 for 16th) and Stevie Walker (28.47 for 17th). Vet John Patience cracked the top 20 in 29.18, and there were also good performances from Jim Newberry (31.01) and Paul Williams (36.21).
For the women, Angela Burns (32.57) and Nuala Muldoon (33.37) led the way.
Julie Turley of Dromore was the winner of the women’s race.
Northern Ireland & Ulster Age Group Championships
Coach Jim Nolan’s young charges were out in force for the Northern Ireland & Ulster Age Group Championships on Saturday 3 March in Magherafelt. Amie Bradley had an outstanding run to take second in the under-12 600 metres, whizzing round in 1.59.15.
Amie also teamed up with Laila Murray, Raoisle Hoy and Rheana McAuley to run 1.07.37 in the 400 metre relay in the under-13 category. In the under-13 600 metres, Morgan McCann led the Harriers home in 2.11.17, followed by Raoisle in 2.15.02 and Laila in 2.16.03. Ellie Bradley clocked 2.22.52 in the under-12 600 metres.
In the boys under-13 600 metres, John Paul Hale had a good run to finish in 2.05.80. He was supported by Conall Browne (2.11.63) and Joseph Hanrahan (2.12.54). Shane Carr and Damian Marquess competed in the under-12 600 metres.
Lisa Sturgeon Named to Board of Athletics Northern Ireland
Marathon runner Lisa Sturgeon has been named to the Management Board of Athletics Northern Ireland. Lisa is a practising solicitor and was appointed to the Board in part because of the expertise she brings in this area. An active member of NBH, she has run 12 marathons since taking up marathon running in 2004, and was the first woman from Northern Ireland at last year’s Belfast City Marathon. Lisa was appointed along with Ursula Fay, a former High Jumper who competed internationally at the highest level including the Commonwealth Games. Ursula is involved with City of Lisburn AC and presently works as Leisure and Culture Manager at Newtownabbey Borough Council. They join NBH’s Gladys Ganiel on the Board – Gladys was appointed last year.
The Park Runs in Belfast continue to go from strength to strength, with 129 out at the Waterworks, 99 in Victoria Park, and 84 at the new Queen’s Park Run. The Harriers had 11 club members complete the course on our home turf at the Waterworks, on a day when the winners were Brendan Grew (17.33) and Eva McNelis (19.47).
NBH swept places 2-5 between Laurence Johnston (1.55), Davy Brady y(18.07), Matt Shields (18.10) and Simon Reeve (18.22). Next home were John Murphy (19.25 for eighth) and Gerry Gribbon (19.30 for 10th). Other finishers were Aodhan O’Reilly (20.58), Kilian Woods (23.41), Mannix McAlister (23.44), junior Darragh McNairney (25.53) and Jim Clinton (26.02). The ever-faithful Greg McClure was rumoured to be present but does not appear in the results!
Congratulations to County Antrim Harriers’ Greg Hopkins for finishing his 50th Park Run, posting a time of 23.06 on the day. We appreciate the participation and support of clubs like the County Antrim Harriers at the Waterworks event.
At QUB, North Belfast produced the first woman across the line in Judi Graham, who ran 21.39 as a first step in her return from a long lay-off due to injury. Claire Prenter was the fourth woman in 22.43.
The men’s winner was an unattached runner, Phil Wood, in 16.06. NBH got good performances from Gerard McNamara in fourth (17.58) and John Lavery in fifth (20.13). Aidan Lowry timed 22.50 while Damien Gill and first timer Eleanor Gill ran nearly neck and neck to finish in 31.08 and 31.10.