It was another successful weekend for North Belfast Harriers on the country and on the roads. Among the highlights were Conall McCambridge winning the Active Belfast Cross County Under-17 Boys race in Musgrave Park, a second place finish for Breege Connolly at the Cara Bundoran 10 miler in a personal best of 58.02, and podium positions for Neil Carty, Connor Magill and Nuala Muldoon, who all garnered third place finishes at the Glenariff Mountain Race, Carrickmore 10k, and Addiction 10k, respectively. The Stags also produced the first male and female finishers at the Waterworks Park Run in Darryl Blair and Claire Connor.
Active Belfast Cross County
The young Harriers were out in force for the Active Belfast Cross Country at Musgrave Park on Saturday, with Connall McCambridge’s win one of the highlights. Conall has been placing consistently well in cross country races this year and it was good to see his hard work rewarded with a victory.
In the Under-11 Girls race, Kivsach Bradley and Cara Carson finished fourth and fifth; while in the Boys Under-11, Thomas Reid led home a strong group with a fifth place finish. He was supported by Brendan McCambridge in 9th, Kelvin Kearney in 11th, Conor McNickle in 13th, Aaron McCann in 14th, Daire Brown in 15th and Sam Carr in 16th.
The Under-13 Girls also performed well, paced by Amie Bradley and Rosisle Hoy in sixth and seventh. They were followed home by Morgan McCann (tenth), Laila Murray (11th), Ruby Crawford (12th) and Ellie Bradley (17th). Catherine McNickoll represented NBH in the Under-17 Girls, nabbing the fifth spot.
In the Under-13 Boys race, Damien Marquess (sixth), Conall Brown (8th) and Shane Carr (11th) all had solid runs.
Breege Connolly Second at Cara Bundoran 10 Miler
Breege Connolly continued her impressive build up to the Rotterdam Marathon, knocking nearly a minute off her previous personal best over 10 miles, in placing second in Saturday’s Cara Bundoran 10 Miler in 58.02. Caitroina Jennings of Dublin (57.34) and Patrick Brennan of Letterkenny (54.17) were the overall winners.
Connor Magill placed third in 33.10 at the Carrickmore 10k, a race won by Omagh’s Stephen Duncan in 30.51. Alan Ritchie (8th in 36.33) and Travis Todd (10th in 36.54) also ran well, with Travis clocking up a new personal best for the distance.
Sunday’s Addiction 10k saw Nuala Muldoon claim a podium spot, timing 48.40 to finish third. Gerry Gribbon smashed the 40-minute barrier, timing 39.24.
Glenariff Mountain Race
Neil Carty once again displayed his mastery over hill and dale in taking third at the Glenariff Mountain Race in a time of 44.41. The winner was Allan Bogle in 43.53.
Darryl Blair and Claire Connor Win Waterworks Park Run
Darryl Blair was just shy of his personal best at the Waterworks Park Run, as he led the field home in 16.30. Claire Connor set a new personal best at the event, finishing as the first woman in 19.27, while Jenni Bill clocked 21.59 and crossed the line third among the women.
They were supported by Davy Brady (4th in 18.04), Paul Jenkins (5th in 18.06), and Lance Breen, who established a new personal best of 18.37. John Patience also cracked the top ten in 18.58, while Jim Newberry (19.01) and Gerard McNamara (19.15) were 11th and 13th, respectively.
Hot on their heels was Stevie Walker (14th in 19.23) and John Murphy (16th in 19.27). Next home were Matt Shields (22.17), Ita McCambridge (22.34 – 5th woman), Jim Clinton (23.17), Mannix McAlister (23.54), Orla McCambridge (24.25), junior Darragh McNairney (24.57), Mary Ringland (26.49) and junior Tina Haggan (33.05). Unattached runner Tony Reid completed his 50th Park Run on the day, which saw 142 finishers.
Across town at the Victoria Park Run, Laurence Johnson was second in 17.58 in a race taken by Annadale’s Conor McMullan (17.28). Paul Williams set a new personal best of 22.02, while Drew Crawford timed 27.35.
At the Queen’s Park Run, first timer Kevin Lavery completed the circuit in 22.16 while John Lavery timed 24.49.