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Men retain NI half marathon title / weekend report

Connor Magill on his way to 4th place

Saturday saw the Northern Ireland half marathon championship take place in Omagh with a strong contingent of Harriers taking part and the men defending their team title.

Connor Magill followed up his 2nd place at Larne with another great run for a new PB of 1:12:10 in 4th. Top vet Tommy Hughes took 8th place in 1:14:52 ahead of Andrew Considine who took a massive 3 minutes of his PB from Larne last week for 9th in 1:15:54.  Jim Benson was 12th in 1:16:20 and Gareth Grew just behind for 16th in 1:17:23.

Simon Reeve knocked a minute of his PB from Larne last week to take 40th in 1:20:27. Stevie Walker finished 45th in 1:21:30, running a new PB in the process, just ahead of Travis Todd who ran another massive PB for 47th in 1:22 dead. Gerard McNamara had another good PB finishing 57th in 1:22:47.

Greg McClure finished inside the 1:30 mark finishing in 1:29:17 for 128th place.  Vet Kevin Lavery made a half marathon comeback to finish in 1:42:39 and minutes secretary Frankey McGivern finished in 1:56:05.

The team event was a tight affair with the first three to score. Connor, Tommy and Andrew scored 21 points for the team to pip Omagh Harriers who were in second place with 22 points. This retained the Northern Ireland half marathon mens team championship and illustrated the strength and depth of the runners now in the club with the winning team being made up of 3 different runners to those who won back at the Waterside in September.

Leitrim 5 miler

Alan Ritchie continued his good form on saturday to finish 7th in 28:53. Aidan O’Reilly had a good run for 29th and a new PB in 33:53.

Lost world ultra marathon

Sharon after winning the lost worlds 50k

Sharon Bird had a massive victory in the 26 extreme Lost world ultra marathon, in her ultra debut, winning the event outright by 52 minutes. Sharon ran an impressive 4 hours 13 minutes 38 seconds with the next competitor running over 5 hours(either male or female).

parkrun

Saturday saw the start of the 4th parkrun in Northern Ireland at Ecos park Ballymena. Matt Shields went down to assist and also ran taking 5th in 18:00 closely followed by Lance Breen who ran another big PB in 18:22. Other harriers taking part included Killian Woods 28th in 22:41,John Burns 34th in a new PB of 23:05, Steven Phillips 38th in 23:19 and Lesley Kerr 45th in 24:39.

At Queens there was a double victory with Marty Rea mens winner in 18:34 and Claire Prenter womens winner in 21:18. John Lavery finished 11th in 21:17 and waterworks champion Damien Gill ran a course PB of 21:28.

Closer to home at the waterworks the usual large contingent of harriers took part with a number of harriers tightly packed in the top ten. Davy Brady was first up for 6th in 17:55 just ahead of Eoin McQuillan who finished in 18:06. Jim Newberry took 8th in 18:57 just ahead of Gerry Gribbon with a large PB in 19:03 who again was just ahead of Tony McNulty running 19:10. Recent recruit John Murphy finished 13th in 19:33.

Paul Williams finished 30th in 22:08, Jack Carberry 46th in 24:09 and Darragh McNairney 66th in 25:42.

Jim Clinton took in the Glasgow parkrun on his travels finishing just outside his PB in 23:39.

New recruit Peter Morrison had a new PB of 18:14 over at Victoria park.

Activity day

Thanks to all the volunteers who took the 67 children to their activity day at Malone. The day proved to be a big success.