It was another successful weekend on the roads for North Belfast Harriers, with Cathy McCourt winning the Whitehead Easter Monday 5 Miler and Judi Graham returning from a long layoff to finish first at the Ballyliffin Coastal 10 Mile Challenge. The Harriers also had four of the six winners at the various Park Runs in Belfast.
Whitehead Easter Monday 5 Miler
Cathy McCourt built on her fine performance at the British Masters Cross Country by turning to the roads to win the Whitehead Easter Monday 5-Miler in 29.10. Clubmate Claire Connor was the second woman home, covering the course in 31.30.
Darryl Blair showed he is in good form to place second in 26.09, while super-vet Tommy Hughes clocked 27.04 and finished first in the over-50 category. Stevie Walker (28.14) and Eoin McQuillan (28.32) also cracked the top ten, while Greg McClure was second in the over-50 category in 33.45. The overall winner of the race was Newcastle AC’s Eoghan Totten.
Ballyliffin Coastal 10 Mile Challenge
Judi Graham had an encouraging run at the Ballyliffin Coastal 10 Mile Challenge, timing 66.16 to take top honours on a tough course. Marty Rea also competed, clocking 57.44 for sixth overall.
The Harriers produced four of the six winners at the Belfast Park Runs, with Conor Curran (17.08) and Angela Burns (20.26) taking top honours at the Waterworks, Connor Magill winning at Victoria (15.51) and Claire Prenter finishing first woman at Queen’s (21.47).
The usual strong contingent followed Conor and Angela home, with Davy Brady in sixth (18.05), Peter Morrison in eighth (18.23), Matt Shields in ninth (18.44) and John Murphy in 12th (19.34). The ever-present Greg McClure was next in 20.14, supported by Tony McCambridge (21.27), Tony Forde (21.48), Paul Williams (22.19), Jack Carberry (23.47), and Mannix McAlister (24.16).
Two junior set personal bests – Adam Lamb in 24.25 and Conall Browne just behind him in 24.26. Next home was Jim Clinton in 24.29 and junior Darragh McNairney (25.08). Mary Ringland (26.11) and Tina Haggan (31.56) were next, followed by juniors Aaron McCann (32.47) and Daire Browne (34.07), and then veteran Jim Nolan (35.59).
County Antrim Harriers’ Heather White chalked up her 50th Park Run on the day – making her (we believe) the first woman in Northern Ireland to complete 50.
At Victoria, Alan Ritchie joined Connor and placed fourth in 16.27. Damien Gill was eighth at Queen’s in 21.17.