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Breege smashes PB in Rotterdam / Active Belfast run a huge success / weekend roundup


Rotterdam half marathon

Breege Connolly had the race of her life in Rotterdam to demolish her PB by a massive 10 minutes. This made Breege the second Irish finisher and third in the list of Northern Ireland marathon times with 2:40:20. Next Irish finisher was Gladys Ganiel who was making her last attempt on the Olympic A standard – Gladys ran her 3rd marathon in 6 months for a solid 2:43. Gladys has worked hard but unfortunately just fell short of the Olympic “A” standard. Gladys’s time meant she finished first female vet in the race.

Martin Rea , despite injury, finished the marathon in a very credible 2:46.

Great Ireland run

5 harriers made the journey to dublin for the mass participation 10k, and Irish 10k championships,  in Phoenix park dublin. Connor Magill, despite only recovering from a stomach bug, was first harrier in for 33:40 and 47th place.

Eddie Cooke recovered from having to make a “wave” start to post a new PB of 33:59 for 50th with Alan Ritchie, just under a minute behind, also running a new PB for 71st in 34:50.

Eoin McQuillan and Travis Todd had a great battle with both smashing their PBs – Eoin breaking 36 for the first time in 35:53 for 99th and Travis running 36:08 to finish just outside the top 100 in 108th.

Active Belfast Hills run

The club organised the first Active Belfast hills run at the weekend with the event being a great success. The run took place in perfect conditions with participants able to enjoy perfect views from Napolean’s nose and below. Results and photos are linked from the web-site: here.

Several harriers took part with Simon Reeve first up in 2nd place closely followed by Sharon Trimble in 3rd place.

Thanks to all from the club who volunteered.

Castleward half marathon

Two harriers took part in the new Castleward half marathon both having great races with Paul Blaney finishing 3rd in 1:27:47 and Gerard McNamara finishing 5th in 1:32:54 and winning the mens O35 prize.

Run Armagh

Eamon White was victorious again in the annual run Armagh 10k having a great run to win by more than 2 minutes in 33:02.


A large contingent of harriers turned out at the waterworks to dominate the top 20. Andrew Considine and Stevie Walker had a good battle both breaking their PBs in 17:15 and 17:29 respectively for 2nd and 3rd. Davy Brady was next up for 4th in 18:05.

The harriers packed from 8th upwards with Simon Reeve clocking 18:47 in his first race of the day followed by Jim Newberry (19:04), Tony McNulty (19:24), John Murphy (19:41) and Greg McClure (20:07).

Jim Benson cruised round in his wind down for London in 21:00 with Aidan O’Reilly not far behind in 21:16. Paul Williams ran 22:00 with club vet Paul Murphy taking in his first parkrun for 23:00. Regular Jim Clinton finished in 24:19 and young Daragh McNairney ran 25:45.

Over at victoria park Claire Connor won the womens event in 19:02 for a new parkrun with Mark Shields continuing his post marathon recovery for 20:50 in 20th.

At Queens John Lavery finished 7th in 22:46.

Hill and dales series

In the first hill and dales event of the year at Castlewellan Neil Carty had a good run to finish 8th in 34:36 with Simon Reeve finishing 17th in 36:16.

Magherafelt 10k

Tommy Hughes ran his 2nd 5 miler in a week at Magherafelt in the new Sperrin Harriers “classic” to finish 3rd in 26:51.

Edwards Meet

At the Mary Peters track farewell fling Jimmy Nolan brought his young protiges across town to compete in the Lagan valley Edwards series.

In the under 11 boys Adam Lamb, Darren Osbourne, Kelvin Kearney and Brendan McCambridge all ran well with Adam taking 3rd in the 600 metres while in the girls Bryanna Catney, Ellie Moffit and Cora Lamb ran well. Darren Osbourne also doubled up in the long jump.

In the under 13 boys Odhran Catney and Damien Marquess ran well while in the girls Amie and Ellie Bradley, Raoisle Hoy, Laila Murray and Jasmine Ross ran well. Amie Bradley finished 3rd in the 200 metres and 2nd in the 800 metres.

In the under 15 girls Rioghnach Catney, Ciara Neilanand Renee Hughes had good runs.

Conall McCambridge also ran well in the under 17 boys 800 metres running 2:19.



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