This week, the warm sunshine and mid-week events reminded us that the summer racing season is fully upon us. Among the highlights was Alan Ritchie’s victory in the Bann 10k on Wednesday 23 May, where he clocked 36.09 on a hilly course to hold off Brian Young (36.12) and Harrier clubmate Davy Brady (36.18).
They were well-supported by Niall Faranharson, who timed 41.09 for 19th, and John Murphy, whose 41.53 was good for 23rd.
Neil Carty Second at Hill and Dale
Neil Carty took the second position in Race 6 of the Hill and Dale series on Thursday 24 May in Tollymore Forest Park. Neil timed 29.44 for the 4.5 mile race, which had a 1,600 foot ascent. Simon Reeve also took part, clocking 32.44. The winner was Mourne Runners Andrew Annett in 29.07.
Park Runs – New Event in the Falls Park
The Park Run continues to thrive in Belfast City, with a brand new event starting on Saturday in the Falls Park. Harriers were out in force to support the new event, which was won by an unregistered runner. The 84 finishers were treated to a goody bag including a t-shirt, water bottle, towel and other treats.
Matt Shields was first home for the Harriers in 18.38, good for fourth, while Paul Jenkins was fifth in 18.46. Next in was Eoin McQuillan (19.03, sixth), Lance Breen (20.29, tenth), and Damien Gill (22.02, 19th). They were supported by Kilian Woods (22.44), Jim Clinton (23.38), junior athlete Joshua Jenkins (28.24), junior athlete Morgan McCann (34.27), and John Burns (34.28).
Waterworks Park Run
Over at the Waterworks, the Harriers filled six of the top ten positions behind winner Owen Carleton of Annadale Striders (16.34). The woman’s winner was B.J. Hull, an unattached athlete. Harrier Stevie Walker was second in 17.39, with Jim Benson (17.44) and Davy Brady (17.45) third and fourth. Simon Reeve clocked 18.46 for sixth, and John Patience (19.13, ninth) and John Murphy (19.37, tenth) rounded out the top ten.
Others taking part included Gerry Gribbon (20.16), Tony McCambridge (20.58), Paul Williams (22.44) and Jack Carberry (23.32).
Queen’s and Victoria Park Runs
At the Queen’s Park Run, Claire Prenter once again claimed the top position in the women’s field in 21.49, while Athanasia Sevastaki was third in 25.03. Mark Shields was sixth overall in 20.36.
At Victoria, Conor Curran placed second in 16.50, Peter Morrison was fifth in 18.33, and faithful veteran Drew Crawford timed 27.59.
A total of 366 people took part in the four park runs across the city.