Conal McCambridge won the 3000 metres at the Northern Ireland and Ulster age group track and field championships, held June 16-17 at the Antrim Forum. Other North Belfast victories during the week included Alan McCullough and Judi Graham, who captured the top places at the Active Antrim 5 race on 15 June.
NI & Ulster Age Group Championships
Conal clocked 10.15.87 to clinch the title. Others competing at the meet included Rebecca Marquess, who made the final of the 100m, Jake Harbinson and Conal Foster in the 800m, and Connor McQuillan in the 1500m.
The Active Antrim race was between five and six miles, beginning at the Antrim Forum and taking in the surrounding woodland paths. Alan (29.47) and Judi (37.10) were clear winners. Travis Todd (32.36) and Paul Blaney (32.27) also had solid runs to finish eighth and ninth.
There were several other races during the week in which Harriers took part. At the PSC six mile road race in Millisle on 13 April, Nial Farquharson was fourth in 37.33, while Alan Ritchie placed third in the 3000m at the Athletics Northern Ireland Open Meet in Bangor on 12 June, clocking 9.32.46.
Simon Reeve and Lance Breen participated in the notoriously tough Mourne Way Marathon on 9 June, which is based in Rostrevor and takes in a mountainous route through the Mournes. Simon timed 3.39.15 for sixth while Lance clocked 4.25.11 for 21st. The winner was Kevin Doyle in 3.20.16.
The Harriers continued to turn in solid performances at the Park Runs. At the Waterworks, the club swept the top three positions with Alan Ritchie (16.59), Marty Rea (17.12) and Jim Benson (17.36). They were followed home by Paul Jenkins (6th in 18.08), Matt Shields (10th in 19.19), John Murphy (11th in 19.21), Greg McClure (12th in 19.35) and Gerry Gribben (14th in 19.50). The first woman in the race was unattached runner Gerrie Short in 20.27.
Next in were Tony McCambridge (21.02) and Aodhan O’Reilly (21.11). Kilian Woods set a new personal best in 21.26, Lance Breen timed 21.56, and Jack Carberry clocked 23.04. The rest of the Harriers were Darragh McNairney (26.17), Jim Clinton (who completed his 70th park run in 26.22), Tina Haggan (28.10), Mary Ringland (28.22), John Burns (28.23), and junior Aaron McCann (33.00).
Over at Victoria Park, Stevie Walker (17.34) and Gareth Grew (17.44) captured the third and fourth places. The consistent Drew Crawford clocked 28.10. At Queen’s, Mark Sturgeon was third in 19.50, supported by John Lavery (21.24) and Kevin Lavery (22.07).