There was a feast of running this week with races near and far with Harriers claiming more than their fair share of glory.
Dervock Festival of Running
In Dervock several Harriers took part in the festival on Saturday held to celebrate Dervock Olympian K.K. McArthur; it included a marathon, half marathon and 10K races.
Alan McCullough won the half marathon with a great run (1:11:58); coming home over 3 minutes ahead of the nearest challenger.
He was followed home by Michael Fitzpatrick in 6th (1:18:25), Alan Ritchie 9th (1:20:06), Greg McClure 33rd (1:31:05), John Black 55th (1:36:05), and Thomas McKinstry 158th (1:55:15)
In the 10K race Travis Todd did well for a podium place in 3rd with a time of 36:53, just behind Ballymena Runners duo Matthew McCooke (35:50) and James Turtle (36:27).
On Sunday three Harriers made the trip south to the Fingal 10K. A large crowd of nearly 3200 finishers took part in the race which is included in the Dublin Marathon race series.
Darryl Blair was first Harrier home in 11th overall (33:43), Conor Curran 15th (34:08), Andrew Considine 23rd (35:08)
Michael MacDiarmada of Clonliffe Harriers was first through the finish line with a time of 31.31
There was lovely weather in Newcastle on Friday to greet those taking part in the multi-terrain 10K race. Helen Weir was 61st (46:30) and Kilian Woods was well behind in 207th (54:07)
Portaferry 10 Mile
Not great weather greeted those taking part in the Portaferry 10 mile race on Tuesday.
That didn’t deter 7 Harriers from running and putting in good runs. Breege Connolly was first female and first Harrier home and 4th overall (58.14).
Gareth Grew was next in 5th (59.31), Stephen Walker 15th (66.08), Lisa Sturgeon 16th (66.08), Claire Connor 21st (67.53), Greg McClure 22nd (69.13), Arran Rutledge 41st (73.40)
Harriers provided winners in 3 of the parkrun this week. Parkrun announced this week they will also be welcoming a new run in Craigavon on August 11th.
The strongest showing was at the Waterworks. Marin Rea was the winner again (17:02), John McGuigan with a PB in 3rd (18:00).
Simon Reeve was 6th (18:18), Matt Shields 8th (19:09), John Murphy 9th (19:23), Jim Newberry 10th (19:27), Tony McCambridge 13th new PB (19:40), Paul Williams 26th (22:08), Jack Carberry 34th new PB (22:58) Darragh McNairney 60th (26:20) and James Nolan 89th (31:13).
Queen’s In the south of the city Philip Donnelly was first Harrier home in 8th with a time of 21:00.
Also taking part were Kilian Woods 23rd (23:38), Clair Prenter (24:52), junior Arron McCann skipped home in 50th (31:51) with John Burns behind in 51st (31:52).
Falls & Ecos
Winner in Falls park was Paul Blaney trying out a new course (17:56 PB) with Jim Clinton also running coming 15th (25:07)
At Ecos, Gregory Walsh was the winner in Ballymena with a good time of 17:00 (PB).