There were plenty of Harriers to the fore this weekend in events ranging from the half marathon to triathlons. Among the highlights were Andrew Considine picking up second in the Cookstown Half, Conal McCambridge finishing as first junior in a 5k in Donegal, and Marty Rea and Jim Benson taking second and third at a 5 Miler in Ards. Peter Savage was fifth in the Lough Neagh Triathlon.
The Harriers fielded a solid contingent at the Cookstown Half, which was won by former Abbey AC runner Turlough Donnelly in 1.17.43. Andrew Considine was next home in 1.18.12 to lead NBH.
Andrew was supported by Greg McClure (1.31.30), Sean McShane (1.34.08), John Black (1.34.35), Arran Rutledge (1.35.25), Paul Williams (1.41.52) and Thomas McKinstry 1.48.00).
Ards, Ballymoney & Downpatrick
Marty Rea (27.25) and Jim Benson (28.40) put in solid performances to capture second and third at the Ards 5 Miler behind Annadale’s Keith Purdy. In Ballymoney on Friday night, Conor Curran showed he is rounding in to good form by taking fourth in the NFU Mutual 5 Miler. The winner was St Malachy’s Joe McAlister in 25.21.
Wednesday 25 July saw the Downpatrick RGU 10k, with the consistent Greg McClure clocking 41.24. Aodhan O’Reilly completed the course in 43.05.
Conal McCambridge impressed at the Drumhalla 5k in Donegal, clocking 17.55 to finish as first junior and fifth outright in the race. Also competing for NBH were Gerry Gribben (19.00), Ita McCambridge (23.03) and Orla McCambridge (25.40).
Three harriers gave the triathlon a go this weekend, with Peter Savage turning in a good performance to finish fifth in the Lough Neagh Triathlon. Tony McNulty was 15th in the same competition. At the Lisburn Triathlon, Alan Ritchie was 47th.
Park Runs – Joshua Jenkins gets PB
There were Harriers in action at all four park runs in Belfast and as far away as Birmingham. At the Waterworks, Matt Shields was the first home for NBH, finishing 5th in 18.58, while Lance Breen was 9th in 19.37. Greg McClure clocked 20.03 for 11th. Junior runners Damian Marquess (22.56), Darragh McNairney (26.20), and Mannix McAlister (28.07) all ran well and were supported by junior coach Jim Nolan in 30.42.
The first man at the Waterworks was Larne AC’s Nat Glen while Dromore’s Geraldine Branagh was once again the top woman.
At Victoria Park, Heather Weir impressed by finishing third in 21.25, while Paul Williams clocked 21.42. At Queen’s Philip Donnelly timed 20.36 for 7th while Claire Prenter rounded the circuit in 24.39. In the Falls Park, Stuart Kennedy was 10th in 24.01.
At the Cannon Hill Park Run in Birmingham, Paul Jenkins finished a credible ninth in 18.34 while son and junior athlete Joshua Jenkins clocked a personal best of 27.57.
(Images, top to bottom: Andrew Considine, Greg McClure, and Paul and Joshua Jenkins)