It was another successful weekend on the roads for the Harriers, with Ed Cooke and Conor Curran taking top honours at the Scott and Gault 7 Miler and the Annagassan 10km, respectively. Elsewhere, Breege Connolly was third in a good field at the Streets of Galway 8k, while Claire Connor was the third woman home at the Scott and Gault.
Scott & Gault 10 Miler
Ed Cooke ran away from the field at the Scott & Gault 7 Miler in Ballyclare, clocking 39.16. He was followed home by fellow Harrier Marty Rea, who clocked 40.52 while in heavy marathon training. Claire Connor’s time was around 48 minutes.
The Annagassan 10km was first held last year in conjunction with the Co. Louth town’s Viking Festival. This year, Conor Curran made his debut at the race, getting the best of last year’s winner Brian McCloskey and former Irish international David Carrie.
It was a tactical first half with the leaders going out in 18.20 for 5 km before the leading trio broke away. Conor made a decisive move with 200 metres to go and won in 34.30. As Annagassan is the hometown of the late Irish running legend Noel Carroll, Conor was presented with the Noel Carroll Perpetual Trophy.
Streets of Galway 8km
The Streets of Galway 8 km is an ever popular race on the fixtures calendar in the Republic, regularly drawing strong fields. Breege Connolly ran well and in good company, showing that her preparations for the Dublin Marathon are on track. She timed 28.18 to finish behind Irish international Maria McCambridge of Letterkenny AC and Borrisokane’s Siobhan O’Doherty.
There were also some solid performances at the Park Runs. At the Waterworks, Harriers Michael Fitzpatrick (17.02), John Patience (18.21) and Laurence Johnston (19.41) took the second, fourth and eighth spots, respectively. They were supported by Tony McCambridge (22.15), John Murphy (22.29), Jack Carberry (22.52) and junior athlete Aaron McCann (30.13).
The overall winners in the Waterworks were Brendan Grew in 16.59 and Up and Runners Roisin Hughes, who completed the circuit in 20.55.
At the Queen’s Park Run, Philip Donnelly (20.18) and Damian Gill (20.20) continued their consistent performances, finishing in sixth and seventh. Ciaran Hunter timed 26.19.
At Victoria Park, first timer Sean McShane led a strong contingent of Harriers, crossing the line in 11th in 19.19. He was supported by Mark Shields (21.23), Paul Williams (21.33) and Patrick McShane (21.35).
In the Falls Park, the Harriers had one representative in Jim Clinton, whose 23.10 was a new personal best for the course.
Images, top to bottom: Conor Curran with the family of the late Noel Carroll, receiving the Noel Carroll Perpetual Trophy; Ed Cooke; Breege Connolly