North Belfast Harriers (NBH) has become the first Belfast-based athletics club and just the fifth club across all sports to acquire Belfast City Council’s Clubmark Gold standard. The club has also secured a £2,000 Sported Grant to improve its services for special needs children.
“We are delighted that the club has earned Clubmark Gold, as well as secured funding to develop our work with special needs children,” says NBH chairperson Matt Shields. “Both awards reflect tremendous work by volunteers in the club. We are proud of our tradition of inclusivity, high standards, and having fun. We hope that on the strength of these awards, we can reach out to even more people in the community and introduce them to athletics and a healthy lifestyle.”
North Down AC hosted a rare opportunity for athletes to compete at track events in a post-olympic meet. North Belfast Harriers showed their support in multiple events.
In the Girls 100m race 1 Amie Bradley was 2nd (15:08), Ellie Bradley 7th (17:56), Cara Carson 8th (19:17). In race 2 Rebecca Marquis was 4th (14:52). In the boys 100m Joseph Lennon was 3rd (14:57).
Women/Girls 1500m Junior Amie Bradley was 7th (5:46:80). Men/Boys 1500m Damien Marquis was 5th (5:35.86), Adam Lamb 9th (6:09.29). Mixed 3000m proved the strongest with Travis Tood was 3rd (9:55.52), Eoin McQuillan 4th (9:58.63), Conal McCambridge 5th (10:05.00) finishing behind Annadale pair David Moorwood & Mark Wright.
In conjunction with the post Olympics “Join in” campaign we had a record 573 people take part in free healthy exercise this week at Northern Ireland parkruns.
There was the typically large Harriers turn out at the Waterworks. Michael Fitzpatrick was first in a time of 17:26, followed in 2nd by Eoin McQuillan in 17:59. Just inside the top ten were Laurence Johnston in 8th (19:41),Greg McClure (20:00) and Tony McCambridge (20:01).
Other runners included John Murphy in 15th (21:00), Helen Weir was 18th (21:26), Damien Marquess 19th (21:37), Jack Carberry 34th (23:03), William Beattie 46th (24:47), Darragh McNairney 70th (87th). Junior Arron McCann (87th) took 90 seconds off his personal best and beat John Burns in style 88th (both 28:41).
John marquess was 104th (30:06), Mannix McAlister 113th (31:06), Lance Breen 115th (31:30), Jimmy Nolan 143rd (39:02), Jim McIlwaine 144th (39:36).
Further afield in Victoria Park Mark Shields had a respectable run in 26th (20:54) and was partnered by Paul Williams in 34th (21:43). At Falls Park Jim Clinton was 13th in a time of 24 minutes. At Queens parkrun Philip Donnelly was 9th (20:26) and John O’Dwyer Henry was 41st (35:14).
Ballinderry Bridge 10K
Congratulations to Tommy Hughes who came home first at Cookstown in a time of 34:35.