Harriers took to the roads in Copenhagen, Derry, and the Silent Valley – as well as the usual Park Runs – in another successful weekend. At the Copenhagen Half Marathon, Alan O’Hara set a new personal best in 70.57 and at the Waterside Half Marathon in Derry Ed Cooke set a new personal best of 73.00; while at the Dambusters 10 Miler in the Silent Valley in the Mournes, Marty Rea was second in 58.27.
Also during the week on Thursday 6 September, Harriers swept the top positions at the Run the Ban 5k in Portglenone with Gregory Walsh (16.56) and Claire Connor (19.18) crossing the line first. Connor McQuillan was the first junior in 19.21.
Copenhagen Half Marathon
It was an excellent return to racing for Alan O’Hara, who had not competed since February due to injury, running a personal best of 70.57 in the Copenhagen Half Marathon on Sunday.
Waterside Half Marathon
Closer to home, the Harriers boasted a good field of runners in the ever popular Waterside Half Marathon in Derry on Sunday. This year’s event attracted 1,300 runners, who endured heavy rain throughout, yet still posted some good times.
Eddie Cooke led the way for the club with his 1.13.00, sixth place finish, a new personal best by over three minutes. Ed has also set personal bests over 10 miles and 10 km this year, demonstrating his continued improvement. Super vet Tommy Hughes (V50) clocked 1.14.46 for ninth overall and first in his category. Among the women, Lisa Sturgeon timed 1.28.10 for fifth overall and first in the V35 category.
They were supported by Andrew Considine (1.21.24), Niall Farquharson (1.22.42), Gerry Gribbon (1.28.14), Greg McClure (1.28.31), John Black (1.31.38), Lance Breen (1.32.27), Thomas McKinstry (1.44.16) and Gareth Atkinson (1.57.41).
The overall winners of the race were Omagh’s Stephen Duncan (1.08.52) and unattached runner Fiona Stack (1.22.18).
Dambusters Silent Valley 10 Miler
In the Silent Valley, Marty Rea turned in a good performance over 10 hilly miles on Saturday, timing 58.27 to finish second to Brendan Teer of East Down. Gerard McNamara chipped in with an eighth place performance in 1.05.46, good for first in the V35 division.
(Photo, left to right: Marty Rea, Brendan Teer, and Seamus Lynch)
Run the Bann 5K
With Gregory Walsh and Claire Connor providing the race winners, and Connor McQuillan excelling among the juniors, the Harriers also got a good performance from Ronnie Marshall, who clocked 19.52.
The Harriers had a strong contingent out for the Waterworks Park Run, which was won this week by Seapark’s David Turtle (18.22) and Roisin Hughes of Up and Running (20.54).
The first Harrier home was Laurence Johnston (5th in 19.04), followed by Jim Newberry (6th in 19.18) and Greg McClure (9th in 19.50). Other solid performances came from Lance Breen (20.44), Tony McCambridge (20.44), Paul Williams (21.19), Patrick McShane (21.28), Damian Marquess (21.40), Matt Shields (21.42), John Murphy (22.11), John Burns (23.08), Gerry Gribbon (24.42), and Darragh McNairney (26.44).
Next across the line was Kelvin Kearney, who scored a new personal best in 27.07, supported by John Marquess (28.07), Tina Haggan (28.55), Sean McShane (29.58) and Aaron McCann (35.19).
At Queen’s, Philip Donnelly timed 19.49 for ninth. Other finishers included John Lavery (21.22), Kevin Lavery (24.48), Claire Prenter (26.03), and junior athlete Jack O’Dwyer Henry (32.53).
At Victoria Park, Mark Shields ran 20.55 and Drew Crawford timed 27.41, while Jim McClinton ran 39.23 at the Falls Park Run.