Harriers Marty Rea and Gladys Ganiel O’Neill took top honours this weekend at the Causeway Coast Extreme Half Marathon and the Bangor 10k Road Race. Veteran marathon runner Greg McClure also impressed with a 3.05.02 clocking at the Berlin Marathon.
NBH had a solid contingent of athletes out for the ever-popular Bangor 10k on Saturday, which attracted a field of over 800 in sunny, but blustery, conditions. Gladys Ganiel O’Neill, returning from an Achilles injury sustained in April’s Rotterdam Marathon, won in 36.49 to help the women’s team to a second place finish behind host club North Down.
Claire Connor was next home for the women, taking fourth in 40.20, while Athanasia Sevastaki rounded out the team scoring in 45.44, good for second in the V35 category.
On the men’s side, Alan O’Hara battled for a podium finish but fell just five seconds short, notching fourth in 33.07. The men’s winner was Annadale’s Paul Pollock, who is set to represent Ireland this coming weekend at the World Half Marathon Championships. St Malachy’s Joe McAllister was second and Brendan Teer of East Down third.
Next home for the Harriers was Andrew Considine, who ran 34.48 for 12th, followed by Travis Todd (18th in 36.18). They were supported by Gareth Grew (36.41), Davy Brady (37.07), John Patience (37.59), Paul Jenkins (38.32), Niall Farquharson (39.07), Joe Norney (40.03), Mark Shields (41.48) and Jason Reid (52.28).
Causeway Coast Extreme
The Causeway Coast Half Marathon was part of a series of off-road races on the north coast, including an ultra marathon, marathon, half marathon and 10k.
Marty Rea saw off all challengers in the half marathon, clocking 1.35.36 over the challenging terrain to finisha minute clear of Sea Park’s David Gamble. In the 10k, Alan Ritchie took third in 42.37.
They were supported in the half marathon by Paddy Hamill (1.45.13), Gerard McNamara (1.48.40), Paul Williams (1.54.54), Helen Weir (2.01.48) and Jennifer Bill (2.06.13). (Please note that some of these times were reported incorrectly in the first version of this report.)
Neil Carty and Simon Reeve continued to impress on the mountains, taking the third (1.18.47) and tenth (1.27.56) in the Northern Ireland Mountain Association race Saturday at the Fallows. Neil was the first veteran.
Le Grande Classic Half, Paris
Kilian Woods and John Burns ventured to Le Grande Classic Half Marathon in Paris, completing it together with a solid 1.21.35 clocking.
At the Waterworks Park Run, Conor Curran (16.37) and junior Conal McCambridge (17.10 for a new personal best) were the first two Harriers and the first two across the line. Among the women, Roisin Hughes (20.46) was second to Dromore’s Geraldine Branagh (19.23) and Ita McCambridge was fourth in 22.32.
They were supported by Gerry Gribben (11th – 19.22), Lance Breen (15th – 19.37), John Murphy (21.24), Patrick McCambridge (22.33), Darragh McNairney (24.01), Jack Carberry (24.32), junior Brendan McCambridge (25.08), Nuala Muldoon (28.47) and Jimmy Nolan (36.30).
The Harriers had one runner apiece at the Park Runs at Queens (Damien Gill – 22.16), the Falls (Jim Clinton – 36.19) and Victoria (Drew Crawford – 27.02).
Matt Shields completed the Bushy Park Run in London in 18.03.
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(Images: Alan O’Hara and Gladys Ganiel O’Neill after the Bangor 10k; Marathon runner Greg McClure)