The Harriers had another productive weekend with impressive performances ranging from Adam Boyd’s win in the Camlough Race around the Lakes, a slew of personal bests in the Park Runs, Gerry Gribben’s 3.11 marathon in Amsterdam, top-three finishes by Tommy Hughes and Paul Elliot in the vets categories at the ultra-competitive Gerry Farnan cross country in Dublin, and Marty Rea’s podium finish in the Gr8 Dundrum Run.
Camlough Race around the Lakes
New recruit Adam Boyd continued an impressive competitive streak, winning the Camlough 7.5 mile Race around the Lake on Sunday.
Gerry Farnan XC
The Gerry Farnan is a noted fixture on the cross country calendar, attracting both elite senior athletes and veterans hoping for a place on the Irish team for the upcoming British and Irish Veterans Cross Country Championships. NBH was well-represented by veterans Tommy Hughes (V50) and Paul Elliot (V55), who both finished third in their categories. Tommy put himself in line for selection to the Irish team, while Paul has already been named to the Northern Irish team. They clocked 28.22 and 30.34, respectively, over the five mile route. Paul Blaney, competing in the V40 division, timed 28.41 while Eddie Cooke ran 29.21.
At the Amsterdam Marathon, Gerry Gribben turned in a stellar performance, clocking 3.11.22, while clubmate Mark Shields timed 3.28 on limited training. Colin Simpson, who often trains with the Harriers, registered 3.22.
Gr8 Dundrum Run
Marty Rea showed his versatility, finishing third at the scenic, off-road Gr8 Dundrum Run. The eight mile route takes in the Murlough Nature Reserve and includes a two-mile stretch along Murlough Beach. Marty completed the course in 47.02 behind East Down’s Brendan Teer (44.47) and Phil Wood (46.51).
Eleven more Harriers also tackled the challenging course, led by Jim Benson, who was 20th in 50.47. Next in were Gerard McNamara (53.38), Robert Irvine (54.14), Lance Breen (55.04), Stephen Walker making a welcome return from injury (58.01), Arran Rutledge (58.19), Helen Weir (59.21), David Woodhouse (59.45), Jennifer Bill (1.01.22), Kilian Woods (1.03.46) and John Burns (1.03.46).
Twenty-seven Harriers competed at Park Runs on Saturday with eight setting personal bests. Conor Curran (16.17) at the Waterworks and Claire Connor (18.37) at Victoria led the way with wins in personal best times.
The biggest contingent was on hand at the Waterworks, where Darryl Blair was second across the line in 16.20. Also in the top ten were Laurence Johnston (6th, 18.05), Patrick Hamill (7th, 18.26), and Kent Swan (9th, 18.43). Next home were Matt Shields (19.35) and Greg McClure (19.49) in 15th and 16th, respectively. Tony McCambridge secured the 20th position in 20.38.
Other Harriers participating included Paul Williams (20.51), Mannix McAllister in a personal best of 21.17, first timer Martin Cox (21.45), Mathew Verdon in a personal best of 22.19, John Robert Johnston in a personal best of 23.01, Darragh McNairney (23.41), Sean McShane in a personal best of 24.32, Piaras McShane in a personal best of 24.34, Sean McShane senior (24.34), John O’Hare (25.02), Aaron McCann (32.20), Patrick McShane (32.58), John Murphy (33.02), Cora Lamb (37.06), and Jimmy Nolan (37.07).
At Victoria, Claire Connor’s good form continued with her 18.37 personal best, which was good for the first woman and 7th overall. Joe Norney was 8th in 18.40 while the ever-faithful Drew Crawford ran 27.08. At the Falls, Jim Clinton timed 22.45 for a personal best in his 84th Park Run.
(images: Gerry Gribben in Amsterdam; Phil Wood, Brendan Teer and Marty Rea in Dundrum)