It was the last major road race of the year on saturday with the Joe Seeley 10k race doubling up as the NI 10k road racing championships in Ormeau park. The club had what must have been a record turnout with 53 runners taking part and with PBs galore, individual medals in the womens race, team gold in the womens race and team silver in the mens race it proved a very successful outing. 801 people took part all in all.
In the womens race it was 3 to score and with North Down having proved too strong in recent cross countries it was all to do. Gladys Ganiel O’Neill and Claire Connor led the team in to take individual silver and bronze with both girls running the fastest they have ran in years – Gladys running a road 10k PB for 34:58 and Claire running 37:50. Recent recruit Roisin Hughes backed the two girls up for a new PB of 40:54 and 15th place. This gave the team 20 points and a hard earned victory over North Down who finished on 22 points. Athanasia Sevastaki and Paula Wallace backed the team up with strong runs of 44:50 (a new PB) and 47:18.
In the mens race overwhelming favourites Annadale were made to fight all the way with 6 to count. Alan O’Hara and Eamon White had a great battle for 5th place with Alan eventually winning out in 32:10 ahead of Eamon’s 32:12 with Eamon running a new PB. They were followed up by new recruit Adam Boyd for 9th in 32:51, Darryl Blair 19th in 33:17, Conor Curran 22nd in a new PB of 33:22 and Tommy Hughes 26th in 33:38. This gave the team 87 points to finish just behind Annadale in 66 points.
Paul Blaney and Neil Carty battled it out for 28th place with Paul winning out in 33:42 ahead of Neil in 33:49. Andrew Considine, fresh from the Dublin marathon, finished 38th in 34:50 with new recruit Brendan Grew pipping brother Gareth running 35:09 and 35:11 respectively and 51st and 53rd. Michael Fitzpatrick ran 35:21 for 57th just ahead of Eddie Cooke running 35:27 for 63rd just pipping Eoin McQuillan who ran a new PB of 35:29 for 64th.
Several men then broke the 37 barrier with Jim Benson running 36:11, Peter Savage 36:28, Travis Todd 36:47, Alan Ritchie 36:52 and Simon Reeve running a new PB of 36:57.
Breaking the 38 barrier were Laurence Johnston in 37:27, new recruit Kent Swan destroying his PB in 37:35 and Niall Farquharson running a new PB of 37:58.
Breaking the 39 barrier were Joe Norney for a big PB in 38:29, Paddy Hamill in 38:31, John McGuigan in 38:33 and Robert Irvine breaking 40 for the first time and smashing his PB for 38:41.
Next up were the sub 4o chasers – James Wallace running 39 dead, John Black continuing his impressive run of PBs for 39:42, Philip Donnelly breaking 40 in his 2nd 10k for 39:47 and Greg McClure creeping just under 40 in 39:58.
Breaking 41 were Gerry Gribbon in 40:12, Colin McClean in 40:29 and Mark Shields running a new PB of 40:42.
Under 42 were Arran Ruttledge in 41:11, Fra McCaffrey in 41:13, John Murphy in 41:18 and Sean McShane running through the pain barrier for 41:53.
Lance Breen ran 42:15, Martin Cox 43:17, Killian Woods ran a big PB of 44:29 with John Burns breaking 45 for the first time in 44:57. Jim Clinton fresh from his parkrun exploits ran 45:17, Paul Williams 45:25 and Jack Carberry continuing his PB form for 46:40.
Ciaran Browne PB’d again in his second 10k for 47:08 with Jon Johnston running 48:22, Jason Reid smashing his previous PB by 3 minutes for 49:52 and club youth coach John Marquess finishing in 52:36.
Even with the large crowds going to the Joe Seeley several harriers still took part in the parkrun. At the waterworks Gerry Gribbon and Greg McClure both doubled up with Gerry finishing 9th in 19:40 and Greg 10th in 19:57. Young Tony McCambridge was 14th in 20:44, race director Matt Shields 19th in 21:27 and Mannix McAllister 23rd in 22:11. Ita McCambridge was first lady in 22:24, Nuala Muldoon 2nd in 23:38, Mollie O’Hare 3rd in 23:52 and Katie O’Hare 4th in 24:28. John O’Hare ran 24:49 with Aaron McCann 28:13 and Tina Haggan 30:54.
Jim Clinton ran his 88th parkrun for 39:50 at the falls with Damien Gill finishing 11th at queens. Connor Magill ran a new parkrun PB to win in craigavon with 15:48.
Run for Mark in the dark
At the charity 10k and 5k for Mark in the dark at Stormont on Wednesday night Simon Reeve took 3rd in the 10k with 39:06, young Connor McQuillan 4th in 39:29, Greg McClure 14th in 41:33 and Mark Shields 19th in 41:33,