In what was expected to be a quiet weekend several harriers participated far and wide taking part in cross countries, parkruns and marathons.
In rather mucky conditions the annual Dromore XC took place on Saturday. In the womens race Paula Wallace finished 13th in 29:43 while in the mens vets Neil Carty retained his title running 20:17 having a clear win by 25 seconds with Paul Elliot also having a strong race for 5th place in 22:17 and first M55.
In the open mens race Andrew Considine finished 3rd in 34:08 with Lance Breen also having a good run for 8th in 39:49.
On saturday 4 harriers made the journey to Clonakilty in Cork for a very challenging marathon. Martin Rea made his return to marathon racing after several pacemaking appearances this year to post a top ten finish in 2:49. Alan Ritchie ran 3:40:42 to better his Dublin marathon time while Gerard McNamara and Jim Clinton also showed they’re recovering well to post 3:47 and 4:26 respectively.
The usual large contingent of harriers took part in this week’s parkrun events with a few globetrotters even taking part in foreign climes.
At the waterworks Brendan Grew had his second win in succession posting 17:39 with young Conal McCambridge a clear second in 18:08. Simon Reeve completed the top 3 running 18:31. Gerry Gribbon, Laurence Johnston and Sean McShane all finished top ten with 19:43, 19:46 and 20:10 respectively.
Roisin Hughes was first woman across the line in a new PB of 20:11 followed by John Murphy in 20:18. Martin Cox smashed his PB to finish 15th in 20:30 just pipping Lance Breen in 20:31. Mark Shields also finished top 20 in 20:42.
Tony McCambridge ran 21:32 for 22nd, Jack Carberry ran another PB (his 18th of the year!) of 22 minutes dead for 33rd, Ita McCambridge 34th in 22:17, Paul Williams 35th in 22:18, Nuala Muldoon 40th in 23:13 and John Marquess finished 60th in 25:16(new PB).
At Queens Philip Donnelly was 5th in 19:36 and Damien Gill 18th in 22:34. In Victoria Drew Crawford was 105th in 28:38. At Citypark Connor Magill had a big victory in 15:53.
Further afield Matt Shields ran Nonsuch parkrun in London finishing in 20:16 and Killian Woods took in the Faelled parkrun in Copenhagan finshing 14th in 23:34.