It was a quiet running week events-wise so parkrun took centre stage and it didn’t disappoint.
New Year’s resolutions must be in full force as a massive 171 runners took park in the Waterworks which experienced pleasantly mild conditions to see North Belfast Harriers take the top two men’s places and top three women’s places.
Brendan Grew was first home overall for the 13th time in 17:11 and Jim Benson was 2nd in a time of 17:35. 5th overall was Simon Reeve clocking in at 18:37 followed by 8th placed Gerry Gribbon (19:11), ahead of John Murphy 9th (19:18) and 10th placed Greg McClure (19:20)
Mannix McAlister ran well for a new PB of 19:48 in 14th. The next gaggle of Harriers swooped in with junior Tony McCambridge in 16th (19:53), 1st female Roisin Hughes in 17th overall and with a new PB to start the year (19:57) followed shortly by Lance Breen in 18th (19:59) and Mark Shields 19th (20:09). Patrick McShane finished in 29th place with 21:08, Kilian Woods was 31st in 21:18. It was Ciaran Browne’s first time in the waterworks crossing the line in 41st (21:49), just ahead of 42nd Paul Williams (21:52), and 43rd Damian Marquess (21:53).
Athanasia Sevastaki was second female and 47th overall (22:08). Nuala Muldoon was 3rd female home next in a new PB of 22:15.
Jack Carberry trundled home in 51st (22:32) ahead of first timer Fionn Hagle in 54th (22:51).
John Marquess got a big PB in 66th 24:12, John O’Hare was 90th (25:42), Aaron McCann also got a big PB in 101st (26:32).
John Burns was 103rd with a time of 26:36, Mary Ringland 115th (27:28), with Tina Haggan 139th (31:06), and Sean McShane 149th (32:20).
At Victoria park there were three Harriers taking part. Laurence Johnston finished 6th (18:25) not far ahead of Claire Connor in 6th 18:41 and Drew Crawford was 124th (27:21).
Ecos park run was won in some style by Mark McKinstry in a new personal best of 18:27.
Falls saw Patrick Hamill visit for the first time, finishing 6th (19:33). Jim Clinton also took park in his usual parkrun coming home in 22nd (24:13).
At Queens Philip Donnelly was the first Harrier home in 8th place (20:22).
Damien Gill was home in 17th (23:16), easily pipping Eoin McQuillan in 18th (23:17).
Ciaran Hunter was 35th in 25:58.