With most of the weekend fixtures cancelled due to the wintry weather conditions, a few hearty souls took on the challenge of the Moira cross country and the various Parkruns. Paul Blaney led the way for the Harriers at the Moira XC, earning a podium finish as he placed third in 20.10 behind winner Andrew Hicks of Dromore (19.50).
Ed Cooke was next for the Harriers, timing 20.26 for fourth, followed by James Wallace (22.34) and Jim Newberry (22.37) in 16th and 17th, respectively. Gerard McNamara placed 22nd in 23.09.
In the women’s race, Paula Wallace cracked the top ten, completing the course in 20.11.
Active Belfast XC
Our youth athletes also braved the tough conditions at the Active Belfast cross country in Victoria Park. Conal McCambridge continued his run of good form to win the Year 9 and above race in 11.22 while Fiona Nagle was the first girl in the Years 6&7 race. Thomas Reid was second in the Year 8 race, and Brendan McCambridge also had a good run in the Years 6&7 race.
At the Waterworks Parkrun, brothers Brendan and Gareth Grew were the first two across the line in 18.36 and 19.01, respectively, leading home a field of 71 brave runners. The Harriers had six of the top 10 positions in the run, as the Grew brothers were supported by Gerry Gribbon (5th in 20.02), John Gerard Murphy (7th in 20.22), Greg McClure (8th in 20.30) and Sean McShane (10th in 20.53).
Other Harriers taking part were Nuala Muldoon (22.23), junior Tony McCambridge (22.47), Kilian Woods (23.16), John Burns (23.23), Jim Benson (23.29), Jack Carberry (23.46), Matt Shields (23.47), Breandan Kearney (26.18), and John O’Hare (26.45).
At the Queen’s Parkrun, Eoin McQuillan scored a Queen’s parkrun personal best of 19.59 despite the tough weather conditions (his overall personal best is 17.29), finishing third overall. (His Philip Donnelly was 5th in 20.50 while John Lavery clocked 26.09.
At the Falls Parkrun, Patrick Hamill was second in 19.51 and Jim Clinton timed 41.25. Helen Weir was the third woman at the Victoria Parkrun in 22.20.
(image: the start of a snowy Queens Parkrun)