2013 NI XC Masters Winners

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Titles were up for grabs in Lurgan park on a cool Saturday. With several good runs it was the Master team prize that was the standout result for the Harriers.
North Belfast Harriers were crowned NI & Ulster Masters XC Champions after taking four of the top ten spots.

Dave Morwood of Annadale Striders was the well deserved overall winner with a time of 28:18, Ciaran Doherty from Letterkenny AC took second stop 28:37, while Harrier’s Alan O’Hara took the final podium spot in a great run of 28:50.
The rest of team who contributed to the great win where Eamon White 5th (29:17), 6th placed Neil Carty (29:22), and Paul Blaney was 9th in 30:07.
Next home was Laurence Johnston 25th (32:36), Paul Jenkins 31st (33:18), Jim Newberry 39th (33:42), and Gerard Mc Namara 50th (34:15).
All those runners mean that North Belfast Harriers were runaway winners with 23 points ahead of Finn Valley and Annadale Striders on 70 points.

In the Junior/Intermediate category saw a good run by Adam Boyd to take second place overall (36:58); just behind winner Brendan Teer of North Down in 36:17.
Gerard Gallagher from Finn Valley completed the podium positions in 37:02. Harriers had a strong team with plenty of great runs including
Andrew Considine finishing 15th (38:43), Martin Rea was home in 36th (40:42), Simon Reeve 41st (41:09) ahead of
Alan Ritchie 45th (41:24). Gareth Grew was just outside the top 50 in 51st (41:37), Jim Benson finished 56th (41:49).
Next up was Travis Todd in 63rd (42:26), then in 90th, Peter Morrison (45:06), Joe Norney was 93rd (45:15), swiftly followed by Kent Swan in 93rd (45:46)
100 Philip Donnelly was 100th (46:23) and Mr Lance Breen in 104th (46:42).
The scores on the doors mean that the team prize was taken home by worthy winners City of Derry with 120 points, edging out Finn Valley and Foyle Valley on 124 and 126 points respectively. North Belfast Harriers were fourth on 190 points.

29th Annual AXA Raheny 5 Mile Road Race 2013
In Raheny 5 mile road race Breege Connolly finished 5th in a good time of 28.20. More details to follow.

Parkrun

The icy conditions at the parks didn’t deter participants. All parkruns enjoyed great attendance figures.
In Waterworks Harriers recorded a male 1-2-3 with Brendan Grew (17:23), Conal McCambridge (18:37), John McGuigan (18:48) topping the field.
The trio of Gerry Gribbon (19:19), John Murphy (19:33), and Greg McClure (19:34) were 7th, 8th amd 9th respectively.
Mannix McAlister secured 13th place with a time of 20:04 while 16th place went to Sean McShane (20:48).
Up next was John Black in 19th (21:16), then 21st placed Matt Shields (21:27), Patrick McShane was 28th (21:56), 31st was Paul Williams (22:24), who beat Lance Breen 32nd (22:25).
Nuala Muldoon was first woman accross the line 34th (22:34) and was followed next by Ita McCambridge 35th (22:41).
Eamon Sheridan secured a personal best in tricky conditions 25:19 was good enough for 72nd.
Next to arrive was John O’Hare in 85th (26:17), 87th was Breandan Kearney (26:24), followed by Piaras McShane in 88th (26:39).
John Burns in 107th (28:14) was followed by first timers Lauren Cox (108th/28:21) and Bryanna Catney (115th/29:03).
Martin Cox finished 116th (29:06) and Aaron McCann enjoyed himself in 129th (32:20).

At Victoria parkrun Claire Connor was the overall winner in 18:41 and was joined by Drew Crawford in 112th (29:38)

Queen’s parkrun was affected by timing issues but Kevin Lavery was first Harrier home in 27th place, Ciaran Hunter was 30th and Damien Gill 31st.

At Falls Jim Clinton completed his 99th parkrun finishing in 41st (37:05)

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