Despite it only being early February it was a busy weekend with parkrun celebrations, 5k and 10ks and the last of the championship cross country races taking place.
All Ireland Masters XC
It was two bronze medals in a row for Alan O’Hara at the All Ireland Masters XC in Gransha Derry on Sunday. Alan followed up his NI & Ulster bronze medal from Lurgan with an excellent performance, taking some notable scalps in the process, to place 6th and 3rd in the M35 category.
1st and 3rd in Gosford 10k
At Gosford forest park on Saturday the rescheduled “Run forest run” too place. Adam Boyd and Brendan Grew made the journey with Adam continuing his form of late to win out by over two minutes with Brendan battling it out for 2nd place ending up in 3rd in 36:24.
In his second 5k of the day Greg McClure finished 16th running 20:16 in the challenging Downpatrick race-course race.
parkrun – century Jim
The big story of the parkrun at the weekend was Jim Clinton becoming the first person since the parkrun started in Northern Ireland to make the one hundred mark. Jim has shown dedication to the parkrun cause since it started and not only has he been committed in running the 100 himself but he has also been a great ambassador and brought friends, colleagues and family into the fold. On Saturday his occasion was well attended by friends and family with Jim getting a special presentation of his parkrun 100 jacket and t-shirt.
In the run itself over 170 took part. Laurence Johnston showed he’s returning to fitness winning out in 18:16 with Gerard McNamara (6th in 18:54), Gerry Gribbon(7th in 18:56) and John Murphy (8th in 19:03) all finishing top ten. Gerry equaled his longstanding PB with John breaking his after having equaled it recently.
Lance Breen just missed out on sub 20 running 20:00 dead closely followed by Greg McClure(20:01) and John Black (20:12). Paul Williams finished in 21:54 just ahead of Ciaran Browne in 22:05. Century man Jim Clinton ran 22:22 pipping nearly century man Damien Gill in 22:24. Nuala Muldoon finished just behind in 22:25 with Ita McCambridge running 22:49, Kilian Woods 24:19, Eamon Sheridan 27:05 and Thomas McKinstry 32:32.
Over at Queens Mark Shields finished 11th in 21:21, Athanasia Sevastaki 18th in 22:45 with Ciaran Hunter and John Lavery also running and finishing in 25:36 and 27:06 respectively.