This week Harriers competed well on the indoor track, trails, and the regular Parkruns. Among the top performers was Connor McQuillan, who had an outstanding run to finish second in the under 16 category at the Northern Ireland and Ulster indoor juvenile championships on Saturday, posting a time of 4.45.01.
Marty Rea just missed a podium finish on Thursday evening in the 26extreme trail race in Donard Park, Newcastle, placing fourth in 44.28. First place was Newry City’s Don Travers in 42.53.
The Harriers had an impressive contingent of 26 athletes out at the Waterworks Parkrun, led home by Brendan Grew in first in 16.56. There was a new course record in the women’s event with Teresa McGloin of the Finn Valley club clocking 17.40. Roisin Hughes was the third woman in 19.57 and Helen Weir was fourth in 21.41.
Next home for the Harriers were Laurence Johnston (4th in 18.02), Simon Reeve (5th in 18.20), Kent Swann (10th in 18.42), Gerard McNamara (11th in 18.54), Gerry Gribbon (13th in 18.59) and John Gerard Murphy (15th in 19.16).
They were followed across the line by Greg McClure (19.47), Lance Breen (19.56) Matt Shields (21.26), Nuala Muldoon (22.38), Ita McCambridge (22.49), Kilian Woods (23.06), Rioghnach Catney (24.36), John Michael Marquess (24.38), Eamon Sheridan (24.56), Jack Carberry (25.05), Breandan Kearney (26.49), Lauren Cox (27.24), Martin Joseph Cox (27.25), John Burns (27.38), Bryanna Catney (29.26), Aaron McCann (30.36), and Thomas McKinstry (31.46).
At the Queen’s Parkrun, Philip Donnelly finished sixth in 19.47, with support from Damien Gill (23.50), Kevin Lavery (24.04), John Lavery (24.38) and Ciaran Hunter (24.51).
At Victoria Park, Athanasia Sevastaki was the third woman in 22.05. Mark Shields ran 19.43 and Drew Crawford timed 29.13. Jim Clinton was the lone Harrier at the Falls Park, completing the course in 23.54.
(Photos: Roisin Hughes and Athanasia Sevastaki, who ran well at the Parkruns this week. Sourced on Mark Ramsey’s photostream)