There were a number of outstanding performances this weekend, highlighted by veteran Tommy Hughes’ all-out win in a 10-miler at Lough Fea near Cookstown. Tommy, who competes in the V50 category, clocked 55.53 in the event, the last in the Sperrin Harriers Winter League six race series.
NI/Ulster Age Group Championships
At the Northern Ireland and Ulster Indoor Age Group Championships at Jordanstown, Caitlin Maguire claimed a bronze medal in the Under-15 60m with a time of 8.49. She also ran 8.49 to win her qualifying heat. Rebecca Marquess was third in the Under-18 60m in 8.74. By finishing in the top three, both athletes now have the option of competing in the Athletics Ireland Indoor Championships.
Isaac Jarman also ran well in his heat of the Under-13 60m, timing 9.44.
Fast Times in Albertville
A strong contingent of 14 Harriers turned out for the Albertville 5-miler in Belfast. In his first time competing over the distance, Andrew Considine turned in a stellar 26.25 to finish fifth overall and first in the V35 category. His work was complemented with fine performances from Eddie Cooke (9th in 27.00), Brendan Grew (10th in 27.23) and Michael Fitzpatrick (13th in 27.53).
Others competing were Laurence Johnston (29.03), Travis Todd (29.05), Barry Reid (29.35), James Wallace (30.09), Paul Jenkins (30.13), Jim Newberry (30.19 for first in the V60 category), Sean McShane (31.56), Paul Williams (34.48), Paula Wallace (37.22 and first in the V45 category), and Jason Reid (38.52).
The race winners were Brendan Teer of East Down (25.29) and Patricia O’Hagan of St Peter’s in Lurgan (29.50).
PB’s at Carlingford
In the companion 10km, Athanasia Sevastaki also ran a personal best, timing 43.23.
Greg Strong in Surrey 20 Miler
Greg McClure had a busy weekend, capped with a solid performance in the Surrey Spitfire 20-miler on Sunday, where he posted a time of 2.22.24 and was fourth in the V50 category. He also took part in Saturday’s Mile End Parkrun in London on Saturday, finishing 12th in 20.07.
At the Waterworks Parkrun, Helen Weir was the first woman across the line in 21.34, while fellow Harrier Ita McCambridge was third in 22.46.
The Harriers’ men also ran well, led by Simon Reeve in third in a new personal best of 17.49. He was supported by Kent Swann (6th in 18.31), Gerry Gribbon (8th in 19.08), John Black (10th in a new personal best of 19.23) and Tony McNulty (12th in 19.39).
Others taking part were Martin Joseph Cox (21.23), Lance Breen (21.35), Jack Carberry (23.06), Eamon Sheridan (24.24 for a personal best), Rioghnach Catney (24.27), John O’Hare (25.08), Mannix McAlister (26.20), Brendan McCambridge (26.24), Lauren Cox (27.34), Aaron McCann (37.08) and Cora Lamb (37.14).
The first athlete home was unattached Phil Wood in 17.14.
A good group of Harriers travelled to Lisburn to support the first-ever Wallace Parkun. John Gerard Murphy was 9th in 19.14, Sean McShane 10th in 19.35 and Matt Shields 11th in 19.44. Patrick McShane ran 20.37, stalwart Jim Clinton clocked 22.46, and Piaras McShane timed 24.40.
At Queen’s, John Lavery (22.22) and Kevin Lavery (22.34) were 14th and 15th. Drew Crawford ran in the Victoria Parkrun, clocking 29.32.
(Photo of Tommy Hughes sourced on http://www.nirunning.co.uk/news)