Den Haag Half Marathon
Just like back home, there was no respite the bad weather in the Netherlands. That didn’t stop 2 local runners from impressing in the field. Gladys Ganiel ran well at the competitive international race and was 5th in the half marathon 1.15:51; which was just outside her personal best.
At the other end of the field Mark Ramsey broke the two hour mark (1.59.42) for the first time.
Addiction NI 10K
The charity race for Addiction NI charity in the Ormeau Park showed the depth of the runners in North Belfast. We had
two of the podium positions. Brendan Grew was the overall winner in 34:33 and Mark McKinstry was home and dry in 3rd 36:59. Kent Swann also had a great run for 6th place 38:07 just ahead of John McGuigan in 7th (38:53). Other great runs included Mark Shields in 15th (41:25) and Greg McClure 23rd (42:46),
The Aviva Irish Schools’ Cross Country Championships took
place in the University of Ulster, Jordanstown this weekend.
In the wet and windy conditions Conal McCambridge was representing Edmund Rice school. He finished 37th and another local school, St Malachy’s, claimed the team prize.
The NI mountain running season kicked off on Co. Armagh on Saturday at Slieve Gullion. The 6.9km race was won by Stephen Cunningham (37:23) from Mourne Runners. Neil Carty narrowly missing out in the scrap for 3rd place, finishing 5th 39:09.
The growing popularity of parkrun was demonstrated this week by Harriers attending 7 different events including another new event; this time in Dublin.
Matt Shields was in Marlay Park to witness a massive 370 finishers in the first running of the parkrun. Matt finished 20th in 18:54.
148 participants completed the Waterworks. The first male to finish was Tony Carter (Tyne Bridge Harriers) in a time of 16:17. The first lady completing the course was Anna Scott (Willowfield Harriers) in a time of 22:20.
The first Harrier across the line was Brendan Grew in 2nd place (16:59). He was followed by Gerry Gribbon in 10th (19:07) and Sean McShane also just outside the top 10 in 12th with 19:16.
Tony McNulty and Tony McCambridge finished close together on 20th (20:29) and 22nd (20:35) respectively.
Paul Williams was home in 32nd (21:54) and Mannix McAlister was 38th (22:43). Rioghnach Catney got her personal best of 23:26 for 44th place. After that we had John O’Hare in 67th (25:27), Kilian Woods in 69th (25:32), Piaras McShane 70th (25:35), Thomas McKinstry 70th (32:21), Iam McCollam 132nd (36:49), Aaron McCann 144th (43:32)
Closer to home at Victoria, Drew Crawford was at his local parkrun finishing 113th in 32:30.
At Ecos parkrun in Ballymena junior Connor McQuillan narrowly missed out on a PB to finish second with 17:58.
In the Falls parkrun Harriers had two runners representin’ John Murphy grabbed 2nd place with a time of 20:02 and Jim Clinton followed up with 27th place 29:14.
Over at Queens John Lavery was the 9th out of 37 runners in at time of 22:09.
Wallace parkrun in Lisburn saw 71 runners and Greg McClure was amongst them in 9th running around in 20:52