After the quiet weekend of running last week came an easter feast of races of various distances. North Belfast were at the front of the action including Queen’s 5K on Wednesday, Omagh Half Marathon and today’s Whitehead race:
Great results all round for North Belfast Harriers today in the 5 mile road race at Whitehead.
Gladys Ganiel was the winner in the female race with a time of 27:40 while Claire Conor 2nd with 29:37. In the male race Ed Cooke was second (26:55) behind Keith Shiels from Foyle Valley. Brendan Grew joined them on the podium in 3rd (26:57). Other fantastic run on the day came from Mark McKinstry in 6th (28.57), Stephen Walker 8th (29:14), Roisin Hughes 27th (31:56), Greg McClure 40th (33:48), Nuala Muldoon 58th (37:05).
On Wednesday a large contingent took part in the Queen’s Sport 5K along the river Lagan. Amongst the prizes were Claire Conor who won the female event. The men’s team took 3rd place and Jim Newberry was first in his age category.
The men’s race was won by former Harrier Stephen Scullion in 14:27 followed by Eddie McGinley and Andrew Agnew from Annadale Striders.
Of the 17 Harriers that took park Connor Magill was the fastest finishing 16th in 16:02. Ed Cooke wasn’t far behind with 16:33 good enough for 24th overall; six seconds later was Brendan Grew in 29th. Eoin McQuillian trimmed his personal best in 31st (16:45) and Conal McCambridge also had a great run for 43rd (17:14). Next up was Laurence Johnston in 59th (17:48), then Kent Swann 64th (18:03) ahead of Gerard McNamara in 65th (18:06) and female winner Claire Conor , 74th overall, 18:17. Next home was Niall Geehan in 81st (18:28), John Black 90th (18:47), Jim Newberry was also under 19 minutes (18:28) and 90th to claim fist in the M60 category. Phlip Donnelly was 100th 19:06, Mark Shields 104th 19:11, Grey McClure 129th (19:48), Paul Williams 153rd (20:40), and Jason Reid 206th (23:01).
Achill Island 10k
At the 26 extreme organised race Helen Weir took on the mixed terrain event and come home in 19th place in a time of 44:56.
Well done to Nuala Muldoon on finishing 24th in the Co. Down road race with 52:07.
North Belfast Harriers put on a great show of strength at this weeks parkrun. 16 Harriers took part and provided 8 of the top 11 positions.
Conor Curran duked it out with Brendan Grew for the top position with Conor finishing in 16:55 and Brendan 17:01. Conal McCambridge also ran well in 3rd (17:57) and Gerry Gribbon 4th (18:51). Niall Geehan scored a PB on his second parkrun outing in 6th place (19:09). John Murphy was home and dry in 8th (19:34), Tony McNulty was 9th (19:59) and Mannix McAlister 11th (20:15). Paul Williams ran well for 16th (20:55) as did Martin Cox in 24th (21:48) and Ita McCambridge 26th/ 2nd female (22:59). Jack Carberry was across the finish line in 40th (23:51) while John O’Hare was 49th (24:58), Eamon Sheridan was 65th with 26:10, Tina Hagan was 92nd (30:55) and Mary Ringland 93rd (30:56).
At other parkruns this weekend we had Jim Clinton at Ecos finishing 24th (22:45). At Queen’s Marty Rea grabbed first and a PB with 18:03 while Ciaran Hunter was home in 56th (33:46).
Across the water in Marple stockport parkrun George Walker was 62nd (24:14). At Richmond Park Matt Shields finished 11st (19:07). While Derek Donaghy was 12th at Walsall Arboretum parkrun (19:47).
Omagh Half Marathon
At the second installment of the Pure Running Half Marathon series there was some serious running done.
Stephen Scullion of Clonliffe Harriers bagged his second win of the week and second course record in 1:04:46. He was accompanied on the podium by club mate Sergui Ciobanu (1:05:11) and Polish runner Radoslaw Dudyscz (1:06:51).
Gareth Grew was the first stag across the finishing line in 15th overall in 1:16:41. He was followed by Jim Benson in 18th (1:17:42). Next home was Kent Swann in 78th (1:25:59), John Black 94th (1:27:07), Gerard McNamara 100th (1:27:07) and Gregg McClure was also under the 90 minute mark in 121st (1:28:52). Brothers Sean & Patrick McShane completed the Harriers group in 286th & 287th in 1:37:09. Breaking his personal best again was Mark Ramsey in 853rd in a time of 1:54:28.