At the sunny course around the capital North Belfast Harriers joined the tens of thousands of runners and it was Breege Connolly and Gladys Ganiel that were the shining performances.
Breege was 3rd female in the overall race in 2:39:23 and Gladys was 5th with 2:42:25. Gareth Grew was first male Harrier across the line in a time of 2:57:19 while Gerry Gribbon was 3:14:16. Glenn McKendry was home just under the 3 and a half hour mark in 3:28:50, Stephen Walker was all done in 3:33:09, and Nuala Muldoon was 4:51:29. Also taking part were Greg McClure and Jim Benson. All beat Mo Farah to the finish line.
There were also large crowds in Belfast for the successful Titanic 10K. The flat course saw some great runs. The men’s race was won by Stephen Scullion, representing Clonliffe Harriers, in 30:41 and the women’s race was won by Pauline Curley from Tullamore Harriers in 36:27. Of the 23 Harriers taking part, Eamon White was first across the line in 6th overall (32:47), Conor Curran was next home in 6th (32:47), Ed Cooke wasn’t far behind in 15th 33:57, while Andrew Considine was 22nd (35:14), close behind him was Michael Fitzpatrick in 24th (25:32). Mark McKinstry was next to arrive in 35th (36:32) while Laurence Johnston was 40th (36:51). John McGuigan was 41st (37:02), 51st was Peter Morrison (37:34) and 52nd was Paul Elliott in 37:38. Niall Farquharson was 65th (38:29), James Wallace 67th (38:34), Conor McQuillan 70th and PB (38:59),John Black 73rd (39:10), Joe Norney 83rd (39:25), Sean McShane 89th and PB (39:32), Philip Donnelly was 100th (39:57), Martin Cox 195th (42:28), Patrick McShane 234th (43:41), Ciaran Browne was 284th (44:40), Jason Reid 499th (48:37), Mark Ramsey 508th (48:49), junior Rioghnach Catney was 857th (55:30) and John Marquess was 874th (56:47)
Power NI Super 5
No fewer than 24 young Harriers competed in the first outdoor track and field meeting at Mary Peters Track on Thursday night. First up were the Minis in the 80m. These races saw good performances from Fionn Nagle, Kelvin Kearney, Malachy McGibbon, Niall Kerr, Lucia Gibbon, Aoife Gorman and Erin Harding. Next up were the U13’s in the 100m. These race saw more good performances from Odhran Catney, Thomas Reid, Ellie Bradley with Isaac Jarmin just missing out on a medal in 5th place. The first medals of the night came in the U15 100m with Micheal McGreevey blasting down the track in an impressive 12.71 seconds for gold and Caitlin Maguire claiming bronze in a time of 13.77 seconds. Last up for the sprinters was Rebecca Marquess who just missed out on a medal in 4th place in a time of 13.73 seconds. The first middle distance races of the night saw more medals with Fionn Nagle winning gold by a margin of 8 seconds and Lauren Cox claiming bronze after a hard fought sprint to the line. There were other good performances from Brendan McCambridge and Bryanna Catney. This was followed by good performances in the U13’s & U15’s by Thomas Reid, Damian Marquess, Mollie O’Hare, Katie O’Hare, Rioghnach Catney, Raoisle Hoy and Katie McCambridge. The last race of the night saw Conall McCambridge having a great run to claim silver and Conor McQuillan finish 7th in a time of 4.40. During the night there were also good performances in the field events. In the long jump Kelvin Kearney, Malachy McGibbon, Lucia Gibbon & Brendan Kerr all performed well, Thomas Reid finished 7th in the shop putt and Damian Marquess came joint third in the high jump clearing two heights at his first attempt.
Hill and Dale Series
Race 2 in the series of off road running took place at Tullymore forest park. It witnessed Neil Carty finished 3rd overall in a time of 38:20. He was supported by Alan Ritchie in 32nd (44:51) and Helen Weir in 130th (53:23).
Waterworks saw a very strong turnout by the Harriers after taking the top five places. Conal McCambridge was the men’s winner in 17:32 while Roisin Hughes was the women’s winner with a personal best in 19:34. Simon Reeve was second overall in 18:01 with Lance Breen 3rd with a swift 18:52. John Murphy completed the top five with a time of 19:35. Just outside the top 10 was Paul Williams in 11th (20:42). Patrick McShane was 18th with 21:56, next up was Ita McCambridge who was second woman home (25th 22:27). Patrick McCambridge was right behind in 26th overall 22:32, Kilian Woods was 29th (23:11) , Jack Carberry was 30th (23:12), Eamon Sheridan (25:36), John O’Hare (25:37), Piaras McShane finished in 53rd (25:52). John Burns was home in 61st (26:48), Mary Ringland 64th (27:11), Martin Cox 76th (28:08), Sean McShane Jr 77th (28:08), Tina Haggan 115th (32:37), Jason Reid warmed up for the Titanic 10K in 135th (36:56) and Aaron McCann was 141st (44:07).
At the lovely titled Hilly Fields parkrun in England Greg McClure warmed up for London marathon in 12th 20:47. Also in England was George Walker who took part in Marple parkrun. He finished 45th (22:56). Closer to home, Wallace parkrun in Lisburn saw Matt Shields take third place overall in 18:51 and John Patience was 5th with a time of 19:17. Over at Queens parkrun, we had Philip Donnelly in 16th (22:15), Gerard McNamara in 20th (22:54), and Ciaran Hunter 39th (24:52). Victoria parkrun witnessed Jim Clinton finish in 48th 24:05.