With most harriers either resting up for Belfast or resting up from London it was a quiet weekend of racing for a change. The focus this week moved to the Jog Belfast group. Since February the group have been training twice a week at the Girls model track with the focus of the training being to graduate to running a 5k at parkrun. Special thanks goes from the club to coaches Matt Shields, John Burns, Martin Cox, Lance Breen, Kent Swann and active communities coach Lyndsay Taylor who brought over 30 Jog Belfast members through from various levels of activity to completing the 5k at the waterworks successfully. Not only did the Jog Belfast group graduate with flying colours but they also brought the waterworks attendance record to a new high of 258 runners.
There were still a few road races on the calendar and a couple of members made the journey to Armagh for the annual Run Armagh 10k. Conor Curran had his 2nd outing of the season and ran a strong race finishing a comfortable 2nd in 34:13. Mark Shields made a quick recovery from his exploits at London the previous week to finish 20th in 40:31.
There was success across several parkruns at the weekend. Ed Cooke took 1st at Victoria Park, Brendan Grew 1st at the waterworks, Peter Savage 1st at Citypark and Athanasia Sevastaki finished 1st lady at the waterworks.
At Queens Philip Donnelly finished 4th just missing out on his parkrun PB in 19:33 and Ciaran Hunter 23rd in 24:48.
At the waterworks a large contingent of harriers took part. Brendan Grew continued his dominance of the event winning in just over 17 minutes. John McGuigan continued his good form of late for a new PB of 17:39 with Simon Reeve and Conal McCambridge battling it out for 6th place just behind him for 17:57 and 17:59 respectively. Nial Geehan just made the top 10 running 18:59 while Tony McNulty (19:13),Joe Norney (19:17), John Murphy(19:49) and Lance Breen (19:51) all made it inside the 20 minute barrier.
Greg McClure(20:37), Athanasia Sevastaki(20:54) and Mark Shields(20:55) all broke the 21 barrier – Athanasia running a new PB in the process.
Young Damian Marquess(21:40) and club secretary Jennifer Bill(21:45) both broke the 22 barrier while under 23 were Patrick McCambridge(22:18), Ita McCambridge(22:38) and Jack Carberry(22:53). Eamon Sheridan just missed out in 23:08. Killian Woods(24:16), young Piaras McShane (24:35) and John O’Hare (24:43) all broke the 25 mark closely followed by John Johnston (25:02), Sean McShane junior(25:21), Jim Clinton (25:41) and Lauren Cox(25:47)
Other harriers taking part included John Marquess(26:08), Mary Ringland(27:09), Brendan McCambridge(27:16), Tony McCambridge(29:16), Tina Haggan(31:44), John Black (36:39), Jason Reid(36:55),John Burns (40:40), Aaron McCann(41:25) and Matt Shields(41:29).