Roisin Hughes and Tommy Hughes led a strong contingent of Harriers around the streets of Belfast on Monday at the Belfast City Marathon, with both finishing as the second local in Northern Ireland’s premier marathon event.
Roisin had a tight battle most of the way with North Down’s Julie Balmer. Julie ran 3.00.29 to pull away over the latter stages, while Roisin held on to smash her personal best with a time of 3.01.10. Her previous best was 3.06.19, run in Dublin in October. Roisin has progressed admirably since her first marathon in 2010, when she ran 3:27:45 in London, showing that hard work can lead to big improvements.
For his part, veteran Tommy Hughes continued to defy age, running 2.32.31 to finish as the second local behind St Malacy’s Thomas Frazer (184.108.40.206). Tommy was also first in the V50 category.
The Harriers also took first in the mixed (male and female) category with a squad of Eddie Cooke, Claire Prenter, Conor Curran, Eoin McQuillan and Philip Goss.
Veteran competitor Jack Carberry completed his first marathon at the age of 69, timing 4.31.29.
The next Harrier across the line in the full marathon after Tommy Hughes was Michael Fitzpatrick, who clocked 2.49.03. He was followed by Simon Reeve, who shaved more than five minutes off his personal best to run 2.54.47 – despite having competed in a mountain race on Saturday.
The always consistent veteran Greg McClure was next in 3.08.46, supported by Travis Todd (3.14.06), Kent Swann (3.15.06), Sean McShane (3.42), Paul Williams (3.43), Patrick McShane (3.47), John Burns (3.48), and Jason Reid (4.43).
Nuala Muldoon, despite an injured foot, ran 4.12.53 to complete her second marathon in as many weeks after running London on April 21. Nuala plans to run three marathons in six weeks with her next outing being the Walled City Marathon in Derry.
There was also a good performance from the men’s relay team of John Black, Marc Jennings, Joe Norney, Gerry Gribbon and John McGuigan, placing fourth.
In addition, the Harriers were well represented among the pacers, with Marty Rea pacing 3 hours, Jim Benson and Gareth Grew pacing 3.15, Jim McCormick pacing 3.30, and Stevie Walker pacing 4 hours.
Big Turnout of Young Harriers at Power NI Super Series
No fewer than 40 young Harriers competed in over 70 running, jumping and throwing events on Thursday night at Mary Peters Track.
First up was the 150 metres which saw great performances from Jacob Hamilton, Luke Kelly, Cain McGrath, Rory Mullan, Patrick Willis, Casey Dawson, Aoife Gorman, Karis Hamilton, Charlotte Willis, Mia McGrath, Erin Harding and Eimear Mullan.
Next up were the older children in the 200m. This event saw the first medal of the night with Caitlin Maguire wining a hard fought bronze with a new PB of 27.94. There were also good performances from the other 12 athletes competing in this event, Damian Marquess, Isaac Jarman, Odhran Catney, Thomas Reid, Joseph Lennon, Eamon Sheridan, Patrick Anderson, Mollie O’Hare, Julia Uprichard, Rebecca Jenkins, Eammanuela Mathioudaki and Katie Black.
Next up were the middle distance events. The 600m was first and saw 12 athletes competing and winning two medals. Fionn Nagle led from gun to tape to take gold in a time of 1.59 and Lauren Cox ran 2.09 to take bronze after a sprint finish. There were also great runs from Jacob Hamilton, Luke Kelly, Rory Mullan, Patrick Willis, Daire Brown, Casey Dawson, Karis Hamilton, Charlotte Willis, Eimear Mullan, and Brianna Catney.
The last event on the track was the 800m. 13 harriers completed the two lap distance with Tony McCambridge winning the fourth medal of the night taking silver in a time of 2.35. Other great performances came from Damian Marquess, Thomas Reid, Brendan McCambridge, Mollie O’Hare, Aine Neilan, Katie O’Hare, Rioghnach Catney, Raoisle Hoy, Ciara Neilan, Maya McCathie and Katie McCambridge.
During the night there were also 21 young harriers competing in the field events. In the high jump there were PB’s from Katie O’Hare and Georgia Drain. Damian Marquess, Isaac Jarmin, Odhran Catney, Thomas Reid, Julia Uprichard, Rebecca Jenkins and Thomasa Kennedy all competed well in the long jump and Jacob Hamilton, Cain McGrath, Rory Mullan, Patrick Willis, Fionn Nagle, Casey Dawson, Aoife Gorman, Karis Hamilton, Charlotte Willis, Mia McGrath, Erin Harding and Eimear Mullan all threw well in the shot putt.
Marty Rea Second in Causeway Crossing 50k
Marty Rea continued to perform well on the ultra running circuit, nabbing second in the Lost Worlds Causeway Crossing 50km on Sunday – despite needing to conserve energy for 3-hour pacing duties in Monday’s Belfast Marathon. Marty clocked 4.07.02 on the tough off-road course to finish behind Scotland’s Andrew Murray (3.55.54).
Neil Carty Third on the Mountains
Neil Carty placed third in the 13.1 mile Annalong Horseshoe Mountain race on Saturday, covering the course – which included 1550m of ascent – in 2.12.37. He was supported by Simon Reeve, who timed 2.29.40 as a warm-up for the Belfast Marathon.
Conor 9th at Dunboyne 10k
Conor Curran competed in the Dunboyne 10k in Co. Louth on Sunday, coming home in 34.27 on a hilly course on a windy day.
Parkruns – Philip Donnelly Notches 50th
There were plenty of Harriers out in force at the parkruns, which were highlighted by Philip Donnelly completing his 50th at Queen’s in 19.32. Ciaran Hunter (25.30) and Ian McCollam (31.55) also took part at Queen’s.
In the Waterworks, the Harriers had the first six men and first two women across the line on a day when 177 participants took part. They were led by Andrew Considine (16.53), Brendan Grew (16.59), John McGuigan (17.43), Laurence Johnston (18.09), Conal McCambridge (18.48) and James Wallace (18.53) among the men and Athanasia Sevastaki (20.57) and Ita McCambridge (22.42) among the women.
John Black also cracked the top ten, finishing ninth in 19.15, while Tony McNulty (11th in 19.36), Gerry Gribbon (12th in 19.37), Tony McCambridge (15th in 20.06) and Greg McClure (16th in 20.09) all ran well. They were supported by Martin Cox (20.37), Kilian Woods (20.46), John Murphy (22.12), Eamon Sheridan (23.36), Piaras McShane (23.54), Sean McShane (25.14), John O’Hare (25.18), Lauren Cox (26.01) and Aaron McCann (30.59).
At City Parkrun in Craigavon, Alan Ritchie led the field home in 17.53. Matt Shields was third in Wallace Park (19.03), Joe Norney ran at Victoria Park (19.09), and Jim Clinton took part in the Falls (27.23).