Walled City Marathon
Tommy Hughes was in the City of Culture Derry/Londonderry to complete a hat trick of wins nearly thirty years after the last marathon in the city. In good running conditions he finished in 2:30:32 ahead of nearly 1900 runners and ahead of closest contender, City of Derry Spartans runner, Gregg Roberts in 2:35:29. There were many great runs by North Belfast Harriers over the good course which was well supported by noisy locals. Greg McClure was category winner with a time of 3:10:27 (55th overall). Mark Shields recovered from Newry Marathon to finish 3:20:49 for 100th place. Athanasia Sevastaki was 9th female, category winner ,in a personal best of 3:28:04. Kilian Woods got a 20 minute PB in 299th (3:42:42). Nuala Muldoon completed yet another marathon (3rd in 6 weeks) in 4:16:49 (757th overall).
The female contingent of North Belfast Harriers showed their strength this week at the parkruns by winning five of them; which must be some kind of record.
Claire Conor was female winner at Victoria parkrun in 18:29 while Drew Crawford was 173rd overall (34:32).
At Citypark in Craigavon we had a winner in Alan Richie as well with a time of 17:24. At Falls parkrun the female winner was Gladys Ganiel-O’Neill in 18:11. Also in attendance were Jim Clinton in 27th (27:030) and Thomas McKinstry 49th in 39:10. The female winner at Queen’s parkrun was Jennifer Bill in 21:42. Martin Cox was home in 13th overall in 20:38 and Ciaran Hunter finished in 61st 32:25.
Harriers provided both the male and female winners at Wallace parkrun. Paul Blaney’s winning time was 17:14 and Cathy McCourt’s was 20:01.
Roisin Hughes was the female winner at Waterworks parkrun with a time of 19:50. Kent Swann was the best placed male in 2nd place overall (18:07). Gerry Gribbon made 8th place in under 20 minutes (19:54). Tony McCambridge was 13th 20:32 while Paul Williams cam home with Gregg McClure in 29th (21:58) and 20th (22:01) respectively. Next home was Eamon Sheridan in 43rd and new PB (22:27), Jack Carberry was 46th (22:54), then Piaras McShane 71st (24:30), Mary Ringland was 89th (25:42), John O’Hare 95th (26:01), John Johnston was 101st (26:35), and Tina Haggan 140th (29:46).
East Antrim Harriers 9th Summer Trail Series
Race 2 of the EAH series took place on Tuesday in Woodburn Forest. Mark McKinstry ran well for fourth place overall in 15:54. Reg Kapur was next home in 14th with a time of 18:06. Jennifer Bill also ran well in 22nd overall in 19:39.
Power NI Super 5
Lots of younger Harriers took part in the third track meet at Mary Peters Track last Thursday.
In the U11 category Casey Dawson (13.73) and Karis Hamilton (13:88) ran in the Girls 60m race. Jakob Hamilton (11.87), Fionn Nagle (12:24), Luke Kelly (13:16) and Patrick Willis (14:02) took part in the equivalent boys race.
In the Girls 400m Bryonna Catney (83:32), Casey Dawson (87:01), and Karis Hamilton (102:56) all completed. In the Boys event Fionn Nagle (74:62), Niall Kerr (79:38), Jakob Hamilton (83:38), Luke Kelly (83:46), Brendan McCambridge (88:30), Patrick Willia (98:88), and Adam Lamb (111.03) all ran their part. For the U11 Javelin event Casey Dawson threw 6.13. Moving up an age category to U13, the next race was the Boys 75m Hurdles, here we had Tony McCambridge (17:11), Odhran Catney (18:17) and Thomas Reid (18:24) involved in the action. In the Javelin event Odhran Catney threw well for 12.07 while Thomas Reid threw 9.72. In U15 Girls 3000m Rioghnach Catney crossed the line in 12:26. In the Boys version Tony McCambridge ran 11:03. In U17 Girls High Jump, Katie McCambridge reached 1.20. While Maya McCathie took part in the Javelin event throwing 18.55). Conor McQuillan took part in the U17 & over 3000m race and placed a respectable 9th (9:51).
Note: A fresh batch of NBH vests should arrive in the next week or two just in case some runners need one.