Neil Carty has made it to the podium for a 3rd week in a row with an impressive performance at Thursday’s Hill and Dales Rocky race with a 3rd place finish in a time of 33:27. This was not Neil’s only podium this week as he also finished 3rd again in the 11 mile Flagstaff to Carlingford race held on Saturday.
Marty Rea was in action in the South West 100 mile ultra-marathon on Saturday. Martin put in a very determined performance and was showing some remarkable splits up until the 60-mile mark. Unfortunately due to cold weather and “knackered legs” he was forced to retire at the 91-mile mark. We have no doubt that Marty will not let this performance bring him down, and expect that he will be training soon for his next 100 miler.
Mark McKinstry was the sole harrier representing the club in the Active Antrim 5-mile race on Friday night. Condition were less than perfect with strong wind and rain throughout but Mark pushed through to finish 5th in 28:42.
NI and Ulster Senior Track and Field Championships
The biggest race of the weekend was undoubtedly the Senior Men’s 5000m race at Mary Peters track. All of Northern Irelands best talent toed the line including our own Conor Curran. Conor put in a strong performance finishing in 16:08 over the distance, 8 seconds outside of his PB. This is an encouraging start to the season for Conor with 16-minute barrier looking certain to fall later in the year.
European Mountain Running Trials
Gladys Ganiel took part in the European Mountain running trials on Saturday in Co Wicklow. The 6.5k course with a 650m ascent took place under ideal weather conditions with Gladys finishing 2nd in the Senior women’s race with a time of 39:39.
British Masters 5km Road Race Championship
Two members of the club made the journey to the mainland (Horwich) to take part in the British Masters 5km Road Race Championship. The veteran only race was Paul Jenkins first outing in the M40 category which he finished in 70th position in a time of 18:54. Jim Newberry finished just ahead of Paul in 68th with a time of 18:48.
The usual contingent of Harriers at the Waterworks were led home by Kent Swan in 3rd 18:33, followed by James Wallace 4th in 18:47 (PB), John Black in 7th 18:56 (PB), Sean McShane in 9th 19:13, Mark Shields in 13th 19:47 and Gerry Gribbon in 14th 19:51. Greg McClure reached his 100th Parkrun this week in 16th 20:00 followed by Athanasia Sevastaki in 28th 21:31, Eamon Sheridon in 29th 21:54 (PB), Paul Williams in 32nd 22:03, John Murphy in 34th 22:09. Jack Carberry was next and getting back to his best with a 36th 22:12 followed by Sean McShane Jnr in 57th 24:26, Piaras McShane 63rd 24:41, John O’Hare in 73rd 25:34, John Burns in 79th 25:56, Thomas McKinstry in 124th 30:17 and finally Aaron McCann in 144th in 36:06.
Over at Queens it was PBs all round, with Eoin McQuillan 1st home in 18:06 (PB) followd by Kevin Lavery in 10th 21:31 (PB) and finally Ciaran Hunter in 29th 24:26 (PB).
At City Park it was first and second for the Harriers with Paul Blaney finishing 1st in 17:01 followed by Alan Ritchie 2nd in 17:31.
There were sole Harriers present at Falls, Victoria and Wallace with Laurence Johnston finishing 6th in 18:06 at Victoria, Jim Clinton finishing 24th in 27:36 at Falls and Killian Woods finishing 70th in 35:31 at Wallace.