It was a busy week for the harriers with several events on including the mass participation Lisburn 10k and half marathon and the new Belfast Solstice 5k.
First up was the Lisburn half marathon with almost 1,000 runners involved. The course is known for being notoriously hilly in the last third and with the warm night conditions were tougher than normal.
This however didn’t deter the harriers involved – Michael Fitzpatrick and Gareth Grew both having good runs and finishing top ten for 5th (1:19:27) and 9th (1:21:29) respectively.
Making the top 20 were Marc Jennings (13th in 1:22:28) and Kent Swann (19th 1:23:40) both of whom beat their PBs well. Kent continues to lead the male open half marathon series.
Robert Irvine put his ultra training to good use smashing his half marathon PB to run 1:26:58 for 29th. John Black finished close behind in 34th running 1:28:46. Sean McShane also had a good run breaking the 90 minute barrier in 1:29:42 and finishing 45th in the process.
Greg McClure and Joe Norney finished just outside the top 50 with 1:30:22 and 1:30:38 respectively. Francie McCaffrey finished just a few minutes behind in 1:32:20 in his first half marathon in a while, Mark Shields running 1:33:39, Arran Rutledge 1:33:48 and Martin Cox running 1:40:36. Patrick McShane finished just outside 1:45 in 1:45:36.
Roisin Hughes was our sole female representative and had her usual strong run finishing in 1:31:34.
Next up was the 10k with over 1400 runners taking to the line. The men had a dominant race with 5 of the top 10 finishers winning the team prize easily.
Eamon White had a strong race finishing 3rd in 33:13, Andrew Considine 4th in 34:15, Conor Curran 5th in 34:32, Eddie Cooke 7th in 35:50 and Eoin McQuillan making up the top 10 for 9th in 35:36.
Athanasia Sevastaki continued her good form running 44:40 with Jason Reid bettering his time from last year for 50:14 chipped time.
Belfast Solstice 5k
The inaugural Belfast Solstice 5k took place around the city centre on Friday night with several harriers taking to the line and almost 3oo taking part.
Up front Paul Blaney led the harriers in taking 4th place in 16:44. John McGuigan ran a big PB finishing in 6th with 17:11. Gladys Ganiel had an easy victory in the ladies race running 17:17 for 9th overall and winning out by 50 seconds.
Conor McQuillan ran a big PB and finished 2nd junior running 17:31 finishing 12th overall.Paul Horan was next up for 15th in 17:44 just pipping Kent Swann ,running his 2nd PB of the week, finishing in 17:45 for 16th just pipping Conal McCambridge who finished 17th in 17:48.
Niall Farquharson finished just outside the top 20 in 18:11 while behind him training partners Jim Newberry, John Patience and Paul Jenkins battled it out finishing in 18:23, 18:28 and 18:35 respectively.
Mark Shields and Greg McClure were well inside the 20 minute barrier finishing in 19:20 and 19:35 with Martin Cox just missing out in 20:08.
Mr parkrun Jim Clinton cane in just outside the 22 minutes in 22:10 with Jason Reid continued from his good showing in Lisburn for 22:34 followed by Ita McCambridge in 23:06 and Thelma McCullough in 24:02.
Kilian Woods finished in 32:41 and Sean McShane in 34:03.
Power NI series
In the under 11s Patrick Willis and Fionn Nagle had good runs in the boys 100 metres with Casey Dawson, Erin Harding and Mia McGrath doing llikewise in the girls race. Fionn Nagle then followed up with an excellent 4th in the 1200 metres while in the girls Lauren Cox and Bryanna Catney had good runs. In the under 11 long jump Jakob Hamilton, Patrick Willis and Daire Browne competed well in the boys section and Karis Hamilton, Casey Dawson, Mia McGrath and Erin Harding doing likewise in the girls.
In the under 13s Isaac Jarman and Odhran Catney did well in the 100 metres and Mollie O’Hare and Thomasa Kennedy doing well in the 100 metres. In the longer distances at under 13 Tony McCambridge had an excellent 2nd , Thomas Reid 6th and Damian Marquess 9th in the boys 1500 metres and Mollie O’Hare matched Tony finishing second in the girls 1100 metres. The field event for the under 13s was the shot putt – Odhran Catney, Isaac Jarman, Damian Marquess and Thomas Reid all took part and did well in the boys event.
In the under 15s Caitlin Maguire had a good race for 3rd place in the 100 metres. Katie O’Hare and Rioghnach Catney ran well in the 1500 metres. In the high jump Katie O’Hare and Georgia Hadrian performed well and Maya McCathue and Katie McCambridge did well in the shot putt.
In Dunshauglin on Saturday Alan O’Hara continued to show great form running a big 10k PB for 31:03. Alan finished 3rd to Irish Olympian Mark Kennealy and visiting Kenyan marathoner Freddy Sittuk.
Hill and Dales
In the 10th of the hill and dale series Simon Reeve finished in 20th place running 33:15.
Ards 5 mile
Amanda Perry had her first race in a long time taking a podium place at the Ards 5 miler with 2nd in 33:38.
The weekend saw the addition of Belfast’s fifth parkrun – Ormeau park being the venue this time.
Several harriers made the visit across town to support the new parkrun with a few recording PBs in the process. John Black was first harriers for 2nd place and a new PB in 18:44, Matt Shields made 5th in 19:13 and Patrick McShane made the top 10 with a big PB in 20:09. Mark Shields showed no ill effects from the Solstice run clocking 20:27 for 12th while next up the harriers girls took 2nd and 3rd with Roisin Hughes running 20:54 and Athanasia Sevastaki 21:20. John Murphy moved one step closer to the 100 mark(4 to go) running 21:40 and the McShanes were up next – Sean junior running 22:57 and Sean senior 22:58. Jim Clinton ran his 118th parkrun finishing in 23:10. Mollie and Katie O’Hare were next in 24:15 and 24:27 and Kilian Woods ran 25:28.
Back at base in the waterworks the usual crowd of harriers showed up. John McGuigan showed no ill effects from the night before finishing 2nd in 17:39, followed up by Simon Reeve in 3rd in 17:57 while Laurence Johnston made 4th in 18:36. Next up three harriers made 8th, 9th and 10th – Greg McClure finishing in 20:04, Gerry Gribbon in 20:08 and young Tony McCambridge 20:11. Martin Cox made his 3rd event of the week finishing 17th in 21:2, Eamonn Sheridan finished in 22:02, Jack Carberry 22:25 and Ita McCambridge finished first lady in 22:56. Jason Reid finished in 23:50 , Lauren Cox in 25:44, young Patrick McShane in 27:11and Aine Neillan ran 33:49.
Over at Queen’s Philip Donnelly made his comeback from honeymoon running 20:51 for 5th and John Lavery made the top 20 finishing 18th in 23:08. Ciaran Hunter was just outside the top 20 running a new PB in 24:03. At victoria Drew Crawford ran 33:29 for 150th.