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Gladys competes for Ireland

Gladys competes for Ireland

On Saturday 6th July 2013, North Belfast Harriers Gladys Ganiel O’Neill represented Ireland at the European Mountain Running Championships in Borovets, Bulgaria. 

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Gladys, who was making her International Mountain Running debut, competed in the Senior Women’s 8.6km race.  This was an uphill only course, with approximately 1,027m of ascending. 

Gladys ran strongly to finish 41st in a race was won by Austria’s World Mountain Running Champion.  The Ireland team finished 10th and Italy were crowned as European Champions.

(Left to right in photo: Kate Cronin, Gladys O’Neill, Claire McCarthy, and Sarah Mulligan)

Greyabbey 10km

Connor Magill made a welcome return to the roads this week. Connor has been enjoying a good spell of training recently and showed no ill effects of his recent lay off, completing the hilly Greyabbey 10k course in 33.51.


Mick Fitzpatrick made it a harriers 1-2 finising in 36.11 while Kent Swann showed he is still benefitting from this year’s marathon training by finishing in 6th in 37.55. Other Harriers who made the trip to Greyabbey included Greg McClure who took the M55 prize in 40.37 – one second ahead of Mark Shields was 31st in 40.38.

Not far behind Mark was Amanda Perry who recorded an excellent time of 40.38 for the tough hilly course. This was good enough for second female on the night.

Top 3 Men: 1st Connor Magill (North Belfast Harriers) – 33:51, 2nd Michael Fitzpatrick (North Belfast Harriers) – 36:11, 3rd Gary Keenan (Orangegrove AC) – 36:58

Top 3 Ladies: 1st Maeve Lavery (DUB Runners) – 40:17, 2nd Amanda Perry (North Belfast Harriers) – 41:58, 3rd Jodi Smith (North Down AC) – 44:56

Tollymore Trail Race

Neil Carty was his consistent self at the Tollymore Trail Race on Saturday 6th July. The tough course measuring 8.5 miles, started at ‘Monument’ before heading towards Iveagh Bridge and the return journey. A strong field of David Simpson (Ballydrain Harriers), David McNeilly (Newcastle AC), Stephen Cunningham (Mourne Runners), Don Travers (Newry City Runners), Neil Carty (North Belfast Harriers), Emmett McAlister (Ballymena Runners), Alex Brennan (Ballymena Runners) and Clive Bailey (Mourne Runners) led the procession before the final places were sorted just over 53 minutes later.

Top 3 Men: 1st David Simpson (Ballydrain Harriers) – 53:10, 2nd Don Travers (Newry City Runners) – 53:25, 3rd Neil Carty (North Belfast Harriers) – 53:39

Parkrun results

North Belfast Harriers had a good turn out at parkruns last weekend. Prize for the “furthest from the club house” goes to Darryl Blair who was second in the Australian Claisebrook Cove parkrun in 16.53.

Closer to home – and probably a little bit warmer than Oz – at the Ormeau Parkrun, Eoin McQuillan recorded a solid 17.25 in chasing down Annadale Strider Stephen McGrory while Mark Shields showed no ill effects of his efforts in Greyabbey 12 hours earlier by finishing 12th in 20.13. Kevin Lavery was 21st in 21.45.

 At the harriers “home fixture” in the Waterworks, Greg McClure copied Mark Shields by getting out of bed, shaking the legs and getting the kit on for another 5km session. This time Greg broke the 20 minute barrier with 19.51. Other harriers included John Murphy (21.40), Paul Williams (21.54), Jason Reid (23.09), Rioghnach Catney (25.43), John O’Hare (26.11), Matt Shields (38.22) and Martin Cox (38.35).

At the Queens Parkrun, recently wed Claire Prenter was fourth overall in 20.16 – an excellent time on a twisty course. She was followed by Helen Weir in 10th place who recorded 21.50.

Please note that the track is closed this week (Tuesday 9th and Thursday 11th July). Regular training at the track will resume next week. Please keep an eye on twitter (@nbharriers) and Facebook for information.

Thanks to Ryan at nirunning.co.uk for some of this information.

If anyone has been missed off the round up, please post on Facebook and we will add details of your performance. Thanks again.