Over 2000 runners took part this year in the Fingal 10k on Sunday. This event always attracts the best runners from throughout Ireland and four of our very best runners made the journey down to Swords and were all rewarded with great results. Andrew Considine knocked an amazing 30 seconds of his PB finishing in 16th position in a time of 33:18. Andrew was closely followed by Conor Curran who ran 6 seconds shy of his PB in 33:28 for 19th. Next home was Eddie Cooke who finished 26th in 34:07, amazing after having competed in the Portaferry 10 mile race earlier in the week and finally Gladys Ganiel who was the 2nd Female finisher (32nd overall) and also beat her previous PB which was set in 1998 with a time of 34:42.
Energia 12hr Race
Robert Irvine continued his ultra running success by competing in the Energia 12 hour race at Mary Peters on Friday. Robert ran a whopping 108.5k (67 miles) in the 12 hour time frame to finish 2nd in the event. This result could very well be the stepping-stone to Robert’s entry into the 24 hour race next year.
Dalriada Festival 5k
The Dalriada 5k took place in Glenarm on Monday and was won by Mark McKinstry in a time of 17:39. Kent Swann also performed well finishing in 6th position in a time of 18:34.
Portaferry 10 Mile
The Harriers secured a podium place on Tuesday night at the Portaferry 10 mile race. Eddie Cooke finished in 3rd position in an impressive time of 57:58. Arran Rutledge was next home in 25th position in 1:07:14 followed by Greg McClure in 1:07:16 and Mark Shields in 38th in a time of 1:09:27.
Furea Insuarnce 5k
The final stage of the series took place in Balliniska on Thursday night and saw Laurence Johnston take the Master category victory in the series. Laurence finished this race in 11th position in a time 17:26 to take the crown in a strong field.
Sea 2 Sky 10k
Claire Prentor and Mark McKinstry both preformed well over the undulating course in Newcastle on Friday. Claire was the 2nd female to cross the line in a time of 42:41 (22nd overall) and Mark just narrowly missed out on another podium after the Dalriada 5k to finish in 4th with a time of 38:14.
Dervock Half Marathon
Saturday saw the continuation of the half marathon series in Derock. Under difficult weather conditions with the temperature getting into the high twenties there were some great performances. Kent Swann led the team home in 1:27:52 for 15th position followed by Sean McShane 16th in 1:29:25 (possible category win), Greg McClure 24th in 1:32:45 (possible category win), John Black 81st in 1:47:28, and Patrick McShane 96th in 1:50:17.
The parkrun events were a bit quieter this week due to the number of races taking place around the weekend.
The Waterworks brought the most harriers out this weekend with Simon Reeve finishing in 2nd in 18:03 followed by Matt Shields 3rd in 18:28, Gerry Gribbon 8th in 19:23, John Murphy 13th in 20:23, Killian Woods 14th in 20:33, Mark Shields 19th in 21:19, Paul Williams 25th in 21:59, Jack Carberry 28th in 22:16, John Burns 29th in 22:18, Piaras McShane 30th 22:23 (PB), Eamin Sheridan 32nd in 22:39 and finally John O’Hare 72nd in 26:11.
Paul Jenkins and Drew Crawford were present at Victoria with Paul finishing in 10th with a time of 18:38 and Drew Crawford finishing 154th in a time of 31:10.
Sole harriers also took part in other parkruns in Belfast and beyond. Conor McQuillan finished 5th at the Ecos Ballymena in 18:48, Laurnce Johnston finished 1st at the new Ormeau event in 18:16, Jim Clinton placed 11th at the Falls with a time of 21:54 and Kevin Lavery got a new PB at Queens finishing 8th in 21:24.