It was an usually quiet weekend for road racing and a real pity that East Antrim Harriers “Scott and Gault” 7mile road race was cancelled. Nonetheless, there were still some noteworthy performances from Harriers around the province this week. Our round up begins with mid week action in Dublin and Newry.
Dublin Open Graded Meet
On Wednesday 7th August, Claire Connor enjoyed another successful track outing, following on from her second place finish at previous recent Dublin Open Graded Meeting. Claire crossed the line in 10:52.28 while Clones AC’s Northern Ireland International XC runner Helen Stockdale (11:08.02) took 3rd place. Eimear O’Brien (Clonliffe Harriers) won the race in 9:59.93.
On Thursday 8th August 2013, Burren AC held their annual 10k just outside Newry and it was won by local man and North Belfast Harrier Eamon White.
Eamon set out his stall from the gun and easily won the race over hilly terrain in 34:53. Second place was over 2 minutes behind and went to Alan Johnston (Murlough AC) before East Down AC’s Barrie Atkinson secured 3rd place in 37:57.
Street of Galway 8k
In the high quality streets of Galway 8k Breege Connolly made the journey finishing in 3rd place running 28:26.
The quiet weekend for club runners meant Parkrun numbers were healthier than ever. As expected, there was a very high turn out of Harriers at the Waterworks where Brendan Grew chased home East Coast AC’s James Brown.
Other Harriers included Sean McShane 18:58 (personal best) Greg McClure 19:31 Martin Cox 19:37 (personal best) Gerry Gribbon 19:39 Matt Shields 19:41 Tony McCambridge 20:20 Helen Weir 21:11 Paul Williams 21:41 John Burns 22:20 Jack Carberry 22:21 Piaras Mcshane 22:22 Damian John Marquess 22:40 Sean Mcshane JR 22:44 (personal best) Kelvin Kearney 22:56 (personal best) Nuala Muldoon 23:59 John O’hare 24:39 Lauren Cox 25:21 (personal best) John Johnston 27:41 Kilian Woods 28:52 Christine Douglas 33:17 and Aaron McCann 34:24.
John Black had a breakthrough run at Ormeau Parkrun on Saturday – not only recording a win but a massive personal best of 17.54. At Victoria Parkrun Ed Cooke was 2nd in 17.17 while in Derry Conal McCambridge went one better by winning in 17.50. John Murphy finishing 8th in a personal best of 19.45.
In Ecos, Ray Cameron finished 6th in a personal best 19.41 while in Falls Park, Jim Clinton finished 23rd in 26.48. At Queens Parkrun Clare Prenter had yet another consistent run to finish 5th in 20.04 not far off her personal best but still ahead of husband Philip who was 7th in 20.15. Ciaran Hunter recorded 28.21 for 50th. Finally, two harriers completed parkruns in England. Derek Donaghy was 8th in Walsall in 18.46 while Michael McCormick was 2nd in Wormwood Scrubs in 18.58.
It’s been great to see so many people at the track sessions recently. “Coach Taylor” is back from holidays now and will be moving everyone onto the final 6 week cycle of training, aimed at producing good performances at September 10kms and Half Marathons. A schedule setting out sessions for the next 6 weeks will be available soon.
There are plenty of races coming up but anyone looking for a really fast 4 mile race should no look further than Blackrock AC’s Annual 4 mile road race this Sunday.
The race is only 15-20 minutes past Newry using the by-pass. Bear it mind if you’re looking a new personal best on a very flat and fast course. The race is at 5pm. Details and online entry at http://www.runireland.com/active/all-events
A number of harriers will also be competing in the final Open Graded track meeting of the year next Tuesday night at the Mary Peters Track (time TBC). We would encourage club members to consider competing in this race if they are interested in learning what their “true” 5k personal best might be.. !
Finally, club members are asked to email or text Matt Shields if they can assist with the Laganside 10km (and 1 mile children’s race) on Sunday 1st September. www.laganside10k.com
This is the club’s annual event and we require members to help out on both the Saturday (registration) and Sunday (race day).
Every year the same people come forward and help and we are extremely grateful for them doing so. However, this year we are asking for help from those who perhaps haven’t volunteered previously.
Tasks aren’t too demanding and include marshalling, helping dismantle barriers, handing out tea and coffee etc. The club invests a lot of time and energy into its runners by helping them achieve their personal goals so this is a small favour to ask in return.
If you do not have Matt’s contact details, please post on the Laganside or NBH Facebook page. Please also encourage friends and runners to support our event at www.laganside10k.com