It was a very busy week of events for North Belfast Harriers and plenty of athletes distinguished themselves near and far. From national races to local events Harriers showed that their summer training is paying dividends and hopefully we will see this continuing in the coming weeks.
British Masters Athletic Federation 10k Championships
A trio of Harriers were in Glasgow to compete in the 10k road race and were rewarded for their efforts. There was a bronze medal for Matt Shields in the M55 category, 46th 36:55 overall, and a silver medal for Paul Elliot in the M60 category, 51st 37:08 overall. Derek Donaghy also ran well to nip under the 40 minute mark in 88th 39:51 overall. The trio of runners combined collected gold in the team category.
Conor Curran was in Tullamore Co. Offaly on Saturday to compete in the 5000m event. He came home with a silver medal to match the silver from two years ago.
Groomsport Half Marathon
The Co. Down sea-side town hosted the penultimate installment of the Pure Running half marathon series on Friday evening. Gareth Grew secured a podium spot by running the course in 2:20:47 for third spot just behind Don Travers (Newry AC) and Richard Coey (Ballydrain).
Good performances followed from Kent Swann 1:23:27 for 6th, Sean McShane was 12th with 1:27:22, Arran Rutledge was across the line soon after in 14th (1:27:49). Gerard McNamara and Greg McClure were under the 90 minute mark in 18th (1:29:16) and 19th (1:29:21) respectively. Next home was Patrick McShane in 50th 1:36:43. In the women’s race Helen F Weir was 8th overall with a time of 1:39:11 while Roisin Hughes was 10th woman home in 1:41:05. Well done to all that took part.
On Monday night the Kesh 10K race was organised as part of the Maid of Lough Erne Festival by Enniskillen Running Club. The Cox family made the trip and came home with two great performances. Dad Martin ran a PB in 40:35 for 17th place continuing his good form. But he was outshone by daughter Lauren who was first overall junior home in 53:24.
The rain managed to stay off on Wednesday evening for the runners of the scenic trail in Crawfordsburn Country park. The enjoyable 5K race was well organised by North Down AC and the first Harrier home was Simon Reeve in 3rd place in a time of 18:54 just days after the grueling Mourne Seven Seven’s. He was ably supported by Kilian Woods in 26th (22:25) and Paul Williams 32rd (23:12).
Power NI Super 5
It was the 5th Meet on the 15th at the Mary Peters Track. Organised by Lagan Valley AC it was a chance for junior athletes to test themselves against their peers. The run down begins with Fionn Nagle in the U11 150m where he clocked 22.86. Fionn also took part in the 600m event achieving a time of 1.56.95. Another busy athlete was Odhran Catney, he featured in the U13 200m (33.67) as did Thomas Reid (36.95). Odhran also featured in the Javelin (12.42m) and Discuss (10.79m) along with team mates Damien Marquess (8.79), and Thomas Reid (8.46). In the U13 boys event Tony McCambridge finished in 2.30.70 while Damien Marquess was home in 2.44.47. Niamh McCabe kicks off the run down of girls events. In the U11 150m she ran 29.60. In the U11 600m race Bryanna Catney ran 2.18.94 while Lauren Cox ran 2.11.62. In the girls 800m Rioghnach Catney finished in 2.47.35. Katie McCambridge took part in the U15 triple jump managing 7.16m. Maya McCathie was in the U15 shot putt throwing 5.55m and she also threw in the Javelin; managing 18.16m in that event.
Over in Co. Donegal North Belfast Harriers were represented by the McCambridge family. Conal was the winner of the junior category and 7th overall. His time was 36:58 and significantly reduced his personal best over a challenging course. Father Paddy was also in the mix and finished 58th overall in 45:32.
Mourne Seven Sevens
Special mention to Simon Reeve who, on Saturday 10th, took on the grueling race. The race covered Slieve Donard, Commedagh, Bernagh, Meelmore, Meelbeg, Dam, Binnian and Lamigan; a total of 19 miles with 8,700ft of ascending. Simon was 7th overall in an impressive time of 4:27:17 but then again the weather was kind to him.
Darragh Cross Road Race
Well done to Greg McClure as he covered the 6 mile course on Thursday evening in an event organised by Darragh Cross GAC in Raffrey, Co. Down. Greg was across the line in 13th place overall, 2nd in his category, in 39:51.
Starting with the waterworks parkrun, there were twenty Harriers around the 5K route. Simon Reeve was best placed in 2nd (17:49), Marty Rea was next in 3rd (18:12), Mark Shields finished in 6th (19:53), ahead of Gerry Bribbon in 7th (20:06) and Greg McClure in 8th (20:16) who ran his third race in three days. Next up was John Gerard Murphy in 11th (20:21), second lady home was Athanasia Sevastaki in 13th overall (21:09), John Burns secured a personal best in 17th (21:37), John Williams was 18th (21:48), Jack Carberry was 20th (21:55), Nuala Muldoon 33rd (23:23), Sean McShane Jr 41st (23:59), Piaras McShane 42nd (24:03), Sean McShane 46th (24:14), Patrick McShane 47th (24:15), John O’Hare 77th (27:20), Matt Shields 79th (27:25), Thomas McKinstry 110th (30:01), Eoin McQuillan 117th (30:44), and last but not least Aaron McCann 150th (38:57).
At Queen’s parkrun we had three runners; Neil Carty was second finisher in a speedy 17:25 for his first parkrun. Jenny Bill finsihed in 29th overall with a time of 22:30 and Ciaran Hunter was 50th (26:31)
At Falls parkrun Jim Clinton made 10th with 25:18. John Black loosened his legs at Ormeau parkrun, he finished 4th (19:05). Cathy McCourt was overall winner at Wallace parkrun with a time of 19:25. At the fleadh-bulous Derry city parkrun Kilian Woods finished 25th (23:48). Connor Ashley McQuillan grabbed a second place finish at Ecos in 18:27. At Ennishkillen Ray Cameron was 3rd in 20:52.
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