As the road running calendar enters its final lap the new Belfast Half Marathon made a welcome opportunity for local athletes to bag a fast time. North Belfast Harriers seized this chance and were well represented with over 25 runners taking part.
Belfast Half Marathon
The male race was won by former Harrier Stephen Scullion in a time of 1:06:55. Aileen Reid from City of Derry AC was the winner of the female race in 01:19:30 after will silver at the World Triathlon Series in London a week ago.Conor Magill was first harrier home in 4th in 1:13:36 as he makes good progress after an injury dented season. Not long after came Conor Curran in 6th place (1:16:15) and Andrew Considine in 7th (1:16:14). New recruit Joe Magee made the top 10 in 9th place (1:16:41) while Neil Cary was just outside in 11th (1:16:51). Chatty man John Black bagged a new PB of 1:22:12 in 31st, John McGuigan was no slouch either in 40th (1:23:50) nor Jim Benson in 44th (1:24:18). Gerry Gribbon was next to get a PB of 1:27:59 for 79th place, Marc Jennings was 89th (1:28:28), Michael McCormick was 104th (1:29:16), Martin Cox ducked under the 90 minute mark for 119th place and a new PB (1:29:53), Greg McClure was close as well in 126th (1:30:06), Joe Norney was 124th (1:30:38), Fancis McCaffrey was 154th (1:31:35), Mark Shields 172nd (1:32:21), Ray Cameron was a worthy 173rd (1:32:21), Paul Williams was 332nd (1:38:23), Eoin McQuillan was 362nd (1:39:06), Jim Clinton race a personal best of 1:41:46 for 466th, Patrick McShane ran in 1:43, Gareth Grew was 630th (1:44:37), Jack Carberry also got a PB of 1:45:04 in 643rd, next up for PB status was Andrew Harding in 723rd (1:45:26), Ciaran Browne completed his first half marathon in 740th (1:45:51), Ita McCambridge made a return to the half marathon distance in 991st (1:52:22) together with Paddy McCambridge in 995th (1:52:23). Billy Crawford completed his fist half marathon in 995th (1:52:23), Sean McShane was home in 2364th (2:15:03) after completing the Dublin half marathon the day before and Thomas McKinstry was 2671st (2:23:06).
In Dungannon Alan O’Hare duked it out with Keith Shiels of Foyle Valley for the male title. Alan eventually finished second with a time of 31:05. On the podium in the women’s race were 2nd placed Heather Foley (38:03), 3rd placed Cathy McCourt (38:09); Karen Alexander from Sperrin Harriers was first in 37:33.
Dublin Half Marathon
On Saturday 3 athletes traveled to Phoenix Park in Dublin to take part in the penultimate race in the Dublin marathon series.
Stephen Walker was first harrier across the line in 1:26:50 for 163rd male. Sean McShane 315th and just outside the 90 minute mark (1:30:19). He was followed by brother Patrick McShane who finished 1046th (1:41:51).
Mourne Mountain Marathon
On Saturday and Sunday saw the two day mourne mountain marathon start and finish in Tullymore Co. Down.
In the 35Km C Class Michael Murphy and Eithne Murphy paired up to complete the course in a combined time of 9:44:27 for 12th overall. Coach Simon Taylor and Lyndsey Taylor also ran well the C class at the MMM placing 26th overall in 10:38:16. Simon Reeve partnered up with Eimear Cambell to finish with a time of 12:16:11 for 45th overall.
Back at the Waterworks those not running Belfast marathon or keeping themselves loose enjoyed their usual parkrun fix.
Kent Swann lead the club home in 2nd (18:27) followed impressively by junior Tony McCambridge in 3rd (18:45 PB), and John Patience in 4th (18:52). Next up was Jim Newberry for 9th place (19:38), John Murphy was 13th (20:34), while Eamon Sheridan was 22nd (22:10), ahead of trio Matt Shields 26th (22:38), Kilian Woods 27th (22:43), and junior Piaras McShane 28th (22:47). Roisin Hughes was 31st (23:04), Niall Armstrong 35th (23:26 PB), Nuala Muldoon 40th (23:46) ,Conor O’Rawe 49th (24:24 PB) ,Greg McClure 52nd (24:28) ,John O’Hare 65th (25:39), Odhran Catney 68th (26:21 PB), John Marquess 82nd (27:38), Paul Williams 85th (27:47 PB), Jason Reid 99th (30:25), Jack Carberry 100th (30:27), Nora Curran 109th (32:39 PB), Tina Haggan 126th (36:00), Aaron McCann 127th (36:01), Norman Patterson 132nd (37:31), Christine Douglas 141st (41:41).
At the other parkruns we had three male winners. Peter Savage was the quickest in Citypark (17:37), while Connor McQuillan was the winner at Ecos (18:15), at Ormeau Martin Rea was first across the line in 18:01. Just behind him was Luarence Johnston in 2nd (18:13). Mark McCallion was a worthy 5th with 19:31 and thanasia Sevastaki was 9th with 21:07 easily beating Mark Shields in 10th (21:09). Mannix McAlister completes the list at Ormeau in 21st (23:19). At Victoria Kevin Lavery was 16th (20:09) and Drew Crawford was 87th (27:15). In Falls park Jim Clinton covered the course in 31:03 for 27th. While At Queen’s parkrun Philip Donnelly was 3rd (20:05), John Lavery was 9th (23:26), and Ciaran Hunter was 27th (27:47).
The Garrison Five Miler race was held on Sat. 14th September. This race was promoted by Devenish GAA club and proceeds went to diabetes UK, Fermanagh branch. First half of course was uphill heading from Garrison village and Lough Melvin towards Kilcoo. Race conditions were perfect and Martin Cox North Belfast Harriers won over 40 class, and was second overall with a time of 32m52s. Ladies race was won by Angela Burns who ran for North Belfast Harriers before going to Australia. Angela is home on vacation, and won ladies section with a time of 33m59s, and was fourth overall.