Not wanting to be outdone by the excellent turnout by the seniors at the McConnell Shield on Saturday the junior members of the club turned out in force on Sunday to ensure that we were represented in 9 of the 10 races that took place in the NI & Ulster Age Group Uneven Championships in Gransha Park.
Racing took place in glorious sunshine and kicked off with the Girls U11 where the team was lead home by Lucia McGibbon (36) followed by Ellie Murphy (59), Aoife Gorman (61), Ciara McDonnell (62), Erin Harding (63) & Nada Hawella (67). In the Boys U11 the first boy home was Kelvin Kearney (38) followed by Rory Mullan (40), Marc McCann (62), Patrick McShane (65), Patrick Harding (74) & Paul Morrow (75).
The Girls U13 team had the biggest representation of the day with 9 team members – Lauren Cox (70), Bryanna Catney (75), Thomasa Kennedy (76), Julia uprichard (80), Aine Neilan (92), Laurel Kennedy (93), Lorna Muldoon(94), Coirle Finnegan (96) & Orla Magee (97). Whilst the boys in this age group did not have the same strength in numbers they made up for this by producing the best team performance of the day finishing 2nd. Individually they were Tony McCambridge who ran an excellent 3rd making him our highest placed finisher of the day, Thomas Reid (14), Damian Marquess (30), Fionn Nagle (41), Adem Tepe (79), Brendan McCambridge (84) & Darren Osbourne (86).
In the Girls U15 Rioghnach Catney was the first Harrier to cross the line in (38) with Raoisie Hoy (47), Dominique McAllister (52), Ciara Neilan (61) & Aine Drain (65) completing the team. While in the Boys U15 we were represented by James McKeown (78), Eamon Sheridan (82), Piaras McShane (83), Odhran Catney (84), Sean McShane (85) & Aaron McCann (86).
In the Girls U17 the team was lead home by Maya McCathie (37) followed by her three team mates Katie McCambridge (41), Eilis Crickard (42) & Catherine McGinnity (44). The boys U17 saw a five man team of Niall Geehan (22), Harry Brewster (56), Conor O’Rawe (57), Andrew Milligan (58) & Niall Armstrong (60).
In the remaining age category U19 we had no representation in the Girls race leaving only the final Harrier to run in the U19 Boys where Conal McCambridge produced a good performance finishing 6th.
The day was a great success and North Belfast Harriers were very well represented by all of the participants who showed a drive, determination and enthusiasm that many of the seniors would love to be able to reproduce. Well done to all of our Junior participants and a special word of thanks to the coaches and all those who helped in preparing and supervising in the build up to this event and on the day itself.
Congratulations to all involved.