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Weekend Roundup–Harriers Shine at XC Champs

cathyandpaulBritish and Irish Masters Cross Country Championships, Cardiff.

Highlight of the weekend was hearing that Cathy McCourt had picked up a sliver medal in the F40 category at the British and Irish Masters XC in Cardiff.

Wearing the green shamrock of Ireland, Cathy continued her impressive return to form after a nightmare lay off with 12th position overall (21.32). Fellow Harriers Paul Blaney (51st in 26.24) and Paul Elliot (46th in 28.57) also represented Ireland in Cardiff.

For Northern Ireland the club also had a number of representatives all running well. In the mens 50-64 race Laurence Johnston was first up for 28th in 27:52 beating training buddy John Patience who finished 41st in 28:21. James Wallace made his international debut having a strong run to finish 50th in 29:05 while clubmates Jim Newberry and Derek Donaghy battled it out with Derek pipping Jim by 4 seconds for 55th (29:57) and 56th (30:01) respectively. John Patience was part of the bronze medal winning NI 50-54 team.

In the 35-50 race Eamon White had a great run making the top 20 (17th) in 25:15 while in the 65+ race Drew Crawford finished 37th in 33:45.

In the womens race Amanda Perry represented Northern Ireland finishing 34th in 22:49 (making her the 5th NI finisher).

Irish Inter County XC Championships, Santry, Dublin

Closer to home, Harriers Alan O’Hara and Adam Boyd were in action yesterday in Santry, Dublin representing a strong County Antrim squad who were vying to go one better than their team silver from last year.

However, it was a case of history repeating itself as yet again Antrim had to play second fiddle to a very strong Co Dublin team. The race was won by Annadale Strider Paul Pollock and was a trial race for the forthcoming European XC Championships to be held in Serbia.

Alan O’Hara was happy with his performance (35th in 33.31) while Adam Boyd continued his good form on the country by placing 79th place (34:58) in what is considered the strongest XC race of its kind in Ireland.

Among our junior athletes, 16 young Harriers made the trip to Dublin to compete in the All Ireland Cross Country on Sunday.

First to line up in the starting pens were the Under 12 girls Lauren Cox, Bryanna Catney and Orla Magee who all ran well to finish 149th, 172nd and 184th respectively.

Next up were the boys from the same age group. Fionn Nagle had a strong run to finish 87th, Rory Mullan finished 150th and Brendan McCambridge finished 163rd.

Next up were the U14 girls which saw Mollie O’Hare and Raoisle Hoy run strongly to finish 113th and 149th respectively.

The U14 boys were up next. Tony McCambridge had a great run to finish in 44th position. Thomas Reid finished in 99th position and Damian Marquess finished 127th.

There were three young Harriers in the next age group. The two girls Rioghnach Catney and Maya McCathie both ran well to finish 92nd and 96th respectively, and Conor McQuillan had a brilliant run to finish in 42nd position in the boys race.

There were two McCambridges representing the club in the U18 races. First up in the girls was Katie who continued here vast improvement from last year to finish in 68th position. Conal was the last young Harrier to line up on the starting pens and another great run to finish in 74th position.

Everyone at the club would like to congratulate all the children who qualified for the all Ireland Cross Country Championships and on their performances as most of them were competing at this level for the first time.




Run in the Dark 10km, Stormont Buildings


A number of harriers turned out midweek to “Run in the Dark” to support local lad Mark Pollock, the blind adventurer and yachtsman who is learning to walk again after a terrible accident a number of years ago.

The fund raising event was held in Stormont Buildings on Wednesday evening. Marty Rea used it as a solid training run finishing 2nd in the 10km (37.06). Simon Reeve was 3rd (37.25) and Gerry McNamara, a man who doesn’t like being kept in the dark about anything, finished 9th in 40.09. Mark Shields was 18th in 41.42.



At the Waterworks Parkrun, highlights included Brendan Grew’s personal best to win in 16.43. Another notable PB was notched up by John McGuigan (17.13) in 2nd place.

Other results include:

5 Simon REEVE 18:22
10 Gerry GRIBBON 18:58
11 Drew KNOX 19:11
13 John Gerard MURPHY 19:33
18 Greg MCCLURE 19:59
21 Ray CAMERON 20:28
27 Andrew MILLIGAN 21:13
33 Eamon SHERIDAN 21:30
39 Patrick MCSHANE 22:04
41 Conor O’RAWE 22:11
42 Jack CARBERRY 22:15
57 John O’HARE 23:09
59 Jim CLINTON 23:14
64 Nuala MULDOON 23:36
73 Matt SHIELDS 24:01
80 John Robert JOHNSTON 24:14
98 Catherine MCNICHOLL 25:38
105 John Michael MARQUESS 26:10
125 Piaras MCSHANE 27:31
126 Kilian WOODS 27:32
175 Aaron MCCANN 37:07
189 Norman John PATTERSON43:49

Connor Magill took it easy around Craigavon Parkrun, coming home first 16.13 while Mick Fitzpatrick was 2nd in Wallace Parkrun (Lisburn) in a handy 17.30.

Marty Rea came home first at Queens Parkrun in 18.06. Other finishers at Queens included:

11 Gerard MCNAMARA 19:53
12 Philip Patrick DONNELLY 20:00
15 John LAVERY 20:31
32 Ciaran HUNTER 22:23

At Victoria Park, Helen Weir was first lady home (22.10). At Ormeau Parkrun, Mark Shields went close to the elusive sub 20 with 20.11 as did Paul Williams at Antrim (20.38).

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