It was another busy weekend for people involved in the club with Jog Belfast parkrun graduations going on in addition to the Malcolm cup and Mr parkrun Ireland making his milestone 100th parkrun appearance back at the waterworks.
In the Malcolm cup at Ballyclare there was a big turnout across junior, senior and vets races.
Saturday saw the 3rd round of graduations for the very successful Jog Belfast initiative. The scheme is sponsored by HHD solicitors http://www.hhdsolicitors.com/ and runs over ten weeks. The ten weeks has seen the participants work hard in two training sessions a week with coaches from the club and graduate with a full 5k parkrun. This has been a massive achievement for the runners who went from varying levels of activity to completing the 5k.
Jog Belfast is for the first time running in each of the 4 quadrants of Belfast. The north Belfast group started one week earlier on this occasion but the full graduation for all four will take place in Ormeau park 14th of December at 9:30. 100 extra people ,on top of the existing healthy turnout at Ormeau, are expected further illustrating the success of the initiative.
Further details on the next round of Jog Belfast can be found here with full details of our next round of Jog Belfast.
The junior races began with the U11’s. First home was Harry Bassett in an impressive 11th place considering this was his first race for the club. He was followed by Daire Browne in 24th place, Patrick Harding in 25th just ahead of his cousin Erin in 26th.
Tony McCambridge led the next race from gun to tape in an impressive time of 5.10 – getting closer to breaking the sub 5 minute barrier for the mile. There were also good runs from Thomas Reid in 8th place and Damian Marquess in 12th. In the girls race Rebecca finished 6th in her first race in a North Belfast vest, Bryanna Catney was 13th and Ciara McDonnell was 15th.
The U15 boys and girls lined up together at the start of their two mile race. For the girls Dominique McAllister and Rioghnach Catney had great runs to finish 7th and 9th respectively. In the boys race Adem Tepe finished 26th with Odhran Catney close behind in 27th.
The last race saw two Harriers competing with Conor McQuillan having a strong race to gain a podium position finishing in 3rd. Harry Brewster ran a well judged race for a top 20 finish in 19th place.
In the vets race James Wallace continued his good cross country form for 23rd closely followed by John McConnell in 27th. Robert Irvine made the top 40 in 39th closely followed by Jim Newberry in 42nd who just pipped Mark Shields after a good battle. Martin Cox and Colin Simpson had a good battle for 57th with Martin pipping Colin. John Burns just missed out in the top 100 for 102nd, junior coach John Marquess made 142nd and Drew Crawford 165th.
The women took part in the same race with a large number of harriers turning out. Claire Prenter continued her good form from last week finishing 11th girl with strong showings from Helen Weir (35th), Athanasia Sevastaki (37th), Ita McCambridge(2nd F50),Paula Wallace, Thelma McCullough, Frankey McGivern, Sandy Carr and Pauline Jenkins.
In the mens open race there were 3 in the top 20. Mark McKinstry continued his good form for 12th, Niall Farquarhson finished18th and Marc Jennings 20th. John Patience made the top 40 in 39th and Mark McCallion the top 40 in 46th.
Seasoned marathoner Gerry Gribben made the journey to Malaga for it’s annual marathon. Gerry went with a previous PB of 3:08 and made light of conditions to knock a massive 8 minutes of his PB and finish in 3:00:56.
Gerard McNamara and Jim Clinton made the journey to Clonakilty for it’s challenging marathon with Gerard finishing up in 3:39 and Jim in 4:16.
Jingle Bells 5k Dublin
Brendan Grew went to Dublin for the annual Jingle Bells 5k and came away with a new PB of 16:33 for 44th place.
The big story of the parkrun weekend was the 100th parkrun for Mr parkrun Matt Shields with it being fitting that it take place in the North Belfast venue of the waterworks where it all began. Matt’s 100 runs have seen him run parkruns in London, all across Ireland and even as far afield as Australia and during that time he has brought a dozen plus parkruns to Ireland thus making it available for all of us. As usual Mags and the waterworks crew put on a great show to celebrate the achievement.
1 Gladys GANIEL-O’NEILL 00:18:11
1 David Maurice BRADY 00:18:43
13 John LAVERY 00:20:43
19 Ciaran HUNTER 00:21:54
1 Michael FITZPATRICK 00:17:25
5 Drew KNOX 00:19:49
6 John Gerard MURPHY 00:20:01
12 Paul WILLIAMS 00:20:53
16 Conor O’RAWE 00:21:27
26 Kelvin KEARNEY 00:22:10
27 Eamon SHERIDAN 00:22:22
29 Jack CARBERRY 00:22:23
30 Katie O’HARE 00:22:23
32 Niall ARMSTRONG 00:22:35
36 Francis MCCAFFREY 00:22:44
41 Mollie O’HARE 00:23:14
46 Greg MCCLURE 00:23:28
48 John O’HARE 00:23:32
50 John Robert JOHNSTON 00:23:44
58 Lauren COX 00:24:11
67 John GRIBBIN 00:24:33
70 Patrick MCSHANE 00:24:52
74 Ita MCCAMBRIDGE 00:25:24
75 Orla MCCAMBRIDGE 00:25:25
78 Roisin HUGHES 00:25:51
79 Colin SIMPSON 00:25:52
80 John MCCONNELL 00:25:53
107 Kilian WOODS 00:27:36
122 Piaras MCSHANE 00:30:03
128 Matt SHIELDS 00:30:22
145 Steven THOMPSON 00:32:51
155 Martin Joseph COX 00:33:51
164 Nuala MULDOON 00:34:33
167 Aaron MCCANN 00:35:08
177 Maria STEELE 00:36:36
185 Sinead HOY 00:38:20
187 Sandy CARR 00:38:59
190 John BURNS 00:39:38
191 John Michael MARQUESS 00:39:38
193 Thomas MCKINSTRY 00:39:43