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Weekend Roundup: Mark McKinstry Wins Gold & Silver

mckinstry ballyboleyIt was a good weekend for off-road running and trail stalwart Mark McKinstry headlined club performances with a win on Saturday at the Sperrin Harriers Winter League and a second place finish on Sunday at the NIrunning.co.uk Trail Race.

The Sperrin Harriers event was a five-miler at An Creggan, which McKinstry won in 27.32. On Sunday he was a solid second over five miles in Ballyboley Forest, clocking 26.34 to Jonny Steede’s 25.59. The run in Ballyboley was the first trail race organised by the popular nirunning.co.uk website, and got rave reviews from participants.

Other good performances at Ballyboley came from Simon Reeve (sixth in 28.53 and first in the V35 category), Nuala Muldoon (38.05) and Hannah Funnell (38.25).

Amanda Perry Second in Comber Cup

The ever-popular Comber Cup cross country was held on Saturday, with Amanda Perry recording an excellent 24.46 for second on the women’s 6 km circuit. Helen Weir was 12th in 27.15.

In the men’s 8 km contest, Neil Carty finished fourth in 28.27. He was supported by Laurence Johnston (30.57) and Greg McClure (35.19).

Jim Clinton Does the Double at Clonakilty

jclintonbmJim Clinton competed well in the Clonakilty Back2Back Marathon event in Co. Cork on Saturday and Sunday, running 4.13 on day one and 4.20 on day two over hilly terrain.


There were plenty of Harriers out for the usual Parkruns. Super-vet Drew Crawford set a personal best at the Queen’s Parkrun (28.18), while Thomas McKinstry bagged a personal best in the Falls (29.52). Michael Fitzpatrick was first home at the Waterworks in 17.39.

Waterworks Parkrun

1 Michael FITZPATRICK 00:17:39
3 Kent SWANN 00:19:00
4 Tony MC CAMBRIDGE 00:19:48
8 Gerry GRIBBON 00:20:18
9 John Gerard MURPHY 00:20:25
11 Greg MCCLURE 00:20:29
12 Joe DRAIN 00:20:46
14 Andrew MILLIGAN 00:20:59
15 Paul MCALLISTER 00:21:01
16 Conor O’RAWE 00:21:20
17 Damian John MARQUESS 00:21:28
20 Thomas REID 00:21:50
23 Eamon SHERIDAN 00:22:03
32 Niall ARMSTRONG 00:22:51
35 Jack CARBERRY 00:23:06
58 John O’HARE 00:24:41
81 Jason REID 00:26:01
103 Matt SHIELDS 00:27:59
109 Adam LAMB 00:28:09
119 Sandy CARR 00:28:59
121 John BURNS 00:29:01
123 John Michael MARQUESS 00:29:02
150 Nora CURRAN 00:33:47
160 Nuala MULDOON 00:36:45

Ormeau Parkrun

3 Simon REEVE 00:19:02
9 John BLACK 00:20:13
28 Athanasia SEVASTAKI 00:22:20
40 Colin SIMPSON 00:22:59

Queen’s Parkrun

18 John LAVERY 00:21:51
44 Jennifer BILL 00:26:04
57 Drew CRAWFORD 00:28:18

Other Parkrunners included John McConnell (third at Wallace Park in 18.40), Helen Weir at Victoria (24.14), Marian Hayes in Cornwall (27.19), and Derek Donaghy at Walsall Arboretum (19.13).

Image of Mark McKinstry in Ballyboley by Bill Gullier, sourced on http://www.nirunning.co.uk, Jim Clinton (on the right) is pictured with fellow competitor Brian Murray.