This Saturday the Waterworks Parkrun was dedicated to the memory of long-time North Belfast coach Jimmy Nolan, who passed away in January. The Waterworks welcomed many of Jimmy’s family and friends, who were dedicating their morning run to Jimmy. Jimmy was a big part of the Waterworks Parkrun community and was responsible for encouraging many junior runners around the course, so it was very fitting that those same juniors all ran in his memory today.
In fact, the first male and first female across the line were both juniors. Tony McCambridge was first to finish overall in 18 minutes, equalling his previous PB, and Jessica Scott came in first for the ladies in 20.52. There were also eight personal bests set on the course (see more details below).
The latest graduating class of ‘Jog Belfast,’ supported by coaches and volunteers from the Harriers, also completed the Waterworks Parkrun.
Omagh Half Marathon – Greg McClure first V55
The big race this weekend was the Omagh Half Marathon. The ever-popular event, celebrating its 25th anniversary, attracted a record field of almost 3,000 runners. They were led home by Annadale’s Ed McGinley (1:06:35) and Dundrum South Dublin’s Maria McCambridge (1:16:40).
Twelve Harriers were in action, with Greg McClure putting in a strong showing to win the Veteran-55 category in 1.26.18. Greg was more than a minute faster than his time last week in the Larne Half Marathon, even though Omagh is a hillier route, and looks to be on track in his preparations for the London Marathon.
In the open competition, Ed Cooke finished just one slot outside the top ten, clocking 1.14.52. Michael Fitzpatrick was next, timing 1.18.38 for the 18th slot.
They were supported by Kent Swann (1.23.03), James Wallace (1.25.20), Gerard McNamara (1.26.00), Colin Simpson (1.27.39), Joe Drain (in a personal best of 1:32.48), Paula Wallace (1.49.00), Mary Reid (2.06.30), Thomas McKinstry (2.06.40), junior athlete Clodagh Poots (2.08.47) and Clare Holmes (2.09.39).
There were plenty of Harriers in action at the weekly Parkruns, with eight setting personal bests in the Waterworks.
The Harriers also had the first runner across the line at the Waterworks (Tony McCambridge, 18.00) and at Wallace Park (John McConnell, 18.51).
4th Ray CAMERON 22:30
Bangor (First ever Bangor Parkrun)
32nd Helen F WEIR 23:17
2nd Connor Ashley MCQUILLAN 18:05
6th John BLACK 18:23
140th Drew CRAWFORD 28:09
25th Ciaran HUNTER 22:30
34th Philip Patrick DONNELLY 23:51
58th John LAVERY 33:03
1st John MCCONNELL 18:51
1st Tony MC CAMBRIDGE 18:00
3rd Paul MCALLISTER 18:11
5th Paul CURLEY 18:40 – New PB
6th Simon REEVE 18:48
8th Rory KANE 19:11 – New PB
11th Harry BREWSTER 19:35
12th John Gerard MURPHY 19:46
14th Patrick MCSHANE 19:54 – New PB
15th Conor O’RAWE 19:58 – New PB
16th Gerry GRIBBON 20:14
17th Andrew MILLIGAN 20:18
18th Damian John MARQUESS 20:33
25th Paul WILLIAMS 20:55
26th Eamon SHERIDAN 21:01
29th Niall ARMSTRONG 21:27
37th Jack CARBERRY 22:04
39th John Robert JOHNSTON 22:14
48th Kelvin KEARNEY 22:44
52nd Ita MCCAMBRIDGE 23:03
54th Rioghnach CATNEY 23:13
55th Steven THOMPSON 23:14 – New PB
56th Odhran CATNEY 23:14
57th Piaras MCSHANE 23:15
59th Tony REID 23:17
81st Brendan MCCAMBRIDGE 24:34 – New PB
94th Jason REID 25:20
100th Aine DRAIN 25:56
105th Patrick MCSHANE 26:31
113rd Malachi MC GIBBON 26:54
116th Conal MCCAMBRIDGE 26:57
130th Ciara O’RAWE 28:15 – New PB
131st Lucia MC GIBBON 28:25
132nd Bryanna CATNEY 28:25
148th Lorraine COX 30:19
184th Maria STEELE 33:27 – New PB
199th Sandy CARR 35:10
202nd Catherine MCNICHOLL 35:18
213rd Joanne HADDOCK 35:54
214th Lisa EVANS 35:55
219th John BURNS 36:44
222nd John Michael MARQUESS 36:57
242nd Patrick MCCAMBRIDGE 41:14
243rd Sarah PRESS 42:40