The Belfast City Marathon was just a warm up for another mammoth week of running for many members of the club. Harriers were once again out running over any surface, over any distance and anywhere someone had organised an event. The starting line-up for this week’s roundup:
- Mary Peters Track
- Slieve Binnian
- Three Lakes
- Ulster Final
- Annalong Horseshoe
In Pursuit of the Fastest Mile
Within 24 hours of the last paper cups and gel wrappers having been swept from the streets following the Belfast Marathon, several Harriers were retying their laces and getting back out on the track for the 60th anniversary of the first sub four minute mile. On Tuesday evening NiRunning hosted the 3rd annual running of their “Mile” event at the Mary Peters Track. The evening witnessed increasingly faster times in increasingly worsening conditions across the ten races on a very showery night.
In the first race of the evening, young Rory Kelly left the competition way behind finishing first in 7:36:44 a good few hundred metres ahead of the rest. As the evening progressed the crowds and rain clouds gathered and by race 7 the spectators were glad of the shelter of the new stand. John Black and Eoin McQuillan raced hard through the rain with John running 4:58:51 for 3rd and Eoin following in 5:02:93 for 5th. Race 8 saw three Harriers race in a very competitive field all looking for sub 5 minutes. In a race where less than 15 seconds separated the top ten runners, Alan Ritchie took 5th place in 4:49:56, followed by Brendan Grew (9th) in 4:51:87 and Paul Horan (10th) in 4:56:82. In the final, and most highly anticipated race of the evening, Connor Curran recorded the 4:40:46 for 5th place.
Photographs from NiRunning:
Two Miles to the Top Tor
Thursday evening; and with double the distance of Tuesday night’s races, Race 4 of the Hill & Dale Series: Binnian; also includes 2000 feet of climb to the rocky tors at the summit of Slieve Binnian.
Having raced well at the first three events of the series both Neil Carty and Alan Ritchie were resting and therefore absent from the starting line at the foot of the hill. So it was left to Mark McKinstry and Simon Reeve to try and average 12 minute miles to finish near the front of the field at the top of the mountain! Jostling for position, whilst racing up the stony track to the quarry both Harriers had avoided the crowds and the congestion and were placed well near the front of the pack. After the quarry the gradient goes from steep to very steep and Mark climbed well holding on to 15th position in 26:34. Simon Reeve placed just outside the top 20 (21st) in 27:17.
Photographs from Newcastle AC:
3 Lakes 14km and 7km Road Races
An ideal “recovery” run was held on Saturday in Drumcullen, Downpatrick hosted by East Down AC. An undulating route along rural roads is becoming increasingly popular, although a quick scan of the results indicates an absence of any runners from North Belfast.
Four Laps & Through to the Ulster Final
Junior runner Rebecca Wallace is through to next week’s Ulster Schools 800m Final. A superb week of running saw Rebecca successfully progress through the qualifiers with a PB of 2:43 on Tuesday night. This was then followed with a fast, tactical run in the District Final on Saturday – finishing 2nd with another PB of 2:39. Conor McQuillan also had a busy week, following the Marathon Relay he has also progressed to the Ulster Finals in the Steeple Chase and 3000m.
5 Mourne Mountains
On Saturday it was back to the Mourne Mountains for the 3rd race of the NIMRA Championship. The Annalong Horseshoe covers 21km and is the first of three self-navigated long races in the series. As well as the half marathon distance, there is approximately 1,550m (almost a mile!) of ascent/descent over five peaks. Starting and finishing on the Head Road, the runners complete a circuit of Chimney Rock Mountain (656m), Slieve Commedagh (767m), Cove Mountain (655m), Slieve Lamagan (702m) and Slieve Binnian (747m). Neil Carty and Simon Reeve finished in 9th and 11th place overall. Neil was 1st MV45 in 02:30:02 whilst Simon (6th MOpen) finished strongly in 02:38:35.
Images from BARF (Belfast Association of Rock Climbers and Fellrunners):
Six (plus) Miles of Termoneeny 10k
On Sunday, Termoneeny Running Club welcomed almost two hundred athletes to their annual Termoneeny 10k road race, which takes place close to Magherafelt in County Derry/Londonderry. Looking at the results it’s not clear if any Harriers took part.
Seven parkrun PBs
Saturday morning saw nearly 40 North Belfast Harriers participate in a parkrun with seven Harriers breaking a parkrun PB. Mark McKinstry’s hill training on Thursday must’ve paid off in finishing first runner at Ecos in 16:53. Colin Simpson ran 19:25 at Belfast Victoria and Anthanasia Sevastaki broke 21 mins at Ormeau with 20:55. Martin Cox ran 19:31 and Ciaran Hunter 21:12 at Queens. Whilst the remaining PBs were broken at the Waterworks parkrun with Conor O’Rawe running 19:34 and Siobhan Drain with 22:26.
Strabane Lifford Half Marathon & 5k Run
With a course that slightly resembles a figure 8, Sunday 11th May saw the inaugural Strabane/Lifford Half Marathon and the McCambridge’s were once again on the road. Five of the family took to the roads but unfortunately Paddy was unable to finish being forced to withdraw after 8k with a calf injury. The family were lead home by Ita who turned in a new PB of 1:39:27, an improvement of 3 mins 28 on her previous best, good enough to win the F50 category and 8th lady overall. Next in was Eamon in his first half marathon, recording 1:53:59, running under the Jog Belfast banner whilst the final representative in the half marathon was Orla who recorded exactly 2 hours in completing the course. Andrew Johnson also finished in 2:05:44.
The final McCambridge to take to the roads of Strabane was junior member, Brendan, who returned a PB in the 5k of 24:04.
Full NBH parkrun results
10th Louise SMITH 22:29
16th Colin SIMPSON 19:25 – New PB
1st Mark MCKINSTRY 16:53 – New PB
10th Vincent BRADLEY 22:57
30th Jim CLINTON 27:50
13th Athanasia SEVASTAKI 20:55 – New PB
14th Mark SHIELDS 20:55
88th Drew CRAWFORD 27:40
6th Martin COX 19:31 – New PB
11th Philip Patrick DONNELLY 19:53
22nd Ciaran HUNTER 21:12 – New PB
2nd Conal MCCAMBRIDGE 17:51
4th Tony MCNULTY 19:06
5th Stephen WALKER 19:12
11th Conor O’RAWE 19:34 – New PB
13th Gerry GRIBBON 19:57
14th John Gerard MURPHY 19:59
18th Joe DRAIN 20:27
24th Eamon SHERIDAN 21:35
25th Patrick MCSHANE 21:44
26th Paul WILLIAMS 21:45
32nd Siobhan DRAIN 22:26 – New PB
33rd Tony REID 22:30
36th Niall ARMSTRONG 23:22
39th Sean MCSHANE 23:32
40th John MCCONNELL 23:33
51st John O’HARE 24:34
52nd Lynn MCCULLOUGH 24:37
55th John GRIBBIN 24:49
73rd Thomas MCKINSTRY 27:16
77th Clare O’HARA 27:54
78th Bryanna CATNEY 27:55
79th Sandy CARR 28:17
122nd Sharron SYKES 32:42
136th Victoria SMYTH 35:27
144th Aaron MCCANN 43:37
4th Matt SHIELDS 19:28
- Changing, parking and showering facilities available at Boys Model School.
- This is a timed run. Participants are free to walk, jog, or run as they see fit.
- Appropriate footwear and clothing should be worn – off-road shoes are recommended.
- Route map at the bottom of this page.
- All competitors will receive a free pair of running socks.
- Prizes for top three men and women plus 1st over 40’s & over 50’s male and female
- £10 affiliated £12 unaffiliated.
- Entry pack collection, start point and gathering point will be at the Boys Model School on the North Circular Road on the day of event.
- There will be a 2k race for under 16’s – £3 entry fee on the day.
For any enquiries contact: firstname.lastname@example.org