It was a busy week for the Harriers, with athletes taking part in races on the road, track and trail all throughout the week. There were numerous wins and podium finishes as athletes competed across Northern Ireland, Ireland and the UK.
Terenure 5 Miler
A trio of Harriers headed south to Dublin for the always popular Terenure 5 Miler on Sunday, a race known for quality fields and fast times. Paul Elliott continued to impress in the V60 category, completing the course in 28.20 to dominate the age group competition. Conor Curran broke into the top ten, claiming the eighth position in 26.56, while Ed Cooke was 24th in 27.27.
Former Irish international Martin Fagan tipped Kenyan Freddy Sittuk, the recent winner of the Belfast Marathon, with both runners clocking 24.23, to lift the title.
Jim McCormick Wins Staplestown 50k
Jim McCormick returned to ultra-running competition, winning a 50 km race in Staplestown, Co. Kildare, in exactly 4 hours and 33 minutes.
Connor McQuillan Runs PB at Great Manchester Run 10k
Junior athlete Connor McQuillan braved the warm weather and the tough competition at the Great Manchester Run 10k on Sunday, blasting to a new personal best of 37.16. He was the first British under-17 finisher in the race.
Podium Positions for Mark and Marty in Ballyboley
Runners were treated to pleasant conditions in Ballyboley Forest Park on Tuesday evening for the first race in the East Antrim Harriers Trail Series. Mark McKinstry took the lead from the start and never relinquished it, completing the course in 22.55. He was joined on the podium by ultra-marathon runner Marty Rea, who returned to the shorter, off-road discipline to capture third in 24.44.
Podiums for Brendan, Cathy and Philip
There were more podium finishes for Harriers further afield over the weekend, with Brendan Grew winning the Cooley Coastal 10k in 34.36 with almost a minute to spare, Cathy McCourt snagging second in the Blackwater 10k in Rossmore Forest Park in Co. Monaghan in 39.11, and Philip Donnelly finishing third in the hilly Eglish 10k in 40.30.
Surf n’ Turf Half Marathon
A pair of Harriers turned out for the Surf n’ Turf half marathon on Benone Beach in Co Londonderry/Derry. Joseph Drain cracked the top ten (9th in 1.39.20), while Thomas McKinstry completed the course in 2.09.09.
North Down Open Meet
Also on Tuesday evening, three Harriers competed in the 3000 metres at the North Down Open Meet in Bangor. Paul Horan finished third in 9.46.87, and was followed across the line by Laurence Johnston (fourth in 10.27.45) and Jim Newberry (7th in 10.55.16).
Jim McLean took part in the V65 shot, tossing the 5kg shot 11.23.
Eamon White Wins Newry 10k
At the Newry 10k on Thursday evening, Eamon White had more than a minute to spare over his closest challenger, as he took top honours in 32.31.
Les Jones 10k
Friday evening saw the annual running of the popular Les Jones 10k, which starts and finishes at the Mary Peters track complex, taking in a scenic route along the Lagan Towpath and including a notoriously steep climb from the towpath towards Malone House. The race was won by East Down’s Brendan Teer in 32.49.
Mark McKinstry continued his good form to claim fifth place in 34.09, while Michael Fitzpatrick just missed out on the top ten, finishing 11th in 36.58.
They were supported by James Wallace (38.25), Martin Cox (39.25), Colin Simpson (41.09), Mark Shields (42.38), Fra McCaffrey (42.50), Ray Cameron (43.21) and Athanasia Sevastaki (43.44).
Slieve Donard Challenge
The Harriers had one representative at the 70th running of the Slieve Donard Challenge in Newcastle. Sandy Carr completed the challenging route in 2.11.11. Starting and finishing in Newcastle, the course is about 5.5 miles long with 852 metres of ascending, taking runners all the way to the summit of Slieve Donard.
Eleven Harriers bagged personal bests at Saturday’s parkruns, led by John Black, who finished first in a personal best of 17.32 at Ormeau. Thomas Reid completed his 50th parkrun at the Waterworks, and Marty Rea finished first at Queen’s in 18.11.
4th Paul HORAN 17:34 – New PB
13th Rory KANE 18:23
102nd Drew CRAWFORD 26:50
104th Colin SIMPSON 26:59
2nd Alan RITCHIE 17:38
50th Jim CLINTON 30:38
1st John BLACK 17:32 – New PB
6th Mark SHIELDS 20:20
13th Athanasia SEVASTAKI 21:38
37th Aine WILLS 23:17 – New PB
85th Sandy CARR 26:36 – New PB
125th Nora CURRAN 30:05
1st Martin REA 18:11
22nd Kevin LAVERY 22:39
25th Ciaran HUNTER 23:16
2nd John MCCONNELL 18:52
3rd Tony MC CAMBRIDGE 17:40 – New PB
4th Paul MCALLISTER 17:53
5th Matt SHIELDS 18:34
6th Tony MCNULTY 18:42 – New PB
7th Paul CURLEY 18:48
10th Drew KNOX 19:14
13th John Gerard MURPHY 19:41
17th Martin COX 19:55
19th Gerry GRIBBON 20:01
21st Louise SMITH 20:15 – New PB
24th Patrick MCSHANE 20:49
26th Conor O’RAWE 20:53
27th Greg MCCLURE 20:57
29th Paul WILLIAMS 21:06
35th Luke KELLY 22:02 – New PB
40th Tony REID 22:10 – New PB
53rd Thomas REID 23:17 – 50th Parkun
65th Lynn MCCULLOUGH 23:51 – New PB
79th Niall ARMSTRONG 24:30
105th Marian HAYES 26:22
108th John O’HARE 26:45
116th John Robert JOHNSTON 27:22
117th Steven THOMPSON 27:27
123rd Clare O’HARA 27:44 – New PB
175th Ciara O’RAWE 32:37