WEEKLY ROUND UP – ROADS, FORESTS AND MOUNTAINS
At a record turnout at the Jengana 10k run at Shane’s Castle on Saturday, the sun certainly had its hat on for Claire Connor, who stormed home as the first female in a time of 39:55, for NBH, 15 seconds clear of Suzanne Higgins of Lagan Valley AC after a close race. Brendan Grew finished in a well-deserved second place overall with a time of 34:44, 30 seconds behind the winner. Gerry Gribbon finished in 20th place in a time of 42:36, with Jason Reid coming in in 46th position in 46:51.
At Race 7 of the Hill and Dale series at Loughshannagh, Neil Carty came home in 7th place out of a field of 164 runners, with a time of 46:05.
Continued McKinstry Success
Following on from his success in Race 1 of the EAH Forest Series, Race 2 saw Mark McKinstry using a fast finish to take first place in 13:30, 30 seconds clear of his nearest rival, with Paul Horan getting third place on the podium in 14:25, with Rory Kane coming in in 12th spot with a time of 15:34.
Perry Podium in Ards
Amanda Perry came third in the Ards Lions 5m road race on Friday 30 May with a time of 32:32, getting onto the podium two years in a row.
Update on the Runher Coastal Race 2014. Cathy McCourt 2nd in a time of 38:28, Amanda Perry 5th (39:46), Siobhan Drain 26th (46.40), Lynn McCullough 49:40, Hannah Funnell 50:14, Clare Holmes NEW PB 56:13, Mary Reid NEW PB 56:40, Donna 51:09, Bridgin Woods 1:05 Nuala Connolly and Catherine Kerr in 1:06, Rebecca Thompson in 1:09, Angela McGreevey 1:09, Denise Rooney and Christine Douglas 1:10. (Thanks for the info, Clare!)
No results from the Walled City Marathon as yet
On Saturday 31st May Rebecca Marquess and Caitlin Maguire made the 350 mile round trip to Tullamore, Co Offaly for the Aviva Irish Schools track and field finals having qualified from the Ulster Schools finals. Caitlin was first on the blocks in the blistering heat in the Intermediate girls 100m final. Caitlin had a fantastic race to run a new personal best of 12.77 to finish in 7th place. With only one hour to recover from her first final Caitlin was on the start line again in the 200m. Caitlin had another fantastic run to finish in 8th place with another personal best of 26.56. The last sprint race of the day saw Rebecca Marquess line up in the senior girls 200m final. Rebecca took almost two seconds off her personal best to finish in 6th place with a time of 26.40 seconds. A big congratulations from the club to both girls as this was their first national outdoor track and field competition.
Waterworks John McGuigan (17:35) Paul McAllister 17:43 Stephen Walker (18:31) Tony McNulty 18:51 Paul Curley 18:56 Drew Knox 19:00 – 100th Run! Harry Brewster 19:50 Gerry Gribbon 19:59 100th Run! Colin Simpson 20:00 Greg McClure 20:27 Rory Kane 20:52 Paul Williams 22:12 John Johnston 22:16 Patrick McShane 22:19 Tony Reid 22:25 Roisin Hughes 23:42 Martin Cox 23:43 John Gribbin 24:33 John O’Hare 26:40 Thomas McKinstry 27:36 Sharron Sykes 28:54 David Murray 31:53
Ormeau John Black 17:27 NEW PB Mark Shields 20:09
Antrim Connor McQuillan 18:16 Comber John Murphy 19:53 Ian O’Neill 21:03 Amanda Perry 34:22 Falls Jim Clinton 59:59 (as was everyone in Falls)
Craigavon Alan Ritchie 20:06
Portrush Christine Douglas 35:57
Wallace Park John McConnell 19:16
Victoria Helen Weir 22:28 Drew Crawford 28:31
Queen’s Philip Donnelly 19:21 Ciaran Hunter 21:20
Photographs courtesy of Ryan at NiRunning and Belfast Telegraph