Another Feast of Running: Weekly Roundup – 8th June 2014
A Fast Starter, Two Laps of Ballymena Town:
Wednesday evening saw the annual running of the Fairhill 5 Mile Road Race in Ballymena. Over three hundred competitors lined up for the event that takes in two laps of the town centre. The locals were treated to some top class running and there were some great performances from North Belfast Harriers. Mark McKinstry was first Harrier home and 3rd in the Men’s race in 26:35. Brendan Grew raced well to hold onto 4th place in 27:02. The Ladies race was won by Breege Connolly in a great time 28:38 (11th overall). Stephen Walker was the fourth Harrier inside the top 20 finishers in 29:30. Cathy McCourt also had a clear run to a podium spot and finished 2nd in the Ladies race in 30:31.
In the associated 2.5 Mile race Connor McQuillian also floated around the streets of Ballymena in a great time of 14:34 to take first place.
Photos from Ballymena Runners Facebook
A Second Course, Two Laps of Craigavon Lakes:
Also on Wednesday evening, a further three hundred plus runners took on the Craigavon Lakes 10k (and associated 5k) event. Again the 10k consisted of two 5k laps of a fairly flat course, circumnavigating the lakes. Several Harriers also enjoyed some mid-week racing and produced notable performances. Conor Curran cruised to first place in 33:45 followed by Connor Magill in second in 34:19. John Black ran a great race to hold on to 4th place and smash 36 minutes by running a PB of 35:23. Other North Belfast Harriers running the 10k included: Martin Cox 19th 38:17, Mark Shields 30th 39:58, John Murphy 36th 40:33 and possibly some others I’ve missed as the clubs are listed in the results http://www.nirunning.co.uk/Craigavon_Lakes_Results%20pdf%202014.pdf
Another Taste Of Thursday Mountains
Event number 8 of this year’s Hill and Dale Series “Millstone” is a 4.5 mile (1,500ft ascent) race from Newcastle’s Donard Park up through the forest to the summit of Millstone. It’s then a fast descent to the quarry and then back down the trails to finish back in Donard Park. Neil Carty and Simon Reeve once again ran The Mournes with Neil taking 5th (1st MV45) in 37:51 and Simon finishing in 25th in 44:03. With just three races left in the series all runners are starting to look at where they may finish in
the overall and age category standings.
Photos from Newcastle AC Facebook
Mourne Way Provides the Main Course
Saturday started off with heavy rain and thunderstorms but finished with sunshine and smiles as several North Belfast Harriers chewed up the trails along sections of the Mourne Way as part of 26extremes Mourne Way Marathon Events (inc. Ultra, Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k and 5k). Sixty seven runners completed the Ultra Marathon – an out and back course of 52.4 miles. This year the Harriers kept to the more familiar distances and the strong Marathon field contained several potential winners. Martin Rea, one of the frontrunners for the majority of the race, finished in third place in 3:46:56. Robert Irvine, gaining a couple of places over the second half of the race, took 10th place in 4:14:04. In 25th place overall and 2nd in the Ladies race, Helen Weir ran 4:44:39 in what was a fiercely contested race with the top three places changing over the last ten miles.
The Half Marathon distance proved to be a popular choice and with over 300 runners entered, it was Mark Mckinstry who led them to the finish line. Mark finished in 1:28:54, a good seven minutes ahead of second place. Martin Cox appeared to have his sights set on a top ten finish but just missed out by 3 seconds finishing in 1:44:07 for 11th. Mark Shields crossed the line in 26th place in 1:52:53 and five minutes later Athanasia Sevastaki took 2nd place in the Ladies race finishing in 1:57:07 15 seconds ahead of 3rd.
Photos from NIRunning
Something Shorter and Sweet To Finish
The NI & Ulster Track and Field 2014 Championships were held on Saturday at the Mary Peters Track. In challenging conditions with heavy rain there were some notable performances by the North Belfast Harriers competing on the track.
Rebecca Marquess ran 13.60 to become Ulster U19 100m Champion. Rebecca also competed in the 200m. Rhys Clelland finished 4th in the Mens 400m final in 50.65. Also Adam Boyd ran a 5000m PB in 15:10 whilst Connor Curran followed up Wednesdays 10k win with a 15:53 in the 5000m.
Aine Neilan competed in the U14 200m running 33.20 in the preliminaries, Mollie O’hare ran 2:50.95 in the U14 800m and Julia Uprichard jumped 4.36m in the U14 Girls Long Jump. Dominique McAllister and Sinead O’Rawe ran 2:52.12 and 2:58.85 respectively in the U15 Girls 800m. In the U16 Girls 800m Rioghnach Catney ran 2:44.01 and Aine Drain finished in 3:03.21.
Conor McCallion competed in the U14 80m sprint and ran 13.94 in the preliminaries. Matthew Maguire and Sean McShane crossed the line in the U14 & U15 800m in 2:43.87 and 2:58.13 respectively. Odhran Catney clocked 14.98 for the U15 100m preliminaries and then 31.02 in the U15 200m qualifier. Harry Brewster ran 2:25.41 in the U17 800m
A Weekend in the Highlands
The Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon took place over the weekend and saw Jim McCormick travel to Strathcarron in the Scottish Highlands to compete in this grueling two day event. Competing as a pair, Jim teamed up with Mark Alexander (Ballymena Runners) to run in the B Class category which included 24 km and 1400m of climb on day 1, followed by 22km and 1300m of climb on day 2. Camping overnight the competitors must also carry all of their own gear, effectively being self-sufficient as they navigate themselves around the course. Jim and Alex finished day 1 in 6:22:16 and 12th in their category and well positioned in the Male Veteran competition. Strong running on the second day by Jim and Mark saw them complete the day’s course in 5:43:04 and when combined with day 1 gave the pair 12:05:20 which was good enough for a 12th place overall and a very impressive 2nd place in the Male Veteran (Category B) Race.
If a weekend of hill running and camping sounds appealing then you might like to know that entries are open for this year’s Mourne Mountain Marathon which is over the weekend of the 20th/21st September. Details can be found on the mourne2day website.
Photos from Ballymena Runners and LAMM Facebook pages
Full NBH parkrun results
Photograph from parkrun Austrailia facebook
Whilst those in Belfast ran through the rain on Saturday morning, there was a gathering of parkrun Legends over in London at Richmond parkrun.
There were three PBs recorded this week and Christine Douglas reached her 50th parkrun at Waterworks. Also at Waterworks Rory Kane hit 19 minutes flat for a new PB and Sharron Sykes ran 27:24 for her 9th PB out of 13 runs at Waterworks this year. Matt Shields running his second parkrun at Richmond knocked almost 30 seconds off his previous time to PB in 18:41
6th Matt Shields 18:41 – New PB
6th Joe DRAIN 20:16
13th Siobhan DRAIN 22:42
16th Jim CLINTON 25:08
9th Ray CAMERON 21:07
28th Mark SHIELDS 22:09
6th Philip Patrick DONNELLY 19:40
15th Ciaran HUNTER 21:22
18th John LAVERY 21:55
21st Kevin LAVERY 22:12
27th Damien GILL 23:54
4th John MCCONNELL 19:20
2nd Stephen WALKER 17:50
4th Kent SWANN 18:41
5th Rory KANE 19:00 – New PB
6th Drew KNOX 19:08
7th Sean MCSHANE 19:19
10th Paul CURLEY 19:32
12th John Gerard MURPHY 19:51
13th Colin SIMPSON 19:53
15th Gerry GRIBBON 19:56
16th Harry BREWSTER 20:04
29th Luke KELLY 21:31
32nd Jack CARBERRY 22:01
35th Patrick MCSHANE 22:13
38th Greg MCCLURE 22:31
39th John Robert JOHNSTON 22:39
41st Tony REID 22:43
47th Niall ARMSTRONG 23:09
49th Thomas REID 23:10
51st Roisin HUGHES 23:22
52nd Rioghnach CATNEY 23:27
62nd Steven THOMPSON 24:03
66th John O’HARE 24:49
68th Lynn MCCULLOUGH 25:00
76th John Michael MARQUESS 25:22
82nd Marian HAYES 25:59
84th Catherine MCNICHOLL 26:08
86th Nuala MULDOON 26:15
89th Adam THOMPSON 26:27
97th Bryanna CATNEY 27:10
101st Sharron SYKES 27:24 – New PB
114th Thomas MCKINSTRY 29:26
133rd Christine DOUGLAS 31:44 – 50th Parkun
134th Nora CURRAN 31:50
149th Kerrie THOMPSON 34:29