There was plenty of good news for the Harriers this week with podium places in a number of events, as well as confirmation that Gladys Ganiel has been selected to run the marathon for Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next month.
Commonwealth Selection for Gladys Ganiel O’Neill
Athletics Northern Ireland announced a 14-strong men’s and women’s team for the Commonwealth Games on Tuesday, including North Belfast Harriers’ Gladys Ganiel to contest the marathon. Gladys’ 2.39.26 clocking at the Berlin Marathon in September 2013 was below the consideration standard of 2.40. Gladys, a 37-year-old lecturer at Trinity College Dublin’s campus in North Belfast, is the only athlete from Northern Ireland competing in the marathon.
As Gladys told the www.nirunning.co.uk website:
“I feel really privileged to be part of such a strong team going to Glasgow. The support I’ve received over the last few years from North Belfast Harriers, Athletics NI, the Sports Institute NI, and the local running community has been outstanding. I am excited about the chance to represent Northern Ireland on such a competitive stage and hope to do everyone proud.”
(Image from Nirunning.co.uk)
Mark McKinstry Wins Active Antrim 5 Miler
On Friday, Mark McKinstry continued his string of consistent, quality performances, winning the Active Antrim 5 Miler in 26.50. Stephen Walker was next home with a solid fourth place in 30.10, while David Murray finished 13th in 31.31.
(Image: Harriers enjoy the sun this weekend with a tough training run in the hills above North Belfast)
Martin Rea and Paul Horan Claim Podium Spots in Tardree
A number of Harriers took to the trails on Tuesday evening in Race 3 of East Antrim Harriers’ Active Antrim Forest Series.
Martin Rea and Paul Horan tackled the undulating terrain with some style, finishing second and third overall with times of 19.44 and 19.49.
They were supported by Gerard McNamara (21.37), Paul Jenkins (23.05) and Ray Cameron (23.19).
Cathy McCourt Third at Stunnerz and Runnerz
On Saturday, Cathy McCourt earned another podium spot at the Stunnerz and Runnerz 5 Miler, a popular women’s race in Magherafelt now in its third year.
Cathy clocked 31.30, with the winner, Suzanne Higgins of Lagan Valley, posting a time of 30.45.
Siobhan Drain completed the course in 36.37, while Lynn McCullough timed 38.47.
Fourth for Neil Carty and Simon Reeve
Neil Carty continued his fine form on the mountains on Thursday evening, finishing fourth overall and first veteran at the Hill and Dale Series race at Hen and Cock Mountains. Neil ran 29.38 over a 3.5 mile course that included 1600 feet of climbing.
Simon Reeve also bagged a fourth place finish, on Saturday at the Glenmore Challenge 10 Miler in Co. Louth, timing 1.02.49.
Martin Cox looked to be the only Harrier competing in Saturday’s Enniskillen 10k, where he ran a solid 39.26, fourth in the V45 category.
The Harriers had a number of strong athletes out for the Saturday parkruns. New mum Roisin Hughes (Waterworks, pictured) and Athanasia Sevastaki (Ormeau) both completed their 50th parkruns and eight new parkrun personal bests were set. Claire Connor won the Carrickfergus Parkun outright in 18.55, while Alan Ritchie was first in Citypark (18.33). Ireland Parkrun director Matt Shields participated in the first parkrun at Dublin’s Tymon Park, crossing the line fourth in 18.24.
5th Edward COOKE 16:42 – New PB
1st Alan RITCHIE 18:33
1st Claire CONNOR 18:55
15th Luke KELLY 21:00 – New PB
6th Mark SHIELDS 19:21 – New PB
32nd Tony REID 22:09
34th Athanasia SEVASTAKI 22:16 – 50th Parkun
8th Ray CAMERON 20:12
12th Ciaran HUNTER 21:00 – New PB
28th Claire PRENTER 23:47
49th John LAVERY 27:42
3rd John MCCONNELL 19:05
2nd Michael FITZPATRICK 17:33
3rd John MCGUIGAN 17:51
5th Drew KNOX 18:42 – New PB
6th Paul CURLEY 18:47
7th David MURRAY 18:55 – New PB
10th Gerry GRIBBON 19:35
12th John Gerard MURPHY 19:47
13th Colin SIMPSON 19:48
15th Harry BREWSTER 19:55
16th Joe DRAIN 20:01
19th Greg MCCLURE 20:11
25th Cian MCGRATH 21:06 – New PB
32nd Paul WILLIAMS 21:40
42nd Roisin HUGHES 22:37 – 50th Parkun
43rd John BURNS 22:39
50th Piaras MCSHANE 23:25
65th John GRIBBIN 24:27
69th John O’HARE 24:41
83rd Marian HAYES 25:31
95th Jim CLINTON 26:26
103rd Steven THOMPSON 26:36
131st Emma SHEEHY 29:10
139th Nora CURRAN 29:41 – New PB
175th Gabrielle MALLAGHAN 32:10
203rd Aaron MCCANN 34:35
220th Sandy CARR 36:29
222nd Kerrie THOMPSON 36:47
259th Thomas MCKINSTRY 48:51
4th Matt SHIELDS 18:24