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Heating up at Lisburn & The Bridges

The biggest events of the week were the Lisburn 10k and half marathon. Conditions were tough with no escape from the high temperatures on the tough exposed course but this didn’t deter the 3000 plus entrants who took part in the events.

In the 10k there were two podium positions for the club in the female event. Breege Connelly continued her return to form securing 1st place in a time of 36:44 and 18th position overall. Claire Connor secured her first podium place of the week with a 3rd place finish in a time of 38:57 and 37th overall. For the men Eamon White led the way with a 6th place finish in a time of 32:54. Kent Swann was next across the line in 26th in 37:41 followed by John McConnell in 38:54 in 35th and Paul Curley who broke the 40-minute barrier for the first time in 39:49 for 49th position. Philip Donnelly ducked under 40 minutes with 39:55 for 52nd position overall. Mark McCallion was next in 40:28 for 61st followed by Gerry Gribbon in 83rd for 41:36, Eamon Sheridan in 176th 45:52, Siobhan Drain in 238th 47:50, Jason Ried in 262nd 48:29, Lynn McCullough in 284th 49:17 (PB), Mark Shields 650th in 55:57, Clare Holmes in 823rd for 59:07, Mary Reid in 907th 57:01, Nuala Connolly in 1320th 1:06:12, Gail Mallaghan in 1326th 1:05:05, Catherine Kerr in 1329th 1:06:17 and Denise Rooney 1495th in 1:11:41.


(Photo from NiRunning)

In the half marathon the tough course was made harder by the hot conditions but despite this there were some standout performances. In the female race Glady Glaniel O’Neil paced the race excellently in preparation for her Commonwealth appearance securing 1st place in a time of 1:21:36 and 13th position overall. In the men’s event Andrew Considine continued his excellent half marathon performances with a 5th place finish in 1:15:52. Andrew was followed by Marc Jennings who secured his second top 10 in the Pure running half marathon series with a time of 1:19:25 for 9th position. Next over the line was Michael Fitzpatrick in 12th position 1:21:04 then Sean McShane in 37th position 1:27:35, Martin Cox 39th 1:27:42, Drew Knox in 43rd 1:28:33, Greg McClure in 53rd 1:30:58, Colin Simpson 63rd in 1:31:35, Joe Drain in 80th 1:33:36, Mark Shields in 99th 1:35:34, Ray Cameron in 121st 1:37:24, Athanasia Sevastaki in 134th 1:38:40, Andrew Harding in 194th 1:42:43, Stephen Stewart in 270th 1:45:26, Paddy McCambridge in 275th 1:46:00, Ita McCambridge in 318th 1:48:13, Ciaran Browne in 326th in 1:48:30, Jack Carberry in 414th 1:51:15, Emma Sheehy in 471st 1:52:40 (PB),  Thomas McKinstry in 763rd 2:06:26, Orla McCambridge in 787th 2:08:12, John Marquess in 867th 2:12:33, Sharon Sykes in 868th 2:12:33 and Paul Brennan in 1032nd 2:13:25.


(Photo by Mark Ramsey)


Martin Cox made the journey home to take part in the tough Enniskillen 10k. Martin finished in 20th position overall in 39:26.

Dunshauglin 10k

On Saturday evening a large field descended on the town of Dunshaughlin in country Meath for 10k event. The course is well known for being flat and that coupled with the depth and quality of the field means personal bests are up for grabs. From the club Connor Curran was the first finisher with a 11 second personal best in 33:11 (13th), Edward Cooke was not far behind also with a new 30 second personal best of 33:26 (20th). Paul Elliott completed the group finishing in 35:08 smashing the V60 10k Irish record by nearly 1 minute and finishing in 56th position overall.


Between the Bridges

On Sunday a section of the Westlink was brought to a standstill as the between the bridge 5k took place. The Harriers were well represented and were rewarded with the top spots in both the male and female races. Philip Goss returned to action with an impressive performance to secure the top spot overall with a time of 16:16. Claire Connor took her second podium place of the week following on from her 3rd place finish in the Lisburn 10k. Claire finished the course in 18:45 to finish in 1st position in the ladies event and 15th position overall. Mark McAllister was the next Harrier to finish in 8th position in 17:55 followed by Conal McCambridge in 11th 18:04, Greg McClure in 27th 20:17, Jason Reid in 51st 21:52, Ita McCambridge in 66th 22:50, Paul Brennan in 81st 23:55, John Marquess 99th 24:58, Thomas Reid in 137th, Sharon Sykes in 149th 27:18, 26:52, Rioghnach Catney in 150th 27:18, Thomas McKinstry 342nd in 34:36 and Padraig Bingeam in 419th 37:51.


Hills and Dales

Simon Reeve was the only Harrier to take part in Thursday nights continuation of the Hills an Dale series. Simon completed the 3.5 mile, 1,800ft ascending course in 36:08.

Flagstaff to Carlingford

On Sunday Simon Reeve and Neil Carty took on the tough 11 mile mountain race between the two towns which includes an ascent of 3000ft. Neil Carty once again proved his skill over tough terrain with a 6th place finish in 1:47:54. Simon Reeve after a tough racing week and a poor route decision finished in 35th place in 2:25.


This week saw the 1st anniversary of Ormeau Parkrun and this brought a large numbers of Harriers across the city to the event which recorded its largest attendance to date. A prize giving also took place with Mark Shields from the club collecting the 3rd place prize in the points table.

106th Drew CRAWFORD 26:44

11th Jim CLINTON 23:57

2nd John BLACK 17:03 – New PB
11th Mark SHIELDS 19:10 – New PB
15th Colin SIMPSON 19:51 – New PB
16th Sean MCSHANE 19:53 – New PB
22nd Patrick MCSHANE 20:49
27th Piaras MCSHANE 21:07 – New PB
30th Athanasia SEVASTAKI 21:28
119th Sandy CARR 26:30 – New PB
254th Frankey MCGIVERN 40:38 – New PB

12th Ray CAMERON 20:59

1st Martin REA 17:58 – New PB
10th Philip Patrick DONNELLY 19:36

4th John MCCONNELL 18:57

1st Stephen WALKER 18:22
3rd Drew KNOX 18:50
4th Thomas REID 19:13
5th Paul CURLEY 19:34
6th Joe NORNEY 19:35
7th Gerry GRIBBON 19:37
9th Harry BREWSTER 19:47
11th John Gerard MURPHY 19:55
16th Joe DRAIN 20:18
18th Greg MCCLURE 20:41
21st Paul WILLIAMS 21:10
25th Cian MCGRATH 21:20
27th Andrew HARDING 21:31 – New PB
35th Jack CARBERRY 22:18
40th Tony REID 22:38
47th Niall ARMSTRONG 23:01
48th Eamon SHERIDAN 23:14
77th Lynn MCCULLOUGH 25:10
85th John O’HARE 25:23
86th Marian HAYES 25:38
104th Nuala MULDOON 26:58
112nd John BURNS 27:27
115th Steven THOMPSON 27:35
152nd Gabrielle MALLAGHAN 32:05
160th Christine DOUGLAS 33:14
165th Kerrie THOMPSON 33:47
171st Heidi HOLLYWOOD 33:58

4th Matt SHIELDS 19:03