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Summertime on the track, roads and hills – Weekly Roundup

Weekend Roundup 6th July 2014

Boyd PBs at Belfast International Track and Field Meet 2014:

On Wednesday evening the Mary Peters Track was the venue for international athletics as Athletics Northern Ireland hosted an exciting night of track and field ahead of the Commonwealth Games. In the International Senior Men 5000m Adam Boyd ran under last month’s PB 15:10 also set at the MPT, to record 15:08.17

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photos from NIRunning and Athletics NI

NBH Juniors Team Bronze in the Primary School Event

North Belfast Harriers were also represented in the associated Primary School Event which consisted of a 60m Sprint, Javelin and Relay. The NBH Team were Kelvin Kearney, Lauren Cox, Adam Thompson and Bryanna Catney. The squad were competing against representatives from four other clubs over the three disciplines and points were awarded for individual performances that then contributed to the total team score.

The 60m event was very closely contested with only a few points separating the teams. Beechmount Harriers led with 46 points, Willowfield Harriers and Orangegrove AC both had 43 points, and the North Belfast Harriers were only 2 behind on 41 points with St Anne’s AC on 37. In the Field event, the NBH team dominated with a brilliant haul of 52 points from their javelin throws. St Anne’s also picked up points here with 49, ahead of Orangegrove in 3rd with 39 points. So going into the relay the overall points table looked like this: North Belfast Harriers 93 points, St Anne’s 86, Beechmount 83, Orangegrove 82 & Willowfield 76. With 100 points available for the Relay win, 80 for 2nd, 60 for 3rd etc. it was always going to go to the wire for the final overall standings. So it proved that the 4 x 100m Relay was a very tense and competitive affair. Willowfield crossed the line first in 63 seconds, Orangegrove AC and North Belfast Harriers followed closely behind and with only half a second between them, Orangegrove just took 2nd place in 65 seconds and North Belfast 3rd. Beechmount Harriers were 4th with 67 seconds and St. Anne’s 5th in 68.02. This result was then reflected in the final overall standings with Willowfield Harriers 1st, finishing on 176 points; Orangegrove AC 2nd on 162 points and North Belfast Harriers with a solid 3rd place on 153 points ahead of Beechmount Harriers 123 points and St Anne’s AC 106 points.

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photos from NIRunning and Athletics NI

Two podiums at Greyabbey

On Friday evening over 300 runners headed to the County Down village of Greyabbey for the annual 10k and 5k road races. In the 10k event Amanda Perry ran 41:20 to secure second place on the podium. Helen Wier and Siobhan Drain also finished in the top ten in the Ladies 10k. Helen (7th) ran 44:08 and Siobhan (10th and 1st F45) ran 46:22. In the Men’s 10k race John McConnell (19th) was first Harrier across the line in 39:04. He was followed by Mark Shields (27th) in 40:10, Martin Cox (30th) and Colin Simpson (31st) in 40:31 and 40:32 respectively. Joe Drain was 35th in 41:14 and Greg McClure (37th) finished 1st M55 in 41:21.

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In the 5k race, Kent Swann ran well and took second place in 17:46

photos from Facebook

Sunshine on Saturday at the Spelga Skyline

Scorching sunny conditions greeted the hill runners for Race Six in the 2014 NIMRA Championship which started and finished at Spelga Dam. Neil Carty was the clubs sole representative at the 21km race with 1,550m of climb which included nine summits of the north-western Mourne Mountains. Neil finished 4th in 02:45:22, just two seconds behind 3rd place and was 1st M45.

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photo from NIRunning

Parkrun results

There were 36 Harriers running at the parkruns on Saturday morning and two PBs were recorded at Waterworks with Paul Curley 18:34 and David Murray 18:35 running well at the front. Due to the ongoing works and resulting course alterations at Belfast Victoria, every runner was given the same time as the course hadn’t been officially measured. Saturday also saw the latest members of the Jog Belfast scheme take on their graduation runs at Ormeau and Waterworks.

Belfast Victoria
2nd Stephen WALKER 59:59
4th Sean MCSHANE 59:59
11th Patrick MCSHANE 59:59
14th Paul WILLIAMS 59:59
25th Helen F WEIR 59:59
68th Colin SIMPSON 59:59
94th Drew CRAWFORD 59:59
11th Vincent BRADLEY 22:53
2nd Simon REEVE 18:06
29th Damien GILL 23:56
2nd John MCCONNELL 19:03
1st Laurence JOHNSTON 18:04
2nd Paul CURLEY 18:34 – New PB
3rd David MURRAY 18:35 – New PB
4th Drew KNOX 19:01
7th Gerry GRIBBON 19:45
9th John Gerard MURPHY 20:12
13th Joe DRAIN 20:35
18th Greg MCCLURE 21:24
24th Roisin HUGHES 22:04
25th Jason REID 22:09
29th Ita MCCAMBRIDGE 22:49
38th Tony REID 23:08
44th John GRIBBIN 24:24
67th Marian HAYES 25:58
70th John O’HARE 26:16
81st Nuala MULDOON 27:21
89th Thomas MCKINSTRY 28:16
93rd Maeve MC CAMBRIDGE 28:39
124th Gabrielle MALLAGHAN 30:40
140th Sean MCSHANE JR 31:50
141st Nora CURRAN 31:52
156th Jim CLINTON 33:21
159th Lynn MCCULLOUGH 33:39
172nd Patrick MCCAMBRIDGE 36:11
185th Matt SHIELDS 42:39

Lisburn 10k Update

In addition to the results reported two weeks ago, Marian Hayes finished 1st in her age category for the second successive year crossing the line with a chip time of 54:13.