It must be summertime when the Weekend Roundup starts on a Monday!
Another great week of running by North Belfast Harriers with several podiums, a couple of course records and some PBs at races all across the country.
Simon 2nd at Stone Mad
The Stone Mad Ultra is a two day multi stage (mostly trail) marathon event held in the Barrow Valley, Co. Kilkenny with Ultra, Marathon and Half Marathon distances available to run over the weekend of the 12th and 13th July. Simon Reeve ran the half marathon distance on both days; Saturday’s route from Bagnalstown to Graiguemanagh followed the riverside trail downstream and Simon finished in 2nd place in 1:30:45. Four minutes down on 1st place but with three to spare over 3rd, Simon took on Sundays Half Marathon route looking to consolidate his position along the undulating country roads before running upstream on the riverside trail back to Graiguemanagh. Simon crossed the line in 1:26:38 for second place and with a combined time of 2:57:23 was second overall for the Half Marathon distance. With some Ultra runners completing their weekends running in 15+ hours, times and positions weren’t confirmed until Monday.
Fermanagh Festival Further than 10k Finishers
On Tuesday 15th July Martin Cox and Lauren Cox participated in the Irvinestown Lady of the Lake Festival 10k. Starting at 7pm from the Bawnacre Centre, 200 runners headed out on the “slightly longer than” 5k and 10k course. Martin Cox finished 7th overall in 39:56 for the 10.2k, whilst Lauren crossed the line in 53:50 finishing 1st Junior Female and 14th female finisher overall.
Sun, Sand, Sea & 3rd
The second running of The North Coast 10k/5k was held on a sunny Portrush East Strand on Wednesday evening. Simon Reeve took to the start line of the 10k which started out on the sand along the beach to White Rocks before zig-zagging up to the coast road for the return to Portrush and a loop around the promenade and Ramore Head. Crossing the line in 38:15, Simon finished in 3rd place.
Fast 5k On Friday
Letterkenny AC hosted a 5k on Friday evening in Churchill, Co. Donegal which saw over 200 runners participate. At the front of the pack was Conal McCambridge who ran a PB of 16:11 to finish 3rd overall and just 3 seconds off 1st place. Maeve McCambridge also finished in the top half of the field, running under 24mins with 23:54.
They Were Born 2 Run ‘Sea 2 Sky’
With Springsteen’s words ringing in their ears, a large contingent of North Belfast Harriers took on the 10k ‘Sea 2 Sky’ race in Newcastle, Co. Down on Friday evening. A record number of participants started from the Central Promenade and headed towards the trails of Donard Forest where they climbed to the 5k marker. North Belfast Harriers Amanda Perry led from early on to claim 1st place in the Ladies race returning from the forest to the seaside finish in 43:17, almost two minutes clear of 2nd. In total, a dozen or so NBHs completed the course and they included Joseph Drain 42:56, Reg Kapur 45:19, Helen Weir 47:11, Siobhan Drain 49:38, Jason Reid 51:36, Lynn McCullough 51:59, Thelma McCullough 52:25, Stephen Stewart 54:25, Marian Hayes 57:36, Claire Holmes 1:02:32, Thomas McKinstry 1:03:23 and Gabreille Mallaghan 1:08:09.
Keeping up with the Kennedy Kane Races
On Saturday 19th July 2014, nearly three hundred and fifty athletes took part in the annual Kennedy Kane McArthur Half Marathon and 10k road races in the rural village of Dervock in County Antrim. The Half Marathon was also the seventh race in the Pure Running-ChampionChip Ireland Half Marathon Series 2014. North Belfast Harriers topped the podium in the Ladies Half Marathon as no one could keep up with the pace of Cathy McCourt who led from start to finish crossing the line in 1:25:13 and 14th place overall. Marc Jennings 1:20:51 continued his excellent form in the 2014 Half Marathon Series to lead home a trio of Harriers in 4th, Michael Fitzpatrick 1:21:31 in 5th and John McGuigan 1:22:24 in 6th place. The club was again well represented in the Half Marathon with Sean McShane 1:26:46, Martin Cox 1:28:05, John McConnell 1:30:52 and Colin Simpson 1:31:37. Greg MCClure finished 1st M55 in 1:33:07 followed by Ray Cameron 1:37:16 and Patrick McShane 1:40:45. Ita McCambridge finished 1st in her age category running the same time as Paddy McCambridge in 1:42:49. Stephen Stewart finished just under 1:50:00 in 1:49:57 whilst Thomas McKinstry with Friday’s race possibly still in his legs ran 2:33:46.
In the 10k race Adam Boyd took his recent track 5k speed to the scenic route and set a new course record crossing the line in 34:16 almost a minute ahead of 2nd place. Kent Swann placed inside the top ten finishing 7th in 38:45.
Four More Finishers at Fingal 10k
Early Sunday morning, a car full of Harriers headed down to the Fingal 10k just outside of Dublin. Starting at 10am, first Harrier home was Andrew Considine 9th in 33:37, followed by John Black who is smashing PBs this year running 34:44 to finish in 20th. Paul Elliott ran 35:32 for first M60 and 30th place overall and Stephen Walker ran 36:52 for 57th place.
…also in Dublin
At the 2014 GloHealth AAI National Senior Track and Field Championships, Conor Curran ran 15:47.58 for the 5000m
On Saturday morning 37 Harriers ran a parkrun and for some it was there second or third timed run of the weekend. Three PBs were recorded with Louise Smith going below 20:15 at Armagh to break the female course record, Sean McShane Jnr took 30 seconds of his Waterworks PB to run 22:07 and young Erin Harding, whilst pacing Andrew Harding to a sub 30min ran a PB of 29:02. Also at Waterworks, Thomas Reid and Dominique McAllister were two junior runners who placed well with Thomas finishing 4th overall and Dominique was the 2nd female finisher. Slightly further afield, Conor and Ciara O’Rawe ran the out and back course at Westport parkrun. The challenge here is that the “out” is a gentle undulating descent but the “back” is the return uphill. Despite the return climb both Conor and Ciara ran and placed well. Also on Saturday, back at the Waterworks, there were further displays of consistent and impressive age grade running from Drew Knox and Jack Carberry.
17th Luke KELLY 21:48
2nd Louise SMITH 20:14 – New PB
141st John BLACK 34:18
5th Philip Patrick DONNELLY 19:16
33rd Damien GILL 23:27
3rd Simon REEVE 19:09
4th Thomas REID 19:28
5th Drew KNOX 19:29
6th Gerry GRIBBON 19:30
7th John Gerard MURPHY 19:37
13th Michael MCCORMICK 20:27
15th Harry BREWSTER 20:33
20th Joe DRAIN 21:21
22nd Piaras MCSHANE 21:26
25th Paul WILLIAMS 21:32
26th Matt SHIELDS 21:33
28th Jack CARBERRY 21:44
32nd Andrew MILLIGAN 21:56
37th Sean MCSHANE JR 22:07 – New PB
41st Helen F WEIR 22:22
43rd Niall ARMSTRONG 22:30
59th John GRIBBIN 23:52
62nd Tony REID 24:03
78th Lynn MCCULLOUGH 24:51
93rd John O’HARE 25:41
94th Jason REID 25:43
106th Steven THOMPSON 27:05
107th John BURNS 27:05
133rd Erin HARDING 29:02 – New PB
134th Andrew HARDING 29:07
170th Heidi HOLLYWOOD 34:27
174th Jim CLINTON 35:14
184th Aaron MCCANN 37:11
194th Nuala MULDOON 45:58
197th Paul CURLEY 48:19
9th Conor O’RAWE 20:47
24th Ciara O’RAWE 24:47