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North Belfast Harriers at the Commonwealth

The news this week will be dominated with our very own Gladys Ganiel O’Neill competing in Commonwealth games in Glasgow but there were also some notable performances in local races by the club.

Gladys In Glasgow

glagysglasgowThe men’s race kicked off the marathon morning at the Commonwealth games at 9:00am and were followed by the women’s event at 9:30am. Conditions for the two lap race around Glasgow looked ideal. The hot weather of recent days had dissipated and instead the runners were greeted with cool drizzly day without a breath of wind presenting optimum conditions for personal bests.

When the gun went the competitors quickly formed into two separate packs with the Kenyan women leading the way. Gladys followed behind the main pack alongside Scottish athlete Jo Zakrzewski with both ladies working with each other through the 5k mark. The Glasgow crowd embraced the event and turned out in large numbers in the city centre to cheer the athletes with Gladys passing through the 10k mark in 37:29 and 15k in 55:57, sitting in 15th position overall. By the halfway mark and the start of the second lap Gladys had picked up two positions and was now in 13th position. Just after halfway she began running with Scottish athlete Hayley Haining (2:36:40 Frankfurt 2013).

The pre-race plan was executed perfectly with Gladys crossing the 13.1 mile mark in  1:18:35 sticking to the 6 min/mile mark set out. Heading into the second lap towards Bellahouston Park and past Ibrox conditions started to deteriorate with the wind and the rain picking up. At this stage Gladys was running on her own after losing Hayley Haining. Crossing the 25km mark in 1:33:28 and then through the 30k mark in 1:53:10 Gladys was running close to her personal best from Berlin of 2:39:26 and her hard work was rewarded by picking up another place and moving into 12th position. The 35km marker was just outside of rolling hills in Pollock Park and Gladys crossed it in 2:12:28 still holding onto the 12th place. Into the home stretch Gladys crossed the 40km mark  in 2:31:46 and pushed onto the finish line where she finished in 2:40:29 for 12 position overall. With an average pace of 6:07 min/mile this solo effort was just outside of her personal best set last year and represents an excellent performance under testing conditions. Well done Gladys!

Portaferry 10 Mile

Breege-titOn Wednesday the annual Portaferry 10 mile road race and relay race took place. The challenging course through the Ards peninsula countryside was bathed in sunshine making the 60 minute barrier most aspire to break hard to reach. Breege Connonly was one such athlete that managed to dip below this mark to secure 1st place in the womens race and 3rd place overall in a time of 59:44. Following on from Breege, Greg McClure had a steady race to  finish in 69:39 for 34th position with Joe Drain completing the trio of finishers in the full distance event finishing in 73:41 for 56th position. In the relay event Colin Simpson and a partner completed the race in a time of 66:47 for 10th position.

Brackareilly 5

Also on Wednesday night the Brackareilly 5 mile road race took place just outside Maghera. Stephen Walker travelled to this event and was rewarded with a podium place finishing in second position in a time of 30:34.

Milk run

andrewmilkrunFriday night saw the annual 5 miler in Ballymoney in the guise of the Milk run. The 5 mile race starts and finishes at the Joey Dunlop centre and offers a fast course with personal best potential. Weather conditions like all events this week were not ideal for running but this didn’t deter a field over 160 taking part with the club securing two podium places. Andrew Considine secured the first podium position and had a great race taking the lead late on in the race only to be passed with 500 metres to go by a great surge by Neil Johnston. Andrew finished in 26:51 for second position and only 3 seconds behind the winner. Cathy McCourt went one better than Andrew and secured 1st place in the womens race in a time of 31:30 winning the race comfortably. John Black also had a good race finishing in 6th place overall in a time of 28:05.

Drumhalla 5K 

Also on Friday night the Drumhalla 5k was taking place in Donegal. Gerry Gribbon a regular in the Donegal races took part and recorded a 7th place finish and a category win in 19:29.

Divis 10k

The annual Action on hearing loss Divis 10k took place on Sunday morning on the Belfast hills. With this race being in the Clubs backyard so to brendydivis10k
speak it was well supported by our own members and it seemed the knowledge of the course was put to good use with three podium places being secured. Brendan Grew once again led from the front in this event securing first place in a time of  38:13, he was followed by Kent Swann in second place in a time of 40:44. Outside of the podium places Simon Reeve last years winner finished in 9th position in a time of 42:06 followed by the ever improving Paul Curley in 12th position in a time of 42:58. In the women’s race Helen Weir once again secured second place in this event finishing in 35th position overall and in a time of 49:11.

Newry & Mourne Women’s Mini Marathon

This 10k event which takes place in the Mourne mountains over tough trail terrain is always well supported. This year two members of the club took on the challenge. Siobhan Drain and Paula Wallace both performed well to secure 9th and 10th place in 46:00 and 46:07 respectively.

Cookstown Half Marathon

The final event on Sunday was the 8th event in the Pure Running Half marathon series. A large number of athletes from the club are competing in the series and this race presented the opportunity to submit the final result needed to qualify. Louise Lemon continued here run of good form this year with a 2nd place finish in the women’s event in a time of 1:21:50 to finsih in 20th position overall.  Marc Jennings secured 4th position in the race following on from his 4th place finish in Dervock. Marc crossed the line in 1:16:32, which should be enough for him to secure the open category in the series. cookstownhalfFollowing just behind, new boy Nat Glen sporting the North Belfast Harriers colours for the first time finished in 5th place in a time of 1:16:45 securing the vet 45 category in the process. This result should also be enough for Nat to lift the overall M45 category in the series. Michael Fitzpatrick was next through for the club in 8th position in a time of 1:18:23. Michael’s category in the series is the closest with him holding just a 3 minute lead going into the final events over Alan Johnston who cut that deficit by 20 seconds today which should mean this category will go down to the wire. Next across the line was Rory Kane in 26th in 1:23:15 and Sean McShane in 28th in 1:23:46. Martin Cox finished in 31st in 1:24:53 enough to secure the M50 category, Jack Carberry was next and also won his age category with a 91st place finish in 1:37:57.  Ita McCambridge who leads her age category in the series also secured an age category win today with a 99th place finish in 1:39:02 and was supported by Paddy McCambridge in 100th in 1:39:02. Thomas McKinstry rounded up the action finishing in 184th in 2:01:15.



41st Ray CAMERON 25:15 


5th Claire CONNOR 18:50 
136th Drew CRAWFORD 29:48 


6th Eddie BURNS 21:06 


4th Connor Ashley MCQUILLAN 18:37 


13th Mark SHIELDS 20:10 
60th Lynn MCCULLOUGH 24:34 – New PB 


5th Philip Patrick DONNELLY 19:26 
18th Claire PRENTER 21:45 
25th Ciaran HUNTER 22:43 
30th Damien GILL 23:52 


1st Conor CURRAN 16:20 
3rd Simon REEVE 18:23 
4th Paul CURLEY 18:31 – New PB 
5th Sean MCSHANE 18:34 – New PB 
7th Drew KNOX 19:12 
8th John Gerard MURPHY 19:35 
16th Colin SIMPSON 20:25 
21st Greg MCCLURE 20:47 
24th Piaras MCSHANE 21:07 
26th Paul WILLIAMS 21:17 
31st Luke KELLY 21:54 
33rd Cian MCGRATH 22:22 
34th Sean MCSHANE JR 22:24 
36th Roisin HUGHES 22:35 
57th Andrew MILLIGAN 24:07 
79th John O’HARE 25:33 
80th Jack CARBERRY 25:33 
84th Niall ARMSTRONG 25:41 
87th Marian HAYES 26:13 
111st Adam THOMPSON 27:36 
114th Patrick MCSHANE 27:46 
125th Steven THOMPSON 28:21 
133rd Margaret STEPHENS 29:12 
135th Kerry MCSHANE 29:15 
136th Sandy CARR 29:15 
141st Gabrielle MALLAGHAN 29:39 
143rd Nuala MULDOON 29:44 
160th Tina HAGGAN 31:20 
173rd Clare O’HARA 33:14 
179th Jim CLINTON 34:29 
190th Kerrie THOMPSON 38:12 
194th Norman John PATTERSON 39:57