It was one of the biggest weekends of the year for North Belfast Harriers, with the club hosting the always-popular PureRunning Laganside 10k on Sunday. This year the Laganside doubled as the Northern Ireland & Ulster 10k Road Championship.
On a pleasant, sunny afternoon on the banks of the Lagan, both the men’s and women’s teams defended the titles they won in 2013. With the race having reached its 1,000 entry limit before the closing date, and about 200 children taking part in the one-mile fun run, there was a festive atmosphere in Ormeau Park throughout the day. Annadale’s Ed McGinley and Newcastle’s Kerry Harty were the individual winners.
The runners who scored in the championship race were well-supported, as 45 Harriers completed the course. The event was superbly organised by a host of volunteers from the club, many who gave up the chance to run to be on duty for those taking part.
The women’s team got a strong one-two punch from Gladys Ganiel O’Neill (36.18) and Louise Smith (37.16), who took the second and third positions. Next home was Cathy McCourt, who bravely picked herself up after a nasty fall to claim the sixth spot in 38.20. Cathy broke her wrist and sprained her knee in the accident. The fourth scoring runner was Amanda Perry, 11th in 40.29.
The men’s team packed nicely, with Mark McKinstry (6th in 33.04) and Eamon White (7th in 33.05) leading the Harriers home. Brendan Grew (10th in 33.57) and Thomas Simmons (17th in 34.46) rounded out the scoring with strong performances.
Lisa Sturgeon returned to action after her pregnancy, logging a solid 41.35. Other women finishers for the club were Paula Wallace (46.40), Emma Sheehy (49.24), junior athlete Lauren Cox (51.35), Kerry McShane (56.22), Gail Mallaghan (57.42), Philomena Donaldson (59.20), Clare O’Hara (59.33), Margaret Stephens (1.01.02) and Padraigin Bingham (1.14.39).
The rest of the men’s competitors included Nat Glenn (34.53), Stephen Walker (36.00), Paul Horan (36.26), Kent Swann (36.39), Laurence Johnston (36.49), James Wallace (36.49), Mark McAllister (37.29), Martin Cox (38.02), Rory Kane (38.26), Joe Norney (38.28), Philip Donnelly (38.32), Paul Curley (38.33), Drew Knox (38.55), David Murray (38.53), Colin Simpson (39.39), Gerry Gribbon (39.53), John Murphy (39.54), Mark Shields (40.29), Joe Drain (41.34), Andrew Milligan (42.22), Jack Carberry (44.51), Sean McShane Jr (45.25), Andrew Harding in a PB (45.28), Jason Reid (46.48), Steven Thompson (49.24), John O’Hare (54.37), Paul Brennan (55.35) and Piaras McShane (59.15).
In the Rossi’s Children’s One Mile Fun Run, the Harriers own 12-year-old Rebecca Wallace was the first girl across the line in 5.53. Competitors ages 6-15 took part in various categories. Fifteen-year-old Aaron Harrison of Ballydrain was the first boy in 5.09.
The next NBH girl was Eimear O’Brien (6.10), followed by Erin Harding (7.30), Catroina Morris (8.03), Anna Topping (8.08), Naoise McCormick (8.20), Jane O’Hara (9.44), Orla Magee (10.09), Alicia Whyte McGivern (10.16) and Gabrielle Thompson (10.21).
For the boys, the Harriers’ Fionn Nagle was first across the line in fifth, timing 5.38, while Luke Kelly was seventh in 5.42. Next in were Patrick McShane (6.32), Daniel Kelly (6.37), Conor Sheridan (6.52), Brendan McCambridge (7.02), Tiarnan McCormick (7.08), Adam Thompson (7.14), Patrick Willis (7.26), Caolan McCormick (8.05), Matthew Horan (8.31), Niall Kerr (9.03) and James Bryan (9.14).
Marty Rea Wins Titanic 50K
Also on Sunday, Marty Rea turned back all-comers in the Titanic Quarter 50k, navigating a on-and-off road course from Ballywater to Belfast’s Titanic Quarter to post a quality time of 3.37.11, well clear of the second place finisher, unattached runner Mark Walker (3.41.21). The next Harrier home was Sean McShane, who was 15th in 4.53.16. Patrick McShane was third in the accompanying 25k event, timing 1.59.54.
Claire Connor Wins Diamond Dental 5k
At the Diamond Dental 5k in Cookstown on Saturday, Claire Connor ran away with the women’s title, clocking 18.41 and finishing in the sixth position overall.
Breege Connolly competed in the elite women’s field at Sunday’s Great North Run in Newcastle, finishing 15th in 79.52.
In Dingle on Saturday, Ciaran Browne conquered the mountainous Dingle Marathon, running 4.06. Andrew Harding completed the accompanying half in 1.39.
At the Titanic Sprint Triathlon on Sunday, Paul McAllister claimed the third spot.
At the Police Service College 6-mile race in Millisle on Wednesday evening, Paul Jenkins (40.27) and Joe Drain (41.05) had solid efforts.
At the Parkruns on Saturday, Patrick McShane and Conor O’Rawe bagged their 50th in the Waterworks. Eimear McBrien set a PB at the same event, clocking 23.06.
67th Colin SIMPSON 24:20
54th Mark SHIELDS 23:21
3rd John LAVERY 20:29
6th Claire PRENTER 20:43
32nd Ciaran HUNTER 24:00
38th Philip Patrick DONNELLY 25:01
62nd Jim CLINTON 27:58
2nd Niall GEEHAN 18:46
4th Robert IRVINE 19:34
5th Harry BREWSTER 20:08
2nd Tony MC CAMBRIDGE 18:35
6th Thomas REID 19:41
8th Andrew MILLIGAN 19:55
10th John MCGUIGAN 20:25
14th Greg MCCLURE 20:44
17th John Gerard MURPHY 21:08
20th Patrick MCSHANE 21:42 – 50th Parkun
22nd Paul WILLIAMS 21:55
30th Tony REID 22:57
32nd Eimear MCBRIEN 23:06 – New PB
36th John Robert JOHNSTON 23:41
59th Niall ARMSTRONG 25:27
61st Conor O’RAWE 25:28 – 50th Parkun
69th Paul BRENNAN 26:00
71st Lynn MCCULLOUGH 26:04
75th John O’HARE 26:22
78th Marian HAYES 26:31
80th Drew KNOX 26:47
105th Adam THOMPSON 29:21
114th Margaret STEPHENS 30:29
116th Nuala MULDOON 30:33
117th Carla MULDOON 30:34
121st Frankey MCGIVERN 30:44
142nd Sandy CARR 32:25
143rd Heidi HOLLYWOOD 32:25
144th Kerry MCSHANE 32:44
145th Gabrielle MALLAGHAN 33:01
161st Paul MCALLISTER 35:25