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A One Two In Belfast

It was another big weekend of sport in Belfast this week after the Laganside 10k and the Carl Frampton fight last weekend. This week’s main event was the Belfast Half marathon. The race, now into its second year attracted a large field of over 3800 with some great local talent on display throughout the city. Being the local half marathon event the Harriers saturated the field with runners.

After a delayed start, the race got underway and from the off Gladys Ganiel led the way in the female race. Things in second place were not so straight forward with Louise Smith battling against unattached runner Heather Foley.  Gladys who was aiming for marathon pace throughout, paced herself well to finish in first place in 1:19:15 setting a new course record on an arguably tougher course than last year. Louise put in a great second half performance to finish in second place hitting home with a strong one two for the Club, which even Carl Frampton would have been proud of.

belfasthalfpodiumIn the men’s race there was a great depth of talent and some good packing at the top end of the field. First over the line for the men was  Eddie Cooke in 7th position in 1:15:02, followed by Brendan Grew with a rare half marathon outing and a PB finish of 9th in 16:03. Neil Carty made it three in the top ten with a a tenth place finish in 1:16:07. Thomas Simmons put in another strong performance in his first year with the club completing the course in 1:16:19 for 12th position followed by Paul Blaney in 16th position in 1:18:02.

eddiebelfasthalfJim Benson was next for to cross the line in 34th in 1:20:54 followed directly by John Black in 35th in 1:21:15,  John McGuigan in 46th in 1:22:15, Gerard McNamara in 81st, 1:25:07, Rory Kane in 95th in 1:25:48. Simon Reeve was next in 118th in 1:26:59 followed by Joe Norney in 127th in 1:27:29 (PB), Gerry Gribbon in 137th in 1:27:46 (PB), Colin Simpson in 162nd in 1:28:37, Martin Rea in 165th in 1:28:47 (Pacing), Greg McClure in 176th in 1:29:04, Joe Drain in 259th in 1:32:48, Patrick McShane in 312th in 1:34:38, Paul Curley in 327th in 1:35:05, Andrew Harding 413th in 1:37:46.

Jack Carberry continues to show age is no barrier with a new PB and a first place finish in the M70 category with a 559th place finish overall and a time of 1:40:48. Jack was followed by Marc Jennings in 574th in 1:39:23, Patrick McCambridge in 575th in 1:41:10, Ita McCambridge in 583rd in 1:43:21 (3rd F50), Sarah Jane McFadden in 715th in 1:42:09, Stephen Stewart in 723rd in 1:42:16, Stephen Walker in 793rd in 1:43:53 (Pacing), Lynn McCullough in 830th in 1:45:34, Jason Reid in 1;47:45 (PB), Siobhan Drain in 989th in 1:48:38, John Johnston in 1220th in 1:49:46, Emma Sheehy in 1156th in 1:150:19 (PB), Maeve McCambridge in 1319th in 1:54:52, Thomas McKinstry in 1666th in 1:59:01, Mary Reid in 1818th in 2:02:16, Sandy Carr in 2070th in 2:05:22, Kerry McShane in 2116th in 2:06:14 (PB), Paul Brennan in 2315th in 2:09:59, Maran Hayes in 2688th in 2:19:59, Nuala Connolly in 2714th in 2:21:11 (PB), Coleen Thompson in 2782nd in 2:23:34, Nora Curran in 2842nd in 2:26:51, Steven Thompson in 2978 in 2:38:55, Gabrielle Mallaghan in 2980th in 2:38:49, Clare Holmes in 3025th in 2:43:07 and Padraigin Bingeam in 3051th in 2:47:11.

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Run The Bann

On Thursday Mark McKinstry topped the podium once again in Run The Bann 5km road race in Portglenone. Mark was joined at the top by Claire Connor who has also had a lot of success securing podium positions this year. Mark finished the course in a time of 15:46 with Claire Connor finishing in 19:29. Tommy Hughes and  Jason Reid also took part completing the course in a time of 17:47 in 10th and 22:01 59th position respectively.

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 (Photo from NiRuning)

Coleraine 5 mile

On Wednesday Tommy Hughes returned to competition by taking part in the inaugural Coleraine 5 mile road race. Tommy finished the course in 29:06 enough to secure 3rd place.

Fallows NIMRA

The last race of a long season in the NIMRA championship took place on Saturday with the Fallows course. Simon Reeve was the sole Harrier representing the club and finished in 8th position in 1:30:15.

Loughshore 10k

Also on Saturday the Loughshore 10k took place. Connor Magill who is returning from injury  finished the race in top position with a time of 33:29.

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Antrim

34th David MURRAY 23:50 
43rd Ray CAMERON 24:54 

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11th Mark SHIELDS 19:45 
25th Patrick MCSHANE 21:00 
26th Sean MCSHANE JR 21:00 
102nd Sandy CARR 26:33 
103rd Kerry MCSHANE 26:34 

Falls 

40th Jim CLINTON 30:10 

Larne 

6th Stuart SCOTT 21:27

Ormeau 

120th Marc JENNINGS 30:03 

Queens 

23rd Philip Patrick DONNELLY 59:59 
25th Ciaran HUNTER 59:59 

Valley 

6th Harry BREWSTER 20:02 
7th Gerry GRIBBON 20:05 
22nd Paul MURPHY 25:00

Wallace 

1st John MCCONNELL 19:39 

Waterworks 

1st Conal MCCAMBRIDGE 17:20 
3rd Drew KNOX 19:05 
4th Andrew MILLIGAN 19:10 – New PB 
5th John Gerard MURPHY 19:32 
18th Paul WILLIAMS 21:14 
31st Tony REID 22:22 
35th Eimear MCBRIEN 23:05 – New PB 
50th Niall ARMSTRONG 24:24 
51st Greg MCCLURE 24:39 
76th Paul BRENNAN 27:05 
78th Conor O’RAWE 27:06 
79th Eamon SHERIDAN 27:07 
81st John O’HARE 27:13 
86th Clare O’HARA 28:10 
91st Thomas MCKINSTRY 28:41 
103rd Margaret STEPHENS 30:03 
112nd Caoilainn CURRAN 30:44 
114th John BURNS 30:46 
123rd Nuala MULDOON 32:08 
128th Gabrielle MALLAGHAN 32:58 
138th Tina HAGGAN 34:57 
139th Aaron MCCANN 34:57 

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5th Matt SHIELDS 19:53