This week’s round-up is dominated by the success of NBH in both the Senior Men’s and the Masters Men’s races, with success also in the Ladies Seniors. In the beautiful Victoria park in the Seniors 4 x 3,380m, Adam Boyd took the first leg of the race, sticking close to the leader and handing over to Mark McKinstry in second place. Mark handed over to Conal McCambridge, who held his own after a great surge from Willowfield and it was neck and neck at the changeover for the fourth leg. Andrew Annett, taking the final leg, showed his class and broke free, surging home for a time of 41.08, 27 seconds clear of second place, and a great win for North’s men.
In the Masters Men’s, Conor Curran led NBH off at a blistering pace, keeping well ahead of the chasing pack. Neil Carty and Nat Glenn took second and third legs, keeping the team well ahead throughout the whole race. The places changed frequently behind the leaders, but Alan O’Hara kept strong in the final leg and the Masters retained their title in a time of 43.05, winning the gold again.
In the Senior Ladies, the race was more open and the places changed all the way to the tape, with Cathy McCourt taking the anchor leg and coming in to grab third spot on the podium for the North Belfast ladies in a time of 38.20.
The inaugural Titanic Runher got off to a blustery start at Titanic Quarter on Sunday afternoon. There were over 950 women taking part in the latest in the well-loved Runher series, but this was the first flat course to be run. From the beginning, Louise Smith and Cathy McCourt were in respectively second and third places and that is the way things stayed. The course took in part of Victoria Park’s parkrun after kicking off opposite the Titanic centre and running through a mainly industrial estate. Louise. following on from her recent good from, came in in an impressive 38.20 for second spot, followed by Cathy in 41.08 for third place. Other runners were: Ita McCambridge 47.23, Lynn McCullough 50.47, Donna McLaughlin 52.26, Mary Reid 55.17, Marian Hayes 56.26, Clare Holmes 55.57,Gabrielle Mallaghan 59.45, Clare O’Hara 1.00.41, Philomena Donaldson 1.00.34, Kerry McShane 1.06.04, Nuala Mahon 1.06.11, Bernadette Duffy 1.06.18, Eadaoin Donaldson 1.10.30.
Galway Half Marathon and Valley 5k Challenge
Darryl Blair finished an impressive 4th in the Galway Half, just missing out on a podium spot in a time of 1.15.20. In Race 1 of the Valley 5k Series, Adam Boyd showed the great form he is in and won in a time of 18.07, a great week for Adam
parkrun results. None as yet, will update