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Weekend Roundup: Men Win Armagh Ten Miler and Comber Cup

10708638_841160412602644_4130909138649635654_oWith still, sunny and relatively warm conditions over the weekend, NBH excelled with the men winning the Comber Cup – the first race of the Northern Ireland and Ulster Cross Country League – as well as one of the autumn’s classic road races – the Armagh Ten Miler.

Comber Cup XC

andrewNBH struck early in the Northern Ireland and Ulster Cross Country League, emerging victorious in the first race of the season: Saturday’s Comber Cup, hosted by Ballydrain Harriers.

With the top four finishers accounting for the scoring, NBH was led home by Mark McKinstry, who placed third in 27.15. He was supported by Adam Boyd (6th in 27.36), Andrew Considine (13th in 28.15) and veteran Neil Carty (15th in 28.20).

League rules allow clubs to receive bonus points for having multiple finishers in each race, i.e. three points for six finishers, four points for eight finishers, and so on. NBH had eight finishers so will collect four extra points.

Those contributing to the bonus points were John Black (29.44), David Clarke (30.13), Laurence Johnston (30.25) and Greg McClure (36.39).

In the women’s event, Roisin Hughes was the lone representative for the club, performing well in her first cross country race since giving birth. She clocked 27.38 in a race won by North Down’s Rachel Gibson in 23.47.

There are nine races in the League. The next event is the Bobby Rea XC in Jordanstown on 25 October.

Armagh Ten Miler

In Armagh on Sunday, the team of Darryl Blair (3rd in 55.11), Conor Curran (6th in 55.55) and Thomas Simmons (9th in 57.48) scored 16 points to Armagh’s 18 to lift the team title. Armagh features a testing, hilly route yet always attracts a quality field.

Dundrum South Dublin’s Maria McCambridge smashed the women’s course record, clocking 55.16 to finish fourth overall, while Paul Barbour of Omagh was the top man in 53.41.

Stephen Walker (1.03.46), Sean McShane (1.04.41), Greg McClure (1.10.21) and Patrick McShane (1.13.23) also turned in solid performances for the men. Penny Lindsay was NBH’s sole female competitor, clocking 1.12.49.


At the Saturday Parkruns, ten Harriers set new personal bests. At the Waterworks, Paul McAllister ran 17.39 and finished first, leading home seven Harriers with personal bests. Marty Rea (17.34) was first in Ormeau and Martin Cox was second in the Falls (19.35).

23rd Andrew HARDING 21:34
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4th Edward COOKE 17:36
59th John Robert JOHNSTON 22:33 – New PB
182nd Drew CRAWFORD 28:56
5th Ray CAMERON 23:12
2nd Martin COX 19:35 – New PB
1st Martin REA 17:34 – New PB
12th Eoin MCQUILLAN 19:35
16th Claire DONNELLY 20:41
22nd Ciaran HUNTER 21:59
40th Damien GILL 23:56
2nd Harry BREWSTER 19:35
41st Maria MURPHY 33:05
3rd John MCCONNELL 19:11
8th John Gerard MURPHY 19:29
3rd Kent SWANN 17:47
5th Andrew MILLIGAN 18:27 – New PB
6th Gerry GRIBBON 19:02
8th Drew KNOX 19:10
15th Sean MCSHANE 20:17
16th Piaras MCSHANE 20:17 – New PB
17th Greg MCCLURE 20:20
19th Callum MCILROY 20:40
26th Paul WILLIAMS 21:04
28th Patrick MCCAMBRIDGE 21:13 – New PB
29th Jack CARBERRY 21:14 – New PB
36th Tony REID 22:00
39th Jim CLINTON 22:08
41st Eimear MCBRIEN 22:18 – New PB
45th Ita MCCAMBRIDGE 22:38
46th Patrick MCSHANE 22:46
61st Paul BRENNAN 23:31
65th Jason REID 24:01
82nd Steven THOMPSON 24:50
83rd John GRIBBIN 24:52
85th Nuala MULDOON 25:01
90th Lynn MCCULLOUGH 25:13
102nd Daniel KELLY 25:42
103rd John O’HARE 25:46  
139th Tina HAGGAN 28:02
150th Margaret STEPHENS 28:51
154th Frankey MCGIVERN 29:05
187th Kerry MCSHANE 32:12
189th Sandy CARR 32:14
190th Clare O’HARA 32:21

(Photos of the Comber Cup from the Springwell AC Facebook page)