North Belfast Harriers’ local Parkrun at the Waterworks celebrated its fourth birthday on Saturday 1 November. Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon was on hand to present the awards for the prize category winners over the last year, before completing the course herself in a new personal best (27.29). In the spirit of the Halloween season, a number of runners took part in fancy dress. All 254 runners were treated at the end of their labours with special birthday sweets in a marquee provided by Belfast City Council.
Among the Harriers, Paul McAllister led the field home with a new personal best of 17.29, while Colin Simpson chalked up his 100th Parkrun, timing 21.51. Other Harriers to post personal bests on the day were Thelma McCullough, Emma Sheehy, Erin Harding and Maria Murphy. The first woman home was Co Antrim Harriers’ Helen Collins (21.09)
Of course, Parkruns wouldn’t thrive without the volunteers. The volunteer crew at the Waterworks is exceptionally dedicated – and much appreciated by everyone in the local community who takes part.
Decathlon Half Marathon and 10k
The Harriers were well represented at the Decathlon Half Marathon and 10k in Belfast on Sunday. In breezy conditions, Conor Curran claimed second in the half in 1.15.30, one place ahead of Brendan Grew, who clocked 1.16.09.
There were two more NBH athletes in the top ten – V50 category competitors Martin Cox (1.28.34) and Gerry Gribbon (1.28.30), who were ninth and tenth, respectively.
In the 10k, Andrew Considine put in a quality effort to take second in 33.52, just nine seconds short of Willowfield winner Paul Rowan. Next home was Kent Swann in 36.53, good for fifth place. They were supported by John McConnell (22nd, 39.11) and John McGuigan (23rd, 39.18).
The cross country season continued on Saturday with the Springwell XC at the University of Ulster’s Coleraine campus. In the women’s three mile race, Cathy McCourt was NBH’s lone representative, finishing third in 19.26.
The men competed over five miles and Mark McKinstry continued his solid run of form, claiming fourth in 28.24. Andrew Annett (14th, 29.25) and John Black (36th, 31.01) were next over the line, followed by James Wallace (33.03), Conor Shiels (33.51) and Philip Donnelly (34.15).
Helen Weir Third at Sperrin Trail Run
In Davagh Forest on Saturday, trail specialist Helen Weir took the third spot on the podium in the first race of the Sperrin Winter Trail Series, clocking 47.40 on the challenging 10k circuit.
Teams for British and Irish Master’s International XC
Both Northern Ireland and Ireland have now named their teams for the British and Irish Master’s International cross country, which will be held on 22 November in Nottingham, featuring teams from England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
A number of NBH athletes have been selected for the teams, including:
V35: Philip Donnelly; V50: David Brady, James Wallace; V55: David Clarke, Laurence Johnston, John Patience; V60: Jim Newberry; V75: Drew Crawford
Women V40: Cathy McCourt; V40: Paul Blaney (reserve); V60: Paul Elliot
2nd Connor Ashley MCQUILLAN 18:11
8th Mark SHIELDS 20:06
1st Martin REA 18:05
2nd Michael FITZPATRICK 18:18
4th John MCCONNELL 19:28
1st Paul MCALLISTER 17:29 – New PB
2nd Tony MC CAMBRIDGE 17:50
6th Joe NORNEY 18:39
7th Drew KNOX 18:57
8th Andrew MILLIGAN 19:02
11th John Gerard MURPHY 19:39
16th Joe DRAIN 20:23
18th Francis MCCAFFREY 20:39
20th Greg MCCLURE 20:50
33rd Paul WILLIAMS 21:25
35th Conor O’RAWE 21:35
36th Patrick MCCAMBRIDGE 21:37
40th Luke KELLY 21:49
42nd Roisin HUGHES 21:51
44th Colin SIMPSON 21:51 – 100th Parkun
57th Niall ARMSTRONG 22:53
60th Ita MCCAMBRIDGE 23:00
62nd Thelma MCCULLOUGH 23:03 – New PB
63rd Jason REID 23:05
69th Tony REID 23:39
73rd Jim CLINTON 23:45
74th Emma SHEEHY 23:47 – New PB
82nd Siobhan DRAIN 24:02
84th Paul MURPHY 24:12
95th Lauren COX 24:32
96th Martin COX 24:32
97th Nuala MULDOON 24:33
101st Lynn MCCULLOUGH 25:09
102nd Simon REEVE 25:10
103rd Paul BRENNAN 25:10
112nd Paul CURLEY 25:31
121st Daniel KELLY 26:07
128th John BURNS 26:33
133rd Adam THOMPSON 27:03
151st Erin HARDING 28:14 – New PB
155th Andrew HARDING 28:23
156th Tina HAGGAN 28:26
171st Steven THOMPSON 29:24
173rd Margaret STEPHENS 29:26
180th Clare O’HARA 29:56
192nd Maria MURPHY 31:10 – New PB
254th Thomas MCKINSTRY 47:39
239th Sandy CARR 26:03 – New PB
The first ever Poppintree Parkrun took place in north Dublin on Saturday, with our own Parkrun Ireland director Matt Shields travelling for the occasion. He finished first in the event in 18.37.
Photos of Waterworks from Waterworks Parkrun facebook page. Photo of Springwell XC from Springwell facebook page.