North Belfast Harriers rolled to victories in both the men’s and women’s division of the ever-popular Seeley Cup 10k in Ormeau Park in Belfast on Saturday, with good all-around efforts from everyone who took part. A sell-out crowd of 1,000 athletes turned out to test themselves in one of the year’s most hotly-contested races, where the overall winners were Commonwealth Games athletes Paul Pollock of Annadale and Kerry O’Flaherty of Newcastle.
The women’s team defended their Seeley title with an entirely different set of scorers from last year’s winning squad. They were led home by V40 athlete Louise Smith, who claimed second overall in the race in 37.21. She was joined in the scoring by two V45 athletes, Penny Lindsay, who clocked a personal best of 41.27; and Janice Plumb, who also set a personal best in 42.52.
In the men’s race it was six to score and the Harriers got well-balanced efforts from a number of club stalwarts to also defend their cup win from last year. Adam Boyd led the way with a fifth place finish in 32.10, followed closely by Alan O’Hara (6th and first V35) in 32.14. Next in was Eamon White (13th and second V45) in 32.55 and Andrew Annett (14th in 33.00). Mark McKinstry (16th in 33.07) and Conor Curran (18th in 33.15 and second V35) rounded out the scoring.
The Harriers got further solid performances from Andrew Considine (21st, 33.25), Neil Carty (27th, 33.59), Ed Cooke (34th, 34.33) and John Black (35th, 34.34). They were followed by Paul McAllister (35.53), Paul Horan (36.18), Michael Fitzpatrick (36.21), Conor Shiels (37.40, personal best), Joe Norney (38.02, personal best), Philip Donnelly (38.25, personal best), Drew Knox (38.44), Nick Irvine (39.22), John Murphy (39.58), Colin Simpson (40.22), Joseph Drain (40.29), Greg McClure (40.33), John McConnell (40.56), Alex Davidson (40.57), Stuarty Scott (41.06), Paul Elliott (42.10), Peter McClellan (44.14), Jack Carberry (2nd V70, 44.25), Thelma McCullough (47.30), John Johnston (50.21), Thomas McKinstry (53.47, personal best), Drew Crawford (1st V75, 59.20), and Padraigin Bingeam (1.13).
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Run the Line, Dublin Mountains
Two Harriers travelled south to take part in the Run the Line long and short course mountain races in aid of the Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team. Simon Reeve finished 27th in the long course in 2.34.30 (26 km, with an elevation gain of 1000m), while Sandy Carr ran the short course (11 km) in 1.49.12.
Others took part in Saturday’s Parkruns, with Stephen Thomas bagging his 50th parkrun at the Waterworks and four North Belfast athletes – Ray Cameron, Peter Morrison, Andrew Milligan and Paul Brennan – setting personal bests.
7th Ray CAMERON 19:45 – New PB
2nd Connor Ashley MCQUILLAN 18:11
33rd Jim CLINTON 30:13
1st Nat GLENN 18:54
2nd Peter MORRISON 18:17 – New PB
15th Helen F WEIR 21:00
20th Ciaran HUNTER 21:33
31st Damien GILL 23:40
52nd John LAVERY 26:52
1st Niall GEEHAN 19:04
11th Nuala MULDOON 24:28
1st Cathy MCCOURT 19:21
1st Tony MC CAMBRIDGE 17:55
2nd Andrew MILLIGAN 18:01 – New PB
3rd Paul CURLEY 18:51
7th Gerry GRIBBON 19:31
16th Greg MCCLURE 21:02
17th Paul WILLIAMS 21:25
21st Niall ARMSTRONG 21:44
24th Eamon SHERIDAN 21:52
34th Tony REID 22:23
39th Paul BRENNAN 22:52 – New PB
40th Eimear MCBRIEN 22:57
61st John GRIBBIN 24:04
86th Steven THOMPSON 26:21 – 50th Parkun
89th Marian HAYES 26:38
96th John O’HARE 26:55
113rd Philomena DONALDSON 28:11
124th Thomas MCKINSTRY 28:57
134th Margaret STEPHENS 30:09
137th Catherine MCNICHOLL 30:14
146th Bernadette DUFFY 31:08
176th Kerrie THOMPSON 37:31
178th Jansje LE MAHIEU – LAMB 37:35
(Action shots by Gareth Heron on nirunning.co.uk)