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Ladies prefer Gold to Grey: Weekly Roundup

Ladies prefer Gold to Grey: Weekly Roundup

Harriers Secure Several Shades of Success at the NI & Ulster Senior XC Champs

The Northern Ireland and Ulster Senior Cross Country Championships took centre stage as the main event for this Valentine’s weekend running. North Belfast Harriers were well represented in both the Ladies and Men’s races with hopes for individual and team success. This year’s venue for the Championships was Lurgan Park and featured a 2k lap that looped and undulated through Ireland’s second largest public park. The rain that fell on Friday softened up the ground to add to the challenge but as race time arrived on Saturday lunchtime, the athletes were greeted with ideal running conditions.

At 1:30pm eight Harriers took to the starting line of the 6k Ladies race to undertake 3 laps of the course. In pursuing podium places, North Belfast had several runners at the front in the leading pack and were backed up in the team competition by the rest of the squad ensuring a comfortable victory against the other clubs. With the 120 athletes racing around the course, Breege Connolly had moved into second place by halfway and in a fast final lap had closed the gap on the leading runner. Finishing in 21:14, Breege took 2nd and the silver medal. Cathy McCourt 22:15 had also secured her 4th place finish ahead of the battle that Lousie Smith was having for 5th. In a close finish Louise was just a second off a top 5 spot with 22:35 for 6th place. Claire Connor was the next Harrier to cross the line in 7th place in 22:50 which impressively placed four Harriers at the top of the results list. Penny Lindsay and Janice Plumb soon made that six Harriers in the top 25 with Penny finishing in 24:28 (21st) and Janice 24:31 (22nd). Helen Weir and Sarah-Jane McFadden also helped to elevate the team score by finishing in 25:35 and 25:45 respectively. The 33rd place for Helen and 36th for Sarah-Jane helped to take points away from other teams and when all was counted the North Belfast Harriers Ladies were over 25 points clear in taking Team Gold.

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Six laps of the course for 12k of Cross Country awaited the ten Harriers entered into the Men’s race. As with the Ladies race, it would take some strong performances and determined racing to claim any silverware from the very competitive field that lined up in both the individual and team competition. After a very fast, adrenaline fuelled start; a huge lead group had developed and were still together going into the 2nd lap. At the front, the pace was relentless and as the athletes spread out along the course, the athletes of North Belfast Harriers were having their own individual races within a race. The most obvious of these was Mark McKinstry who by lap four was in a stride for stride, shoulder to shoulder duel for second place. Coming into the final lap the struggle for the two remaining podium places continued between Mark and his rival who were now both being chased down by Alan O’Hara. In the race for a top 5 finish Mark powered across the line to a well-deserved and hard earned silver in 38:09 for 2nd place. Alan took 5th spot in 38:35 and was closely followed by Andrew Annett in 38:55 to take a closely contest 7th place. Eamonn White took 13th place by a fraction of a second in 39:33 and Andrew Considine had two seconds to spare claiming 18th in 40:05. Neil Carty and Thomas Simmons made it seven Harriers in the top 35 places, crossing the line in 41:59 and 42:01 for 33rd and 34th place respectively. They were followed by Greg Lavery 40th 42:29, Kent Swann 45th 43:12 and Greg McClure 102nd 50:14. In the Men’s Team Competition, the Harriers were able to celebrate a Silver Medal for the NI & Ulster Senior Champs.

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parkrun Results

Nearly 50 Harriers took part in a St. Valentine’s Day Saturday morning parkrun; and their love for parkrunning was rewarded with 14 PBs and a 50th parkrun achieved before 10am.

29th David MURRAY 22:17 – New PB 
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6th Sean MCSHANE 19:00 – New PB
199th Kerry MCSHANE 31:32
2nd Andrew MILLIGAN 18:24 – New PB
3rd Drew KNOX 19:24 – New PB
5th Mark MCALLISTER 20:05
2nd John BLACK 16:55 – New PB
3rd Martin REA 17:17 – New PB
15th Mark SHIELDS 19:37
53rd Eva KISSENPFENNIG 22:51
55th Athanasia SEVASTAKI 22:56
60th Marc JENNINGS 23:07
114th Sandy CARR 25:55 – New PB
177th Drew CRAWFORD 29:15
10th Eoin MCQUILLAN 20:15
29th Ciaran HUNTER 23:22
33rd Jim CLINTON 23:36
3rd Ray CAMERON 21:01 – New PB
10th Nuala MULDOON 24:32
1st John MCCONNELL 19:09
1st Michael FITZPATRICK 17:34
2nd Paul MCALLISTER 18:09
5th Martin COX 18:47 – New PB
8th John Gerard MURPHY 19:52
9th Gerry GRIBBON 19:52
13th Greg MCCLURE 20:12
15th Luke KELLY 20:28 – New PB
22nd Piaras MCSHANE 21:10
28th Jack CARBERRY 21:47
37th Tony REID 22:11
39th Siobhan DRAIN 22:21 – New PB
40th Joe DRAIN 22:22
41st Ita MCCAMBRIDGE 22:27
42nd Lauren COX 22:30 – New PB
43rd Matt SHIELDS 22:34
48th Eimear MCBRIEN 22:51
49th Gary BLYTHE 22:56
50th Cian MCGRATH 22:57
55th Eamon SHERIDAN 23:09
60th Paul BRENNAN 23:39
76th Niall ARMSTRONG 24:59
103rd Jackie MCCREESH 26:58 – 50th Parkun
106th John O’HARE 27:04
110th Eadaoin DONALDSON 27:23 – New PB
112nd Gabrielle MALLAGHAN 27:25 – New PB
127th Thomas MCKINSTRY 28:06
145th Philomena DONALDSON 29:16
156th Gillian RUSSELL 30:23
167th Margaret STEPHENS 30:47