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Armagh International Road Races – Personal Bests in 5 km

11006454_10206045599396707_115028646016991380_nThe big event this week was the Armagh International festival of road races, with a number of Harriers taking part and posting fast times over the 5km and 3km distances on Thursday evening. Following last weekend’s Northern Ireland & Ulster Senior cross country championships, there were only a few races over the weekend.

Armagh International Road Races 

In the international men’s 5 km, all three athletes competing achieved personal bests. Andrew Annett paced the club home, clocking 15.10 to finish 63rd in a highly competitive field. Under-20 athlete Conal McCambridge timed 15.48, while Kent Swann improved his best to 16.27.

In the international women’s 3 km, Claire Connor led the way with a 10.27 clocking, finishing 22nd claireconnorarmaghoverall. Cathy McCourt was next, placing 24th in 10.34 (an Irish V40 road 3 km record), while Louise Smith timed 11.03. (Photo of Claire Connor by John Glover.)

In the men’s 3 km, Paul Elliott finished first in the V60 category in 10.29. Several junior athletes also took part, including Conleth Conway (13.39), Piaras McShane (12.02.49), Odhran Catney (11.56.99)and Dominique McAllister (12.42.94).

coxarmaghThe results from the dedicated junior races are not yet available, but the Harriers had three athletes crack the top ten in their divisions: Lauren Cox, Sean Nielan and Kelvin Kearney. Other competitors included Fionn and Senan Nagle, Niall Kerr, Bryanna Catney, Brendan McCambridge and Eimear McBrien. (Photo of Lauren Cox by John Glover.)

Ben Dearg 10km

In wet, blustery conditions Sunday at the Ben Dearg 10 km in Kilclief, Greg McClure secured first in the V55 category in 43.40. In the accompanying 5 km race, John McConnell placed second in 19.36.

St Aiden’s 10k

On Saturday athletes took on the second annual St Aidens 10k road race in Derrylin Co Fermanagh.

Conditions were tricky on Saturday morning with snow and ice, but by the 11.00am start the sun was shining, and roads were clear with near perfect conditions and a slight wind. North Belfast Harriers’ sole competitor in the race was Martin Cox.

Competition was tight at the front, but at the end Martin finished third overall with a time of 36m58s. This was a personal best, reducing his previous 10k PB by 1m4s.


At the Saturday morning parkruns, Andrew Milligan set a new personal best of 18.19 while finishing first in Carrickfergus. There were also parkrun PBs from John Gribbin (Victoria), Alicia Whyte-McGivern (Ormeau), Ray Cameron (Queen’s), and Nuala Muldoon (Valley).

Belfast Victoria 
69th Helen F WEIR 23:08
119th John GRIBBIN 25:12 – New PB
1st Andrew MILLIGAN 18:19 – New PB 

20th Callum MCILROY 23:53
9th Mark SHIELDS 19:27
26th Athanasia SEVASTAKI 21:35
41st Eva KISSENPFENNIG 22:29
231st Frankey MCGIVERN 48:13
232nd Alicia WHYTE-MCGIVERN 48:16 – New PB
10th Ray CAMERON 20:08 – New PB

25th Damien GILL 21:22
30th Philip Patrick DONNELLY 22:15
32nd Jim CLINTON 22:42
38th Ciaran HUNTER 23:26
45th John LAVERY 24:04
13th Nuala MULDOON 24:17 – New PB
3rd John MCGUIGAN 17:57
5th Paul CURLEY 19:07
6th Paul MCALLISTER 19:12
8th John Gerard MURPHY 19:36
9th Simon REEVE 20:08
12th Gerry GRIBBON 20:25
17th Greg MCCLURE 21:11
21st Fionn NAGLE 21:32
27th Luke KELLY 22:22
30th Jack CARBERRY 22:32
31st Gary BLYTHE 22:38
32nd Siobhan DRAIN 22:45
33rd Tony REID 22:48
34th Ita MCCAMBRIDGE 23:02
35th Paddy MCCAMBRIDGE 23:03
46th Cian MCGRATH 23:58
58th Matt SHIELDS 25:02
59th Conal MCCAMBRIDGE 25:03
65th Conor O’RAWE 26:02
66th Eamon SHERIDAN 26:03
87th John O’HARE 27:52
88th Thomas MCKINSTRY 27:52
93rd Jackie MCCREESH 28:08
94th Eadaoin DONALDSON 28:09
99th Philomena DONALDSON 28:28
100th Sandy CARR 28:29
101st Gabrielle MALLAGHAN 28:31
109th Clare O’HARA 29:14
128th Margaret STEPHENS 30:27
142nd Bernadette DUFFY 31:41