Harriers Springing Up Everywhere, Weekly Round Up.
Spring is definitely in the air as the yellow vests of North Belfast Harriers brighten up races across the country with several athletes producing some golden performances.
Carmen 10k Road Race
On Saturday nearly two hundreds athletes turned out for the 6th annual running of the Carmen 10k road race in County Tyrone. Early morning condition were wet and windy, but by 11:00am the rain had stopped. The runners headed off into a strong wind for the first third of the race which was ran on a typical “rolling hills of Tyrone” undulating course. North Belfast Harrier Martin Cox finished 8th (2nd M50) in 38:16
Carlingford Half Marathon & 10k
On Saturday over 750 runners took part in the Carlingford Half Marathon & 10k in aid of St. Brigids Special School in Dundalk. The races started and finished in the picturesque village of Carlingford and took in the beautiful surrounds of the Cooley peninsula. Starting into a headwind and with an undulating climb for the first 5k North Belfast Harrier Kent Swann set the early pace. By halfway Kent was in a leading pack of three who were now well clear of the chasing field. The North Belfast runner clearly had the top podium place in mind and with the wind on his back forced the pace to finish line in Carlingford breaking the tape in 01:17:26, two minutes clear of 2nd place. Several other Harriers also took on the early season half marathon. Simon Reeve finished in 17th place 01:24:20, in 26th Gerard Mcnamara ran 01:26:09 and just missing out on a podium in the Ladies race Roisin Hughes was 47th overall in 01:29:38. Following Roisin in 48th was Colin Simpson with 01:29:45 and Mark Shields 01:29:47 for 50th; 93rd overall was Athanasia Sevastaki in 01:36:33. Just outside the top 100 were Andrew Harding 103rd 01:37:55, and in 108th place Jack Carberry ran a PB 01:38:33. In the 10k event, Ray Cameron ran 00:43:37 for 20th place.
Slieve Gullion Mountain Race
Saturday also saw the start of the 2015 NIMRA (Northern Ireland Mountain Running Association) season, which began with the Slieve Gullion Mountain Race. A short course of approximately 3.9 miles, with 340 metres of ascent, was covered in mist that even the gusting winds couldn’t shift. After a strong cross-country season Neil Carty returned to the hills to claim a solid 2nd place decending from the three summit checkpoints in 33:28.
Gaelforce Mountain Run
Also out on the hills on Saturday, three Harriers went into the west to undertake the inaugural Gaelforce Mountain Run. In the long event of 22km across three Maaumturk peaks with over 4000ft of ascent Sharon Bird Trimble took 1st place in the Ladies race. Sharon finished 19th overall in 2:01:03 just behind fellow Harrier Marty Rea 1:56:20 for 18th place. Gareth Grew also took on the challenging course and finished in 2:12:13 for 32nd overall.
Irish Schools XC Championships
North Belfast Harrier Conal McCambridge continued an impressive cross-country season finishing 18th in the All-Ireland Irish Schools XC Championships on Saturday. In the Minor Girls event, Rebecca Wallace finished 29th and in the Junior Boys Tony McCambridge placed 22nd. Both had great runs in very competitive fields.
Albertville 5 mile Road Race 2015
On Saturday afternoon, a blustery Duncrue Industrial Estate on the shores of Belfast Lough was the setting for the 23rd annual running of Albertville 5 mile road race. A squad of at least a dozen Harriers were on the start line on this fast and flat course. Cathy McCourt ran a sub 30 minutes to convincingly take the top place on the Ladies podium in 29:38. Trisha Campbell ran sub 35 in 34:12 and Sarah – Jane McFadden also ran 34:23 for 14th place. Carol Clarke ran 39:37. Finishing just ahead of Sarah-Jane with the same time Piaras McShane claimed Under-18 MJ 1st place.
Photographs from NI Running
In the highly competitive Men’s race, John Black led home the contingent of North Belfast Harriers finishing in 6th place with 26:50. Also finishing sub 30 minutes were Brendan Grew 9th in 27:07, 18th Michael Fitzpatrick 28:42, 21st David Clarke 29:02 and 24th Paul Horan 29:20. Not too far behind, more Harriers were soon crossing the finish line. In 31st with 30:02 was Laurence Johnston and in 35th Paul Curley 30:29 with Rory Kane 36th 30:36. Stephen Walker was 41st 31:06, Joe Norney 48th 31:24and in 54th Philip Donnelly 31:44
Addiction NI 10k
Sunday lunchtime saw a large number of athletes turned out in support of the annual Addiction NI 10k road race, an event which took place within the vicinity of Ormeau Park. North Belfast Harriers John McGuigan 3rd in 36:43 and 52nd Gary Blythe 47:00 ran well on the two and a half lap course.
The Finchley 20
Over in Ruislip on Sunday, Greg McClure took part in The Finchley 20 Mile road race. An event that has been running since 1933, Greg ran the 4 x 5 mile laps in 2:24:24
Meath Spring Half Marathon
In Bohermeen on Sunday, Thomas Simmons finished 39th in 1:21:15
Congratulations to Jim Clinton on his 200th parkrun, which he celebrated at Waterworks on Saturday.
1st John Gerard MURPHY 19:44
1st Nat GLENN 18:14
63rd Eva KISSENPFENNIG 23:27
28th Claire DONNELLY 23:46
34th Ciaran HUNTER 24:33
6th Nuala MULDOON 23:20 – New PB
2nd John MCCONNELL 19:32
4th Gerry GRIBBON 19:40
5th Penny LINDSAY 19:58
6th Paul MCALLISTER 19:59
7th Luke KELLY 20:00
11th Janice PLUMB 20:16
18th Fionn NAGLE 21:13 – New PB
23rd Lauren COX 21:26 – New PB
28th Jim CLINTON 21:48 – 200th parkrun
32nd Gary BLYTHE 22:05
36th Ita MCCAMBRIDGE 22:25
37th Tony REID 22:26
51st Paul BRENNAN 23:11
76th John O’HARE 25:42
77th John Robert JOHNSTON 25:43
81st John GRIBBIN 25:51
93rd Catherine MCNICHOLL 26:17
115th Eadaoin DONALDSON 28:01 – 50th parkun
135th Margaret STEPHENS 29:13
141st Martine MCNICHOLL 29:41 – New PB
142nd Gillian RUSSELL 29:41
156th Frankey MCGIVERN 31:06
175th Bernadette DUFFY 32:35
14th Matt SHIELDS 19:50
27th Damien GILL 21:26
Greg McClure 20:47