It was a great day for the Harriers at Saturday’s Larne Half Marathon, with 44 athletes completing the course, many setting personal bests or scooping age group prizes. These excellent performances bode well for all club members planning a spring marathon. Calm, bright conditions made it a perfect day as more than 2,000 runners took part.
Breege Connolly set the pace by leading home the women’s field, running a personal best of 1.16.19 and setting a new course record as the women’s team took top honours. She was ninth overall in the race. The other scorers on the women’s team were Roisin Hughes (1.28.25) and Penny Lindsay (1.30.19), who carved six minutes off her previous personal best. They were supported by Janice Plumb, who ran a personal best of 1.33.41, Athanasia Sevastaki (1.35.13), Ita McCambridge (1.42.49), Ruth Murphy (1.57.04), Donna McLaughlin (1.57.04), Coleen Thompson (2.11.24), Gail Mallaghan (a personal best of 2.13.36), Orla McCambridge (2.17.20), Nuala Connolly (2.18.50), Margaret Stephens (2.19.18), Frankey McGivern (2.19.37), and Jansje LeMahieu-Lamb (2.33.30).
The Harriers’ top man was Brendan Grew, who set a personal best of 1.13.53 to finish sixth overall. Next home was Kent Swann, clocking a personal best of 1.17.21 They were supported by Paul McAllister (1.19.51), David Clarke (1.20.21), Martin Rea (1.21.18), Simon Reeve (1.21.39), Martin Cox (1.23.45) and Rory Kane (1.23.46) – all well within the top 50.
North Belfast received further strong showings from Joe Norney (a personal best of 1.27.07), Gerry Gribbon (1.28.37), Colin Simpson (1.29.03), Mark Shields (1.29.01), Paul Curley (1.29.06), John McConnell (1.29.33), Greg McClure (1.29.43), Sean McShane (1.32.26), John Murphy (1.32.45), Ray Cameron (1.33.25), David Woodhouse (1.36.02), Paul Williams (1.36.50), Patrick McShane (1.37.18), Andrew Harding (a personal best of 1.37.35), Peter McClelland (1.37.42), Jack Carberry (1.38.25), Paddy McCambridge (a personal best of 1.39.23), Jason Reid (1.46.12), Eamon Sheridan (1.49.04), Conor Sheridan (1.50.39), Thomas McKinstry (1.53.29), and John Johnston (1.53.09).
There was also a relay event, and the Harriers mixed team of Greg Lavery, Nat Glenn and Claire Connor took first in 1.17.37.
Photo of Breege Connolly and photo of Greg McClure & Gerry Gribbon) from nirunning.co.uk
St Patrick’s Day Craic 10k – Conal McCambridge second in Personal Best
Belfast city centre hosted a new 10k race on St Patrick’s Day, and once again the club was out in force. Under-20 athlete Conal McCambridge showed his class, finishing second to established local star Ed McGinley (Annadale Striders) in a personal best of 34.24.
Next home for the Harriers was Stephen Walker (36.46) in 11th, followed by John McConnell (39.12), Mark Shields (40.03), Joe Drain (42.06), Patrick McShane (42.45), Paul Williams (43.02), Andrew Harding (a personal best of 43.39 by 2 minutes), Sarah-Jane McFadden (a personal best of 43.46), Jim Clinton (44.14) Jack Carberry (44.15), John Murphy (48.35), Conor O’Rawe (48.50), Paul Brennan (50.35), Thomas McKinstry (52.33), John O’Hare (53.12), Clare Holmes (a personal best of 54.26), Nuala McMahon (56.10), Erin Wallace (58.57), Lynn McCullough (1.01.35), John Burns (1.03.35), Clare O’Hara (1.01.55), Marian Hayes (1.04.19), Bernadette Duffy (1.04.50), Nuala Mahon (1.04.50), Catherine Kerr (1.07.11), Nuala Connolly (1.14.36), and Denise Rooney (1.14.47).
Tommy Simmons Sets Personal Best at Rome Marathon
At Sunday’s Rome Marathon, Tommy Simmons produced a great run, shaving six minutes off his personal best to finish in 2.48.
Wicklow Way 25km
At Saturday’s Wicklow Way 25 km Trail Race, Helen Weir skilfully traversed the hilly route through the Wicklow Mountains en route to another solid off-road performance, clocking 2.30.46.
British Master’s Cross Country
Three Harriers took part in the British Master’s Cross country on 14 March in Ruithin, Wales. Laurence Johnston finished 8th in the V55 category in 34.11, John Patience was 20th in the V55 category in 36.51, and Jim Newberry collected 16th in the V60 division in 38.06.
Parkruns – Nuala Muldoon Runs 100th
Despite the club’s heavy participation in the Larne Half, a number of athletes turned out for the regular Saturday morning Parkruns. At the Waterworks, Nuala Muldoon completed her 100th Parkrun, while there were seven new personal bests at various courses. (Photo of Nuala Muldoon by Mark Ramsey).
1st Conor CURRAN 16:15 – New PB
2nd John BLACK 16:15 – New PB
1st Simon REEVE 19:00 – New PB
15th Carol CLARKE 24:38 – New PB
175th Drew CRAWFORD 28:37
14th Damien GILL 21:27
16th Philip Patrick DONNELLY 21:50
34th Ciaran HUNTER 24:52
6th James WALLACE 18:45
1st Tony MC CAMBRIDGE 17:59
4th Tony MCNULTY 18:57
7th Luke KELLY 19:49 – New PB
20th Conor O’RAWE 21:15
25th Lauren COX 21:40
31st Gary BLYTHE 22:09
32nd Tony REID 22:11
33rd Niall ARMSTRONG 22:28
36th Paul BRENNAN 22:49
37th Eimear MCBRIEN 22:52
44th Aaron MCCANN 23:18 – New PB
50th Nuala MULDOON 23:36 – 100th Parkun
56th Callum MCILROY 24:06
74th John O’HARE 24:58
75th John BURNS 25:03
76th Steven THOMPSON 25:04
98th John GRIBBIN 26:30
113rd Clare O’HARA 27:32
140th Gillian RUSSELL 28:49 – New PB
163rd Paul O’HARA 30:41
165th Bernadette DUFFY 30:48
Pollock Parkrun, Glasgow
Jim Clinton, 22.17