The Harriers ran away with Northern Ireland and Ulster titles for the 5k road distance at the Queen’s 5k in Belfast on Wednesday evening 25 March, capturing both the men’s and women’s top prizes. The toughest competition for the men was another North Belfast team, which claimed the silver medal as well. Six-hundred and 55 runners took part in the popular event, which features laps between King’s Bridge and Ormeau Bridge.
The runners who scored for the men’s championship team were Alan O’Hara, who finished sixth overall and first in the V35 category in 15.31; Andrew Annett, 10th and second in the student category in 15.45; Conal McCambridge, 11th and first in the junior category in 15.48; and Mark McKinstry, 14th in 15.59.
The women’s championship team was led by Cathy McCourt, who was fifth overall and first in the V40 division in 17.42; Claire Connor, 11th and first in the V35 division in 18.16; Sarah-Jane McFadden, 20.00, and Tricia Campbell, 20.08. Every position counted as the women claimed the title with just one point to spare ahead of Springwell.
The men’s silver medal team consisted of Conor Curran, 17th and first the V40 category, Brendan Grew, 20th in 16.07, John Black, 21st in 16.07, and Neil Carty, 38th in 16.46.
Other category prize winners included Paul Horan, 2nd V40 in 16.58, John McGuigan, 3rd V40 in 17.05, David Clarke, 1st V55 in 17.38, Jim Newberry, 1st V60 in 19.28, and Jack Carberry, 1st V70 in 21.46.
They were all well supported by other club members, many who turned in fast times. These included more who finished under the 20:00 mark: Nat Glenn (17.02), Stephen Walker (17.26), James Wallace (18.02), Philip Donnelly (18.34), Mark Shields (18.42), John Murphy (19.19), Luke Kelly (19.33), and Colin Simpson (19.49).
Next were Greg McClure (20.04), Alex Davidson (20.13), Andrew Harding (20.42), Paul Williams (20.44), Peter McClelland (20.42), Lance Breen (20.36), Paula Wallace (21.52), Jason Reid (22.03), Ronan McIlvenny (22.30), Sandy Carr (24.48), John Burns (25.10), Thomas McKinstry (24.57), junior athlete Bryanna Catney (27.11), and Paula Logan (36.21).
Ormagh Half Marathon
The Harriers had another strong showing at the ever-popular Omagh Half Marathon on Saturday, led by Cathy McCourt and Louise Smith, who took second and third in the women’s race – and first and second in the V40 division as well. Cathy timed 1.20.12 while Louise finished in 1.21.51. A total of 1,921 athletes completed the half marathon, with more in the associated walk and fun run.
Leading the way for the men was Mark McKinstry, who was 10th overall in a personal best of 1.13.19, and Andrew Considine, 15th and 2nd in the V35 division in 1.14.49. He was followed by John Black, who ran a personal best of 1.15.23 for 16th, Eddie Cooke, 17th in 1.15.19, and Martin Rea, 1.20.21.
Next home was David Clarke, who won the V55 category in 1.20.59. Laurence Johnston scooped second in that category with a time of 1.22.03. More support came from Martin Cox (1.24.02), John McConnell (1.28.18), Stephen McKenna (1.28.48), Colin Simpson (1.29.27), Greg McClure (1.32.30), Lance Breen (1.36.53), Janice Plumb (1.37.16), Sarah-Jane McFadden (1.37.21), Brendan Grew (1.42.35), Trisha Campbell, with a personal best of 1.41.56, Carol Clarke (1.50.35), Thomas McKinstry (1.52.51), John Burns (1.52.50), Sandy Carr (2.06.14) and Kerry-Anne McShane (2.06.26).
In the accompanying 5km fun run, Thomas Reid was 79th overall and 15th under-15 with a time of 23.16.
Tony McCambridge Wins Rabbit Run 5k
Junior athlete Tony McCambridge cruised to victory in the Rabbit Run 5k in Hazelbank Park, Newtownabbey, clocking 18.48. Fellow juniors Eimear McBrien finished 4th female with a time of 24.21 and Luke Kelly claimed 7th in 21.29. Nuala Muldoon ran 25.21, while Pádraigín Bingeam ran with young athlete Alicia McGivern, with both completing the course in 44.56. In the accompanying one-mile Bunny Hop, another junior athlete, Dan Kelly, placed second.
Photo from Rabbit Run by nirunning.co.uk.
It was a windy day at the regular Saturday Parkruns, but two Harriers still set new personal bests: Andrew Milligan at Belfast Victoria (17.37) and Martine McNicholl at the Waterworks (29.12).
3rd Andrew MILLIGAN 17:37 – New PB
41st Jim CLINTON 22:47
28th Damien GILL 22:05
2nd Matthew MCILROY 21:20
92nd Eva KISSENPFENNIG 26:11
163rd Drew CRAWFORD 29:40
25th Ciaran HUNTER 24:01
8th Nuala MULDOON 23:59
25th Paula WALLACE 23:07
49th Rebecca WALLACE 26:02
50th James WALLACE 26:03
3rd Paul CURLEY 19:03
4th Simon REEVE 19:26
5th Drew KNOX 19:38
6th Tony MCNULTY 19:49
8th John Gerard MURPHY 19:58
9th Paul MCALLISTER 20:02
10th Sean MCSHANE 20:07
12th Gerry GRIBBON 20:21
20th Paul WILLIAMS 21:15
22nd Matt SHIELDS 21:41
27th Jack CARBERRY 22:06
36th Eamon SHERIDAN 22:39
40th Helen F WEIR 22:54
42nd Ita MCCAMBRIDGE 23:01
45th Niall ARMSTRONG 23:07
58th Gary BLYTHE 24:00
61st Tony REID 24:22
69th Steven THOMPSON 24:49
71st Paul BRENNAN 24:58
81st Luke KELLY 25:39
85th John O’HARE 25:56
93rd John GRIBBIN 26:33
106th Jason REID 27:25
108th John Robert JOHNSTON 27:27
128th Gabrielle MALLAGHAN 29:03
129th Eadaoin DONALDSON 29:04
133rd Martine MCNICHOLL 29:12 – New PB
134th Catherine MCNICHOLL 29:13
136th Clare O’HARA 29:18
162nd Margaret STEPHENS 31:22
183rd Conor O’RAWE 35:52
201st Jane O’HARA 41:55
33rd Lynn MCCULLOUGH 26:14