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Success all round for NBH in a busy, busy week of running

Spar Great Ireland Run

by John Black

On Saturday 11 April  in Dublin, the Great Ireland run took place in the grounds of Phoenix Park. The race doubles up as the Athletics Ireland 10k Championship and also included a one mile race and multiple junior races.  The race, which is a one lap course, was held in difficult conditions with runners facing a strong headwind throughout.

First off Rebecca Wallace took part in the junior girls race and worked hard to secure 6th position in a competitive event in a time of 9:37.  Next, the senior womens race took place with Paula Wallace and Athanasia Sevastaki taking part.  Athanasia crossed the line first in a time of 43:43 for 47th position followed by Paula in 47:32 for 89th position.  In the mens’ race,Andrew Annett led the way for the mens team.  Andrew crossed the line in 32:57 for 22nd followed by Alan O’Hara in 33:08, 27th place, Eamon White in 33:10 in 30th, John Black  in 34:02 in 44th and Edward Cooke in 34:17 for 47th. These performances were enough to secure a bronze medal in the AAI 10k team championship.  Alan O’Hara also secured an age category win in the V35 category and Eamon White secured a silver in the V45 category.

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Titanic 10k

Well over a thousand athletes took part on Sunday’s Athletics NI’s Titanic 10k road race.  Thankfully the lashing rain had cleared up, although conditions were blustery but bight.  There were no podiums for NBH but there was a strong turnout from the club.  First home was Thomas Simmons, continuing his good form, in 11th place, (34.23).  Thomas was followed by Paul Horan 25th (36.04), John McGuigan 34th (36.43), Louise Smith 38th (36.55), James Wallace, 41st (37.15), Andrew Milligan 59th (38.14), Mark Shields 81st (39.30). Colin Simpson 106th (40.20), Athanasia Sevastaki 165th (42.41), Peter McClelland 169th (42.55), Andrew Harding 174th (42.59), Conor O’Rawe 175th (42.59),  Jack Carberry 195th (43.53)  (winner in age category), Fionn Nagle 233rd (45.19), Paul Brennan (49.22), Dominique McAllister (53.31) and John O’Hare 53.49.  Louise Smith was fourth lady in after a hard fought battle for places starting from the gun.



On Saturday 11 April the Magherafelt 5 Mile race took place with nearly 100 athletes participating.   Taking part from the club were Mark McKinstry and Nat Glenn.  Despite an early spirited challenge, Mark had to settle for 2nd spot on the podium with a great run, coming in in 26.20, just 15 seconds behind Omagh Harriers’ Paul Barbour.   Nat followed very close behind in 5th place in 28.37.    Well done to both!


Donard-Commedagh Mountain Race 11th April

Neil Carty was the sole participant from the club in this tough 10.9k mountain race which attracted a filed of 73.  This was the second race in the NIMRA Championship series and started and finished in the beautiful Donard Park.  Neil was one of the clseo chasing pack from the beginning on a route which saw the runners leave Donard Park in bright sunshine and head towards a snow-capped Slieve Donard, descend and then reascend before a final descent back to the finish line.  Neil finished in a time of 1.11.25, enough for 6th place and a first place in his age category.

Whitehead Road Race, Easter Monday

McCourt Wins Again; podiums for Grew and Simmons; six harriers in top 10

With nearly 200 runners taking part, the club enjoyed fantastic results with six harriers in the over top ten and Cathy McCourt showing her expertise and winning the ladies race.  The results are: Brendan Grew 2nd 26.43,Thomas Simmons 3rd 28.22, David Clarke, 5th (28.52), Kent Swann 6th (28.56), McCourt 7th overall (1st female)  (29.18),  Lawrence Johnston 10th (29.23),  Janice Plumb 35th (33.08), Trisha Campbell 40th (34.00), Carol Clarke 99th (39.07).  Well done to all.

Paris Marathon, Sunday 12th April

Paul Williams from the club took part, along with over 50,000 other athletes, in the Schneider Electric Paris Marathon last Sunday, one of the world’s most picturesque marathons.  On a very warm day for marathon running, Paul finished in an extremely impressive time of  3 hours, 30 minutes and 5 seconds.

Dental Solutions 5k

A field of 173 athletes took part in the inaugural running of the Dental Solutions 5k road race, hosted by Derry City’s Track Club and held in Eglington.   In near perfect conditions, the men’s  and ladies races were both won by Project Africa athletes on this fast and flat course, but North Belfast’s Ronan McIlvenny put in a sturdy performance to finish in 66th place in a time of 21.32



Overall – ni
Entrants: 2532
Male: 1241
Female: 1033
Unknown: 258
Pbs: 533
First Timers: 309
100th Parkrun: 3
NBH Entrants: 40
NBH Pbs: 2
NBH 100th Parkrun: 1

NBH – ni
63rd Colin SIMPSON 24:01
77th Catherine MCNICHOLL 24:48
173rd Gillian RUSSELL 28:13
2nd Andrew MILLIGAN 18:16 – New PB
8th Matthew MCILROY 21:30
22nd Trisha CAMPBELL 23:40
25th Janice PLUMB 23:47
6th Simon REEVE 18:46
10th Mark SHIELDS 19:16
23rd Helen F WEIR 21:41
225th Nora CURRAN 33:09
40th Damien GILL 24:29
42nd Ciaran HUNTER 24:57 – 100th Parkun
2nd Gerry GRIBBON 19:48 – New PB
1st Gerard MCNAMARA 18:47
2nd John MCCONNELL 18:54
3rd Paul CURLEY 18:35
4th Tony MC CAMBRIDGE 18:59
6th Drew KNOX 19:18
8th John Gerard MURPHY 19:27
16th Greg MCCLURE 20:32
17th Luke KELLY 20:33
26th Conor O’RAWE 21:12
37th Eamon SHERIDAN 22:24
40th Niall ARMSTRONG 22:43
46th Tony REID 23:32
48th Eimear MCBRIEN 23:41
49th Matt SHIELDS 23:43
54th Paul BRENNAN 24:15
57th Patrick MCSHANE 24:21
68th John O’HARE 25:04
71st Sandy CARR 25:11
82nd Jim CLINTON 25:41
90th Steven THOMPSON 25:59
97th Marian HAYES 26:11
126th Eadaoin DONALDSON 28:16
134th Thomas MCKINSTRY 28:31
135th Clare O’HARA 28:34
161st Margaret STEPHENS 30:20
182nd Bernadette DUFFY 33:43