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Belfast City Marathon

Monday saw the biggest race in the North Belfast Harriers calendar with the Belfast City marathon talking place. The race this year was graced some great conditions considering the weather of the proceeding few days which i’m sure weighed in the minds of many of the competitors on the drizzly Sunday night preceding race day. The sunshine meant that the supporters were out in numbers. North Belfast had great support along the Antrim road where many of our runners were carried up the incline by the cheers of friends and family. The only downside of the day was the ever present windy tunnel section of the course from Newtonabbey to Duncrue sapping energy out of the runners before the 20 mile mark and the dreaded wall zone that gobbles up many unsuspecting entrants.

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The club had the most entrants from any of the clubs in Northern Ireland were led home by Simon Reeve who completed his second marathon in eight days after completing London in sub 3hrs. Simon finished the course in a 2:59:32 for 50th position overall. Tommy Simmons was on pacing duty for the three hour band and only took up the spot a few weeks before the race. Tommy took to his first pacing challenge well completing the race in 3:00:37 for 57th place. Kent Swann was next for the club just missing out on his first sub three hour marathon but can’t be too disappointed as he managed to secure a massive 10min PB. Kent completed the course in 3:01:30 for 61st position.  Roisin Hughes made her marathon comeback after having a baby and was the first lady from the club to finish in 3:09:47 and finished well up in the local female category.

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Roisin was followed by Joe Norney who completed the course in 3:11:53 for a PB of 12mins. Jim Benson also on pacing duty for the 3:15 pace band was next with a 3:14:08 finish. Jim was followed by Mark Shields in 3:20:14 for 153rd and Greg McClure in 3:22:58 who also completed London Marathon in the previous week. Next Athanasia made her way across the line in her first marathon since missing a considerable amount of time due to injury. Athanasia picked up where she left off in the marathon with a 3:25:53. Athanasia was followed by the continually improving Paul Curley how continues to lop time of his marathon time with each attempt. This time Paul managed to take 25mins off with a finish time of 3:27:45.

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Stephen Walker completed the trio of pacers for the club with a perfectly paced run to finish in 3:27:54. Next through was Peter McClelland in 3:35:47 with the what must be the biggest personal best, improving his marathon time by a whopping 33mins. Paul Williams couldn’t resist another Belfast marathon even after completing the Paris marathon in a new personal best. Paul finished the course in 3:38:39. Andrew Harding was next with a last minute entry into the race and after completing London last week. Andrew finished the race in 3:44:45. Patrick McShane got straight back into the saddle after a disappointing run in London last week to finish in much stronger fashion with a time of 3:48:23. Sandy Carr was next in a time of 4:14:44 setting an new personal best of 13mins, followed by Thomas McKinstry in 4:26:40. Mary Reid was next with a time of 4:47:59 new PB and was followed by Jason Reid who paced a friend around finishing in 4:50:11. Clare Holmes second Belfast marathon improved on her previous outing with a new PB in 4:53:09. Gail Mallaghan and Coleen Thompson ran the entire event together which was their first marathon completing the course in 4:56:50. Finally Paul Brennan who pulled his hamstring on top of the Antrim road gallantly fought off the pain for another 13 miles to avoid a DNF and finished in a time of 5:17:43.

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Beside the main event there were many Harriers involved in relay teams as part of the club and also for local charities. The club managed to win a prize in all categories in the popular race format. In the female team race the club secured the top spot for the second year in a row with a second team also placing well. In the male race the men’s team secured third place in a very competitive race and finally in the mixed race the club team also secured 3rd place overall. The club also had two recreational relay teams who completed the course.

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North West 10K

In Donegal this weekend the McCambridge family took part in the North West 10k. Ita and Paddy both performed well in the popular event with Paddy completing the course in  47:49 for 285th position followed closely by Ita in 48:17 297th.

Hill & Dales Slieve Martin

Neil Carty continued his participation in the Hills and Dale series last Thursday by taking part in the Slieve Martin event. Neil had a great race to finish in 3rd place overall and first in the M45 category in a time of 35:12.

NiRunning Mile

On Friday at Mary Peters track in Belfast NiRunning held their third running of the classic 1 mile distance race. From the club David Clarke took part in the 6A race and managed to set a very competitive time over the distance crossing the line in 5:08. Laurence Johnston and John Patience took part in race 6C. Laurence finished in a time of 5:21 and John finished in 5:35.

Irish Orienteering Championship

On Firday and Saturday Simon Reeve who competed in the London and Belfast marathon took part in the Irish Orienteering Championship. The two day event took place in Lisburn on Friday and on Slieve Croob on Saturday where the weather conditions were particularly challenging. Simon completed the event in 80 minutes for 7th M40.

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51st Colin SIMPSON 21:54
261st Drew CRAWFORD 31:56
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7th Matt SHIELDS 19:39
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26th Janice PLUMB 22:33
42nd Carol CLARKE 23:20
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30th Jim CLINTON 25:55
Larne
2nd Matthew MCILROY 20:40 – New PB
5th Callum MCILROY 21:28 – New PB
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17th Mark SHIELDS 20:23
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12th Damien GILL 21:04
43rd Ciaran HUNTER 25:35
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1st Tony MC CAMBRIDGE 17:45
5th Stephen WALKER 18:38
9th Drew KNOX 19:15
13th Harry BREWSTER 19:36
15th Sean MCSHANE 19:48
28th Piaras MCSHANE 21:08
37th Jack CARBERRY 21:44
45th Gary BLYTHE 22:39
56th Siobhan DRAIN 23:16
66th Patrick MCSHANE 24:05
67th Joe NORNEY 24:05
71st John O’HARE 24:11
76th Greg MCCLURE 24:43
91st Thomas MCKINSTRY 25:26
95th Marian HAYES 25:40
115th Conor O’RAWE 26:18
116th Lorraine COX 26:19 – New PB
117th Luke KELLY 26:20
135th Niall ARMSTRONG 27:02
136th Paul BRENNAN 27:02
141st Steven THOMPSON 27:20
153rd Gillian RUSSELL 28:04 – New PB
154th Marie-Louise LOWRY 28:04
174th Clare O’HARA 29:08
175th Margaret STEPHENS 29:17
180th Philomena DONALDSON 29:36
189th Sandy CARR 30:12
190th Kerry MCSHANE 30:15
194th Frankey MCGIVERN 30:20
208th Mick MURRAY 31:11