14 Oldpark Terrace, Belfast BT14 6NN

NBH Afternoon of 5K PBs

track north belfast
Training at North Belfast Harriers


Thanks to everyone who took part we hope you had a great day. Thanks to Gary Keenan our Athletics NI President for all of his help, it was great to have someone of his expertise to help officiate the day of racing. Finally thanks to all the volunteers from within and outside of the club who made this all possible. 

Results for the event can be found here: NBH-Track5k-Results

If you set a new personal best today at the event send us an email to northbelfastharriers@gmail.com and we will update the results to reflect this.

If there are any errors or omissions please contact us with the above address and we will will resolve them.

Thanks from all at North Belfast Harriers.



Update 15th May – RACE DAY INFO HERE: NBH-Track5k-Race-Day-Info

(Update 14th May – All race closed – Email northbelfastharriers@gmail.com to placed on reserve list – No entries on the day.)

(Update 13th May – New 27-30min race added, race times changed )

(Update 10th May – FAQ added below)

The North Belfast Harriers are holding an afternoon of 5K track races on Sunday the 17th of May at the Model Boys Athletics track in North Belfast (directions below). There will be 4 races available which will cater for a range of expected completion times. The emphasis of the event is not to win the race but instead to try and break your personal best. To facilitate this, races will be orginised to contain those of similar ability in the same race. Pacers will also be made available if sufficient volunteers are present catering for the races with the most entrants as a priority.

All races are organised through Athletics NI and will be recognised on the RunBritain/Power Of 10 rankings.

Here is a breakdown of the race being held;

Race 1: 2:30pm (< 17mins) – Race full

Race 2: 3:00pm (18 – 20mins) – Race full

Race 3: 3:30pm (18 – 20mins) – Race full

Race 4: 4:00pm (21 – 23mins) – Race full

Race 5: 4:30pm (24 – 26mins) – Race full

Race 6: 5:05pm (27 – 30mins) – Race full

Entry for the race will be £3 and can be paid at registration which opens at 2:00pm. There will be no entry on the day due to receiving such overwhelming pre-registrations. Entrants do not have to be affiliated with a club to enter. The number of participants will be limited to 20 per race as this event is being held on a track and we want to give those competing the best opportunity to achieve their personal best.

The event is currently full. If you would like to be placed on a reserve list then please email northbelfastharriers@gmail.com and we will try to facilitate you should anyone from the pre-entered list drop out.


We would ask everyone to park at the Model Boys school as there is not sufficient parking available at the athletics track. It is only a few hundred meters from the school to the athletics track where the event is taking place;


If you have any queries or questions please contact northbelfastharriers@gmail.com


Q: I’m a parkrunner can I enter?

A: Absolutely!

Q: Can non club runners enter?

A: Yes. There will be no added charge for those not affiliated with a club.

Q: I have never raced on a track will I be out of my depth?

A: We have provided multiple races to cater for those of different abilities. If you think you can run the times indicated in the race then you will be surrounded by other participants at your level.

Q: I have never entered a 5K before. What race should I enter?

A: If you have never raced a 5K but have covered longer distances this tool may give you a suggested finish time http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/general/rws-race-time-predictor/1681.html. You can also use this tool to use a recant race to calculate your projected time.

Q: I’m still not sure what time I will run. What should I do?

A: We would suggest you err on the side of caution. Maybe run a race with someone you feel is of equal ability to yourself. If you still don’t know then we may be able to help you with this on race day.

Q: My PB is 20:30 which race should I enter?

A: If this is a recent PB and you feel as strong on the day you set it, we would place in you in the second race (18-20mins). We want everyone to push themselves and get a personal best. You may not get under 20mins but this race will give you the best chance of breaking your personal best.

Q: I’m not as fast now as my 5K PB. Which race should I enter?

A: You should place yourself in a race where you think your current level of ability is. If that’s not a race which would have you challenging your personal best then that’s ok. This race could be a stepping stone for you to get back to your best.

Q: Will there be pacers present?

A: We are going to try and place a pacer for every minute in each race i.e. 17mins/18mins/19mins. We may be unable to get pacers for every race but pacers will be prioritised for the races with the highest number of entrants.

Q: How will the pacing work?

A: The pacers will be designated a time to cover the distance. They will do this by running a steady pace throughout the race.

Q: Will the pacers run the full distance or drop out?

A: The pacers will cover the full distance.

Q: Are there prizes?

A: No. The emphasis of the event is on achieving personal bests not racing one another. We think that if prizes are added into the mix this would jeopardise the drive to have the fastest race possible.

Q: Do I need to wear spikes?

A: No. Spikes are not required. If however you would like to run in spikes that is fine.

Q: Will I get an accurate time?

A: We are using a timing system similar to that used at parkrun. We will have two timers for each race to ensure that results are accurate.

Q: Given the race numbers are restricted, is it first come first serve?

A: Priority will be given to those who have signed up via this page first http://www.belfastrunning.com/graded-run/. We hope a situation doesn’t arise where we have to turn people away but to give people the best chance of getting a personal best we have to limit the numbers of runners on the track at any one time.

Q: Are these races ANI recognised?

A: Yes.

Q: Will races be mixed male and female?

A: Yes.

Q: Will the result appear on the power of ten/runbritain website?

A: Yes.

Q: Will there be changing facilities?

A: Yes there will be male and female toilet/changing facilities available.

Q: Is there a minimum age of entry?

A: Yes. The minimum age of entry is 10. All runners under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a guardian.

Q: Can I volunteer?

A: Yes. If you would like to volunteer please contact us. This includes if you wish to pace a race. Entry will be free to those pacing.

Q: Will the time be published after each race?

A: We will try and provide the results as soon as possible after each race.

Q: Can friends and family come along and support?

A: Absolutely. We want to encourage participants to bring friends and family to cheer on the runners. The nature of track running means that you can provide support throughout the race something that’s not often available in road running. This extra encouragement will surely help you towards a personal best.

Q: Will supporters be allowed on the track?

A: Yes supporters will be allowed onto the track and get close to the runners. We would however ask that supporters do not enter into the inner most three lanes which the runners will be using.

Q: Will there be a PA or music playing to motivate people?

A: No, unfortunately we have been unable to source a PA/music for this event. We hope that with future iterations of the event that this will be included.

Q: Will there be photos taken of the event?

A: Not in an official capacity but we are sure there will be lots of pictures taken of the event which we will try and distribute.