A packed race calendar this week and lots of podium finishes for the club.
On Sunday Newry held their multi-distance running event in the town. This year organisers added to the popular existing half and full marathon races with a new 10k race.
In the 10K race Trisha Campbell had an excellent race and with a nail biting finish secured the top spot for the first time since joining the club in a time of 42:28 which was also a new personal best for the distance. Kent Swann was the first male over the line just missing out on a spot on the podium with a fourth place finish and a new PB of 35:47.
The most popular race of the day was the fast half marathon which featured the bulk of the clubs entries. First over the line and one of the pre-race favorites was Eamon White who finished in 2nd place in a time of 1:11:39. Also making it into the top 10 was David Clarke who finished in a time of 1:21:06 for 9th position overall. David was followed closely by Martin Cox who completed the course in 1:22:49.
Dipping under the ninety minutes was Mark Shields in a time of 1:27:40 for 35th position, John McConnell and Roisin Hughes 1:29:32 for 46th and 47th place respectively. Athanasia Sevastaki set a new PB on the way to a finish time of 1:33:20 for 80th followed Patrick McShane in 1:34:20 for 91st, Penny Lindsay in 1:35:01 for 100th. Jack Carberry continues to break personal bests with a finish time of 1:37:16 and 124th place overall.
The McCambridges were next with Paddy and Ita finishing just outside of 1:40 with Paddy completing the course in 1:40:42 for 164th followed by Ita in 1:40:47 for 168th. Carol Clarke was next with a finish time of 1:46:10 for 249th followed by Emma Sheehy with a finish time of 1:50:07 for 293rd, John Johnston in 1:51:38 for 317th, Thomas McKinstry in 1:54:15 for 358th. Just outside of 2 hours Eadaoin Donaldson finished in 2:03:46 for 466th followed by Gail Mallaghan who set another personal best this week with a finish time of 2:04:04 for 467th position and finally Kerry McShane who completed the race in 2:13:25.
The real test of the day was the full marathon event with two members of the club taking on the 26.2 mile distance this year. Sean McShane was the first member of the club to cross the line having went through the half way mark in a time of 1:36:16 and dipping under 3 hours and 20 mins with a finish time of 3:19:17 for 24th position overall. Marathon man Greg McClure couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take on the distance. Greg secured 32nd position overall with a finish time of 3:24:46 achieving a negative split of around 6 minutes for the second half of the race.
County Antrim Harriers hosted the first Mayfair 10k in Ballyclare on Saturday. The event which included a 10 and 5km race was well supported by the club with 20 members participating in both events.
In the 5km race junior brothers Mathew and Callum had great races with Matthew securing 3rd place and a spot on the podium with a finish time of 21:10 followed closely by Callum with a finish time of 21:29 enough to secure 5th place overall.
The main event was the 10km race which took place over a tough course. Mark McKinstry secured another podium place this weekend with a finish time of 33:13 enough to secure 2nd place overall. Thomas Simmons was next from the club shaking off his marathon pacing legs to complete the course in 35:15 for 4th place. Thomas was followed by Laurence Johnston who finished in 36:53 for 8th place, Joe Norney in 9th place and a new PB of 36:53, James Wallace in 37:21 for 13th, Stephen Walker in 38:47 for 17th place, David Murray in 19th place for 39:21.
Janice Plumb completed the course in 42:28 setting a new PB in a time of 42:28 and first v45 for 38th position overall. Janice was followed directly by Lance Breen in 42:29 for 39th, Greg McClure in 42nd in a time of 42:56, Paul Williams in 44:53 in 42nd, Joseph Smith in 45:15 in 65th, Ruth Murphy in 51:31 for 132nd, Jack Carberry in 52:35 for 130th, Lynn McCullough in 52:18 for 140th, Thomas McKinstry in 52:47 for 145th and John O’Hare in 55:26 for 175th.
On Friday Runhers annual race along the coast of County Down took place. The womens only race always attracts a huge field of with many participating in their first race over 10km. Cathy McCourt from the club was this years winner in an impressive time of 36:21 for the distance. Gail Mallaghan set another new personal best of 56:01 for 10km this weekend and was followed by Mary Reid 50:47 (PB), Mary Haynes 52:00 (PB), Clare Holmes 53:00 (PB) and Philomena Donalson in 1:02:05.
Lost World Causeway Crossing 25k
Simon Reeve who completed both the London and Belfast marathon this year took part in Saturdays Lost World Causeway Crossing. Simon proved these races didn’t take anything out of his legs as he completed the course in 1:53:32 to secure 2nd place.
Beechmount Harriers Track Meet
On Saturday evening at Mary Peters Beechmount Harriers and the Irish Milers club held an excellent track meet bringing lots of talented athletes together for a packed night of athletics. From the club three men took part in the Male 3km race. Kent Swann had a great race to set a new personal best for the distance finishing in a time of 9:43 to finish in 7th place. Kent was followed by John Patience and Philip Donnelly. John Patience crossed the line in a time of 10:46 for 10th place and Philip Donnelly followed closely with a time of 10:49 for 11th place.
Also on Saturday the Jengana 10k took place in Randalstown in the grounds of Shanes Castle Estate. Gerry Gribbon toed the line completing the course in a time of 42:36 for 14th position overall.
Hills & Dales
The Hills and Dale series continues with the Rocky installment event of the series which took place on Thursday. The 4.2 mile, 1600ft of climbing course was completed by Neil Carty in a time of 34:09 for 4th place overall.
On Wednesday Andrew Annett who has just returned from representing Northern Ireland last weekend secured victory in the Bann 10k held in Banbridge. Andrew completed the undulating course in a time of 33:30. Andrew was joined on the podium by Louise Smith who secured second place and 19th place overall in the race with a time of 39:11. Gerard McNamara and John Murphy also took part with Gerard McNamara completing the course in 39:21 for 22nd place and John Murphy in 41:35 for 42nd.
On Tuesday new club member Martsje Hell secured the top spot in the Maghera 10k in terrible conditions. Martsje completed the course in a time of 38:53 finishing as first female and 9th place overall.
5th Andrew MILLIGAN 18:11
20th Colin SIMPSON 19:59
256th Drew CRAWFORD 31:31
82nd Ray CAMERON 25:17
23rd Jim CLINTON 24:51
1st Nat GLENN 17:56
1st John BLACK 16:52
2nd Marc JENNINGS 18:09 – New PB
16th Mark SHIELDS 19:37
25th Athanasia SEVASTAKI 20:21 – New PB
82nd Eva KISSENPFENNIG 23:06
22nd Damien GILL 21:44
39th Ciaran HUNTER 23:50
1st Niall GEEHAN 18:36
7th Tony REID 22:20 – New PB
35th Clare HOLMES 28:00 – 50th Parkun
46th Nora CURRAN 31:20
3rd Michael FITZPATRICK 17:56
5th John MCCONNELL 19:22
2nd Tony MC CAMBRIDGE 18:04
4th Paul CURLEY 18:27
5th Paul MCALLISTER 18:34
6th Drew KNOX 19:00
10th John Gerard MURPHY 19:28
17th Piaras MCSHANE 20:26
20th Luke KELLY 20:36
21st Matt SHIELDS 20:36
29th Niall ARMSTRONG 21:26
46th Ita MCCAMBRIDGE 22:46
48th Paddy MCCAMBRIDGE 22:52
52nd Eimear MCBRIEN 23:08
55th Patrick MCSHANE 23:23
59th Paul BRENNAN 23:31
70th John GRIBBIN 24:26
120th Kerry MCSHANE 27:56
121st Sandy CARR 27:57
140th Margaret STEPHENS 29:20
152nd Bernadette DUFFY 30:56
153rd Eadaoin DONALDSON 30:57
154th Philomena DONALDSON 30:58
155th Clare O’HARA 30:58
180th Gary BLYTHE 36:31