East Antrim Harriers Forest Trail Series, Race 3: Ballyboley
On Tuesday evening over one hundred and fifty runners assembled at the picturesque Killylane Reservoir, close to Larne for Race 3 of 4 in the Forest Trail Series. The course covered a challenging 4. 1 mile loop in the adjacent Ballyboley Forest. North Belfast Harrier, Mark McKinstry regularly trains in this area and from the start he led the field along the gradual uphill start into the forest trails. Mark was joined by other Harriers who have been regulars at this year’s series of races and are picking up points for the overall age category standings for the series. Although running at the front, Mark was pushed hard throughout the race and with a downhill finish back towards the reservoir posted the winning time of 21:55. David Murray was the next Harrier to finish in 25:40 for 17th place overall, followed by Ian O’Neil in 25:53 (3rd M45). John Murphy finished fast to make the top 25 with a time of 26:28 for 23rd place. Colin Simpson also had a race to the line for 32nd place in 27:19. Trisha Campbell has been enjoying the series and finished in 27:53 for 39th overall and 2nd FO. Equally, Janice Plumb took 2nd F45 and 49th overall with 29:09 whilst Bernadette Campbell (79th) 31:14, Carol Clarke (96th) 32:32 also picked up points in the series standings.
Hill and Dale, Hen & Cock:
Thursday evening saw nearly 200 runners take on the ninth race of this year’s Hill and Dale Series. This week’s route was an out and back run over Hen and Cock Mountains with over 1,600ft of climb and descent, there’s nowhere to catch your breath over the 3.5 miles. Having recovered from a fall last week, Neil Carty took 7th place overall in 30:25 finishing 1st M45.
East Antrim Marathon Series, Monkstown:
On Friday morning, John Johnston took part in this months EAMS marathon which was a 1.8 mile loop starting and finishing at Monkstown Boxing Club. In conditions almost as hot and humid as the Thrilla in Manilla, John KO’d the full 13 rounds in a time of 4 hours 52 minutes for the marathon distance.
Antrim 5 mile Road Race:
On Friday, nearly one hundred and fifty athletes turned out for the 2nd annual Antrim 5 mile Road Race. The event was popular last year for several Harriers as it starts and finishes at Antrim Stadium at Antrim Forum and covers a flat and fast course. This year, Kent Swann (5th) 28:22 and James Wallace (11th) 29:38 (1st M50) represented the club.
Acorns AC Night of 3,000m PBs:
Also on Friday evening at the Meadowbank Arena in Magherafelt, several North Belfast Harriers attended the Acorns AC Night of 3,000m PBs. Over several races the following club members recorded some impressive times for the seven and a half laps of the track. Andrew Considine 9:24, Conal McCambridge 9:46, John McGuigan 10:16, Paul McAlister 10:21, Sean McShane 10:53, Matthew McIlroy 11:02, Luke Kelly 11:31, Kelvin Kearney 11:36, Callum McIlroy 11:45, Joe Smith 12:01, Dominique McAlister 12:26, Pol Magaoidh 12:49, Stephen Thompson 13:24, John Burns 13:31, Sandy Carr 14:39
Stunnerz in Runnerz 5 Mile Road Race:
Saturday morning saw more successful running in Magherafelt as Sperrin Harriers hosted their ladies only Stunnerz in Runnerz Road Race which also finished on the track in the Meadowbank Arena. Cathy McCourt followed on from her success at last week’s Fairhill 5 Mile to win this race by over a minute. Cathy took first place in 30:21. Paula Wallace also finished within the top 10 taking 9th place with 35:40.
Glenmore Challenge 10 Mile Road Race:
Also on Saturday morning, Glenmore AC hosted the second annual running of the appropriately named race on the undulating roads outside of Carlingford, Co. Louth. North Belfast Harriers Brendan Grew took 3rd place with 58:35 and Simon Reeve finished 9th in 01:03:54.
Sonia 5k, Dublin:
On Saturday evening the Sonia 5K took place in Dun Laoghaire Co.Dublin to mark the 20th Anniversary of Irish athletics icon Sonia O’Sullivan’s historic victory in the 5,000 metres at the IAAF World Championships in Gothenburg in 1995. North Belfast Harriers John Black finished in 5th place with 16:15.
Liverpool Rock ‘N’ Roll Half Marathon:
On Sunday, the Rock ‘N’ Roll Series of races took place in Liverpool.
NIMRA Champs, Flagstaff to Carlingford:
On Sunday, Northern Ireland’s mountain runners congregated in Carlingford (Ireland) for Round 5 of the Northern Ireland Mountain Running Association (NIMRA) Championships. The annual Flagstaff to Carlingford Mountain Race consisted of approximately 3,000ft of ascent over a tough but scenic 11 mile course through the Cooley Mountains and finished in the atmospheric village of Carlingford. Neil Carty took 7th place for the second time in a week with 01:42:38 for the course. Also Peter McClelland followed up on last weeks 4:31:09 at the Mourne Way Marathon with 2:32:31 for the self navigating mountain run from Flagstaff to Carlingford.
On a sunny but windy Saturday morning, over forty Harriers ran a parkrun, with four attaining a new PB
74th Sandy CARR 25:48
212nd Drew CRAWFORD 28:30
10th Robert IRVINE 21:50
8th Ray CAMERON 19:30 – New PB
54th Janice PLUMB 24:26
34th Jim CLINTON 27:01
7th Sean MCSHANE 18:59 – New PB
17th Mark SHIELDS 19:43
63rd Eva KISSENPFENNIG 23:11
58th Ciaran HUNTER 25:12
1st Nat GLENN 18:10
8th Luke KELLY 20:24
130th Paul WILLIAMS 37:17
2nd John MCCONNELL 19:05
1st Michael FITZPATRICK 17:56
2nd Joe NORNEY 18:01
3rd Andrew MILLIGAN 18:13
4th Paul CURLEY 18:17
7th John Gerard MURPHY 19:15
8th Drew KNOX 19:24
17th Colin SIMPSON 20:25
18th Gerry GRIBBON 20:39
22nd Greg MCCLURE 21:11
29th Jack CARBERRY 21:43
48th Gary BLYTHE 23:25
58th Paul BRENNAN 23:53
59th Siobhan DRAIN 23:54
68th Niall ARMSTRONG 24:27
76th Marian HAYES 25:00
78th John O’HARE 25:15
92nd Shane WAITE 25:59 – New PB
105th Thomas MCKINSTRY 26:41
106th John BURNS 26:44
118th Clare O’HARA 27:19 – New PB
137th Eadaoin DONALDSON 28:39
158th Margaret STEPHENS 29:51
164th Bernadette DUFFY 30:28
174th Philomena DONALDSON 31:12
193rd Jansje LE MAHIEU – LAMB 34:08
206th Margaret FLOOD 36:20
207th Joanne BRADY 36:50