It was a busy week of racing across Northern Ireland and the Harriers made their presence known at a range of distances and over various terrains. Among the top performances were a win by Roisin Hughes at the Run for Paul 5km and second for Kent Swann in the accompanying 10km, and second place finishes by two athletes in two of Northern Ireland’s most popular races: Andrew Considine at the Ards Half Marathon on Friday, and John Black in Thursday’s Jude Gallagher Round the Bridges Ten Miler.
In addition, both Philomena Donaldson and John Robert Johnston completed their 100th Parkruns at the Waterworks.
Ards Half Marathon
Other good efforts came from Rory Kane (1.27.05), Martsje Hell (1.30.09), John McConnell (1.30.09), Colin Simpson (1.32.09), Louise Smith (1.32.21), Mark Shields (1.33.34), Athanasia Sevastaki (1.37.34), Helen Weir (1.39.55), Emma Sheehy (1.52.46), Alex Davidson (1.53.37), Eadaoin Donaldson (2.14.16), Jason Reid (2.14.26), and Jack Carberry (2.14.31).
(Photo of podium finishers from nirunning.co.uk)
Roisin Wins Run for Paul 5K
On Sunday Delamont Country Park in Co. Down was the venue for two new races: a 5km and 10km trail run to benefit local athlete Paul Brannigan, who needs to travel to London for treatment for lung disease. Paul also has battled cancer during the past year.
In the 5km event, Roisin Hughes was the first lady home in 21.26.
The Harriers had more athletes in the 10km, led by Kent Swann, who placed second in 37.56 behind perennial favourite Brendan Teer of East Down (35.40). Next across the line for NBH was Simon Reeve, who was seventh in 42.49.
John Murphy followed in 45.10, good for 16th, while Colin Simpson was 21st in 46.26. Veteran Greg McClure completed the course in 50.04, followed by Lyn McCullough (57.49), Irene McGreevy (1.05.58), Eadaoin Donaldson (1.13.53), Philomena Donaldson (1.14.06), Michael Lawlor (1.14.50), Jackie Lawlor (1.14.51), and Bernadette Duffy (1.14.52).
Jude Gallagher Ten Mile
The Jude Gallagher Memorial Race around the Bridges in Limavady always attracts a good field, and this year John Black paced the Harriers, finishing second in a personal best of 56.21. The race was won by Gary Slevin in 56.03.
Greg McClure also completed the course, clocking 1.12.55.
Woodburn Forest Park Trail Race
A number of Harriers turned out for the 4.5 mile trail race in Woodburn Forest Park on Tuesday, the fourth and final event in the East Antrim Harriers trail series. Sarah-Jane McFadden captured fourth place among the women, timing 30.37.
Gareth Grew and David Murray both cracked the top ten, finishing 7th and 9th in 27.37 and 27.47, respectively. Top 20 finishers included Ian O’Neill (14th in 28.15) and John Murphy (19th in 29.09).
Next to complete the race were Colin Simpson (29.43), Peter McClelland (30.53), Bernadette Campbell (33.32), junior athlete Peter Reed (35.11) and Carol Clarke (35.25).
Loughinisland 5.05 Mile Road Race
One Harrier completed the annual 5.05 mile road race in Loughinisland, Gerard McNamara, who claimed the 10th position overall in 32.07, good for second in the V40 category.
Hill and Dale Series
The final event of the Northern Ireland Mountain Running Association Hill and Dale Series was held on Friday in Drinahilly. Andrew Annett (21:31) took 2nd place at Friday’s Hill & Dale. Neil Carty (22:08) was 4th overall and Simon Reeve (24:33) placed 22nd
Irish Runner 5 Miler
Conor Curran represented the Harriers at the popular Irish Runner 5 Miler in Dublin’s Phoenix Park, timing 27.31 for 18th in a competitive field.
The Harriers were out in force for the Saturday morning Parkruns, highlighted by two members achieving their 100th at the Waterworks. Philomena Donaldson set a new personal best of 27.51 in the process, while John Robert Johnston ran 25.25.
152nd Colin SIMPSON 26:48
6th Robert IRVINE 20:44 – New PB
10th Reg KAPUR 21:42
6th Matthew MCILROY 20:32
11th Callum MCILROY 21:14
25th Janice PLUMB 24:18
26th Mark SHIELDS 20:46
83rd Jim CLINTON 23:58
179th Damien GILL 27:06
212nd Drew CRAWFORD 28:06
4th Philip Patrick DONNELLY 18:34 – New PB
7th Mark MCALLISTER 19:01
44th Ciaran HUNTER 25:03
4th John MCCONNELL 19:31
2nd Thomas SIMMONS 17:25
3rd Paul CURLEY 18:21
7th Sean MCSHANE 19:00
8th Simon REEVE 19:09
10th John Gerard MURPHY 19:23
11th Andrew MILLIGAN 19:36
12th Drew KNOX 19:40
16th Piaras MCSHANE 19:50 – New PB
18th Luke KELLY 19:59
25th Joe DRAIN 20:37
28th Conor O’RAWE 20:47
32nd Greg MCCLURE 21:26
33rd Joseph SMITH 21:26
39th Jack CARBERRY 22:00
40th Patrick MCSHANE 22:05
43rd Paul WILLIAMS 22:14
46th Tony REID 22:20
47th Eamon SHERIDAN 22:34
53rd Gary BLYTHE 23:03
72nd Ita MCCAMBRIDGE 24:07
75th Niall ARMSTRONG 24:24
78th Paul BRENNAN 24:37
85th Daniel KELLY 25:02 – New PB
94th John Robert JOHNSTON 25:25 – 100th Parkun
110th John GRIBBIN 25:54
111st Clare HOLMES 25:57 – New PB
136th Gabrielle MALLAGHAN 27:28
140th Sandy CARR 27:41
141st Kerry MCSHANE 27:42
143rd Philomena DONALDSON 27:51 – New PB – 100th Parkun
144th Clare O’HARA 27:51
179th Margaret STEPHENS 30:26
184th Gillian RUSSELL 30:45
188th Bernadette DUFFY 30:57
202nd Sarah QUIGG 31:40
209th Ann-Marie DAVISON 31:58
253rd Frankey MCGIVERN 34:30
280th John O’HARE 36:23
286th Margaret FLOOD 37:00
287th Joanne BRADY 37:08
305th Lisa EVANS 38:01
314th Jansje LE MAHIEU – LAMB 39:01
332nd Rachel BLYTHE-STONE 40:07
334th Paddy MCCAMBRIDGE 40:21
349th Thomas MCKINSTRY 46:16