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Internationals and Iceland

Inter Counties Championship

On Saturday Penny Lindsay and Andrew Annett represented Northern Ireland in the Inter Counties Mountain running championship in Snowdonia Wales. In the ladies race Penny placed 3rd in the team in 49:24 for 30th over a grueling 8.3k, 2 lap course which included 445m ascent. The performance of the team was enough for them to secure third place on the podium. Andrew Annett had an excellent performance in a extremely talented field. Andrew crossed the line as the first member of the team conquering the 3 lap, 12.3k, 660m of ascent course in 56:21 for 30th place. This was enough for Andrew to secure bronze medal in the U23 category but unfortunately due to an administration error the medal could not be awarded.

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Iceland

This weekend a host of Harriers traveled to Reykjavik Iceland as part of the club annual trip to take part in the city’s multi-distance running event. In the half marathon club stalwart Matt Shield put in an excellent performance winning his age group and beating the course record for the category by over 4 minutes. In a field of 2000 Matt crossed the line in 1:21:07 a full 12 minutes ahead of the next competitor in his age group and in 20th place overall. Paddy McCambridge was next across the line in a time of 1:40:53 followed by Lance Breen in 1:49:19 395th, Ita McCambridge 1:49:58 604th, Sandy Carr 1:58:46 1062th. Coleen Thompson had a great race to secure a 9 minute PB to finish just outside to 2 hour mark in 2:02:02 followed by Kerry McShane 2:02:47, Eadaoin Donaldson 2:07:50, Stephen Thompson 2:08:20, Marion Hayes 2:12:03, Jackie Lawlor 2:31:12, Mick Lawlor 2:31:13 and Gail Mallaghan 2:14:49. The following trio of runners completed the distance for the first time with Pilomena Donaldson, Nuala Mahon crossing the line in 2:22:23 followed by 2:29:54.

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In the marathon two ladies took on the 26.2 mile distance with another 1000 hardy entrants. Lynn McCullough crossed the line in 607th position in a time of 4:17:01 followed by Frankey McGivern in 911th in a time of 5:02:54.

The most popular race of the day saw over 5000 entrants take on the 10k distance. Kent Swann cracked the top 20 with a 13th place finish in 37:00. Kent was followed by John Burns and Aofie Duffy who finished in 56:55 and 1:14:10.

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Mallusk 5mile

On Friday night, Mallusk Harriers held their second annual 5 mile race. After a very successful event last year the high expectations of runners were maintained by another well organised race by one of our neighboring clubs.

It was local resident Andrew Considine who led the large contingent of Harriers across the line. Andrew completed the undulating course in 28:19 for 4th position with Conal McCambridge not far behind in 28:31 for 5th place. Eddy Cooke made a great return to racing after suffering an unfortunate ankle injury earlier in the year to finish in 7th place in 30:11. Vetran Laurence Johnston was next with a top ten finish in 31:00 for 9th position followed by Joe Norney 31:22 9th, John McConnell 31:42 18th, Colin Willetts 32:00 20th, Mark Shield 34:30 43rd, Greg McClure 35:33 49th, Athanasia Sevastaki 36:28 61st, Conor O’Rawe 36:58 67th, Eamon Sheridan 38:50 86th, Niall Armstrong 40:04 101st, Thomas Neill 43:53 132nd, Clare Holmes 43:17 138th, Margret Stephens 52:30 197th, Trisha Murray 52:32 198th and Christine Douglas 1:01:28 208th.

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Frank Duffy 10 Miler

On Saturday morning 4000+ took to the line in Dublin the for penultimate event of the Dublin Marathon series which took place within the grounds of Phoenix Park. The conditions and course provided an excellent opportunity for some good running performances. John Black led the way for the club crossing the line in 55:20 (PB) for 17th position overall followed closely by Conor Curran in 55:40 for 23rd and 2nd M40 and finally Tommy Simmons in 57:04 for 37th.

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Dambusters

Silent Valley Country park played host to the Born to Run Dambusters Event on Saturday. In the half marathon event which is incorporated in the Pure Running series, V55 Irish Half marathon champion David Clarke took the final podium spot on offer with an excellent 3rd place finish in a time of 1:24:01. David was followed by Simon Reeve and Sean McShane who finished in 5th 1:25:03 and 11th in 1:28:43 respectively. Colin Simpson completed the challenging course in 1:35:24 for 25th place with Patrick McShane finishing in 1:40:02 for 45th position.

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Roisin Hughes continues to make great improvements after returning from having a baby with a race win in the associated 10k race. Roisin was the clear winner in the ladies race with a finish time of 41:22, winning by over 4 minute securing the top spot on the podium. Tony Reid led the men home in 48:04 for 49th followed by Kevin McCann 51:54, Clare Holmes 53:26, Marie Louise Lowry 54:28, Karen Clarksen 59:17, Martine McAnoy 59:41 and Ruth McIntyre 1:07:01.

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Donegal Half Marathon

On Saturday club runner Padraigin Bingeam travelled west to take part in the popular Donegal half marathon. As usual Padraigin’s training paid dividends with a 3 minute personal best over the distance with a finishing time of 2:15:15.

Parkrun

This coming Saturday we see a new parkrun event starting in Belfast in Stormont Estate.

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53rd Paul WILLIAMS 22:15
Citypark
50th Tony REID 23:45
Larne
1st Nat GLENN 18:22
Ormeau
2nd Marc JENNINGS 18:17
11th Mark SHIELDS 20:08
34th Athanasia SEVASTAKI 21:43
Portrush
2nd Andrew MILLIGAN 18:03 – New PB
Queens
17th Damien GILL 22:25
21st George WALKER 22:47
54th Ciaran HUNTER 26:02
Valley
1st Niall GEEHAN 18:28
Wallace
5th John MCCONNELL 19:17
16th Rebecca WALLACE 20:58 – New PB
27th Paula WALLACE 21:43 – New PB
Waterworks
5th Drew KNOX 19:06
7th John Gerard MURPHY 19:15
8th Fionn NAGLE 19:19
17th Helen F WEIR 20:44 – New PB
22nd Piaras MCSHANE 21:03
23rd Greg MCCLURE 21:04
31st Jack CARBERRY 21:59
45th Gary BLYTHE 23:17
47th Paul BRENNAN 23:20
52nd Eimear MCBRIEN 24:00
62nd John Robert JOHNSTON 25:10
71st Jim CLINTON 25:36
76th Eamon SHERIDAN 25:55
77th Sean MCSHANE JR 25:56
78th Niall ARMSTRONG 25:57
83rd Philip MCILWRATH 26:07
89th John O’HARE 26:31
128th Clare O’HARA 29:01
132nd Margaret STEPHENS 29:29
138th Trisha MURRAY 30:03
151st Bronagh CONLON 31:53
152nd Joan GRIEVE 31:53
164th Mick MURRAY 33:06
185th Rachel BLYTHE-STONE 37:59