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Weekly Round Up: NBH retain NI & Ulster 10k Team Champions Title, Gladys gets Silver – another successful Laganside 10k

North Belfast Harriers, Laganside 10k – “Everyone’s A Winner”

On Sunday, following on from the success of last year, North Belfast Harriers were once again proud to host the Northern Ireland and Ulster 10k Road Championships at the Pure Running Laganside 10k. Yet again, the race entry limit was met well before the closing date and the athletes and spectators enjoyed a brilliantly organised event thanks to the many volunteers from the club.

As well as providing a large number of willing volunteers, North Belfast Harriers also had an increased number of entries into the race itself. This was can also be attributed to the efforts of the club and coaches as many of these additional entries were previous couch to 5k graduates. As defending 2013 and 2014 men’s and women’s team champions, and going for a potential hat-trick of wins, North Belfast Harriers fielded enough runners for twenty teams.


With the course starting and finishing in Ormeau Park and incorporating sections of the Lagan Towpath and Ormeau Embankment, the spectators were treated to an excellent racing spectacle. As expected, the times at the front of the race were very fast and there was fierce competition for places in the top ten. Gary Murray from St. Malachys AC and Danielle Fegan Armagh AC won the Individual titles. In the Ladies race, North Belfast Harriers Gladys Ganiel O’Neil was racing for a Championship medal and matched her individual Silver from 2014 with 37:28 for 2nd place. This put the North Belfast Harriers Ladies in a great position for defending their Championship title and by finishing individually in 7th, 8th and 9th places, Roisin Hughes 39:21, Louise Smith 39:30 and Anne Fitzpatrick 40:04 were clear for Team Championship Gold. Team Bronze was also claimed by North Belfast Harriers as Penny Lindsay 17th 41:02, Geraldine Branagh 19th 41:28, Paula Wallace 33rd 44:19 and Carol Clarke 49th 47:27 placed them just ahead of some strong Ladies teams. Roisin, Anne, Louise, Geraldine and Loretto Hawkins also collected age category prizes.

In the Men’s race, Mark McKinstry improved on last year’s time by running 32:21 for 8th place. Adam Boyd took 10th in 32:36 with Andrew Annett 11th 32:45 and Connor Curran 14th 33:09. This was also a convincing Team Gold effort, and with so many runners tearing across the finish line, hopes were high for a second team medal. Andrew Considine 18th and John Black 19th were only separated by a second finishing in 33:22 and 33:23. Also running under 35 minutes, Thomas Simmons 22nd 33:43 and Mark Jennings 35th with 34:55 completed the second team of four. The club were awarded another Team Bronze medal and again finished well ahead of some strong Mens teams. Connor, Andrew and Thomas also collected age category prizes as did David Clarke 49th 35:51, James Wallace 58th 36:28 and Laurence Johnston 59th 36:35. Conal McCambridge placed 2nd MJ and 40th overall in 35:22.

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North Belfast Harriers Laganside Results

Mark McKinstry 00:32:21

Adam Boyd 00:32:36

Andrew Annett 00:32:45

Conor Curran 00:33:09

Andrew Considine 00:33:22

John Black 00:33:23

Thomas Simmons 00:33:43

Marc Jennings 00:34:55

Conal McCambridge 00:35:22

David Clarke 00:35:51

James Wallace 00:36:28

Laurence Johnston 00:36:35

Joe Norney 00:36:44

John McConnell 00:36:59

Martin Cox 00:37:17

David Kennedy 00:37:15

John Patience 00:37:25

Gladys Ganiel 00:37:28

Philip Donnelly 00:37:45

Rory Kane 00:37:48

Andrew Milligan 00:38:38

David Curran 00:39:05

Roisin Hughes 00:39:21

John Murphy 00:39:27

Louise Smith 00:39:30

Paul Curley 00:39:32

Colin Simpson 00:39:55

Anne Fitzpatrick 00:40:04

Joe Drain 00:40:34

Ray Cameron 00:40:43

Piaras McShane 00:40:54 PB

Mark Shields 00:41:04

Penny Lindsay 00:41:02

Branagh Geraldine 00:41:28

Peter McClelland 00:42:22

Joseph Smith 00:43:01

Athanasia Sevastaki 00:43:10

Paula Wallace 00:44:19

Kevin McCann 00:46:05

Sean McShane 00:46:04

Gary Blythe 00:46:10

Carol Clarke 00:47:27

Paul Brennan 00:50:31

Elaine McEntee 00:52:06

Geraldine Murphy 00:52:17

Lynn McCullough 00:52:26

Kerry McShane 00:53:00 PB

Catherine McNicholl 00:53:53

John O’Hare 00:53:54

Coleen Thompson 00:54:22

Philip McIlwrath 00:56:01

Eadaoin Donaldson 00:56:36 PB

Tanya Conway 00:57:00

Nuala Mahon 00:57:50 PB

Philomena Donaldson 00:57:51 PB

Cathy McKillen 00:57:55

Karen Clarken 00:58:05 PB

Padraigin Bingham 00:58:18 PB

(Gabrielle Mallaghan) 00:59:58

Trisha Murray 01:00:32

Gillian Russell 01:00:53

Martine McNicholl 01:00:53

Dermot McGrath 01:01:37

Joseph Wilson 01:02:13

Sean McShane 01:02:42

Deirdre Murphy 01:04:42

Frances Burgess 01:05:11

Joan Grieve 01:05:10

Bronagh Conlon 01:05:11

Bernadette Duffy 01:06:46 PB

Mick Murray 01:07:41

Orla Hawkins 01:08:23

Colleen McIlwrath 01:11:31

Kathleen O’Neil 01:11:31

Margaret Flood 01:14:09

Gemma Doherty 01:14:10

Joanne Brady 01:14:10

Lorna McGrath 01:15:45

Loretto Hawkins 01:15:49

Roisin Ryan 01:18:22

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Laganside 1 Mile Juniors Race

Over 150 children took part in the associated 1 mile race. North Belfast Harriers were well represented by:

5th Luke Kelly North Belfast Harriers 00:05:41
6th Eimear McBrien North Belfast Harriers 00:05:50
9th Kelvin Kearney North Belfast Harriers 00:06:03
17th Eva Kissenpfennig North Belfast Harriers 00:06:25
27th Adam Russell North Belfast Harriers 00:06:55
28th Daniel Kelly North Belfast Harriers 00:06:59
30th Patrick Willis North Belfast Harriers 00:07:01
32nd Patrick McShane North Belfast Harriers 00:07:06
42nd Daniel O’Callaghan North Belfast Harriers 00:07:30
70th Caoilainn Curran North Belfast Harriers 00:08:26
71st Hannah McEntee North Belfast Harriers 00:08:27
100th Rachel Blythe Stone North Belfast Harriers 00:09:36
102nd Alicia Whyte-Mcgivern North Belfast Harriers 00:09:42

Waterside Half Marathon

On Sunday morning, nearly one thousand six hundred athletes took on the 34th annual Waterside Half Marathon.  This year, athletes were treated to a new course, which took them from the Ebrington start-line back to the St Columbs Park running track finish line via the Foyle and Peace Bridges. North Belfast Harriers were represented by Simon Reeve 31st in 01:23:18 and Clare Holmes 735th in 01:58:15.


Run ‘N the Bann 5k

On Thursday evening, over three hundred athletes turned out for the annual Run ‘N the Bann 5k road race in Portglenone. Jason Reid finished 62nd in 21:42.


Mill Hill Mile

On Tuesday evening, over one hundred athletes turned out for the annual Mill Hill Mile road race in Castlewellan, County Down.  Organised by Newcastle AC, the competitors start in Annsborough and run one mile uphill to the Market House in Castlewellan. Andrew Annett ran an impressive 5:39 for 2nd place.


parkrun Results

Over 50 North Belfast Harriers ran a parkrun on Saturday morning, and this included 4 new PBs, a 50th parkrun and two Harriers also entered the 100 club.

149th Rosy RYAN 49:44
Belfast Victoria
10th Sean MCSHANE 19:00
29th Paul WILLIAMS 22:02
41st Colin SIMPSON 23:10
254th Eadaoin DONALDSON 33:33
256th Philomena DONALDSON 33:41
3rd Matthew MCILROY 20:59
45th Eva KISSENPFENNIG 22:54
111st Lynn MCCULLOUGH 26:44
174th Drew CRAWFORD 29:19
7th Damien GILL 20:04 – New PB
15th Philip Patrick DONNELLY 22:18
101st Ciaran HUNTER 31:22
1st Niall GEEHAN 18:59
55th Clare HOLMES 31:57
61st Nora CURRAN 33:26
49th Jim CLINTON 24:37
2nd Paul MCALLISTER 18:02
3rd Tony MC CAMBRIDGE 18:21
4th Simon REEVE 18:41
6th Tony MCNULTY 19:44
8th John Gerard MURPHY 19:52
9th Fionn NAGLE 19:59
10th Harry BREWSTER 20:09
11th Jim NEWBERRY 20:20
12th Luke KELLY 20:21
19th Greg MCCLURE 21:13
23rd Niall ARMSTRONG 21:44
26th Laurence JOHNSTON 21:49
30th David CURRAN 22:09
35th Tony REID 22:28
38th Piaras MCSHANE 22:39
52nd Paul BRENNAN 23:57 – 100th Parkun
65th Thomas MCKINSTRY 24:56
74th Jason REID 25:34 – 50th Parkun
75th Matt SHIELDS 25:35
76th Sandy CARR 25:36
79th Eimear MCBRIEN 25:40
86th Kerry MCSHANE 25:58 – New PB
90th Steven THOMPSON 26:18
100th John GRIBBIN 27:00
102nd Daniel KELLY 27:13
120th Clare O’HARA 28:17
121st Margaret STEPHENS 28:23 – New PB
129th Aaron MCCANN 28:54
130th John BURNS 28:54 – 100th Parkun
136th John O’HARE 29:25
150th Frankey MCGIVERN 30:34
157th Bernadette DUFFY 31:16
165th Mick MURRAY 32:23
167th Lisa EVANS 33:06 – New PB
168th Jansje LE MAHIEU – LAMB 33:23