This weekends racing was dominated by the Belfast City Half marathon which doubled up as the ANI & Ulster half marathon Championship. Once again the Harriers turned up in numbers for the Championship event chasing individual and team medals as well as PBs.
In perfect conditions on a fast course the club was stacked at the top of both the male and female race. The performance of the day must go to Mark McKinstry who has continued to make great improvements year in year out. Mark knocked almost over a minute off his personal best set in Omagh earlier this year to run 1:11:53 enough for Mark to take bronze medal in the Championship and 5th overall. Matching this bronze, Glady Glaniel winner of the silver championship medal over the 10k distance at the Laganside and the previous course record holder of the event, continued her return to the top with a time of 1:21:56 enough to add another medal to her cabinet with a 3rd place finish in the championship and a 5th place finish in the ladies race overall.
At the front of the mens race the Harriers had arguably one of the strongest team performances in recent times securing both the gold and silver team medals. Supporting Mark McKinstry in the 1st team was, Adam Boyd who crossed the line finishing in 1:12:39 (PB) for 7th place. Adam was followed closely by Andrew Annett in 8th place in 1:12:53.
The ladies also secured another senior team medal taking gold. Supporting Gladys, Louise Smith the ANI masters champion was the second scoring member finishing in a time of 1:23:20 for 79th overall. Anne Fitzpatrick who lifted a gold in the 10k team picks up another medal on this occasion with a finishing time of 1:29:48 to finish 189th overall.
In the 2nd male team Andrew Considine paced a perfect race finishing strong to finish in 11th in 1:13:41 (PB), followed by John Black in 12th in 1:13:49 (PB) and Thomas Simmons in 15th in 1:14:19 (PB).
Brendan Grew was next with a solid run to finish in 17th place in a time of 1:14:37. Brendan was followed by Neil Carty 25th 1:17:19, Kent Swan 27th 1:18:04, Simon Reeve 41st 1:20:22 (PB), Jim Benson 43rd 1:20:36, Laurence Johnston 69th 1:22:37 (1st M55), Martin Cox 72nd 1:22:46, John McConnell 74th 1:22:59, Rory Kane 90th 1:23:49, David Kennedy 103rd 1:23:19, Colin Simpson 169th 1:29:11.
Stephen Walker who covered the same distance a day previous in the Dublin Half marathon was on pacing duty with the 1hr 30min group judging it perfectly in 1:29:52. Greg McClure was next from the club in 264th in 1:33:00 followed by Penny Lindsay 288th 1:33:41, Janice Plumb 416th 1:37:32, Jack Carberry 541st 1:40:38 (1st M70), Paddy McCambridge 553rd 1:41:16, Ita McCambridge 782nd 1:45:55, Carol Clarke 790th 1:46:08 (PB), Conor O’Rawe 868th 1:47:49, Gary Blythe 925th 1:48:55.
New club member Paul Carlin donned the North Belfast Harriers vest for the first time and it brought him a new PB. Paul finishined in 1:48:42 for 943rd. Another PB for Emma Sheehy 954th 1:49:28 as well who was followed by Athanasia Sevastaki 1019th 1:50:53, Eamon McCambridge 1073rd 1:52:00, Thomas McKinstry 1228th 1:53:22, Donna McLaughlin 1258th 1:54:17 (PB), John Johnston 1309th 1:54:46, Cairan Hunter 1348th 1:55:54, Paul Brennan 1440th 1:57:04, Kerry McShane 1790th 2:03:19, John O’Hare 2030th 2:09:51 and Martine McAnoy 2536th 2:22:26.
Dublin Half Marathon
On Saturday in Phoenix park the annual Dublin half marathon took place attracting a field of 6000 runners. Martin Rea made a return to racing with a finish time of 1:17:33 to finish 28th overall. Stephen Walker was next with a finish time of 1:25:47 for 224th overall. Gerard McNamara dipped under the 90minute mark to finish in 1:29:19 for 396th. Kerry McShane completed her first of two half marathons of the weekend with a finish time of 2:04:35 just outside of her PB.
Mourne Mountain Marathon
On Saturday and Sunday the two day Mourne Mountain marathon event took place in the Co Down mountains. Peter McCelland from the club was one member of the duo competing in the 35km class C race. Peter and his counterpart Wayne Green completed the grueling distance orienteering challenge in a time of 8:06:42 securing first place and a lead of over 6 minutes on the next competing pair.
15th Nat GLENN 21:26
41st Paul WILLIAMS 21:51
46th Colin SIMPSON 22:30
8th Joseph SMITH 21:09 – New PB
28th Eadaoin DONALDSON 29:45
30th Philomena DONALDSON 29:48
36th Eva KISSENPFENNIG 23:09
115th Drew CRAWFORD 27:45
37th Damien GILL 24:17
28th Nuala MULDOON 24:10
50th Lynn MCCULLOUGH 27:07
3rd James WALLACE 18:24 – New PB
14th John MCCONNELL 20:53
7th Andrew MILLIGAN 17:15 – New PB
10th Tony MC CAMBRIDGE 17:37 – New PB
12th Simon REEVE 17:55
15th Paul CURLEY 18:24
19th John Gerard MURPHY 19:13
23rd Luke KELLY 19:40 – New PB
29th Piaras MCSHANE 20:03
36th Eimear MCBRIEN 21:20 – New PB
40th Tony REID 21:57
52nd Niall ARMSTRONG 23:13
57th Greg MCCLURE 23:47
69th Conor O’RAWE 25:39
86th Jack CARBERRY 26:30
90th Steven THOMPSON 26:58
91st Clare O’HARA 27:08 – New PB
96th Daniel KELLY 27:42
106th Frankey MCGIVERN 29:02
107th John BURNS 29:02
114th Margaret STEPHENS 29:18
121st Dermot MCGRATH 29:31 – New PB
123rd Jason REID 29:35
129th Joan GRIEVE 29:58
131st Jim CLINTON 30:00
134th Bronagh CONLON 30:05
148th Bernadette DUFFY 31:31
162nd Marilyn FOSTER 33:33 – New PB
176th Rachel BLYTHE-STONE 39:30
181st Aaron MCCANN 44:51