On Saturday 27 September over 42,000 athletes from all over the world gathered in Berlin for the much anticipated running of the annual marathon. Several NBH members made the journey to run on the fast and flat course, one of them for the 10th time – congratulations to Greg McClure, who is now a member of the Jubilee Club and will have his own number from now on for the Berlin Marathon. On this occasion Greg finished (4084) in a time of 3.17.34.
Run of the day must go to Sean McShane. Determined to break the three hour barrier, this hard-working athlete demonstrated a master class in pacing, hitting every 5k in a time of 21 minutes and finishing in a time of 2.59.28 (1683).
Other club participants were Conor Diver, 3.05.37; David Clarke, 3.09.49, Jaon Reid, 3.57.30; Patrick McShane, 4.17.02, and an outstanding PB from Padraigin Bingeam, knocking off 92 minutes from her last marathon to finish in a time of 4.34.13.
26extreme Causeway Coast events
This series of races held on Saturday 26 September saw a handful of athletes from the club competing in three of the four races that were on offer along the Causeway coast. In the 10k, Nuala Muldoon secured third spot on the podium in a time of 54.54. The half marathon saw success and podium spots for both the men and women. 418 athletes undertook the course which started at Larrybane Head and finished at Portballintrae. Marty Rea had a great run, coming in with a time of 1.32.35 for second place. In the ladies’ race, Helen Weir was on impressive form, securing third place with a time of 1.57.39 (42nd overall). Other results in the half were Marc Jennings, who ran in a time of 2.02.54.
In the marathon Thomas McKinstry (“hardest race I’ve ever done”) came in in a time of 5.33
Aurora Bangor 10k
Also on Saturday 26 September many hundreds of runners and supporters arrived in Bangor for the annual Aurora 10k road race. The course began in Castle Park, took in the town centre and then went along the coastline, before returning back to the town for the finish. The men’s race was an a well-fought extremely close race, with five men sprinting for the finish. NBH’s Brendan Grew took 5th position with a time of 34.26. The ladies’ race wasn’t close at all, with Breege Connolly going out in front and staying there for the whole race, finishing 1st in a time of 35.52, (8th overall), two and a half minutes clear of the next female finisher. other results were: James Wallace, 14th (1st in age category) 37.03; John Patience, 19th (1st in age category) 37.17; Mark Shields 47th in 40.59; Ray Cameron, 66th in 42.11; Paula Wallace, 101st in 44.50; new club member Joe Wilson, 478th in 1.04.01.