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Gold – with Silver Linings – at Northern Ireland & Ulster Road Relays

srmenrelays2015North Belfast Harriers enjoyed another successful day at the Northern Ireland & Ulster Road Relay Championships on Saturday in Victoria Park in Belfast, with the senior men’s team lifting the gold medal and the senior women’s, men’s masters, and women’s masters all collecting silvers.

The Road Relays have enjoyed a renaissance in recent years with superb organisation by Orangegrove Athletics Club, and many top clubs and athletes were out in force. The men’s races featured teams of four and the women’s races teams of three, with each athlete running 3380 metres (just over two miles).

The senior men’s race was the last of the day so it was up to Adam Boyd (9.55), Mark McKinstry (10.02), Conal McCambridge (10.32) and Andrew Annett (10.02) to come up with a victory and they delivered in style, outlasting St Malachy’s with a cumulative time of 40.29 to 41.21. The Harriers were just seven seconds shy of the course record set by Annadale in 2012.

The NBH men have now won the 2015 Northern Ireland & Ulster road titles over 5k, 10k, half marathon, and relays.

The senior women’s race was the closest, and perhaps the most exciting of the day, with Rio Olympic marathon qualifier Breege Connolly nearly making up a minute’s deficit on the final leg as the Harriers finished just seven seconds behind Newcastle. Breege’s split of 11.11 was the second fastest of the day and 53 seconds faster than Newcastle’s anchor leg.

srwomenrelays2015But Newcastle had built a significant gap with lead-off woman Rio Olympic steeplechase qualifier Kerry O’Flaherty, whose 10.49 split was the fastest of the day and gave them the edge. Gladys Ganiel O’Neill (11.26) and Martsje Hell (12.00)  ran well as the other two team members. Newcastle (34.30), NBH (34.37), North Down (35.23) and Dromore (35.51) were all well under the previous course record of 36.12, set last year by North Down.

The senior women have now won the 2015 Northern Ireland & Ulster road titles over 5k, 10k, half marathon, and cross country.

The master’s women were second to City of Lisburn, 36.38 to 37.21, with both clubs going under the previous course record. They were paced by Geraldine Branagh (12.48), Roisin Hughes (12.25) and Louise Smith (12.09).

mastermenrelays2015The master’s men captured the silver behind Willowfield, 41.51 to 42.40. The team consisted of Conor Curran (10.15), Tommy Simmons (11.01), Neil Carty (10.48) and Alan O’Hara (10.38).

The club also ran other teams in the various races. In the senior men, the B team of Joe Norney (11.12), Nat Glenn (11.05), Martin Cox (11.43) and Kent Swann (10.53) ran well, as did the C team of Andrew Milligan (10.52), Niall Armstrong (13.16), Conor O’Rawe (12.23) and Eamon Sheridan (13.24).

The senior women fielded two other teams, with a B squad of Frankey McGivern (16.51), Gail Mallaghan (17.54) and Coleen Thompson (16.28) and a C team of Philomena Bradley Donaldson (17.38), Irene McGreevy (17.00) and Eadaoin Donaldson (16.57).

masterwomenrelays2015There were three additional teams in the master’s men’s race, with the next team home consisting of Laurence Johnston (11.31), James Wallace (11.47), John Patience (11.55), and Paul Curley (11.26). Steven Thompson (16.28), John Burns (14.26), Paddy McCambridge (13.22) and Gary Blythe (14.17) made up one squad; while John Murphy (12.13), Greg McClure (13.16), Joe Smith (13.04) and Simon Reeve (11.36) were the other.

Paul McAllister Excels at Ironman in Mallorca

Last weekend Paul McAllister competed in an ironman in Mallorca, Spain. He posted an excellent overall time of 10.03.37 with splits of 56.50 (3 km swim), 5.22.24 (180 km bike) and 3.32.25 (marathon run, 42.2 km).

RunHer 10k and 5k

The ever-popular RunHer 10k and 5k races took place Sunday in the Titanic Quarter, with a number of Harriers taking part.

In the 5k, Karen Clarken ran 27.23 to slice four minutes off her personal best, while Rosy Ryan clocked 34.52.

10k runners included Geraldine Murphy (53.56), Marian Hayes (55.18), Pádraigín Bingeam (59.11), Bronagh Conlon (1.04.38), Joan Grieve (1.04.38), Deirdre Murphy (1.07.24), Colleen McIlrath (1.10.08), Kathleen O’Neill (a personal best of 1.10.26) and Marilyn Foster.


Despite the busy weekend schedule, a number of Harriers took part in the weekly Parkruns, with Tony Reid (21.50) and Martine McAnoy (27.35) recording personal bests at the Waterworks.

Belfast Victoria
8th Colin SIMPSON 59:59
12th Judi MACAULAY 59:59
28th Paul WILLIAMS 59:59
9th Helen F WEIR 21:54
34th Jim CLINTON 27:02
2nd Greg LAVERY 19:15
39th Nat GLENN 31:32
34th Eva KISSENPFENNIG 23:15
129th Drew CRAWFORD 27:38
15th Damien GILL 21:08
53rd John LAVERY 26:23
66th Philip MCILWRATH 27:19
93rd Rosy RYAN 37:26
13th Nuala MULDOON 24:20
20th Paula WALLACE 21:53
4th Michael FITZPATRICK 18:20
5th Simon REEVE 18:39
7th David CURRAN 19:13
8th John Gerard MURPHY 19:27
10th Jim NEWBERRY 19:33
22nd Greg MCCLURE 21:03
26th Sean MCSHANE 21:19
29th Jack CARBERRY 21:26
32nd Tony REID 21:50 – New PB
46th Paul BRENNAN 23:30
65th Ita MCCAMBRIDGE 25:17
69th Chris MURRAY 25:40
72nd Thomas MCKINSTRY 25:51
73rd Lynn MCCULLOUGH 25:51
77th Marian HAYES 26:04
81st John O’HARE 26:07
88th John GRIBBIN 26:55
99th Martine MCANOY 27:35 – New PB
113rd Frankey MCGIVERN 29:09
114th Margaret STEPHENS 29:11
130th Dermot MCGRATH 31:11
133rd Bernadette DUFFY 31:22