A beautiful autumn weekend saw Harriers competing near and far, with some outstanding performances at the Northern Ireland Master’s trial for the British and Irish Internationl cross country championships next month, as well as the Gr8 Dundrum 8 miler in Co Down. At the trial on the Dub fields in Belfast, nine Harriers earned selection for the Northern Ireland team, while at the Irish trial in Dublin Paul Elliott gained a spot on the V60 Irish team. In Dundrum the Harriers had the first and third men and women across the line in Andrew Annett and Breege Connolly, and Lindsay Gordon and Martsje Hell. And at the Amsterdam Marathon, Irish international ultrarunner Martin Rea dropped down in distance to run 2.43.21.
Master’s Cross Country
The Northern Ireland Master’s cross country trial was held Saturday at the Dub Fields, with the women and V65 men contesting a 6k course and the V35+ men racing over 8km. All age categories competed together in the two races, with the Northern Ireland teams being announced after the event.
In the women’s competition, V45 competitor Louise Smith finished second overall in 22.11, just 8 seconds behind Omagh Harriers’ Julie Butler. Eamon White, another V45 athlete, was third overall in the men’s race in 26.04. Louise and Eamon will lead the V45 teams at the International, which will be held in Dublin this year.
Athletes named to the four-person teams are:
V45 women: Louise Smith
V45: Eamon White
V50: James Wallace, Nat Glenn
V55: David Clarke, John Patience, Laurence Johnston
V60: Jim Newberry
V75: Drew Crawford
Other Harriers who competed in the women’s race were Penny Lindsay (24.45), Janice Plumb (25.11), and Carol Clarke (28.37). Drew Crawford ran 35.20.
The men were further represented by Neil Carty (27.18 for 15th), Kent Swann (27.48 for 21st), James Wallace (28.20 for 27th), David Clarke (28.51), John Patience (29.15), Laurence Johnston (29.32), Philip Donnelly (30.00), Jim Newberry (31.49), and Joe Smith (33.02).
At the Irish trial in Dublin’s Phoenix Park, Paul Elliott was second in the V60 category.
Gr8 Dundrum 8 Miler
The club was well-represented at the popular Gr8 Dundrum 8 miler on Saturday, with 42 Harriers among the almost 1000 runners who completed the challenging course. The route was a mixture of road, trail and sand beach, and runners were treated to stunning scenery as well as an ice cream cone at the end of the race.
Harriers topped the podium with Andrew Annett (45.29) and Breege Connolly (49.09) scooping the accolades. There were also bronze medal performances from Lindsay Gordon (46.02) for the men and Martsje Hell (53.38) for the women.
Brendan Grew nabbed the sixth spot in 47.07, while Martin Cox was just outside the top 15, finishing 16th in 51.25.
They were supported by Raymond Cameron (56.57), Mark Shields (57.04), Sarah-Jane McFadden (57.15), Peter McClelland (58.44), Helen Weir (59.20), Lance Breen (1.01.07), Paddy McCambridge (1.02.26), junior athlete Eamon Sheridan (1.04.26), Eamon McCambridge (1.06.10), Ita McCambridge (1.07.02), Tony Reid (1.07.19), Thomas McKinstry (1.10.46), Donna McLaughlin (1.11.11), Clare Holmes (1.12.38), Mary Reid (1.13.35) and Lynn McCullough, Sandy Carr and John Burns – who all ran 1.13.40.
Following close were Geraldine Murphy (1.13.44), Elaine Holmes (1.13.50), Ruth Murphy (1.15.28), Marian Hayes (1.16.21), Marie-Louise Lowry (1.16.56), Eadaoin Donaldson (1.19.05), Irene McGreevy (1.19.05), Philomena Donaldson (1.20.24), Clare O’Hara (1.20.32), Chris Murray (1.21.08), Nuala McCallan (1.21.14), Martine McAnoy (1.23.05), Donna Smyth (1.23.06), Steven Thompson (1.23.51), Trisha Murray (1.24.51), Jackie Lawlor (1.25.32), Micky Lawlor (1.25.32), and Bernadette Duffy (1.31.18).
In the accompanying 8km, Rosy Ryan and Phil McIlwrath ran the circuit together in 59.26.
Both races finished on the track inside the Olympic stadium.
The usual Parkruns took place on Saturday. Results will be added soon.