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A Medal, Mountains, Mud, Marathon & Morrisons!

Breege & Bavarian Beer

The Newry Oktoberfest held its associated 5k on Thursday night with over 400 runners working up a thirst and racing to claim their bespoke bottle-opening bling. North Belfast Harriers Breege Connolly took first place in the Ladies race with 17:24 and was 8th overall.

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Mourne Skyline MTR

On Saturday, over one hundred and fifty runners contested the Garmin Mourne Skyline Mountain Trail Race.  This was the 2nd annual running of the event, which has attracted top mountain runners from several different countries around the world.  The demanding but scenic and stunning course requires the competitors to cover nine of the Mournes highest peaks, finishing with the highest – Slieve Donard, before rapidly descending back down to sea-level. The race started in the blustery wind and rain at 8am on Newcastle Promenade with Simon Reeve, Conor Sheils and Gareth Grew facing a tough day in the mountains. Climbing up into the mist, all three Harriers were through the first checkpoint between Donard and Commedagh in and under 50 minutes. However, with a route that covers 35k and with 3,370m of ascent, there was still plenty more brutal running ahead and with the rain soaked summits, the descents were at times, as testing as the climbs. By the time the runners had returned to Slieve Bearnagh for the second time, energy levels were already depleted and it was over the gruelling final ten kilometres where the final placings would be determined. Finishing just over the five hour mark, Simon Reeve claimed 1st M40 with 5:01:23 for 24th place. Conor Sheils finished 35th in 5:10:43 and Gareth Grew smashed his previous year’s time by 45 minutes, taking 66th place in 5:43:20.

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Photos from NIMRA

 

Bobby Rea XC

On Saturday afternoon, thousands of athletes and spectators attended first Age Group Cross Country Championships of the season for the Juniors, with the Under 20s, Seniors and Masters competing in the Bobby Rea Cross Country (which was also the second round of the NI Cross Country League). Held within the grounds Ulster University of Jordanstown (UUJ) campus, the ladies and Vet 60+ men took on the 5k course. Following up on last week’s success, Jim Newbury placed 3rd with 19:11 in the Masters Men 60+. Paula Wallace, returning from international duty placed 39th in 20:52 (3rd F45). Whilst Thelma McCullough was 89th and also 3rd in her age category with 24:12.

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In the Men’s race, North Belfast Harriers were represented by Conal McCambridge 25th in 27:18, Neil Carty 40th with 27:57, Mark Diamond 54th in 28:53 and Niall Greehan 59th in 29:55. James Wallace also followed up on his international selection last week with 68th place in 29:47 for 2nd M50; and Joe Smith is also having a solid start to the cross country season placing 113th with 33:02.

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Morrisons Great South Run

On Sunday morning Sam Doherty ran the Great South Run along the coast of Portsmouth and Southsea. Sam finished the 10 mile course in 1 hour 19 minutes.

 

Dublin Marathon

Marathon Monday in Dublin and North Belfast Harriers were well represented by a number of athletes. Confirmed results so far include:

Thomas Simmons 02:44:17

Rory Kane 02:58:37 PB

Jim Benson 02:59:29

Joe Norney 03:00:20 PB

Colin Simpson 03:13:43

Helen Wier 03:29:52 PB

Peter McClelland 03:33:12 PB

Jack Carberry 03:42:19 PB (2nd M70)

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Gerard McNamara 03:58:49

Jim Clinton 03:58:49

Thomas McKinstry 04:05:56

Paul Carlin 04:10:20 PB

Sandy Carr 04:20:42

Sean McShane 04:32:43

Kerry McShane 04:32:44 PB

Patricia Bingham 04:34:37

Frankey McGivern 04:40:10

 

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