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weekly round up – a busy weekend from MPT to NYC

Born to Run Minnowburn 10k

The events company Born2Run kicked off their Run Forest Run series with the 10k Minnowburn race on Saturday 31 October and athletes from the club enjoyed great success.  Roisin Hughes led the way home in the ladies’ race, showing her continuing return to top from, leading from the off and finishing in a time of 42.08.   In the men’s race it was a battle from the beginning with both Brendan Grew and Kent Swann fighting hard with Born2Run regular Don Travers the whole way; right down to the last 1k it was anybody’s race, with all three taking the lead at various points.  At the end, Brendan and Kent were just pipped but fantastic performances were on show.   Brendan 2nd in 36.18, Kent 3rd in 36.35.  Also participating in the forest trail and paths race surrounding the Mary Peters Track were:  Janice Plumb, 5th lady in 45.21; Colin Willetts 9th in 39.3; Thomas McKinstry 55.48.

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King of Gullion Sunday 1 November 2015

Last Sunday the annual King of Gullion took place, a challenging 10k comprising tarmac, trail and rocky surfaces.  It began with a steady climb that continued for 5k until the summit was reached, after which there was plenty of opportunity to enjoy the great views as the race progressed.  The descent also proved quite challenging, given the rocky and muddy terrain.  A well organised event, enhanced by the presence of so many competitors who participated dressed as superheroes, the chosen theme (Race description by John Burns).  Athletes who took part from the club were: Ray Cameron, 22nd in 58.10, Lynn McCullough, Dominique McAllister and John Burns all finished with a time of 1.26.51.

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Davagh Forest Saturday 31 October 2015

On Saturday the opening race in the Sperrin Harriers Winter Trail Series kicked off with the 10k race through Davagh forest, over 200 athletes taking part.    This tough course saw 3k on the green trail, moving on to 7k on the “blue” trail.  Taking part from NBH were:  Simon Reeve 9th in 39.35 (3rd M40); Martin Cox 11th in 40.14 (1st M50), Colin Simpson 29th in (4th M45), Eadaoin Donaldson 158th (and 1st pumpkin) 64.32, Philomena Donaldson 64.47.  The next race in the series is Lough Rea, a 5k challenge, on 15 November.


Run 4 Rescue 10M

The lone participant from NBH in this race which took place in Annalong on Saturday 31 October was the experienced mountain runner Neil Carty.  Run annually by Mourne Runners to raise funds for Mourne Mountain Rescue Team, there was a choice of a 4 mile or 10 mile race.  In the ten miler Neil Carty started off strongly, staying in second place and after three miles was 30 seconds in front of the chasing pack and forty seconds behind leader William McKee from Mourne Runners.   The punishing course started at sea level with both road and trail sections, continuously climbing up to Dunny Water, the stunning scenery being the reward for all the hard work, before returning to sea level at the finish at the local community centre.  Neil held on to his second spot on the podium, a clear three minutes ahead of third place, in 1.00.39.


New York Marathon 2015

Last but definitely not least is the sterling effort put in by John Johnston, travelling to New York and taking part in the 45th running of the world’s biggest marathon.  This race, which begins in Staten Island taking in the boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx and finishing in Manhattan, saw over 50,000 participants on Sunday 1 November running in unseasonably high temperatures (runners being advised to slow down).   John completed the course in 5.16, overcoming bad cramps at 18 miles, at the same time raising over £3,000 for a children’s cancer charity.  Well done, John, you earned that medal!


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>> > Belfast Victoria
>> > 2nd Andrew MILLIGAN 16:36 – New PB
>> > Falls
>> > 58th Vincent BRADLEY 48:08
>> > Larne
>> > 6th Matthew MCILROY 21:27
>> > 7th Callum MCILROY 21:30
>> > Stormont
>> > 30th Ray CAMERON 23:47
>> > Valley
>> > 55th Clare HOLMES 32:35
>> > Wallace
>> > 4th John MCCONNELL 19:33
>> > 10th Rebecca WALLACE 20:52 – New PB
>> > 34th Paula WALLACE 22:13
>> > Waterworks
>> > 3rd Matt SHIELDS 18:06
>> > 4th Simon REEVE 18:17
>> > 8th John Gerard MURPHY 19:24
>> > 10th Drew KNOX 19:30
>> > 13th Luke KELLY 19:47
>> > 15th Conor O’RAWE 19:55
>> > 18th Michael MCCORMICK 20:26
>> > 19th Joseph SMITH 20:31 – New PB
>> > 29th Paul BRENNAN 21:58
>> > 30th Tony REID 22:23
>> > 31st Andrew HARDING 22:38
>> > 34th Gary BLYTHE 22:47
>> > 35th Jack CARBERRY 22:54
>> > 42nd Niall ARMSTRONG 23:16
>> > 60th Geraldine MURPHY 24:30 – New PB
>> > 64th Thomas MCKINSTRY 24:43
>> > 65th John BURNS 24:46
>> > 92nd Jim CLINTON 26:47
>> > 102nd John O’HARE 27:22
>> > 115th Clare O’HARA 28:34
>> > 122nd Margaret STEPHENS 29:30
>> > 125th Bronagh CONLON 29:43
>> > 136th Caroline FRIZZELL 30:40
>> > 138th Aaron MCCANN 30:57
>> > 141st Dermot MCGRATH 31:07
>> > 157th Mick MURRAY 35:50
>> > 169th Greg MCCLURE 44:30

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