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Weekend Roundup – Success on the Roads

This weekend brought more success for the Harriers on the roads, highlighted by numerous strong performances at the SEE Airtricity 10 miler in Londonderry/Derry and a victory by Mark McKinstry in the Carmen 10k.

Airtricity 10 Miler

andrewannett-greencastleIn the North West on Saturday the third running of the  Airtricity 10 mile road race was held. The course had been revised this year to remove a hilly section at the end of the race making this a perfect event to achieve an early personal best (PB) in the road running season. At the front of the race Andrew Annett held on to Gideon Kimsop (Project Africa) until the infamous Foyle Bridge at around the 3 mile mark; from then onwards Andrew had a solo run to the finish along the pristine paths of the river Foyle. Andrew comfortably secured 2nd place in a time of 53:35, a new PB, albeit his first race over this distance.

Behind Andrew, John Black had a sprint finish to secure a 3rd place finish in 54:45 (new PB). Eddie Cooke continued his comeback with a strong 5th place finish in a time of 55:56 to secure 3 in the top 5 for the club. Next across the line and just narrowly outside of the 60 minute mark David Clarke the V55 Irish Half Marathon Champion easily secured his age category with a time of 60:34 to take 16th place overall.

Martsje Hell was the first lady for the club to cross the line finishing in 4th place in the women’s race in a time of 65:56. Martsje was followed by Janice Plumb who managed to set a new PB and sneak under the 70 minute mark with a time of 69:43, enough to secure second place in the V45 category. The trio of women was completed by Carol Clarke who won the F50 age category, also setting a new PB in a time of 79:54.

Carmen 10k

11951586_10154333132238357_4042414903469142446_oAt the Carmen 10k in Carrickmore, Mark McKinstry was a runaway winner in 33.10, more than a minute ahead of the second place finisher.

Carlingford Half Marathon

On a windy day in Carlingford, a number of Harriers completed the half marathon, with Jack Carberry finishing first in the V70 category in 1.42.58. Marty Rea was 11th in 1.21.18, followed by Colin Willetts (1.26.14), Gerard McNamara (1.28.46), Colin Simpson (1.29.50), Andrew Harding (1.38.04), Ciaran Browne (1.42.58), and John O’Hare (2.08.34).

Slieve Gullion Mountain Race

The Northern Ireland Mountain Running Association (NIMRA) race series got underway Saturday at the Slieve Gullion race outside Newry. Battling cold temperatures and sleet, the Harriers’ Thomas Simmons placed ninth in 34.11.


As usual, the Harriers were out in force for the Saturday morning Parkruns. Joe Norney set a new personal best in finishing first at the Waterworks (17.48).

Belfast Victoria 
35th Paul WILLIAMS 21:38
100th Philip MCILWRATH 26:32

Rosy Ryan 35.09
8th Gladys GANIEL-O’NEILL (with babyjogger!) 23:29
1st Nat GLENN 19:09

5th Matthew MCILROY 21:27
17th Marc JENNINGS 20:07
24th Ciaran HUNTER 23:01
55th John LAVERY 25:58
3rd Luke KELLY 20:42
5th Gerry GRIBBON 21:05
2nd Michael FITZPATRICK 18:34
1st Joe NORNEY 17:48 – New PB

5th John MCGUIGAN 18:34
6th Simon REEVE 18:50
11th Piaras MCSHANE 19:25 – New PB 
20th Greg MCCLURE 20:43
26th Eamon SHERIDAN 21:24
35th Cian MCGRATH 22:33
38th Tony REID 22:37
50th Gary BLYTHE 23:54
61st Jim CLINTON 24:12
69th Ciara O’RAWE 24:57
74th John GRIBBIN 25:26
76th Lyle CARLETON 25:38
90th Niall ARMSTRONG 26:19
95th Jason REID 26:35
108th Claire BRADY 27:32 – New PB
109th John BEGGS 27:34 – New PB
129th Matthew CARLETON 29:15
132nd Megan BEGGS 29:17
136th Clare O’HARA 29:48
152nd Eadaoin DONALDSON 31:38
153rd Kerry MCSHANE 31:39
156th Adrienne MARTIN-POOTS 31:44
157th Joan GRIEVE 31:49
168th Bernadette DUFFY 33:31
169th Philomena DONALDSON 33:32
170th Dirdre MURPHY 33:36
171st Catherine CARLETON 33:41

Thanks to John Black for assistance with this report.