The Harriers recorded a number of outstanding performances over Easter Weekend, highlighted by Matt Shields’ second place finish in the V60 category at the iconic Two Oceans Ultra Marathon in Cape Town, South Africa; and Andrew Annett’s outstanding personal best in the Home Countries Half Marathon in Cardiff, held in conjunction with the World Half Marathon Championships.
Matt Shields at Two Oceans Ultra Marathon
The Two Oceans is one of the premier ultra-marathons in the world, covering 56 km (34.8 miles) of undulating terrain along the South African coast.
Running in his first-ever ultra, Matt clocked 4.30.45 (7.46 per mile pace) and finished second in the V60 division behind Poland’s Bogdan Barewski (4.26.03). Matt went through the conventional marathon distance (42 km) in 3.17.16.
Andrew and Mark at Home Countries Half Marathon
The World Half Marathon Championships were held in Cardiff on Saturday, and a Home Countries International took place during the event as well. Two Harriers donned the Northern Ireland vest – Andrew Annett and Mark McKinstry. Despite high winds and bouts of heavy rain, Andrew clocked a personal best of 1.09.21 – more than two minutes faster than his previous best – to place 22nd. Mark timed 1.13.01 for 54th.
Louise Smith Second at Omagh Half
The always popular Omagh Half Marathon took place on Saturday, with Louise Smith claiming the second position on the podium in 1.22.10, behind the in-form Laura Graham of Mourne Runners. The runners faced rainy conditions and an undulating course.
Marc Jennings led the men home, clocking 1.17.21 for 12th overall. He was followed by Stephen Walker (1.21.10), Martin Cox (1.23.33 and third V50), Michael Fitzpatrick (1.27.14), Gerard McNamara (1.27.44), Anne Fitzpatrick (1.30.46), Greg McClure (1.32.21), Paul Williams (1.38.09), Mary Reid (1.50.40), Elaine Holmes (1.50.46) and Claire Holmes (1.56.57).
Whitehead Easter Monday 5 Miler
Kent Swann finished third in the Whitehead Easter Monday 5-miler, completing the lap-course in 27.01. Luke Kelly was third in the accompanying children’s fun run, timing 10.19.
The Harriers also claimed a number of age category wins: Carol Clarke (37.37, V50), James Wallace (28.27, V50), and Jim Newberry (32.53, V60).
More results will be posted when they become available.
There were solid performances by individual Harriers in three other races. Greg Lavery was third in the multi-terrain Mussenden 10km, near Coleraine, in 37.38. Marty Rea took fifth in the Ballyliffin 10 Miler in 1.01.34, and John McConnell was 8th in the Ballygalget 10km in 38.38. On Easter Sunday, Conal McCambridge placed third in the Letterkenny 3k in a personal best of 9.10.
This week’s highlight in the Parkruns was Conor O’Rawe, who completed his 100th at the Waterworks in 19.18.
71st Lynn MCCULLOUGH 25:58
6th David CLARKE 20:53
7th Nat GLENN 20:58
8th Simon REEVE 19:09
45th Eva KISSENPFENNIG 22:41
27th Ciaran HUNTER 23:04
1st John MCGUIGAN 18:07
4th Piaras MCSHANE 18:58 – New PB
8th Conor O’RAWE 19:18 – 100th Parkun
14th John Gerard MURPHY 19:47
15th Thomas REID 19:50
44th Cian MCGRATH 22:10
47th Lorraine COX 22:17 – New PB
48th Eimear MCBRIEN 22:18
53rd Tony REID 22:50
55th Niall ARMSTRONG 22:59
71st Ciara O’RAWE 24:04 – New PB
72nd Emma MCBRIEN 24:06 – New PB
96th Jason REID 25:48
111st Philip MCILWRATH 26:16
126th Coleen THOMPSON 27:18 – New PB
132nd John O’HARE 27:46
135th Joe NORNEY 27:53
136th Paul CURLEY 27:54
147th Lyle CARLETON 28:55
148th John BEGGS 28:56
157th Sandy CARR 29:32
158th Kerry MCSHANE 29:33
162nd Trisha MURRAY 29:47
169th Margaret STEPHENS 30:16
171st Philomena DONALDSON 30:17
175th Clare O’HARA 30:36
194th Orla YOUNG 32:11
195th Adrienne MARTIN-POOTS 32:11
196th Bernadette DUFFY 32:28
206th Dirdre MURPHY 33:50
212nd Marilyn FOSTER 34:36
216th Catherine CARLETON 35:23
217th Rosy RYAN 36:00 – New PB