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NBH athletes excel on the tarmac and the trail – Race report 2nd & 3rd April

NBH athletes excel on the tarmac and the trail – Race report 2nd & 3rd April

The weekend past offered NBH athletes a great depth of fixtures to compete in, as the spring season gets into full swing. The club was well represented both on the roads and throughout the forests, across the province and even further afield.

 NiRunning ‘Killylane Klassic’ 5 mile Trail Race, Ballyboley Forest, Larne, Co. Antrim:

The weekend fixtures started off early on Saturday morning with the 3rd annual Killylane Klassic, a race that is organised by the cornerstone of local athletics that is ‘NiRunning’.

With the promise of a slickly organised event and great trail racing conditions, fifty competitors turned up, with even the weather playing its part. The 5 mile race featured a myriad of paths, trails and fire roads within Ballyboley forest and the competition certainly did heat up fast.

The mens race was won in impressive fashion by NBH athlete Mark McKinstry who used his local knowledge and experience of the forest trails to win comfortably in a time of 26:34, securing a new course kkrecord in the process. The ladies race was contested well into the final mile, with Paula McAllister securing top spot on the final climb to finish in a winning time of 33:54.

The club featured prominently amongst the top finishers, with NBH athletes muscling into half of the top ten positions. After Mark Mc Kinstry in 1st (26:34) was Conor Shiels in 4th (30:08), James Wallace in 5th (30:20), trail veteran Simon Reeve in 7th (30:31) and Vernon Shiels in 10th (31:31).


RunHer Delamont Park 10k (and 5k), Delamont park, Co. Down:

Sunday saw the province’s female athletes from beginners to elite race around the picturesque Delamont park and along the edge of Strangford lough, on what was regarded a hilly and tough  course. Promoted and sponsored by local businesses, these races are in their 10th year and have successfully encouraged many female runners into competition. This year there were two options on offer, a 5km and a 10km race; both were well attended, with over one hundred and eighty runners in the 5km race and two hundred and forty runners participating in the 10km race.

The 5km race was won by Rachel Gibson from North Down AC in a time of 20:05. The NBH women were represented at the front of the race by Paula Wallace who very narrowly missed out on a podium place by two seconds, finishing in 4th (23:09).cmc

The 10km race was won by the in-form Laura Graham from Mourne Runners in a time of 38:56. The NBH women were represented at the front of the race by Cathy Mc Court, who in a return from injury secured a fiercely contested second place with a time of 43:35, pipping Lyndsey Tryo (Orangegrove AC) by one second at the line.

Full results to be detailed soon, including any other NBH runners who participated.  (Photo by Runher)


Rabbit Run 5k, Hazelbank Park, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim:

Over four hundred participants from all levels of running ability toed the line of this 5km charity race around Hazelbank Park, raising funds and promoting awareness of the NI hospice.

The race was won by Mark Rushby in a time of 18:35. With close proximity to the club there was a healthy attendance by NBH athletes from both the junior and senior teams. Luke Kelly finished in 3rd position well under the 20 minute marker (19:42), with the NBH junior athlete Eimear McBrien taking the first female finisher in 5th (20:21). John O’Hare secured 36th (24:57), Padraigin Bingham finished in 250th (37:03) and Thomas McKinstry in 285th (38:20).


Paris Marathon, France:

This Sunday saw the 40th running of the present day Paris marathon. The event first took place in 1896 with 191 participants, with the present day fixture being a staple in the World marathon calendar since 1976.ray

Runners took to the start line on the Avenue des Champs-Elysees in sunny and hot conditions,
but amidst tight security in light of recent events in the French capital city. No stranger to the pain and drama of running the 26 and ‘a bit’ miles, Ray Cameron joined 54,000 other competitors heading downhill around the Place de la Concorde before turning right into Rue de Rivoli and facing the test of a marathon ahead. Ray finished the distance under the 3:30 mark (his second marathon under 3:30) with a perfectly timed 3:29:57. Ray continues to raise funds for Children with Cancer UK, see his facebook page for details.

(Photo by Ray Cameron)


Parkrun, Saturday 2nd April 2016, @ various events through the province:

As always the NBH athletes were up and active early on Saturday morning and hopefully most avoided the weekends rain. In any event there were five Personal Best times and one runner from the club racking up a first finisher.

Colin Glen

13th Philip MCILWRATH 27:47

14th Eadaoin DONALDSON 27:58 – New PB

18th Gabrielle MALLAGHAN 29:50

25th Philomena DONALDSON 32:45 – New PB

38 Rosy RYAN 41:41


23rd Elaine Holmes 25:39 – New PB


65th Eva KISSENPFENNIG 23:06

281st Marc JENNINGS 32:42

11th Colin SIMPSON 19:45 – New PB

35th Kevin LAVERY 23:03

54th John LAVERY 25:09

2nd John MCCONNELL 18:51

1st Andrew MILLIGAN 17:52 – First finisher

5th Colin WILLETTS 18:34 – New PB

7th Martin COX 19:18

8th John Gerard MURPHY 19:28

12th Joe NORNEY 20:15

15th Greg MCCLURE 20:28

24th Janice PLUMB 21:07

29th Piaras MCSHANE 21:17

34th Ita MCCAMBRIDGE 21:46

48th Tony REID 23:08

64th Niall ARMSTRONG 23:48

69th Jim CLINTON 24:08

105th Jason REID 26:09

134th John O’HARE 28:14

142nd Bronagh CONLON 28:30

144th Claire BRADY 28:37

147th Trisha MURRAY 28:53

153rd Jacqueline LAWLOR 29:29

163rd Margaret STEPHENS 30:05

164th Clare O’HARA 30:06

166th Kerry MCSHANE 30:14

184th Adrienne MARTIN-POOTS 31:56

189th Bernadette DUFFY 32:43

205th Catriona MORRIS 35:52

209 Jill O’REILLY 38:30 – New PB