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From the banks of the Lagan, to the banks of the Thames – NBH compete near and far

From the banks of the Lagan, to the banks of the Thames – NBH compete near and far


Deep RiverRock Queen’s Race Round the River 5k & 3k events (incorporating the NI & Ulster 5k Road Championships), Belfast, Co. Antrim:

This event was one of the highlights of the racing week, the notoriously fast course and the blissful weather ensured a good turn out and offered enticing PB conditions. Spectators were also provided with numerous vantage points along the Ormeau and Stranmillis embankments, basking in the sun while the athletes anxiously warmed up. The event this year also introduced a 3km race for the first time, which proved a great success.

3km race:

The evening’s events started off with a 3km race that attracted some serious competitors from both the local and international racing scene. The men’s race was won by Tim Scott, from Lagan Valley AC in a time of 9:42, with the ladies race being clinched by Kelly Neely, from City of Lisburn AC in 9:49. NBH athletes were represented at the front by the Rio 2016 Marathon qualifier Breege Connolly, who was the second lady across the line in a time of 10:02 (8th place overall). Luke Kelly finished in 26th place (11:17), Brendan McCambridge finished in 38th place (12:02) and Daniel Kelly finished in 38th (12:02).

5km race (the NI & Ulster 5k Road Championships):

After the scintillating pace of the 3km event, the crowd’s attention turned to the evening’s 5km race. With 708 runners entered, the Ormeau embankment was soon crowded with athletes stretching, sprinting and warming up their muscles in the evenings heat. A crowded start line thronged with athletes of all ages, abilities and backgrounds with PBs on their mind, led to a race that didn’t disappoint.

At the front, the perfect racing conditions and a strong calibre of runners led to 24 people crossing the line in under 16 mins. The top 3 male runners finished within 3 seconds of each other, with Gary Murray from Clonliffe Harriers A.C. winning in a time of 14:51. The Ladies race was won by Shalene McMurray from Newcastle and District AC in a time of 17:32, ten seconds ahead of her club mate Joanne Mills.

5kmNBH athletes took to the banks of the Lagan with fervour, and their efforts were well rewarded. In total 31 NBH athletes took part in that race and were rewarded with numerous PBs and smiles, five sub 16 minute finishes, the men’s NI & Ulster 5k Road Championships team gold prize and 62 tired legs the next day.

At the front of the race Mark McKinstry continued to impress himself on the local racing circuit with a top ten finish in 15:18 (9th). Conal McCambridge fresh from the Morton Stadium track at the Irish Universities Championships, crossed the line not far behind in 15:23 (12th). Philip Goss and Lindsay Gordon continued their impressive form to finish in 15:34 (18th) and 15:37 (20th) respectively. In a superb performance John Black gave it everything with a time of 15:45 (21st), not far behind was Paul Horan who clinched the final winning team position in 16:18 (31st) and with that the NBH secured yet another championship team gold prize.

Marc Jennings finished next in 16:18 (32nd) and in a London marathon warm-up Martin Rea finished in 16:49 (51st). James Wallace and John McGuigan finished in 17:07 (62nd) and 17:08 (63rd) respectively, with Nat Glenn powering along the banks to finish in 17:14 (68th). Next up was Paul Elliot in 17:50 (94th), Laurence Johnston in 17:54 (98th), Conor O’Rawe 18:17 (118th), Piaras McShane 18:29 (126th), Rory Kane in 18:36 (133th), Sean McShane 18:48 (142nd), Peter McClelland in 19:07 (169th), John Murphy in 19:08 (171st), Patrick McShane in 19:25 (195th), Jim Newberry 19:42 (216th) and with that 21 NBH runners had crossed the line under the 20 minute mark.

The NBH runners kept coming and the results flowed in, further showing the depth of talent at the club. Eamon Sheridan finished in a time of 20:24 (255th), Paul Williams 20:25 (258th), Janice Plumb 20:32 (262nd), Joseph Hughes 20:33 (263rd), Niall Armstrong 21:46 (320th),  Jason Reid 23:45 (424th), John Johnston 24:20 (470th), Phillip McIlwrath 24:38 (485th) and Rosy Ryan finished in 34:31 (693rd). And with that the evening drew to a close, a race that many will remember for years to come.

(Photo by NiRunning) 


Hill & Dale Series, Race 2 – Tollymore Forest Park, Co. Down: 

Thursday evening saw nearly 242 athletes enter race 2 of the renowned Hill & Dale race series. The popular race series is hosted by Newcastle AC and is mostly set around the Mourne Mountains on weekday evenings, entailing challenging Mountain races and faster trail races.

Race 2 was located in and around Tollymore Forest Park, and while not based directly in the Mourne mountains, this race still required roughly 1050 feet of ascent.

The race was won by a young Newcastle AC athlete, Zak Hanna in a time of 30:28, the first female finisher was the NI international Gillian Wasson from Ballymena Runners who sealed victory in 36:10. The NBH had two ever eager mountain men competing, both of whom are registered and will compete throughout this race series, Neil Carty finished in a time of 31:34 (4th) and Simon Reeve finished in 33:31 (17th).


The Fallows Mountain Race 2016, NIMRA – Championship Race 2, Kilbroney Forest Park, Rostrevor, Co. Down:

This Saturday saw the best in local mountain running tear up and down the picturesque Kilbroney Park in Rostrevor. This was the second race of the 2016 Northern Ireland Mountain Running Association (NIMRA) Championship, ‘The Fallows’ Mountain Race. This race is a ‘medium’ event and comprised forest paths and climbing of 10miles in total, with 800m of ascent.

fallowsThe race was won by William McKee (who also won the Glenariff event), William has been picked for the NI international team for the Inter-Countries Mountain Running Championships in Wales. Nevertheless NBH athlete Tommy Simmons who is relishing his ‘….newcomer to the NI Mountain running scene…’ status, gave William a challenging race, with Tommy eventually finishing in a time of 1:19:36 to clinch 3rd place. The ladies race was won by Diane Wilson, who held off Shileen O’Kane (Lagan Valley AC), to finish in first place with a time of 1:30:45.

(Photo by Jayne Bell, Flickr, NIMRA)


Great Edinburgh Run, Scotland:

Last Sunday 17th April, native Scotsman Lindsay Gordon made the trip to Edinburgh to race in the 10 mile event. Lindsay finished in an impressive time of 56:51 to clinch the 10th finishing spot overall.


London Marathon, England:

After the celebrations of the Queen’s birthday, the party atmosphere in London continued as the capital city welcomed over 39,000 runners to tackle the 26 miles and 345 yards of this mythical race distance. The marathon is often the pinnacle of a runner’s career and the culmination of months of preparation. It’s a race that attracts such a variety of runners and this London marathon was no exception, from first time finishers, charity runners, PB seekers, Olympic qualifying hopefuls and near record breakers.

The mens race was won by the Kenyan, Eliud Kipchoge who clocked the second fastest marathon time in history at, 2hr 3min 5 sec – missing the world record by just 8 seconds. The ladies race was just as dramatic with Kenyan, Jemima Sumgong, recovering from a fall and grazing her head, to recover and take the ladies title in 2hr 22min 58sec.

londonNot too far behind the elite runners and Olympic hopefuls was a strong contingent of 11 runners from the NBH, with a mix of Marathon masters and first timers. The first finisher from the club was Joe Norney in a time of 3:03:32, followed close behind by Paul Curley in 3:03:43, in what was a great display of team work over the tortuous distance. Colin Simpson added another marathon to his tally, finishing in a time of 3:08:44 and securing a PB in the process. Gerry Gribbon completed the distance in 3:16:13. Greg McClure finished his race in 3:17:25 just missing out on a top 100 placing for his age category. David Woodhouse completed his marathon in 3:26:41, comfortably under the 3:30 mark. Andrew Harding secured an 11 minute PB, with a fantastic run to finish in a time of 3:26:59. Ciaran Browne clocked off the miles in 3:45:59. Jack Carberry deserves a special mention, with his days work culminating in the 6th fastest time for his age group, Jack smashed yet another marathon in 3:46:36. The first female NBH athlete to cross the line was Eadaoin Donaldson, as she completed her first ever marathon in a time of 4:43:25, a sky high achievement from her early days as a couch to 5km runner and beginner in the sport. Frankey McGivern completed her marathon in a time of 5:44:34, which rounded off a fantastic set of results for the club.

A special mention must also go to the 3 NBH athletes who were London Marathon pacers, Martin Rea, Jim Benson and Stephen Walker. Martin successfully guided dozens of runners to the ‘inner circle’ of athletics, those who run under the finishing gate before the timer hits 3 hours, no doubt all with massive smiles on their faces. Martin steered the group ‘comfortably’ home in 2:58:22. Jim and Stephen both paced the 3hr15mins group, guiding their bunch of runners home comfortably in 3:14:27 and 3:13:35 respectively, helping many finish well within their target for the race.

(Photo by Joe Norney, NBH facebook page)


Parkrun, Saturday 23rd April 2016, @ various events through the province:

See below for some fantastic parkrun results, with the temperatures rising the 5km times are falling, 13 PBs were recorded by NBH runners this Saturday.

54th Daniel KELLY 23:40
55th Luke KELLY 23:41
96th Eddie COUGHLAN 26:25
10th Mark SHIELDS 19:44
26th Paul WILLIAMS 21:07
21st Thomas MCKINSTRY 28:56 – New PB
5th Callum MCILROY 20:48
13th Harry PLUMB 22:41 – New PB
14th John STEELE 22:42
15th Janice PLUMB 22:43
21st Sandy PLUMB 24:13
3rd Marc JENNINGS 18:27
5th Simon REEVE 18:54
39th Eva KISSENPFENNIG 22:00
129th Lynn MCCULLOUGH 25:26
333rd Drew CRAWFORD 35:11
32nd Sandy CARR 24:29 – New PB
21st Ciaran HUNTER 21:40
24th Damien GILL 21:46
30th John LAVERY 22:38
132nd Rosy RYAN 38:59
18th Helen F WEIR 21:29 – New PB
17th Thomas NEILL 25:22 – New PB
28th Jason REID 26:53
3rd John MCCONNELL 18:51
6th John Gerard MURPHY 19:39
15th Drew KNOX 21:00
21st Ita MCCAMBRIDGE 21:31 – New PB
22nd Paddy MCCAMBRIDGE 21:32
26th Gary BLYTHE 21:50
34th Tony REID 22:29
35th Cian MCGRATH 22:38
40th Ciara O’RAWE 22:57 – New PB
41st Conor O’RAWE 22:57
67th Anthony FLEMING 24:14
68th Niall ARMSTRONG 24:17
69th Matthew CARLETON 24:18 – New PB
70th Eamon SHERIDAN 24:18
72nd Piaras MCSHANE 24:22
73rd Sean MCSHANE JR 24:29
77th Lyle CARLETON 24:33
110th Daniel O’CALLAGHAN 26:46 – New PB
112nd Orla MCCAMBRIDGE 27:01
123rd Jim CLINTON 27:16
127th John O’HARE 27:25
131st Eimear NUGENT 27:45
133rd Joan GRIEVE 27:51 – New PB
134th Bronagh CONLON 27:51
137th Claire BRADY 27:55
150th Jacqueline LAWLOR 28:58 – New PB
154th Clare O’HARA 29:34
156th Margaret STEPHENS 29:40
165th Dermot MCGRATH 30:50
166th Dirdre MURPHY 30:56
170th John O’REILLY 31:09 – New PB
171st Bernadette DUFFY 31:10
180th Elaine CRAWFORD 32:03 – New PB
185th Catriona MORRIS 32:31
195th Jane O’HARA 34:00
205th Christine GASTON 35:16
211st Padraigin BINGHAM 37:28
217th Jill O’REILLY 38:49

2nd Ray CAMERON 20:04