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weekly round up – 8 May 2016

Hill and Dale Race Series NIMRA

In race 4 of the popular but specialist Hill & Dale series on Thursday 5th May, Neil Carty was NBH’s solo entrant in the race on the Binnian, the only race in the series with a hilltop finish, finishing in 6th place overall in a time of 37.32 (summit time 25.52).

 Annalong Horseshoe Mountain Race    

Just two days after the Binnian run Neil Carty was back in action again at the Annalong Horseshoe mountain race on Saturday 7th May.  This race is classed as long – 13.1 miles – in the championship, where athletes navigate their own course in between set checkpoints.  Almost 100 hardy souls took on this gruelling challenge in very poor conditions, ascending 1,550 metres over the half marathon distance.  Neil finished in a time of 2.41.23 for 13th place.

conal t&f

Holy Family 5k Magherafelt

On Friday 6th May almost 260 athletes gathered in Magherafelt to take on the inaugural running of the Holy Family 5k.  Although billed to be a fast and flat course, it surprised many with a steep almost 1 mile climb at the beginning.  North Belfast Harriers were represented by two Shiels, Vernon and Conor, who put in sterling performances, Vernon just missing out on second spot by one second, finishing 3rd in 17.22, while Conor came in just 40 seconds later in 5th place in 18.02.

conor and vernon

Ballyshannon 5K

On Friday 6th May, the lastest in the Donegal 5k Grand Prix took place in Ballyshannon and was hosted by Tir Chonaiall AC.   NBH’s Olympic qualifier Breege Connolly displayed top form, with a new PB of 16.39 for first place in the ladies’ race and securing a stunning 4th position overall.


Killyclogher 10k (by Martin Cox)

The annual Killyclogher 10k was held on Saturday 7th May at 11.00am outside Omagh in county Tyrone. Over 700 runners took to the surrounding roads of Ballinmullam in a fantastic event which raised money for “Gina Carrigan forget me not fund” and “Run for Enda Organisation”.

Conditions on race day were wet and windy and course was typical Tyrone undulating.

North Belfast Harriers were represented by Cathy Mc Court and Martin Cox. Cathy was second lady home on her comeback and finished in 40th position overall with a time of 41.26.

Martin won M50 class and was 14th overall with a time of 37.13. Martin had a race long battle with local vet Martin Mc Laughlin of Omagh Harriers, for most of race, and won class in last 800m.

Patrick Pearse 5k Dublin

Two athletes from the club, Jackie and Mick Lawlor, travelled down to Dublin to take part in the Patrick Pearse 5k run on Sunday 8th May.  This race, a 100% charity race for St Teresa Obera, was held in St Enda’s Park in Rathfarnham and proved to be a challenging 5k.  380 athletes took part in fine conditions.


park run

Belfast Victoria
19th Colin SIMPSON 19:40
28th Mark SHIELDS 20:21
32nd Paul WILLIAMS 21:09
163rd John GRIBBIN 27:20
224th Drew CRAWFORD 30:20
248th Coirle FINNEGAN 31:15
29th Paula WALLACE 22:12 – New PB
1st John BLACK 17:17
110th Eadaoin DONALDSON 27:51
1st Marc JENNINGS 17:32 – New PB
8th Simon REEVE 19:06
61st Eva KISSENPFENNIG 22:34
19th Ciaran HUNTER 21:45
31st Kevin LAVERY 22:51
63rd John LAVERY 24:44
12th Helen F WEIR 21:46
48th Philip MCILWRATH 27:49
93rd Rosy RYAN 43:18
3rd John MCCONNELL 19:35
1st John MCGUIGAN 17:33
2nd Andrew MILLIGAN 17:51
3rd Paul CURLEY 18:09
4th Joe NORNEY 18:17
8th Conor O’RAWE 19:28
9th John Gerard MURPHY 19:48
12th Matthew MCILROY 20:06 – New PB
14th Luke KELLY 20:08
15th John STEELE 20:22 – New PB
16th Piaras MCSHANE 20:27
18th Drew KNOX 20:37
20th Janice PLUMB 20:46
23rd Ita MCCAMBRIDGE 21:10 – New PB
24th Paddy MCCAMBRIDGE 21:11
25th Callum MCILROY 21:19
27th Harry PLUMB 21:25
34th Cian MCGRATH 21:40
46th Tony REID 22:30
50th Max REID 22:46 – New PB
51st Gary BLYTHE 22:46
55th Ciara O’RAWE 23:06
60th Sandy PLUMB 23:15
70th Lyle CARLETON 23:44 – New PB
73rd Greg MCCLURE 23:50
83rd Lynn MCCULLOUGH 24:49
91st Sean NEILAN 25:06
93rd Eimear MCBRIEN 25:08
99th Chris MURRAY 25:50
101st John BEGGS 25:53 – New PB
118th Ciara NEILAN 26:39 – New PB
119th Emma BLYTHE-STONE 26:39 – New PB
120th Niall ARMSTRONG 26:41
121st Orla MCCAMBRIDGE 26:54
128th Eimear NUGENT 27:07
133rd Jim CLINTON 27:33
161st Margaret STEPHENS 29:34
162nd Sandy CARR 29:34
174th Catriona MORRIS 31:02
176th Lorna MCGRATH 31:03
181st Gillian RUSSELL 31:09
191st Nisha SHARMA 32:16
192nd Bernadette DUFFY 32:19
193rd Jacqueline LAWLOR 32:20
196th Catherine CARLETON 32:58 – New PB
199th Thomas MCKINSTRY 33:19