North Belfast Harriers successfully staged the 8.8 km Cavehill Challenge Pure Running Belfast Hills Race on Saturday, with the Harriers’ own Mary Margaret Meade the first woman to complete the course in 39.39. One hundred runners took part in the 8.8 km and the associated 2 km junior race.
The men’s race was an exciting battle for the first three places, with East Down’s Paul Burns holding off a late-charging Martin Rea from North Belfast, 34.44 to 34.50. The Harriers’ Andrew Milligan claimed the third podium spot in 34.56. Paul Curley was just behind in fourth in 35.06.
The club’s next hills race is the Pure Running Belfast Hills Divis 10 Mile Challenge on 25 June. For more information, including online entry, click here.
These races are of course testing with the up-and-down terrain, but competitors are awarded with stunning views across Belfast and the Harriers’ conscientious organisation. The club is grateful for all the volunteers who make the races possible.
The next Harrier home was Colin Simpson, 22nd in 40.02. He was supported by Gerry Gribbon (42.20), Joseph Hoggrey (42.24), Eamon Sheridan (45.51), and Gary Blythe (45.53). The club’s second woman was Ruth Murphy (48.32), and she was followed by Niall Armstrong (49.05), Donna McLaughlin (50.14), Dominique McAllister (52.22), Conleth Conway (52.49), Michael Lawlor (53.10), Joe Olson (55.24), Martin Kelly (56.00), John Beggs (56.00), Marian Hayes (56.02), and Geraldine Murphy (56.46).
The Harriers were to the fore in the junior race, with Luke Kelly (9.05) and Erin Harding (12.34) finishing as the first male and female. Luke was just ahead of clubmates Callum McIlroy (9.11) and Brendan McCambridge (9.14).
Next home were Daniel Kelly (10.12), Ruairi Dornan (10.14), Max Reid (10.19), Dan McAllister (15.17), James Toal (15.36), Jessica McAllister (15.39), Rachel Blythe-Stone (17.22) and Alicia Whyte McGivern (17.36). At age 7, Dan McAllister was the youngest in the race.
Harriers Sweep Podium at Newry City Half Marathon
The Harriers swept the podium at the Newry City Half Marathon on Sunday, with Eamon White conquering the warm conditions and claiming a dominant victory in 1.13.15. He was well-supported by Marc Jennings (1.17.06) and Andrew Considine (1.20.11).
Louise Smith finished second in the women’s race in 1.23.24 and was also seventh overall. The winner was Laura Graham of Mourne Runners (1.21.06 – 4th overall).
Veteran athlete Martin Cox cracked the top ten with his 1.25.23, while John McConnell was next in 1.27.56 for 21st. There were further solid performances from Paddy McCambridge (1.35.22), Ita McCambridge (1.37.08), veteran Jack Carberry (1.41.56), Philip McIlwrath (2.02.58), Irene McGreevy (2.06.30), Eadaoin Donaldson (2.06.31), Philomena Donaldson (2.11.47 – a ten minute personal best), Karen Clarken (2.12.23), Anne Marie Clarken (2.17.43 – a four minute personal best), Trisha Murray (2.33.12) and Margaret Stephens (2.33.35).
Thomas McKinstry was the only Harrier to contest the full marathon, clocking 4.29.48. Rosy Ryan ran the 10k in 1.30.02.
Eight Harriers travelled to Ballyclare for the Mayfair 10k and 5k on Saturday, with Matthew McIlroy finishing second in the 5k in 19.25.
The top finisher in the 10k was Samuel Doherty (43.21), followed by Sandy Plumb (48.31), Jason Reid (49.06), Conor Sheridan (53.01), Kelly Kidd (1.01.55), Louise Spence (1.01.56), and Frances Burgess (1.06.00).
Paul Horan Wins East Antrim Harriers Trail Race
Paul Horan picked up a win in the second race of the East Antrim Harriers Trail Race Series, completing the hilly Tardee Forest circuit in 18.07 to finish seven seconds ahead of Dub Runners’ James Trainor. Paul Curley was fifth in the race in 18.35.
Joe Norney finished next, timing 19.33 for 13th, while John Murphy (24th in 20.38) and Colin Simpson (28th in 21.03) both were in the top 30. There were further solid performances from Rory Kane (21.45), Peter McClelland (24.50), Sandy Plumb (26.08), and Jason Reid (27.11).
Liverpool Marathon & Half Marathon
Several Harriers traveled to Liverpool for the Rock n’ Roll Marathon and Half-Marathon. Joe Drain (1.31) and Nuala Connolly (2.17.08) set personal bests in the half, while Clare O’Hara ran 2.17.45. Despite being 34 weeks pregnant Pádraigín Bingeam clocked 3.14.21 for the half and also ran the Saturday 5k.
Mary Reid (4.19.45) and Clare Holmes (4.56) completed the full marathon in the warm, sunny conditions.
Sandy Carr took part in the historic Slieve Donard Race on Sunday – now in its 71st year. She got up and over the mountain in 1.59.22, taking the summit in 1.14.16 and descending in 45.16.
On Thursday, Laurence Johnston clocked 36.58 to take 11th in the Bann 10k. Next home were Greg McClure (42.23), Ciaran Hunter (45.24) and Rosy Ryan (1.22.08).
The Harriers were well represented at the usual Parkruns. There were seven personal bests at the Waterworks, led by Roisin Hughes in 19.26.
82nd Eddie COUGHLAN 26:20
20th Paul WILLIAMS 21:11
24th Claire CONNOR 21:37
172nd Drew CRAWFORD 37:00
45th Eva KISSENPFENNIG 22:14
11th Ciaran HUNTER 21:31
31st Kevin LAVERY 23:29
10th Claire MCCORRY 24:26
14th John MCCONNELL 19:49
30th Paula WALLACE 22:36
2nd Laurence JOHNSTON 17:55
6th Roisin HUGHES 19:26 – New PB
7th Tony MCNULTY 19:35
8th John Gerard MURPHY 19:39
10th Ray CAMERON 19:54 – New PB
13th Greg MCCLURE 20:30
14th Drew KNOX 20:36
26th Jennifer CURLEY 21:44 – New PB
29th Anthony FLEMING 22:07 – New PB
31st Piaras MCSHANE 22:17
35th Tony REID 22:28
46th Lyle CARLETON 23:10 – New PB
58th Jim CLINTON 23:56
85th John GRIBBIN 26:21
94th Claire BRADY 27:11 – New PB
108th Thomas MCKINSTRY 28:10
111st Philip MCILWRATH 28:16
126th Lynsey FLEMING 30:14 – New PB
130th Gillian RUSSELL 30:43
133rd Dermot MCGRATH 30:57
144th Orla YOUNG 32:04
153rd Margaret STEPHENS 33:22
173rd Rosy RYAN 38:37
8th John LAVERY 23:22
11th Conor O’RAWE 18:37
70th Ciara O’RAWE 21:36