Eager to put the hard training from the past Winter and Spring to the test, the NBH took to the forest trails, roads and mountains, and were well rewarded.
East Antrim Harriers Forest Trail Series, Race 3, Ballyboley Forest, Larne, Co. Antrim
On Tuesday evening the forest park in Ballboley hosted the third race in this popular series. The forest is a favoured training location for both local and not so local athletes and provided a great 4.1 mile route for this trail race.
The first male finisher across the line was Matthew Hewitt from East Coast AC (22:53), with Kerry Bamber from Ballymena Runners the first female finisher to cross the line in 29th overall (26:54).
As with the previous events in this series NBH were well represented with a total of twelve runners amongst the near two hundred strong field of competitors.
Paul Horan and Paul Curley continued their run of successes at these races, clinching second place (24:01) and third place (24:16) respectively, giving the club a great presence on the podium. Laurence Johnston was next across the line to take 10th place (25:15), Rory Kane finished in 18th (26:21). John Patience finished in 21st position (26:29) with John Murphy close behind in 27th (26:48). Colin Simpson finished in 40th (27:57), Paul Williams 64th (30:09) and Peter Reed took 72nd (31:08). Peter McClelland finished in 80th with a time of (31:35), Sandy Plumb 98th (32:52) and Jason Reid took the 118th spot (33:59).
A further sign of success was the age category winners, with three of the nine male age categories won by NBH (Paul Horan, Paul Curley and Laurence Johnston).
Kent Swann travelled to Dromara on Wednesday evening and secured a 3rd place finish in this 5km event (17:22).
Active Antrim 5 mile Race, Co. Antrim
The weekends racing action was kicked off in style on Friday evening over the traditional distance of five miles. More than one hundred competitors jostled for position on the start line of the Antrim Stadium track, all eager to get a quick time on this fast and flat course.
NBH crowded out the front of the racing field, with half of the top ten positions being clinched by runners in the yellow and black striped vest. Mark McKinstry dominated at the front of the field to secure 1st place (26:11), Kent Swann continued his strong summer season with 2nd place (28:03). The next club runner was James Brown who finished in 6th (28:54), John Miskimmin took 8th (29:36) and Conor Shiels rounded out the top 10 (30:52).
(Photo from nirunning.co.uk)
Enniskillen 10km, Co. Fermanagh
The high quality racing continued into Saturday with nearly eight hundred athletes participating in the Enniskillen 10km race, which is part of the Novosco 10km Grand Prix series. The course looked an enticing route which took in the banks of the River Erne, the edge of Castle Coole Estate and Enniskillen town centre.
The first male finisher across the line was Stephen O’Gorman from Dromore AC (35:28), the first female finisher to cross the line was Patricia O’Hagan from St Peter’s AC in 22nd overall (40:28). A group of seven from NBH headed ‘down’ the M1 to tackle the route. David Clarke was the first harrier home taking 6th place (37:46) winning his age category as well. Simon Reeve secured 9th spot (38:11), with Martin Cox close behind in 11th place (38:29). Patricia Campbell was the first female from NBH to cross the line taking 109th place (47:24), Carol Clarke finished in 131st (48:54), Ruth Murphy finished 335th (58:22) and Rosy Ryan finished in 689th (1:29:48). The fantastic times and strong showing from the club certainly made the motorway miles worthwhile.
Mourne Way Ultra, Marathon, Half & 10km, Mourne Mountains Co. Down.
It seems each week there is some sort of running event based in or around the Mournes and the Saturday past was no exception. This particular series of races offered waymarked routes around the foothills and valleys of the mountain range, over multiple distances, from 10km right up to Ultra Marathon.
There was a strong showing from NBH across the 10km, half-marathon and marathon distances. In the 10km event Sandy Carr and Lynn Mc Cullough both traversed the route from the Leitrim Lodge area, finishing in 27th (49:51) and 28th (49:51) respectively. Mountain running enthusiast Helen Weir tackled the half marathon route further up near Spelga Dam and finished in 52nd (1:56:15), she was joined by Jennfier Bill who finished in 77th (2:02:24). The Marathon route headed from Newcastle and scythed through the mountains to the other side at Rostrevor, as if a marathon wasn’t difficult enough… Five NBH took on the challenge, with Martin Rea taking 2nd place (3:31:04), Peter McClelland taking 55th (4:42:34) John Burns finishing in 88th (5:04:16), Thomas McKinstry in 153rd (5:59:25) and Frankey McGivern in 169th (6:52:10).
Irish Runner 5 mile, Phoenix Park, Co. Dublin
Phoenix Park was the location of the first event of the 2016 Dublin Marathon race series. The huge park attracted a huge field of 2,588 runners on Sunday, who all tackled a hilly 5 mile course.
Two NBH made the trip down to Dublin and were well rewarded for their efforts with fantastic results. Gladys Ganiel won the ladies category clinching 1st female place with a time of 28.36, Gladys was followed close behind by Roisin Hughes who was the 6th female finisher in a time of 31:37. Both fantastic results for the two athletes, adding to their respective successes at the marathon distance.
(Photo from @Dublinmarathon twitter feed)
Parkrun results, Saturday 11th June 2016, @ various events through the province:
As ever NBH showed up in droves to participate at local park runs, this Saturday had four new Personal Best times and one 100th Parkrun and even a 250th Parkrun, with cake and all.
26th Max REID 23:04
9th Callum MCILROY 20:02
32nd Damien GILL 25:10
9th Ray CAMERON 19:40
113rd Eddie COUGHLAN 27:50
76th Rosy RYAN 51:40
21st Jim CLINTON 23:57
63rd Eva KISSENPFENNIG 22:25
284th Drew CRAWFORD 31:01
57th Ciaran HUNTER 25:33
5th Paul WILLIAMS 21:55
31st Clare HOLMES 26:57
1st James WALLACE 18:23
5th John MCCONNELL 19:32
1st Kent SWANN 17:35
2nd Marc JENNINGS 17:45 – New PB
4th Joe NORNEY 18:29
7th Conor O’RAWE 19:19
8th Colin WILLETTS 19:32
11th John Gerard MURPHY 19:43 – 250th Parkrun
14th Joe DRAIN 19:55
15th Drew KNOX 19:56
17th Greg MCCLURE 20:12
21st Eamon SHERIDAN 20:50
24th Piaras MCSHANE 20:54
29th Luke KELLY 21:10
32nd Gary BLYTHE 21:14 – New PB – 100th Parkun
36th Janice PLUMB 21:42
47th Lauren COX 22:20
50th Niall ARMSTRONG 22:34
51st Harry PLUMB 22:36
57th Anthony FLEMING 22:57
59th Sandy PLUMB 23:07
75th Tony REID 23:48
97th Daniel O’CALLAGHAN 25:47
123rd Catherine MCKILLEN 27:23
132nd Eimear NUGENT 27:51
134th Eadaoin DONALDSON 28:01
139th Philomena DONALDSON 28:20
146th Dermot MCGRATH 28:46 – New PB
157th Clare O’HARA 29:33
161st Trisha MURRAY 29:47
163rd Jacqueline LAWLOR 29:54
168th Margaret STEPHENS 30:32
170th Lorna MCGRATH 30:54
179th Catriona MORRIS 31:24
185th Bernadette DUFFY 32:20
186th Catherine CARLETON 32:23 – New PB
17th Caroline FRIZZELL 30:46