The Northern Ireland and Ulster Half Marathon Championships were contested on Friday evening at the Ards Half Marathon. The men enjoyed great success, sweeping to the team victory as Mark McKinstry (1.10.21) and Andrew Annett (1.11.03) claimed the first and second positions. Mark secured a personal best on the hilly, challenging route.
The other team members for the gold winners were John Black (8th in 1.16.19) and Marc Jennings (10th in 1.17.05).
Louise Smith also secured a medal, finishing third in the women’s race in 1.24.32.
The Harriers very nearly earned a second team medal as another men’s team finished fourth. They were led by Laurence Johnston (21st in 1.21.06), Martin Cox (24th in 1.22.48), John Miskimmin (27th in 1.23.42), and Simon Reeve (28th in 1.23.47).
There were solid performances from the two other NBH women in race: Ita McCambridge (1.35.52) and Helen Weir (1.37.55).
Next home for the club were John McConnell (1.24.23), Vernon Shiels (1.25.42), Gareth Grew (1.29.22), Brendan Grew (1.29.51), Colin Simpson (1.30.51), Paddy McCambridge (1.34.30), Robert Irvine (1.37.55), Paul Williamson (1.44.21), Gerard McNamara (1.44.22), Daniel Kelly (1.48.18), Patrick McShane (1.59.22), Marty Caldwell (2.14.47), Jason Reid (2.14.48), and John Johnston (2.37.57).
Divis Challenge 10 Miler
The Harriers staged the second of two summer races in the Belfast Hills on Saturday, the Divis Ten Mile Challenge. It followed on from last month’s Cave Hill Challenge.
John Nicholson of PACE Running Club came away with the victory in 1.03.37, not far ahead of the Harriers’ own veteran Neil Carty, who clocked 1.03.57 for second. The women’s winner was Helen Perry of Belfast Running Club in 1.20.08.
Simon Reeve was the next to complete the circuit for the Harriers in 1.12.18, good for fifth. He was followed by Michael Lawlor (1.28.18) and Samuel Carr (1.38.26).
McKillop Impresses in 1500
Irish Paralympic star Michael McKillop, who recently joined the Harriers, made progress on his road to Rio, running 4.04.47 in the heats of 1500 metres at the Irish Senior Track and Field Championships. He knocked more than seven seconds off his season-opening time.
The Northern Ireland & Ulster Vets Track and Field championships were held Saturday at the Mary Peters Track, with Paul Elliott securing yet another V60 gold, clocking 17.47 for 5000m. He was fourth overall in the race, among all age categories.
Jim McClean collected silver in the weight throw and bronze in the javelin.
Paul Horan also ran the 1500m in 4.38.
Jim Newberry Wins Fields of Life 5k
Jim Newberry, a V60 athlete, enjoyed success in winning the Fields of Life 5k in the Stormont Estate outright in 21:14.
Neil Carty continued to prove himself on the mountains, finishing second overall and first in the V45 category in the final event in the 11-race Hill and Dale Series in Drinahilly on Friday. He clocked 23.21 on the route, finishing behind Zak Hanna of Newcastle.
Neil also captured first in the V45 overall series rankings, and sixth overall. All the athletes ahead of him in the overall rankings were open athletes (under 35), except for one V35 competitor.
Personal Best for Conal McCambridge
Conal McCambridge competed in the Peninsula Triathlon in Ballyholme as part of a relay team from Pure Running, clocking a personal best of 15.07 in the 5k run part of the event.
Plenty of Harriers turned out for the Saturday Parkruns, with Brendan McCambridge and Catroina Morris recording new personal bests at the Waterworks.
30th Paul WILLIAMS 22:00
95th Eddie COUGHLAN 27:19
6th Colin WILLETTS 18:54
11th Judi MACAULAY 19:21 – New PB
3rd John PATIENCE 19:00
51st Eva KISSENPFENNIG 22:04
268th Jim CLINTON 30:35
95th Ciaran HUNTER 27:45
9th John MCCONNELL 21:01
1st Andrew MILLIGAN 17:43
2nd Paul CURLEY 18:13
3rd Joe NORNEY 18:47
5th Conor O’RAWE 19:06
11th John Gerard MURPHY 20:10
12th Drew KNOX 20:12
15th Simon REEVE 20:52
22nd Cian MCGRATH 21:52
26th Niall ARMSTRONG 22:16
30th Brendan MCCAMBRIDGE 22:39 – New PB
32nd Luke KELLY 22:42
35th Lauren COX 22:52
37th Ciara O’RAWE 22:55
41st Tony REID 23:26
61st Lyle CARLETON 24:25
89th Clare HOLMES 25:42
90th Daniel O’CALLAGHAN 25:44
107th Lynn MCCULLOUGH 26:33
120th Eadaoin DONALDSON 27:11
126th Eimear NUGENT 27:41
133rd John GRIBBIN 28:03
140th Clare O’HARA 28:17
153rd Catriona MORRIS 29:11 – New PB
160th Anthony FLEMING 29:42
172nd Margaret STEPHENS 30:46
185th Lynsey FLEMING 31:20
197th Orla MCCAMBRIDGE 32:00
198th Marian HAYES 32:00
206th Bronagh SCULLION 32:39
223rd Trisha MURRAY 34:03
225th Ursula O’REILLY 34:12
230th Ita MCCAMBRIDGE 34:30
264th Tracey MCDAID 36:34
268th James TOAL 36:55
277th Sinead TOAL 37:35
Cannon Hill, Birmingham
Greg McClure, 20.18