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Caitlin Maguire’s Two Sprint Medals Headline Successful Week

sprint podiumIt was another successful week for the Harriers, with Caitlin Maguire’s two sprint medals at the Irish National Juvenile Track and Field Championships in Tullamore providing one of the outstanding highlights. Maguire ran personal bests in both the 100m (12.20) and 200m (25.32) to secure silver and bronze in the under-18 category.

Rebecca Wallace narrowly missed out on a medal in the under-15 1500m run, recovering from a fall during the race to finish fourth in 5.02.34.

Ed Cooke Wins, Breege Connolly Prepares for Rio in Portaferry

breegeEddie Cooke continued his fine recent form when he collected a win in the Portaferry 10 miler on Tuesday, clocking 56.39 on a warm evening.

Breege Connolly used the two-person five-mile relay as a preparation for running the Marathon in the Rio Olympics. She teamed up with Mourne Runners’ Laura Graham for an overall finishing time of 57.11. The two women were the top relay team, regardless of gender.

Matt Shields was the first V60 athlete, finishing 16th overall in 1.03.55. Colin Willetts also cracked the top 20, finishing 19th in 1.04.57. They were supported by Greg McClure (1.09.25), Ray Cameron (1.09.57), Helen Weir (1.13.06) and Paul Carlin (1.24.55).

Podium Positions at Dalriada 5k and 10k

dalriadaHarriers dominated the podiums at the 5k and 10k races held in conjunction with the Dalriada Festival in Glenarm. Both courses were challenging, but boasted stunning scenery.

In the 5k, Kent Swann (17.17) and David Clarke (18.00) captured first and second, while Penny Lindsay was the third woman (21.37). James Brown finished second in the 10k in 36.15, while Lynn McCullough claimed the third woman’s slot (50.13).

Junior athletes Luke Kelly (7th in 20.18), Callum McIlroy (17th in 22.20) and Daniel Kelly (24.45) also performed well against senior competition in the 5k.

Nat Glenn (22.25) and Carol Clarke (22.43) had strong runs in the 5k, while Conor Sheridan clocked 52.25 in the 10k.

Personal Best for John Black at Fingal 10k

John Black recorded a big personal best at the Fingal 10k in north county Dublin, clocking 32.30 to finish 9th in a competitive field. Cathy McCourt was sixth among the women in 39.05, while Andrew Considine timed 34.28 for 19th.

The race is part of the Dublin Marathon Race series, and attracted more than 4,000 competitors.

John Miskimmin Wins Glowstick 5k in the USA

miskimminJohn Miskimmin carried the torch for the Harriers abroad, winning the Glowstick 5k in Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA in 18.41.

Simon and Helen Shine at Divis 10k

Simon Reeve and Helen Weir put in strong performances at the Divis 10k, which featured testing terrain over the mountain. Simon was second, and the first V40, in 40.40, while Helen was the third woman in 48.05.

They were supported by a hearty contingent of Harriers, including Philip McIlwrath (1.02.26), Lyle Carleton (1.04.02), John Beggs (1.08.04), Martin Kelly (1.08.05), Claire Brady (1.10.19), Anne Marie Clarken (1.11.45), Megan Beggs (1.11.46), Sharon Clarke (1.11.46), Monica O’Kane (1.12.31), Joanne McGurk (1.12.47), Dirdre Murphy (1.13.24), and Orla Young (1.16.27).

Kennedy Kane McArthur Festival of Running

Five Harriers took part in the Kennedy Kane McArthur Festival of Running in Dervock, the home village of the man who, while representing South Africa, won the Olympic Marathon in 1912. All five participated in the half marathon event, with Martin Cox leading the way, placing sixth in 1.24.14 (second in the V50 category).

He was followed by Anne Fitzpatrick (1.31.22), Alan Robinson (1.31.31), Colin Simpson (1.32.05) and Thomas McKinstry (1.55.42).


The Harriers were out in force for the usual Saturday morning Parkruns. James Wallace was first to complete the course in Wallace Park, in a new personal best of 17.59.

2nd Colin WILLETTS 19:19
4th Matthew MCILROY 20:57
7th Penny LINDSAY 21:44
8th Janice PLUMB 21:54
10th John STEELE 22:25
17th Harry PLUMB 23:53
18th Sandy PLUMB 23:55
19th Callum MCILROY 24:35
21st Nat GLENN 24:45
46th Eva KISSENPFENNIG 22:34
11th Helen F WEIR 21:02
10th Paul WILLIAMS 22:17
44th Clare HOLMES 26:50
1st James WALLACE 17:59 – New PB

7th John MCCONNELL 18:50
11th John PATIENCE 19:21
2nd Simon REEVE 18:17
7th John Gerard MURPHY 19:26
8th Roisin HUGHES 19:30
13th Joe DRAIN 20:12
24th Eamon SHERIDAN 21:24
25th Niall ARMSTRONG 21:35
26th David CURRAN 21:38
27th Jack CARBERRY 21:48
29th Jim CLINTON 22:08
41st Tony REID 22:56
66th Matt SHIELDS 24:35
71st Coleen THOMPSON 24:58 – New PB 
86th Lyle CARLETON 25:47
99th Jason REID 26:28
101st Philip MCILWRATH 26:42
114th John O’HARE 27:09
127th Eimear NUGENT 28:21
138th Kevin MCCANN 28:51
147th Kerry MCSHANE 29:56
148th Eadaoin DONALDSON 30:01
157th Dirdre MURPHY 30:48
160th Monica O’KANE 30:58
162nd Eddie COUGHLAN 31:02
172nd Bernadette DUFFY 32:19
173rd Philomena DONALDSON 32:20
176th Margaret STEPHENS 32:53
177th Jansje LE MAHIEU – LAMB 32:59
178th Gillian RUSSELL 33:06
184th Catherine CARLETON 34:51
188th Marilyn FOSTER 35:49
207th Rosy RYAN 46:15
4th Ciaran HUNTER 21:50 – New PB
3rd Conor O’RAWE 18:36 – New PB
8th Ciara O’RAWE 21:01 – New PB