The local racing scene was very busy this past week and produced great success for NBH. This was topped off with a wonderful Olympic story, to inspire the club, country and athletic community.
Edwin May Nissan Coleraine 5 mile Road Race, Coleraine, Co. Derry/Londonderry
The weeks’ racing started on Wednesday evening with the Annual 5 mile race around the streets of Coleraine, organised by Springwell Running Club. The race attracted a large field just shy of 300 runners, all keen to tackle this ever more popular distance.
The NBH were well represented at the event and the clubs runners took to the top step of the podium in both the men’s and women’s category.
Mark McKinstry strode to the lead of the race and comfortably crossed the line many minutes in the clear, securing 1st place in 25:45, his recent period of summer rest having served him well. Judi MacAulay also had an impressive race, demonstrating her current fitness and form, finishing strong to fend off the 2nd place lady by 3 seconds. Judi took the win in an impressive time of 30:13.
Stephen Walker also took to the streets of Coleraine in his racing shoes, securing 13th place, to finish comfortably under the 30 minute mark (29:21).
Donaghadee 5km, Co. Down
An example of running’s popularity across the province was that on the same night as the Coleraine race, the 5km Donaghadee race at the other end of NI, attracted over 300 runners.
The men’s race was won by Jonathan Gibson (18:17), while Jodi Smith (North Down AC) won the ladies race taking 6th place overall (19:12). One NBH participated in this event with Gordon Glenn finishing in 193rd (30:59).
Mallusk 5 mile Road Race, Co. Antrim
Friday evening was the occasion of the 3rd annual Mallusk 5 mile race, an event which has earned a great reputation in the past few years for attracting strong competition and providing a challenging, if not gruelling course.
Some 39 NBH runners made the short trip to the start line on Friday and went home with smiles, prizes and a no doubt a few sores legs as rewards for their efforts.
It was the second event in three days in which NBH runners proudly climbed to the top step of the podium. Conal McCambridge took 1st place at the event creating a comfortable lead over the distance; he finished in a time of 27:37. His club mate Mary Margaret Meade also controlled the women’s race taking 7th place overall and the 1st female across the line in 31:15, this was Mary Margaret’s second win in the last week.
Such was the extent and breadth of participation by the club at this event, its best to list below the fantastic times and placings:
photo from Mallusk Harriers facebook page
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Aside from the impressive times, leading positions and mass participation, the club took 8 age category wins and 2/3 of the Male Junior category was made up of NBH runners, a promising sign for the future. Mary Margaret Meade, Conal McCambridge, Marian Hayes, Sarah Jane McFadden, Thelma McCullough, Greg McClure, Conor O’Rawe & Ciara O’Rawe all took the top spot in their age categories. Overall it was a hugely impressive set of results across the breadth of the club and just rewards from the summers training.
Photo from Peter McClelland, on NBH facebook page
Groomsport 10km and half marathon race, Groomsport Co. Down
On Saturday runners were treated with pleasant weather, seaside views, great support and a challenging course for the Groomsport 10km and half marathon race. With a mixture of quiet rolling country hills and a windy climb up a long carriageway, it proved a testing race for all.
The 10km event was won by Mark Walker (38:49) and Caroline Salters (48:17). Two NBH runners tackled this event; David Kennedy finished in 14th (52:17) and Joe Wilson finished not far behind in 19th (54:44).
The half marathon event was won by David Simpson from Newcastle AC (1:16:23), Judith Lonnen won the women’s race, crossing the line in 8th place overall (01:24:58). Four NBH were racing in this event, with many of them looking to round off their 2016 purerunning half marathon series in the process. Marc Jennings finished in 3rd place (1:18:29), Colin Simpson took 18th (1:31:19), Paddy and Ita McCambridge completed their race in 40th (1:37:37) and 41st (1:38:11) respectively.
Lurig Challenge 2016, Cushendall, Co. Antrim:
Saturday saw the start of the Lurig Challenge Mountain Race in Cushendall. The course has a reputation for being a brutal climb of 375 metres ascent and 3.5 miles in distance, in an up and down style. It regularly attracts the best mountain runners and 2016 was no exception.
The men’s race was won by NI international Allan Bogle who finished in 28:10, the women’s race was won by Gillian Wasson in 34:56. The talented NBH mountain runner, Tommy Simmons, competed closely with both Alan Bogle and Jonny Steede to reach the summit first. Tommy eventually secured 2nd place (28:53), the second year in a row that Tommy has taken the second step on the podium in Cushendall.
Photo by Catriona Mary via Glens runners facebook page
Haddington Half Marathon, Scotland:
Lindsay Gordon participated in the Haddington Half Marathon on Saturday, he showed his consistent strong form to finish in a blistering time of 1:11:58. This was enough to give him 1st place by a number of minutes.
Tandragee 10km road race, Tandragee Co Armagh:
On Sunday Tandragee held a competitive 10km race, which was the 9th 10km event in the Novosco10km race series.
The race was won by Gerard Heaney from St Peter’s AC in a time of 33:43. The women’s race was won by NBH runner Louise Smith, who continued a busy and successful summer of racing to clinch the top women’s spot in 39:02. Philip McIlwrath was also racing that day and finished strong to take 71st in 52:51.
Trail Alpin du Grand – Bec 25 km, Champagny en vanoise, France:
Another NBH runner was competing away from home this weekend. Helen Weir took to the French Alps to race in the Trail Alpin du Grand – Bec 25 km, a mountainous trail race which includes a climb of 1500 metres. Helen, who is no stranger to racing in mountainous terrain, had a fantastic race to finish in 4th position in the women’s race in a time of 3:29:29, this was good enough to secure her 58th overall. She also managed to secure a category win in the event.
IMRA Trial races for the World championships and British and Irish junior championships, Crone Wood, Co. Wicklow
On Sunday, the Wicklow Way was the setting for the trial races to represent Ireland for the Worlds and British and Irish Championships. Runners raced to the summit of Djouce Mountain, a climb of 667m. In the Senior race, avid Mountain runner Andrew Annett took 5th place in a time of 35:55, making further positive impressions on the Irish mountain running scene, amongst those vying to compete on the international stage.
Quadrathon Challenge, Inishowen, Co. Donegal:
Well done to Tucker, John Burns, Sandy McLoughlin Carr and Frankey McGivern for completing 4 marathons in 4 days, as part of the Quadrathon challenge. This route took them around the scenic Inishowen peninsula in County Dongeal; hopefully they were distracted from the punishing miles by the beautiful scenery.
Women’s 2016 Olympic Marathon, Rio, Brazil:
157 female runners from 82 countries took to the streets of Rio on what was one of the hottest days of the Olympics so far, amongst them were three Irish athletes, one of whom was the NBH athlete Breege Connolly. The course was 3 loops and offered great support from spectators. Breege ran a clever race, which paid dividends in the conditions. As the heat took its toll on the athletes Breege steadily and consistently picked her way through the field; she passed through 5k in 19:01 (121st), 10k in 37:43 (114th ), half way in 1:20:02 (98th), 35km in 2:15:27 (85th), before progressing further and finishing in 76th place overall with a time of 2:44:41, for what she described as “the best running week of my life,”
Breege’s team mates had fantastic performances, with Fionnuala McCormack finishing in 2:31:22 (20th) and Lizzie Lee finishing in 2:39:57 (57th).
Photo from sportsfile via Athletics Ireland facebook page
Parkrun @ various locations:
As ever the NBH attended parkrun events in their droves, this Saturday saw 3 new PBs and one 100th parkrun anniversary.
74th Eddie COUGHLAN 26:33
54th Jim CLINTON 41:43
1st James Alexander BROWN 17:50
6th Janice PLUMB 21:23
17th Sandy PLUMB 23:38
252nd Lynsey FLEMING 31:01
2nd Neil CARTY 17:43
5th Philip Patrick DONNELLY 19:11
21st Kevin LAVERY 22:53
26th Ciaran HUNTER 23:15
34th Damien GILL 23:29
25th John GRIBBIN 27:16
2nd John PATIENCE 18:49 – New PB
5th John MCCONNELL 19:46
1st John BLACK 16:49
7th John Gerard MURPHY 19:02
9th Conor O’RAWE 19:26
11th Drew KNOX 19:51
15th Greg MCCLURE 20:34
19th Luke KELLY 20:52
21st Ciara O’RAWE 21:00 – New PB
25th Gerard SOWNEY 21:38
33rd Tony REID 22:23
47th Piaras MCSHANE 23:50
48th Eamon SHERIDAN 23:51
80th Philip MCILWRATH 25:42
82nd John O’HARE 26:05
88th Daniel KELLY 26:16
89th Chris O’DONOGHUE 26:20
108th Clare O’HARA 27:43 – 100th Parkun
119th Eimear NUGENT 28:12
123rd Kerry MCSHANE 28:27
124th Jason REID 28:30
145th Margaret STEPHENS 30:15
155th Bernadette DUFFY 31:06
173rd Lorna MCGRATH 32:44
176th Catherine CARLETON 32:52
177th Paula O’REILLY 32:53
178th Jack CARBERRY 32:58