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Round-up 21 August 2016 – A week of solo performances

Dambusters Half Marathon and 10k, Saturday 20 August

Nearly 500 athletes took to the beautiful Silent Valley area at Annalong last Saturday, running in both the Dambusters 10k and half marathon organised by Born2Run.  The half marathon was the last in the Pure Running half marathon series.  The 10k route followed its usual route of starting and finishing at the same spot inside the park, with competitors taking on a 3 mile road ascent and then returning along the same road.   Richard Rogers was the only runner from the club taking part in this event with 276 others, finishing in a time of 54:28 while enjoying the spectacular views that this race has to offer.
In the half marathon, Laura Graham of Mourne Runners stormed to 1st female and second overall, but NBH’s Martsje Hell put in a sterling performance to take second spot on the podium in a time of 1.34.59 (16th overall).   Ann Fitzpatrick finished in 19th overall in 01:35:57, securing her final placing as 1st in her age category for the overall series.    Gordon Glenn also competed, finishing this tough half marathon course in 65th in a time of 01:49:17.


After the Dambuster’s half marathon the results were finally in and the following athletes achieved these great results in their categories:
F35 Ann Fitzpatrick, 1st place
F50 Ita McCambridge, 1st place
M50 Martin Cox, 1st place
M50 Paddy McCambridge, 5th place
MO Marc Jennings, 1st place


Fivemiletown 10k

Martin Cox was the sole participant on Friday 19 August in the Fivemiletown 10k.  Out of a field of 88 runners, Martin greatly impressed by attaining third spot, finishing in a time of 38.50.


Gladys Ganiel wins Frank Duffy 10 Mile

Over 4,000 athletes took to the starting line of the third race in the Dublin Marathon series in Phonenix Park to compete in extremely wet and windy conditions.   The unfavourable conditions didn’t deter the participants from NBH, as Gladys Ganiel blasted her way home to win the ladies race in a time of 59.04, streaks ahead of her rivals.  For the men, John Black pulled out all the stops and finished in the fabulous time of 56.03 for 12th position overall in an international field.  Conor Curran, in a return to competition, finished 82nd in a time of 1.01.57


Rathfriland 10k, Benburb 5 Mile, Lecale 10k

In what seemed to be a week of solo performances, three athletes from North Belfast set the bar high for the rest.  In the Rathfriland 10k held on Wednesday 17 August, Andrew Annett finished 4th in a time of 33.30, out of a field of 288 runners.  Louise Smith crossed the line as 2nd lady and 5th overall out of 88 in the Benburb 5 Mile Road Race, just missing out on top spot by five seconds.  Louise’s time was 31.17.   A small field of 45 took to the Lecale 10k organised by Atlas Running.  This tough multi-terrain race attracts a niche group of participants.  Simon Reeve impressed as every, finishing in the runner’s-up spot in a time of 42.12.

NDAC Track & Field

Jim McClean won the shot putt at the North Down track and field athletics meeting, held at the Bangor Sportsplex on 16 August.

Ligoneil Festival 17 August 2016 

A group of NBH runners took on a 5 mile road challenge, organised by the newly revived Ligoneil Festival.  Local Ligoneil residents and NBH members Jackie Lawlor and Mick Murray invited participants to try out this Guinea pig course last Wednesday 17 August.   On a balmy night, runners were bussed out to the starting point and then led over a very testing, very hilly route back to Wolfe Hill community centre.  The ever-improving and hard-working junior athlete Piaras McShane led the way home (under the watchful eye of dad), breaking the tape for first place in a jaw-dropping 31.30, with Sean McShane snr in second place.  Lynn McCullough won convincingly for the ladies with a time of @ 40 minutes, with Geraldine Murphy not far behind in second place.  There were no bibs or timing chips but for the NBH athletes who took part (making up the bulk of the numbers), it was a great pleasure to show that running is open to all.

piaras ligoneilwolfe hill community


Park Run 20/08/2016
1st Neil CARTY 17:49
5th John MISKIMMIN 18:21 – New PB
75th Eddie COUGHLAN 27:03
Belfast Victoria
35th Paul WILLIAMS 21:21
159th Lynsey FLEMING 31:38
14th Colin SIMPSON 20:36
1st Kent SWANN 17:46 – New PB
2nd James Alexander BROWN 18:47
8th John STEELE 21:23
11th Janice PLUMB 21:37
20th Harry PLUMB 24:10
21st Sandy PLUMB 24:15
1st Marc JENNINGS 18:04
5th John PATIENCE 19:03
6th Philip Patrick DONNELLY 19:19
19th Damien GILL 21:52
24th Kevin LAVERY 22:28
49th Ciaran HUNTER 24:39
93rd Kerry MCSHANE 30:07
62nd Clare HOLMES 29:34
14th John MCCONNELL 20:51
4th Colin WILLETTS 18:21 – New PB
9th John Gerard MURPHY 19:05
12th Conor O’RAWE 19:29
17th Drew KNOX 20:17
21st Greg MCCLURE 20:33
30th Ciara O’RAWE 21:11
34th Niall ARMSTRONG 21:20
36th Eamon SHERIDAN 21:39
39th Piaras MCSHANE 22:06
45th Matt SHIELDS 22:41
47th Tony REID 22:42
67th Eadaoin DONALDSON 24:26 – New PB
87th Donna MCLAUGHLIN 25:15
92nd Kevin MCCANN 25:40
98th John O’HARE 26:00
124th Michael LAWLOR 27:39
131st Gabrielle MALLAGHAN 27:50
132nd Emma MCBRIEN 27:51
133rd Philomena DONALDSON 27:55
136th Luke KELLY 28:00
140th Thomas MCKINSTRY 28:14
155th Margaret STEPHENS 29:30
158th Trisha MURRAY 29:39
168th Dermot MCGRATH 30:34
176th Emma BLYTHE-STONE 32:41

3rd Joe DRAIN 20:22
23rd Siobhan DRAIN 26:12

22nd Philip MCILWRATH 26:33
46th Rosy RYAN 50:54