NBH Race Report 3rd to 9th April

Speedy rabbits and mountain hares

An eventful week of races in a variety of running genres ensured plenty of opportunities for harriers to test themselves in the mountains, on the trails and on the streets. Also came news of selections to NIMRA teams for two of the club’s mountain runners.

NIMRA Donard Challenge (Sat 8th April)

On Saturday 8th April, NIMRA hosted the opening round of the British Fell Running Championships. The race started and finished in Donard Park in Newcastle. It covered 10k in distance and a total ascent of around 900m which included the summit of Slieve Donard. In warm, sunny conditions, a quality field of around 250 athletes took part including many mountain specialists from mainland clubs. Shane Donnelly and Simon Reeve represented the club, both recording strong performances and finishes in the top half. Results were:

Place Name Time Cat
57 Shane Donnelly 1:07:01 MO
123 Simon Reeve 1:18:13 MV40

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Simon Reeve in Action

NIMRA Team Selections

Congratulations to Martsje Hell on her selection for the NIMRA women’s team for the Inter Counties Championships which take place at Broughton Heights, Scotland on Saturday 13th May. Also to Shane Donnelly on his selection as reserve for the men’s team.

Born 2 Run Castle Ward Half Marathon, 10k & 5k (Sat 8th April)

The Castle Ward estate near Strangford was the setting for the latest Born2Run events. The routes were mostly off road with forest trail and grassy sections and paths affording good views over nearby Strangford Lough. Marty Rea claimed a fine runner’s up spot in the half marathon in 1:27:20 with Gerard McNamara also demonstrating good form to claim 6th place in the 10k finishing in 44:20. Full results for club athletes were:

10k Place Name Time Cat
6 Gerard Mcnamara 0:44:20 M40
Half Place Name Time Cat
2 Martin Rea 1:27:20 M40
70 David Kennedy 1:53:38 MO
180 Megan Beggs 2:30:18 FS
181 Cailein Curley 2:30:18 FS
Half marathon podium

Half marathon podium (photo courtesy NI Running)

Hazelbank Run Rabbit Run and Bunny Hop (Sun 9th April)

Held in aid of the NI Hospice the 5k rabbit run offered chip timing and a picturesque course in Hazelbank park in Newtownabbey. It proved popular with local runners and all 450 available places were snapped up well before race day. In fine running conditions a total of 20 club athletes took part and their results were:

Place Name Time
18 Gary Blythe 22:41
53 Niamh Toal 25:52
112 Joanne McGurk 30:45
114 Megan Beggs 30:46
129 Sonia Millar 31:36
135 Elaine Crawford 31:47
136 Gemma Lowe 31:44
142 Cailein Curley 32:02
148 Caroline Hill 31:52
161 James Toal 33:18
178 Ruth Anderson 33:48
179 Pauline McKeating 33:48
186 Clare Corey 34:01
188 Andrew Grimley 34:09
190 Sinead Toal 34:43
194 patricia braniff 34:49
240 Leeanne Magee 38:47
251 Aideen Toal 40:12
262 Eileen keenan 40:42
264 Helen Grimley 40:42

Great Ireland Run (Sun 9th April)

The Great Ireland Run, which also incorporated the Athletics Ireland National 10k Championships took place on Sunday morning in Dublin’s Phoenix Park with a large field of athletes from Ireland and further afield. Three harriers made the trip to compete in the event with Ed Cooke finishing 32nd overall with a time of 33:17. Full results for NBH athletes were:

Place Name Finish
32 Edward Cooke 0:33:17
1337 Christopher Hicks 0:50:10
3954 Padraigin Bingham 1:16:06

Titanic 10k (Sun 9th April)

Warm and typically windy conditions prevailed for the runners in Sunday’s Titanic 10k promoted by Athletics NI as a preparation race for the upcoming Belfast City Marathon. 18 harriers produced solid performances with Marc Jennings dipping under the 35 minute barrier in 17th place; there was an age category win for Davey Clarke in the M55 category, and a welcome return to racing for Laurence Johnston. Full harrier’s results were:

Place Name Time Cat
17 Marc Jennings 0:34:45 MO
28 David Clarke 0:36:12 M55
67 Piaras McShane 0:38:46 MJ
77 Rory Kane 0:39:05 M40
90 Laurence Johnston 0:39:50 M55
94 John McConnell 0:39:59 M40
120 Mark Shields 0:41:04 M50
200 Una McConnell 0:44:54 F35
207 Frankie Smyth 0:45:07 MO
229 April Clarke 0:46:21 FO
237 Jason Reid 0:46:53 MO
382 Odhran Stockman 0:51:19 M55
415 Conleth Conway 0:52:36 MJ
416 Philip McIlwrath 0:52:13 M40
419 Terence McAtamney 0:52:50 MO
436 Liam Smyth 0:53:22 M50
597 Fiona Magill 0:58:17 F35
741 Emma Toner 1:04:09 F40

Brighton Marathon (Sun 9th April)

A total of over 12,500 runners took part in the Brighton marathon on Sunday and with warm conditions on the south coast of England it was sure to be a tough test. Thomas (Tucker) McKinstry flew the flag for NBH, cutting 19 minutes off his last marathon to finish in 4:19:52.99.

Tucker in Brighton

Tucker in Brighton

Rotterdam Marathon (Sun 9th April)

The warm weather of Brighton extended as far as Rotterdam in Holland for the 13,000 participants in the annual Rotterdam marathon. As temperatures reached 20 degrees Ciaran Browne represented the club and reaped the rewards of his consistent spring training to record a new PB taking over 14 minutes off his previous mark to finish in 3:28:37.

parkrun (Sat 8th April)

Large numbers of club athletes participated in the weekend’s parkruns. Among the highlights were milestone runs for Ita McCambridge (100) and Padraigin Bingham (50) at the Waterworks. Results were:

Nonsuch parkrun # 292
26 Matt SHIELDS 19:24:00 New PB!
Waterworks parkrun, Belfast # 339
5 Conor O’RAWE 18:13:00 PB stays at 00:17:32
7 Amando BAMISILE 18:38:00 PB stays at 00:17:14
11 Matthew LAVERY 19:45:00 New PB!
12 John Gerard MURPHY 19:57:00 PB stays at 00:18:49
13 Drew KNOX 20:15:00 PB stays at 00:18:42
15 Greg MCCLURE 20:29:00 PB stays at 00:18:41
16 Niall ARMSTRONG 20:38:00 PB stays at 00:19:10
18 Paddy MCCAMBRIDGE 21:03:00 PB stays at 00:20:36
22 Daniel O’CALLAGHAN 21:15:00 New PB!
25 Ita MCCAMBRIDGE 21:24:00 PB stays at 00:20:55
28 Kevin MCCANN 21:54:00 New PB!
37 Tony REID 22:45:00 PB stays at 00:21:50
39 Piaras MCSHANE 22:52:00 PB stays at 00:18:27
60 Catriona MCCAMBRIDGE 24:31:00 New PB!
78 Eadaoin DONALDSON 25:19:00 PB stays at 00:24:26
79 Sandy CARR 25:20:00 PB stays at 00:22:55
109 Nial O NEILL 26:51:00 New PB!
113 Jack CARBERRY 27:09:00 PB stays at 00:21:14
119 Bronagh CONLON 27:27:00 PB stays at 00:27:20
122 Marie-Louise LOWRY 27:49:00 PB stays at 00:25:55
130 Roisin HUGHES 28:12:00 PB stays at 00:19:26
132 Joanne MCGURK 28:20:00 New PB!
140 Orla MCCAMBRIDGE 28:53:00 PB stays at 00:23:58
154 Gabrielle MALLAGHAN 29:27:00 PB stays at 00:27:25
158 James TOAL 29:51:00 New PB!
159 Clare O’HARA 29:52:00 PB stays at 00:27:08
160 Margaret STEPHENS 29:57:00 PB stays at 00:28:23
163 Gemma LOWE 30:10:00 PB stays at 00:29:02
169 Magdalena BISEWSKA 30:53:00 PB stays at 00:26:16
178 Nuala MAHON 31:21:00 PB stays at 00:27:02
184 Dermot MCGRATH 32:04:00 PB stays at 00:28:46
198 Jim CLINTON 33:49:00 PB stays at 00:21:37
209 Padraigin BINGHAM 37:23:00 PB stays at 00:26:52
Belfast Victoria parkrun # 312
6 Martin COX 19:09:00 First Timer!
19 Lauren COX 20:52:00 New PB!
24 Colin SIMPSON 21:14:00 PB stays at 00:19:23
28 Laurence JOHNSTON 21:21:00 PB stays at 00:17:44
Queen’s parkrun, Belfast # 264
13 Ciaran HUNTER 21:26:00 PB stays at 00:20:24
15 Damien GILL 21:36:00 PB stays at 00:20:03
Livingston parkrun # 68
191 Bernadette DUFFY 32:27:00 First Timer!
192 Philomena DONALDSON 32:27:00 First Timer!
Wallace parkrun, Lisburn # 203
3 John MCCONNELL 19:13:00 PB stays at 00:18:24
Preston Park parkrun, Brighton # 204
206 Thomas MCKINSTRY 26:57:00 First Timer!
Ormeau parkrun # 198
16 Eva KISSENPFENNIG 20:55:00 PB stays at 00:19:54
67 Mark SHIELDS 23:31:00 PB stays at 00:19:08
119 Clare HOLMES 25:56:00 New PB!
121 John GRIBBIN 26:02:00 First Timer!
306 Lynsey FLEMING 33:04:00 PB stays at 00:31:01
Larne parkrun # 171
5 Ethan GLENN 20:39:00 PB stays at 00:19:14
8 John STEELE 21:23:00 PB stays at 00:21:02
18 Sandy PLUMB 24:09:00 PB stays at 00:22:17
30 Nat GLENN 27:28:00 PB stays at 00:17:48
Stormont parkrun # 84
6 Helen F WEIR 20:45:00 New PB!
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