NBH Race Report 26 June – 02 July 2017

It was another successful week of racing for NBH athletes who competed in events far and wide in Tullamore, Limavady, the Mourne Mountains, Ards and Drumlough near Lisburn. The usual large quota of members also took part in one of Saturday’s parkruns. A new course record and a new attendance record were set at Waterworks as members and friends came to celebrate big milestone runs by Rosy Ryan and Philip McIlwrath.

 

Drumlough 5m (Wed 28 June 2017)

On Wednesday evening on the 2 lap Drumlough 5m course John Murphy represented the Harriers to record a fine overall 4th place finish and a M40 category win. With a relatively small field of 52 athletes, it was a case of quality over quantity with the winner recording 27:22 and 28 athletes inside the 40 minute barrier around the hilly circuit. John’s time of 32:16 was just a few seconds faster than he recorded over the same track last year. Full NBH results:

Pos Athlete Time
4 John Murphy 32:16

 

Jude Gallagher Memorial – Round the Bridges 10 Mile (Thu 29 June 2017)

On Thursday evening the annual round the bridges 10 miler took place in wet and windy conditions in Limavady. Happily the headwind was mostly a factor in the first half of the race; with a nice tail wind and rain keeping the athletes cool, running conditions improved considerably for the second half. A total of 641 athletes were led home by our own Andrew Annett who continued his recent run of good form to win by over a minute in a fantastic time of 52:25. Gary Slevin and Allan Bogle of City of Derry Spartans made up the other podium places in 53:38 and 54:22 respectively.

Supporting Andrew for the club, Vernon Shiels had a fine run to claim 14th place just outside the hour mark in 1:00:15. Evergreen Matt Shields claimed 18th place in a remarkable 1:01:17 to narrowly take the M60 win by just under 10 minutes from Greg McClure who ran 1:11:05.

For the ladies, ex-harrier and Olympian Breege Connolly took the win in 58:52, comfortably ahead of Ciara Toner (Springwell) in 1:02:05. Our own Ruth Murphy, a native of Limavady, came home just outside the 85 minute mark in 1:25:39. Full NBH results:

Pos Athlete Cat Time Cat Pos
1 Andrew Annett MO 52:25 1
14 Vernon Shiels MO 1:00:15 12
18 Matt Shields M60 1:01:17 1
117 Greg McClure M60 1:11:05 2
393 Ruth Murphy F45 1:25:39 19

 

Breege and Andrew, ladies and men’s winners (photo by Mags Mathieson)

Ards Half Marathon (Fri 30 June 2017)

The annual Ards half marathon attracted a total of 17 harriers last Friday evening. Continuing her recent run of good form Gladys Ganiel led the ladies home in 1:19:53. Louise Smith ran strongly to finish 4th lady behind Gladys, Amy Bulman of (Willowfield Harriers) and Caitrona Jennings (Letterkenny Athletic Club). Helen Weir also ran well to take 3rd place in the F45 category in 1:36:57.

In the men’s race, Kevin Maunsell (Clonmel AC) ran hard from the start to record a fine win in 1:10:11 just a minute ahead of our own Mark McKinstry who put the disappointment of Lisburn behind him to claim 2nd place. Mark was well supported by Philip Goss in 5th place with 1:16:49. Greg McClure ran a steady race to take the M60 win in 1:37:36.

A word for the pacers who took on the tricky task of helping athletes achieve personal time targets; Gerard MacNamara and Paul Williams carried the 1:45 balloons, Paddy McShane paced the 2hr runners and Jack Carberry and Thomas (Tucker) McKinstry paced those targeting 2:15. Full NBH results:

Pos Athlete   Cat Time Cat Pos
2 Mark McKinstry MO 1:11:16 NA
5 Philip Goss MO 1:16:49 3
16 Gladys Ganiel F40 1:19:53 1
29 Louise Smith F45 1:24:48 4
30 Martin Rea M40 1:24:56 5
33 John McConnell M40 1:25:49 6
51 Brendan McNally M40 1:29:06 13
54 Arran Rutledge M40 1:29:27 14
55 Noel McNally MO 1:29:30 14
91 Colin Simpson M45 1:35:35 11
104 Helen F Weir F45 1:36:57 3
114 Greg McClure M60 1:37:36 1
214 Gerard MacNamara Pacer 1:44:34 NA
326 Paul Williams Pacer 1:52:22 NA
404 Philip McIlwrath M40 1:57:39 75
462 Paddy McShane Pacer 2:00:01 NA
611 Jack Carberry Pacer 2:14:52 NA
612 Thomas McKinstry Pacer 2:14:55 NA

 

Spelga Skyline Race (Sat 01 July 2017)

On Saturday over 70 athletes tackled the latest event in the NIMRA mountain series. Starting and finishing at Spelga car park, the route saw competitors visit the peaks of Meelbeg, Loughshannagh, Muck, Moughanmore, Pierces, Rocky, Hen and Cock in a total distance of over 20km with a total elevation gain of around 1,500m. Simon Reeve and Martsje Hell represented the club in this one with Simon achieving 12th position overall and Martsje 4th lady. Full NBH results:

Pos Athlete Cat Time
12 Simon Reeve MV40 3:10:38
24 Martsje Hell FO 3:33:53

 

Irish Life AAI National Masters Track & Field Championships (Sun 02 July 2017)

On Sunday in Tullamore, David Clarke won gold in both the V55 800m and 1500m events. In the 800m Davey just pipped John Baldwin from Kilcoole by 0.12 seconds, while his margin of victory of nearly 3 seconds in the 1500m over Tom O’Connor from Liffey Valley AC was more comfortable. Meantime, in the M60+ shot putt Jim McClean was a comfortable winner with 10.72m, exactly 40cm further than Willie O’Toole in 2nd place. Full NBH results:

M55 800m

Pos Athlete Club Time
1 CLARKE David North Belfast Harriers 2:21.68
2 BALDWIN John Kilcoole A.C. 2:21.80
3 CORNYN Michael Dunboyne A.C. 2:22.30

M55 1500m

Pos Athlete Club Time
1 CLARKE David North Belfast Harriers 4:45.90
2 O’CONNOR Tom Liffey Valley A.C. 4:48.73
3 BALDWIN John Kilcoole A.C. 4:49.27

M60+ Shot Putt

Pos Athlete Club Dist
1 MCCLEAN Jim North Belfast Harriers 10.72
2 O’TOOLE Willie St. L. O’Toole A.C. 10.32
3 FARRAGHER Thomas Corofin A.C. 10.13

 

parkrun (Sat 01 July 2017)

Club members were out in force at the Waterworks, wearing their club vests in support of our own Rosy Ryan and Philip McIlwrath as they completed their 100th parkruns. Adding to the occasion there was also a new attendance record of 400 runners and a new course record by Ben Branagh of 14:58. With cake aplenty and  5k graduations from Girdwood JogBelfast and ERC C25K and the weather also playing it’s part the atmosphere in the park was fantastic. Full NBH results were:

Rosy and Phil hit the big ton (photo by Ruth Shields)

 

Waterworks parkrun, Belfast # 351 – 01/07/2017

Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
2 Conor CURRAN 16:46:00 PB stays at 00:16:09 36
3 Thomas SIMMONS 17:33:00 PB stays at 00:17:08 27
8 Ray CAMERON 19:15:00 New PB! 94
9 John Gerard MURPHY 19:27:00 PB stays at 00:18:49 308
11 Frankie SMYTH 19:41:00 PB stays at 00:19:28 19
13 David CURRAN 20:05:00 PB stays at 00:19:01 77
16 Lauren COX 20:41:00 New PB! 54
30 Paddy MCCAMBRIDGE 21:33:00 PB stays at 00:20:36 71
43 Tony REID 22:34:00 PB stays at 00:21:50 318
44 Terence MCATAMNEY 22:44:00 New PB! 7
59 Jack CARBERRY 23:52:00 PB stays at 00:21:14 209
63 Mia MCDOWELL 23:59:00 New PB! 9
72 John GRIBBIN 24:35:00 PB stays at 00:22:27 152
76 Donna MCLAUGHLIN 24:38:00 PB stays at 00:24:32 59
78 Sarah Jane STEWART 24:44:00 PB stays at 00:23:59 13
80 Greg MCCLURE 24:46:00 PB stays at 00:18:41 282
111 Fiona MAGILL 26:02:00 New PB! 9
124 Sam CARR 26:39:00 PB stays at 00:20:29 76
127 Magdalena BISEWSKA 26:50:00 PB stays at 00:26:16 37
129 Heather WILSON 26:53:00 New PB! 6
137 Clare O’HARA 27:17:00 PB stays at 00:27:08 127
138 Eadaoin DONALDSON 27:18:00 PB stays at 00:24:26 127
146 David JOHNSTON 27:34:00 PB stays at 00:27:09 14
157 Roisin HUGHES 27:56:00 PB stays at 00:19:26 87
158 Colin SIMPSON 27:57:00 PB stays at 00:19:33 181
163 Catherine MCKILLEN 28:11:00 PB stays at 00:26:45 29
170 Philip MCILWRATH 28:24:00 PB stays at 00:25:21 100
172 Nial O NEILL 28:29:00 PB stays at 00:26:33 10
179 Lynn MCKENNA 28:45:00 New PB! 12
183 Sonia MILLAR 28:58:00 New PB! 4
194 Lynn MCCULLOUGH 29:25:00 PB stays at 00:23:37 82
197 Jim CLINTON 29:27:00 PB stays at 00:21:37 322
211 Sandy CARR 30:09:00 PB stays at 00:22:55 170
212 Jacqueline LAWLOR 30:10:00 PB stays at 00:28:48 125
214 Elaine HOLMES 30:14:00 PB stays at 00:23:48 56
215 Geraldine MURPHY 30:15:00 PB stays at 00:23:41 16
223 Thomas MCKINSTRY 30:48:00 PB stays at 00:23:09 151
225 Margaret STEPHENS 30:52:00 PB stays at 00:28:23 159
227 Emma TONER 30:57:00 PB stays at 00:29:47 12
239 Philomena DONALDSON 31:32:00 PB stays at 00:27:50 167
244 Eimear NUGENT 31:46:00 PB stays at 00:26:53 22
245 Monica O’KANE 31:49:00 PB stays at 00:29:46 57
246 Joan GRIEVE 31:49:00 PB stays at 00:27:03 56
247 Bronagh CONLON 31:50:00 PB stays at 00:27:20 67
250 Nuala MAHON 32:00:00 PB stays at 00:27:02 96
251 Dirdre MURPHY 32:01:00 PB stays at 00:29:43 38
254 Dermot MCGRATH 32:11:00 PB stays at 00:28:46 67
257 Michele FLOOD 32:19:00 PB stays at 00:30:28 31
260 Orla MCCAMBRIDGE 32:26:00 PB stays at 00:23:58 43
261 Bernadette DUFFY 32:27:00 PB stays at 00:29:29 150
263 Ita MCCAMBRIDGE 32:30:00 PB stays at 00:20:55 108
266 Eileen KEENAN 32:34:00 PB stays at 00:30:45 13
269 Catherine O BOYLE 32:37:00 PB stays at 00:32:11 15
272 Lorna MCGRATH 32:41:00 PB stays at 00:30:16 40
282 Orla YOUNG 33:03:00 PB stays at 00:30:44 37
291 Pauline MCKEATING 33:45:00 PB stays at 00:31:18 12
299 Clare MORGAN 34:46:00 PB stays at 00:33:46 7
313 Marilyn FOSTER 35:43:00 PB stays at 00:32:42 22
326 Emma SHEEHY 36:47:00 PB stays at 00:22:56 35
329 Claire HAMILTON 36:56:00 First Timer! 1
362 Rosy RYAN 43:41:00 PB stays at 00:36:00 100
376 Paul WILLIAMS 48:46:00 PB stays at 00:20:23 226

Queen’s parkrun, Belfast # 276 – 01/07/2017

Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
13 Damien GILL 21:42:00 PB stays at 00:20:03 189

Wallace parkrun, Lisburn # 213 – 01/07/2017

Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
5 John MCCONNELL 19:39:00 PB stays at 00:18:24 227

Ormeau parkrun # 210 – 01/07/2017

Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
8 Laurence JOHNSTON 18:46:00 PB stays at 00:17:59 79

Larne parkrun # 182 – 01/07/2017

Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
5 Ethan GLENN 22:31:00 PB stays at 00:19:13 30
8 Carol CLARKE 23:02:00 PB stays at 00:21:54 32
10 David CLARKE 23:06:00 PB stays at 00:18:11 25
14 Trisha CAMPBELL 25:15:00 PB stays at 00:21:04 25

Stormont parkrun # 96 – 01/07/2017

Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
9 Sean MCSHANE 20:22:00 First Timer! 139

 

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