The North Coast 10k & 5k
On Thursday evening, up on the north coast, 200 runners set off across the beach at Portrush to start the annual North Coast 10 & 5k events. A tough race to pace, the 5k is a sandy out-and-back; whilst the 10k also starts along the beach, there’s then a climb up onto the road back to town and a trip around Ramore Head, before returning to a beach and bbq finish. The winning times were 33:41 and 22:45 in the 10 and 5k. In the 10k North Belfast Harrier Stephen Walker placed 6th in 38:03.
Docklands 5k Road Race, Dublin
Also on Thursday evening, over 1,500 athletes participated in one of the fastest and flattest 5k’s down in Dublin. Mark McKinstry ran 15:10 for an impressive 7th place.
On Friday evening, several Harriers raced the Greyabbey 10k. There were podium places for Sarah-Jane McFadden 2nd in 40:59 and Helen Weir, 3rd in 42:26. John McConnell finished 6th in 38:17, Greg McClure won his age category with 43:16, as did Kelli O’Neill with 44:53 and Philip McIlwrath ran 51:55.
NIMAA Track & Field Champs 2017, Belfast
The Mary Peters Track hosted the 2017 Northern Ireland Masters Athletic Association Championships on Saturday and North Belfast Harriers athletes came away with three gold medals. Conor Curran secured 1st position in the M40 5000m, David Clarke added the 1500m M55 to his Irish title he won last week and Jim Newbury won the M65 800m title. In the field events Jim McClean won 3 gold 1 silver at M65: 1st Javelin. Shot Put, Weight for distance; 2nd Discus.
The Great Rossa Run (Half Marathon, 10k & 5k)
Over 500 runners travelled to Arboe on Sunday morning for the annual Great Rossa Run. Apart from sections of the route affectionately known as the Killycolpy Leg Killer, the Duffs Destroyer, the Endless Mile and the Black Hill Sprint finish – the course was “relatively” flat.
Several Harriers were part of the record number of participants and included John McGuigan running 1:23:53 for 8th place in the Half Marathon. 36:28 saw Gladys Ganiel win the 10k and place 6th overall. Also in the 10k, Eimear Nugent ran 59:01. And in the 5k Heather Wilson ran 27:28.
There were several new PBs this week and a milestone 100th parkrun as well as a couch to 5k graduation at the Waterworks this week.
Antrim 5th Martsje HELL 18:52 – New PB
Armagh 57th Eadaoin DONALDSON 29:11 75th Philomena DONALDSON 32:30
Belfast Victoria 34th Helen F WEIR 23:11
Larne 3rd Nat GLENN 21:27 12th Carol CLARKE 23:14 18th Harry PLUMB 25:35
Ormeau 4th Neil CARTY 18:06 – New PB 24th Eva KISSENPFENNIG 21:08 44th Mark SHIELDS 22:57
Queens 5th Philip Patrick DONNELLY 19:11 15th Damien GILL 21:18 35th Ciaran HUNTER 24:03 Valley 20th Clare HOLMES 26:43
Wallace 6th John MCCONNELL 19:30
Waterworks 3rd Thomas SIMMONS 17:51 4th Simon REEVE 18:33 5th Matthew LAVERY 18:35 – New PB 7th John Gerard MURPHY 19:26 8th David CURRAN 19:37 9th Luke KELLY 19:39 11th Piaras MCSHANE 20:04 13th Max REID 20:13 – New PB 15th Lauren COX 20:33 – New PB 19th Greg MCCLURE 21:09 22nd Martin O’NEILL 21:20 – New PB 24th Colin SIMPSON 21:23 26th Ita MCCAMBRIDGE 21:27 27th Brendan MCCAMBRIDGE 21:27 29th Paddy MCCAMBRIDGE 21:49 33rd Paul WILLIAMS 22:07 34th Terence MCATAMNEY 22:21 – New PB 37th Tony REID 22:28 39th Jack CARBERRY 22:34 53rd Mia MCDOWELL 24:10 56th Katrina MCAULEY 24:14 60th Gary BLYTHE 24:23 63rd Sarah Jane STEWART 24:30 66th John GRIBBIN 24:34 67th Jim CLINTON 24:37 70th Joe WILSON 24:52 104th Philip MCILWRATH 26:45 105th Catherine MCKILLEN 26:48 111st Roisin HUGHES 27:17 122nd Lynn MCCULLOUGH 27:53 123rd Michael LAWLOR 28:06 133rd Clare O’HARA 29:00 147th Trisha MURRAY 30:02 151st Joanne MCALLISTER 30:07 – New PB 152nd Jacqueline LAWLOR 30:16 154th Gabrielle MALLAGHAN 30:23 155th Margaret STEPHENS 30:24 174th Bernadette DUFFY 31:30 183rd Mick MURRAY 32:13 191st Matthew HIGGINS 33:07 – 100th Parkun 196th Thomas MCKINSTRY 33:09 225th Padraigin BINGHAM 38:24
Dungloe 2nd Joe DRAIN 20:36 – New PB 6th Siobhan DRAIN 22:52 – New PB