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NBH REPORT 24-30 JULY 2017

Road, Trail, Track and Mountain

North Belfast Harriers were represented on differing terrains throughout the week. The depth and diversity of the club was highlighted with podium finishes for our top athletes. On Friday night Mark McKinstry took the top spot at the Dub Runners Giants trail race. Then on Saturday Louise Smith followed that up with a race win at the Cookstown Half marathon. Martsje Hell went and took the 3rd spot at the Crossgar 10k, and finally Kent Swann took the top spot on Sundays Divis 10k. Some graduates from the Jog Belfast Couch to 5 km took to the roads and track taking part in the Cookstown Half Marathon and Afternoon of PBs. Well done to all!


The Giant’s Trial Race (Friday 28th July 2017)

On Friday evening, the scenic trails and towpath of the Lagan Valley Regional Park formed the backdrop of the 3rd annual stunning trail run organised by the Dub Runners running club. Runners enjoyed a challenging 6-mile course on a combination of tow path, forest trails, pastures, the woodland of Minnowburn, before finishing at the Dub Playing Fields via the Giant’s Ring Neolithic Monument. Our own North Belfast Harrier Mark McKinstry won the race in a new course record of 33:45. Simon Reeve finished 6th in 38:11 and was followed home by Martin Rea in 9th place in 39:22.

The ladies race was won by unattached athlete, Sarajane Guiney in 41:09. Helen Weir completed the course in 45:16. This time, following an administrative hiccup, was credited to her husband, Brian. Well done to all!

Pos Name Cat Time
1 Mark McKinstry M MO 00:33:45
6 Simon Reeve M M40 00:38:31
9 Martin Rea M M40 00:39:22
26 John Murphy M M45 00:42:17
53 Helen Weir F F45 00:45:17
80 Geoff Swann M M50 00:47:48
132 Nicola Swann F F40 00:53:31
137 Dave Gibson M MO 00:53:47
155 Paul Carlin M M45 00:54:52

LacPatrick 5 mile run (Friday 28th July 2017)

Also, 0n Friday evening nearly 200 runners turned out for the Milk Run 5 mile (and associated children’s races) sponsored by Lacpatrick. The 5 mile race which started and finished at the Joe Dunlop Leisure Centre in Ballymoney was hosted by Springwell Running club. The main race was preceded by the Children’s Fun Runs which were held around the grounds of the Joey Dunlop Centre. It was a night of record breaking performances with Neil Johnston breaking the Springwell RC club record for 5 miles and the New City of Derry AC Spartan Breege Connoly smashing the 14-year-old ladies course record. Breege Connoly was 1st lady home and finished 5th overall in 28:53. Our own Stephen Walker had a super run taking 9th position in 29:41. Well done Stephen.


NBH Afternoon 5km PBs (Saturday 29th July 2017)


Saturday afternoon was a typical Irish summer’s day at the Boy’s Model Track. The runners were subjected to a variety of conditions – heat, wind, clouds, light rain, and torrential downpours. The event was a series of 5Ks where the focus was in getting personal bests. To do this John Black had pacers and races organised with people of similar targets in mind. This event was held two years ago and it was well received then by all participants as indeed it was on Saturday. Conor Curran was by far the fastest athlete of the day, clocking 16:12 for victory in the feature race of the day. In all, 15 athletes came away with new 5,000m personal bests. 9 NBH athletes secured PBs on the day and 8 achieved SBs. Many of the top runners stayed behind to act as pacer in the slower races. Indeed, Conor Curran was personal pacer to Frances Burgess in the last event helping her to achieve a PB in 27:31. There was also a Kids 1 Mile race which was delayed due to the heavy rain at their race time. Luke Kelly won this race in 05:56. Congratulations to all who took part and sincere appreciation to all who helped organise and ensure that the event ran smoothly as it did.


North Belfast Harriers Afternoon of 5K PBs
Race 16 – 18mins
1 1054 Conor Curran 00:16:12
2 1053 Andrew Milligan 00:17:12
3 1068 Ethan Glenn 00:17:16 PB
4 1071 Declan McCaffrey 00:17:23 PB
5 1062 Conor O’Rawe 00:17:24 PB
7 1057 Simon Reeve 00:17:59 SB
9 1056 Joe Norney 00:18:30 SB
10 1070 Gary Keenan 00:18:32
11 1064 Piaras McShane 00:18:50
12 1058 John McConnell 00:19:05
13 1061 Colin Willetts 00:19:25

Race 19 – 20mins
5 1074 Ray Cameron 00:19:36
11 1085 Sam Carr 00:21:04 SB
12 1132 Eva Kissenpfennig 00:21:08
13 1076 Ciaran Browne 00:21:40
14 1077 Anthony Fleming 00:23:43

Race 21- 22mins
1 1092 Una McConnell 00:21:08 SB
4 1091 Jack Carberry 00:22:22 SB
7 1133 Emma Sheehy 00:23:28

Race 23- 24mins
3 1109 Katrina McAuley 00:22:49 PB
5 1099 Sandy Carr 00:23:16 SB
6 1112 Donna McLaughlin 00:23:31 PB
7 1120 Grainne Brinkley 00:24:26 PB
8 1107 Philip McIlwrath 00:24:36 SB
9 1111 Gerry Anderson 00:24:39 PB
11 1106 Eadaoin Donaldson 00:26:43

Race 25mins +
3 1077 Anthony Fleming 00:25:56
4 1121 Yasmin Lynn 00:25:57 PB
5 1124 Frances Burgess 00:27:31 PB
6 1123 Philomena Donaldson 00:28:28 SB

1 Mile
1 1129 Luke Kelly 00:05:36
2 1127 Max Reid 00:05:56
3 1130 Daniel Kelly 00:06:37


Kilmore Rec FC Crossgar 10km (Saturday 29th July 2017)

On Saturday afternoon Kilmore Rec FC, Crossgar Harriers and Atlas Running hosted the Crossgar 10km Road Race. 148 runners started the race started at Tobar Mhuire Monastery; headed out the country roads through Kilmore Village and back to Crossgar where all finishers received medals and refreshments were served afterwards. David O’Flaherty (Newcastle AC) was first man home in 35:08. The women’s race was won by Amy Bulman (Willowfield Harriers) in 37:44. Martsje Hell finished in 13th position overall and was third woman home in 40:22. Congratulations Martsje!



Divis 10km (Sunday 30th July 2017)

On Sunday, 38:40 was the time it took Kent Swann to win the Divis 10km race. Kent was the only NBH athlete who ran in this race. 174 runners negotiated a tough, steep run with two grueling miles on rocky paths. On reaching the summit a spectacular view of Belfast was on offer before the runners freewheeled all the way downhill again. The route then took the runners over the board walk and gravel paths which led to the summit of Black Mountain, after which they crossed stiles and the Collin River before arriving at the Visitor’s Centre for a well-deserved medal. Runners were advised to be aware of cows on the course and not to go near them or startle them! Sean O’Neill won the 1-mile race in 07:25.  





East Antrim Sunrise Run 5km (Sunday 30th July 2017)On Sunday morning, David Clarke won the Sunrise Run 5km in the 19:01. This race was organised by East Coast Athletic Club, in memory of their highly respected club member – Patrick ‘Paddy’ Campbell and father of NBH athlete Trisha and her sister, Bernadette Campbell. The Sunrise Run 5k race/run/walk started and finished in Dixon Hall, Drains Bay. 66 runners completed the course following the same route as the Larne parkrun through a hilly 2 lap course in Carnfunnock Country Park. It was a mild, cloudy morning with perfect running conditions. The race was free to enter but donations could be made to the Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke charity. Janice and Sandy Plumb lent their support to the Campbell family by taking part in the walk around the Country Park.

1 David Clarke M55 19:01
27 Trisha Campbell FO 27:24
50 Eadaoin Donaldson MO 32:47
51 Philomena Donaldson F55 32:50
65 Rosy Ryan F40 50:17


Cookstown Half Marathon (30th July 2017)

Runners ran along the route that was run during the World Police and Fire Games Half Marathon back in 2013. The event was part of the Pure Running Half Marathon Series. The event started at the Mid Ulster Sports Arena, through the town centre, headed out to Churchtown doing a triangular lap there before heading back to the Mid Ulster Sports Arena. All those who completed collected a medal as they finished. Louise Smith continued her winning streak with yet another win finishing in 5th overall and first place and first lady in the blistering time of 1:25:53. It was a busy weekend for Greg McClure. He assisted in the Saturday’s Afternoon of PBs in the Boys Model track as photographer, then acted as personal pacer in the last race of the day before heading off on Sunday to the Cookstown Half Marathon to finish in 1:39:37. Una McConnell also ran a SB in the Track event on Saturday. She finished the HM in 1:44:54 almost 9 minutes faster than her time in 2016. Paul Carlin competed in the Giant’s Trail on Friday night before heading northwest to complete his latest half marathon. Philip McIlwrath did Derry parkrun on Saturday morning, then in the afternoon to the Boys Model Track achieving a SB in the 5000m.He also ran in the Half Marathon in 2:09:48.                                                                        


Pos Name Cat Time
5 Louise Smith F F45 01:25:53
41 Greg McClure M M60 01:39:37
78 Una McConnell F F40 01:44:54
112 Gordon Glenn M M45 01:50:27
187 Paul Carlin M M45 01:59:31
251 Philip McIlwrath M M40 02:09:48
324 Anne Marie Clarken F F40 02:26:45
351 Didre Murphy F F50 02:40:33



Danny McDaid 15km (Sunday 30th July 2017)

On Sunday, the 12th annual 15km race took place in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. The race is held in honour of Letterkenny AC Double Olympian, Danny McDaid who represented Ireland in the marathon in 1972 Munich and 1976 Montreal Olympic Games. Paddy and Ita McCambridge competed very successfully. Paddy finished in 66:34 with a PB of 3:40 while Ita secured a PB of 3:14 by crossing the finish line in 70:09. Their marathon training is certainly paying dividends.


World Mountain Running Championships (Sunday 30th July 2017

Andrew Annett (North Belfast Harriers), Zak Hanna (Newcastle AC), Esther Dickson (Newry AC), and Oisin Brennan (Springwell RC) represented Ireland on the international mountain running stage. 320 NIMRA athletes covered the tough 13km route which included 860mm of ascent. 35 nations were represented in the mountain race in Premana, Italy. Andrew Annett finished 57th overall and Ireland was the 14th team home. As expected the championship was won by the team from Uganda. What a fantastic achievement. Well done Andrew!






27th Elaine HOLMES 27:16
31st Thomas MCKINSTRY 28:21 – New PB
58th Philip MCILWRATH 28:40
90th Rosy RYAN 45:21
9th Helen F WEIR 22:44
14th Nat GLENN 23:41
16th Carol CLARKE 23:53
27th Trisha CAMPBELL 24:50
30th John STEELE 25:09
31st Penny LINDSAY 25:09
35th Harry PLUMB 25:30
60th Sandy PLUMB 29:04
8th Laurence JOHNSTON 18:36
27th Mark SHIELDS 20:44
16th Ciaran HUNTER 22:17
44th Lynn MCCULLOUGH 27:20
2nd Amando BAMISILE 18:27
4th Simon REEVE 19:12
13th Drew KNOX 20:13
17th Matt SHIELDS 20:51
26th Colin SIMPSON 22:01
37th Terence MCATAMNEY 22:56
54th Daniel O’CALLAGHAN 24:10
76th Maurice PALMER 25:34
103rd Clare O’HARA 27:06 – New PB
109th Heather WILSON 27:29
120th Jim CLINTON 28:02
129th Sandy CARR 28:37
137th Magdalena BISEWSKA 28:57
138th Joanne MCALLISTER 28:58 – New PB
139th Matthew HIGGINS 28:59
144th David JOHNSTON 29:12
149th Jacqueline LAWLOR 29:26
171st Roisin HUGHES 30:26
177th Claire BRADY 30:37
178th Bronagh CONLON 30:43
181st Emma TONER 30:56
189th Lyle CARLETON 31:03
190th Joanne MCGURK 31:04
192nd Nuala MAHON 31:07
193rd Greg MCCLURE 31:09
202nd Katrina MCAULEY 31:28
210th Elaine CRAWFORD 32:11
211st Gemma LOWE 32:12
212nd Bernadette DUFFY 32:17
214th David CURRAN 32:34
215th Margaret STEPHENS 32:36
220th Dermot MCGRATH 33:08
239th John Gerard MURPHY 36:05
245th Kevin MCCANN 36:35 – 50th Parkun
267th Adrienne MARTIN-POOTS 39:1
12th Ciara O’RAWE 22:49