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Christmas Treats: Rain, Wind and Muck

NBH RACE REPORT w/e Sunday 31st December 2017

The snow and the ice disappeared; North Belfast Harriers were thrilled to be back racing after few weeks of race cancellations and postponements. Not  driving rain, arctic winds or muck could keep the NBH runners at home over the Christmas period.


Greencastle 5 Mile Road Race (Tuesday 26th December 2017)

North Belfast Harriers travelled to Greencastle in the foothills of the scenic Sperrin Mountains to run the Greencastle 5 mile which has taken place on the same course on Boxing Day for the past 30 years. Congratulations to Piaras McShane who led the NBH runners home.

31 Piaras McShane 30:16
38 Simon Reeve 30:45
99 Ray Cameron 30:55
110 Sean McShane 34:07

B.A.R.F. Turkey Trot (Tuesday 26th December 2017)
Gordon Glenn was the only athlete from NBH to head to the Mournes to take part in the The British Association of Rockclimbers and Fellrunners annual mountain race. Gordon Glenn took 1:34:06 to complete the 7.4 mile / 12km course which had 521 metres of elevation gain, steep climbs and sharp and slippery descents. He finished in 59th position.

Christmas Cracker (Saturday 30th December 2017)
Once again North Belfast Harriers took to the roads and headed to Castlewellan, Co. Down to take part in the 34th Christmas Cracker. This well loved pairs race started in the Main Street winding round the town before entering Castlewellan Forest Park. 647 teams completed the Christmas Cracker this year and among them were 24 teams (male, female and mixed) comprising of NBH members. Seamus Lynch & Ian Bailey who were first team home and won the Male Under 80 in 57:00. From the start Seamus Lynch and Iain Bailey took charge winning in an impressive 57 minutes,one and half minutes clear of Zak Hanna and Aaron McGrady, with Irish International Mountain Runners Ian Conroy and Killian Mooney completing the first three teams. Laura Graham and William McKee combined to win the mixed team for the second time in an excellent 12th place overall in 65:07. Beechmount Harriers’s Gerrie Short and Catherine Diver led the ladies home in 71:12 in 34th overall. Our very own Neil Carty won the Mixed 80-89 in 01:07:10 with Cathy McCourt (unattached.) Ita McCambridge & Paddy McCambridge were placed second in Mixed 100 – 119 in a time of 01:27:09. Robert Irvine & Jack Carberry were second Male 120 and over in 01:30:10. Each year the course and distance varies slightly and this is expected. But this year’s surprise element was the mud. It was a ‘Mud Fest’ of epic proportions. In years to come, without a doubt, runners will be boasting that they ran the muddiest Christmas Cracker ever. The race wound its way through the forest trails, off the beaten track, through Mount Pleasant Equestrian Centre and on up to the summit before finishing in the field close to the entrance to Castlewellan Forest Park. Such were the muddy conditions buckets of water and hose pipes were available to clean yourself, mid race, after the 20 minute traffic jam and the downhill & uphill rivers of mud. At times people were slipping and sliding as though ice skating or taking part in a cross country skiing event. But at all times, those of us further back in the field, were laughing and screaming in the sheer joy of taking part in a truly unique event.

1 Seamus Lynch / Ian Bailey Male Under 80 00:57:00 1st 
4 Russel Hughes / Duncan Bell Male 80 – 99 01:01:18 1st 
16 Neil Carty / Cathy McCourt Mixed 80 – 99 01:07:10 1st mixed team
18 Matthew Collins / Marc Jennings Male Under 80 01:07:20 12
19 Ciaran Rea / Martin Rea Male Under 80 01:07:30 13
139 John Murphy / Nigel McKinney Male 80 – 99 ` 01:24:05 45
146 Eamon McCambridge / Frankie Smyth Male Under 80 01:24:42 59
155 Darren Houston / Colin Simpson Male 80 – 99 01:26:11 53
163 Ita McCambridge / Paddy McCambridge Mixed 100 – 119 01:27:09 2nd 
185 Stephen Walker / Paul Williams Male 80 – 99 01:29:56 62
189 Robert Irvine  /Jack Carberry Male 120 and over 01:30:10 2nd
190 Peter McLean / Emma Sheehy Mixed Under 80 01:30:23 16
204 Orla McCambridge  /Conal McCambridge Mixed Under 80 01:32:14 17
284 Vincent Bradley /Gerry Anderson Male 100 -119 01:41:19
321 Sandy Carr /Gary Blythe Mixed 80 – 99 01:45:19 35
362 Catriona McCambridge /Brendan McCambridge Mix Under 80 01:51:51
413 Anthony Fleming / John Beggs Male 80 – 99 01:58:30 101
438 Irene McGreevy / Clare O’Hara Female 80 – 99 02:02:16 30
535 John Burns / Gabrielle Mallaghan Mixed 100 – 119 02:14:06 24
538 Eileen Keenan / Kate O’Neill Female 100 – 119 02:14.30

575 Kerry Louise Coogan / Dirdre Murphy Female 80 – 99 02:20:53 74
583 Margaret Stephens / Trisha Murray Female 100 – 119 02:22:03 18
592 Philomena Donaldson / Eadaoin Donaldson Female 80 – 99 02:24:19 84
614 Bernadette Duffy / Nuala Mahon Female 100 – 119 02:35:24 20
631 Philip McIlwrath / Rosy Ryan Mixed 80 – 99 02:43:32 82


East Antrim Marathon Series (Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st December)
The East Antrim Marathon Series held its flagship back-to-back Marathon , half marathon and 10K events on the 30th and 31st December. This event celebrated the fifth anniversary of the East Antrim Marathon Series and there were bespoke medals at each of the events. The first race was the flat course from Carrick Castle to Loughshore and the New Years Eve race, the four laps of Station Road. Greg McClure completed 2 back to back marathons! Greg ran the first one in 3:38:04 and the second in 3:53:33. Greg has now completed 90 marathons and is hoping to reach his 100th in the near future. What an achievement! Padraigin Bingeam ran the EAMS 10km in 1:09:20.

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Kirkistown 5km & 10km (Sunday 31st December 2017)

The 5km and 10km runs took place at Kirkistown Race Track on a smooth, pan flat 1.5mile mile looped circuit, officially measured PB course, free from traffic. Philip McIlwrath finished 2017 in style winning his first ever running prize. He was placed 2nd in the 10km race in 00:54:00. Rosy Ryan ran the 5km race in 00:45:08. Piaras McShane finished 2nd over all in the Kirkistown Sprint Dualthon in 00:58:45. In this event Piaras ran a 2 mile lap followed by a cycle of 10 miles (5 laps) and finished with a final 2 mile run. Congratulations to all.


Lough 5 Mile Road Race (Sunday 31st December 2017)

Among the 559 athletes who took to the roads around Loughmacrory, Co. Tyrone was our own Mary Reid. The race was won by Scott Rankin in 25:17 and first lady home was Sorcha Mullan in 32:37. Mary Reid was 202nd home in 40:47

parkrun results SATURDAY 30th DECEMBER 2017

44th Sean MCSHANE 25:09
Belfast Victoria
27th Michael MCCORMICK 21:49
85th Philip MCILWRATH 27:42
194th Rosy RYAN 45:08
18th Reg KAPUR 24:30
6th Nat GLENN 22:52
10th Janice PLUMB 23:34
21st Harry PLUMB 26:30
63rd Clare HOLMES 25:40 – New PB
9th Max REID 20:49
31st Jim CLINTON 24:35
1st Simon REEVE 19:22
5th John Gerard MURPHY 20:33
8th Sam CARR 21:20
17th Luke KELLY 23:15
21st Tony REID 23:40
31st Kevin MCCANN 24:43
39th Lyle CARLETON 25:41
56th Thomas Peter NORTON 27:27
79th Stella HARRISON 29:26
86th Matthew HIGGINS 30:21
91st Gemma LOWE 32:01
95th Padraigin BINGHAM 32:59
100th Eadaoin DONALDSON 33:51
39th John LAVERY 29:28