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NBH Race Report 05-11 February 2018

Club athletes raced far and wide in a plethora of races last weekend on trails, country and road. Events included national championships over the trails of Donadea Forest and the countryside of Clarinbridge near Galway as well as half marathons in Newry and Barcelona. In these and other events there were many fine performances and great results for the North Belfast Harriers.

Donadea 50km Irish Championships (Sat 10th Feb)

The evergreen Louise Smith finished 3rd lady (and 15th overall) in the Irish 50km championships in Donadea Forest Park in Co. Kildare on Saturday. The 10x5km lap course always provides a stern test of physical and mental fitness. Louise’s time of 3:47:01 was 4 minutes faster than her time last year and saw her finish first in the W40 category.

Louise Smith in action
Louise Smith in action

 

Pos Athlete Cat Time Notes
15 Louise Smith F40 3:47:01 3rd lady, 1st W40
Sperrin Harriers Winter League Trail Series 2018 – Parkanaur Forest 10 mile (Sat 10th Feb)

The final race of the popular Sperrin Harriers Winter League Trail Series took place in Parkanaur Forest on Saturday with competitors completing 3 laps over the undulating trails. A total of seven harriers made the trip with five recording top three placings in their age categories. Full NBH results were:

Pos Athlete Cat Time Notes
7 Martin Rea M40 1:04:36 1st M40
22 Gerard McNamara M45 1:10:58 2nd M45
28 Colin Simpson M50 1:14:23
61 Katrina McAuley F35 1:22:59 3rd F35
62 Kevin McCann M45 1:22:59
67 Donna McLaughlin F45 1:23:47 2nd F45
73 Elaine Holmes F50 1:25:40 2nd F50
DUNE Half Marathon (Sun 11th Feb)

The first race of the Pure Running/ChampionChip 2018 half marathon series took place on a cold morning on Sunday with wind and occasionally slippery surfaces adding to the challenge. This year the race started in Newry and finished in Dundalk with almost 750 runners completing the course including seven club athletes. Their results were:

Pos Name Cat Time
142 Mark Shields M50 1:36:48
289 Terence McAtamney MO 1:47:11
405 Paul Carlin M45 1:54:26
455 Gordon Glenn M45 1:57:16
487 Jim Clinton M55 1:58:54
525 Philip McIlwrath M40 2:01:32
635 Thomas Norton M35 2:12:41
NBH at the DUNE half marathon
NBH at the DUNE half marathon
Mallusk Harriers Mathieson Cup Cross Country (Sun 11th Feb)

The City of Belfast Playing Fields in Mallusk was the venue for this event on a snowy morning in Belfast. In the men’s 4 mile race Stormont XC winner Mark McKinstry repeated his success by leading from start to finish to record a time of 24:57. John Black also had a fine race to take 3rd place in 26:15. John McGuigan provided strong support to his teammates to take 13th place. Full results for the harriers competing were:

Pos Name Cat Time
1 Mark McKinstry MO 0:24:57
3 John Black MO 0:26:15
13 John McGuigan MO 0:30:32
AAI Intermediate/Masters Cross Country (Sun 11th Feb)

Clarinbridge outside Galway was the venue for the AAI Intermediate/Masters cross country national championships on Sunday. There were individual medals for Eamon White, Neil Carty, Laurence Johnston and Matt Shields in their respective age categories and a M50 team win as well. In the intermediate race the NBH lads put in a solid performance for 5th place in a competitive team competition. Full results were:

AAI Intermediate Cross Country
Pos Athlete Cat Time
10 Philip Goss MO 0:32:24
35 Andrew Considine MO 0:35:10
38 James Trainor MO 0:35:39
46 Joe Malone MO 0:36:17

 

AAI Senior Cross Country
Pos Athlete Cat Time Notes
11 Eamon White O45 0:27:39 2nd O45
28 Neil Carty O50 0:28:45 3rd O50
76 Laurence Johnston O55 0:31:02 3rd O55
102 Matt Shields O60 0:32:22 3rd O60
105 Dave Clarke O55 0:32:31

 

NBH M50 Team Champions
NBH M50 Team Champions

 

Barcelona Half Marathon (Sun 11th Feb)

The Barcelona half marathon took place on Sunday with the harriers represented by Gladys Ganiel O’Neill who finished in 1:17:38 for 25th placed lady (of 3,926 lady runners). Gladys claimed 2nd place in the W40 category and was 243rd overall (of 13,702 runners).

Pos Athlete Cat Time Notes
243 Gladys Ganiel O’Neill W40 1:17:38 2nd W40, 25th lady

 

Gladys Ganiel O'Neill
Gladys Ganiel O’Neill
parkrun

After an unpromising start to Saturday morning the weather improved and many harriers took advantage to start their weekend with a parkrun. Results were:

Edinburgh parkrun # 431 – 10/02/2018
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
17 Thomas REID 19:22 First Timer! 73
133 Tony REID 24:09 First Timer! 350
Waterworks parkrun, Belfast # 381 – 10/02/2018
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
2 Kent SWANN 16:48 PB stays at 00:16:43 79
3 John SLOAN 18:32 PB stays at 00:18:01 173
5 John Gerard MURPHY 19:54 PB stays at 00:18:49 342
6 Sean MCSHANE 20:03 PB stays at 00:18:34 157
7 Piaras MCSHANE 20:03 PB stays at 00:18:27 168
10 Claire MCCORRY 20:44 New PB! 3
17 Greg MCCLURE 21:43 PB stays at 00:18:41 309
22 Ita MCCAMBRIDGE 22:07 PB stays at 00:20:55 118
27 Jack CARBERRY 22:37 PB stays at 00:21:14 230
30 Simon REEVE 23:09 PB stays at 00:17:48 194
37 Orla CASH 23:57 PB stays at 00:22:33 43
42 Lyle CARLETON 24:35 PB stays at 00:21:22 76
53 Catriona MCCAMBRIDGE 25:20 PB stays at 00:24:31 34
79 Jim CLINTON 27:22 PB stays at 00:21:37 356
83 Thomas MCKINSTRY 27:31 PB stays at 00:23:09 172
88 Heather WILSON 27:49 PB stays at 00:26:53 17
115 Clare O’HARA 31:02 PB stays at 00:25:58 148
116 Trisha MURRAY 31:03 PB stays at 00:28:39 70
120 Jacqueline LAWLOR 31:18 PB stays at 00:28:48 139
121 Michael LAWLOR 31:19 PB stays at 00:25:44 110
122 Monica O’KANE 31:23 PB stays at 00:29:46 63
125 Gemma LOWE 31:34 PB stays at 00:28:59 48
130 Margaret STEPHENS 32:30 PB stays at 00:28:23 183
139 Bernadette DUFFY 34:19 PB stays at 00:29:29 168
141 Eadaoin DONALDSON 35:48 PB stays at 00:24:26 151
142 Dermot MCGRATH 36:10 PB stays at 00:28:46 79
Belfast Victoria parkrun # 353 – 10/02/2018
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
125 Padraigin BINGHAM 28:18 New PB! 65
172 Jason REID 33:02 PB stays at 00:21:36 87
Queen’s parkrun, Belfast # 304 – 10/02/2018
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
4 Philip Patrick DONNELLY 19:40 PB stays at 00:18:34 129
30 Ciaran HUNTER 23:31 PB stays at 00:20:24 224
Malahide parkrun # 275 – 10/02/2018
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
31 Damien GILL 21:24 PB stays at 00:20:01 212
Ormeau parkrun # 241 – 10/02/2018
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
35 Paul WILLIAMS 22:07 PB stays at 00:20:49 252
Carrickfergus parkrun # 199 – 10/02/2018
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
19 Trisha CAMPBELL 24:00 First Timer! 35
46 Drew KNOX 28:26 PB stays at 00:19:24 231
Tymon parkrun # 191 – 10/02/2018
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
8 Matt SHIELDS 20:50 PB stays at 00:18:24 274
Valley parkrun, Newtownabbey # 178 – 10/02/2018
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
21 Jack MCCREADY 24:53 PB stays at 00:24:16 55
Stormont parkrun # 128 – 10/02/2018
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
19 Helen F WEIR 21:45 PB stays at 00:20:39 103
28 Robert IRVINE 22:44 First Timer! 24
154 Philip MCILWRATH 31:07 PB stays at 00:25:31 130
205 Rosy RYAN 47:20 PB stays at 00:39:49 129