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NBH weekly race report, 19th – 25th February 2018

While the current mid-week weather may disagree, the weekend fixtures signalled the end of Winter, as the cross country season was brought to a close in Lurgan Park. NBH runners also headed to the familiar shores of Castlewellan Lake and even as far afield as Andalucía.



NI & Ulster Senior Cross Country Championship, Lurgan Park, Co. Armagh 


On Saturday hundreds of runners headed to the spacious grounds of Lurgan Park to tackle the Senior XC Championship race. Faced with an intimidating race of 6km for the women and 12km for the men, the runners were also met with chilly winds and generally cold conditions. While not all bad, the conditions also presented some firm ground underfoot, a welcome sight for the large contingent of NBH runners who had spent the winter traipsing through the muck and sludge of various courses across Ulster. Coupled with a large presence of encouraging spectators it had all the makings of a great race.

First up was the ladies race, which saw North Down AC’s Jessica Craig lead from the off, only to be chased and raced hard by Rebekah Nixon from Dromore AC and her club mate Rachel Gibson. Rebekah took the win in the end (24:21). In the team competition it was North Down AC who won comfortably with 4 runners in the top 10. NBH had some great performances by the ladies of the club, with many building on the hard training and XC racing they’ve been doing throughout the entire Winter, with some well deserved results. In the overall team competition NBH ladies took 22nd place out the 32 teams competing.





Lastname Finish
52 Una McConnell 00:29:17
67 Ita McCambridge 00:30:16
124 Diane Taylor 00:34:53
149 Eadaoin Donaldson 00:38:10
154 Joanne McAllister 00:39:02
160 Bethany Waterhouse-Bradleu 00:43:38
161 Trish Murray



The Mens race followed, with NBH own Mark McKinstry running at the head of the race throughout, along with Declan Reed (City of Derry Spartans) and Neil Johnston (Springwell Running Club). Mark showed his good form and strength to control the race at the front over most of the 12 km, only in the final stages was Declan Reed able to move past and take the win (41:40), with Mark taking a fantastic, but no doubt bittersweet, second place.

Throughout the wider field, the NBH men were well placed with many fighting battles on the course and marking the colours of the clubs to compete with. The culmination of all of these efforts races over the draining 12km secured the club 2nd place overall in the team event, with 6 shiny silver medals going home in NBH kitbags. Possibly an even more impressive insight to the club performance on Saturday was the strength in numbers; of the 22 teams at the NI & Ulster event there were 3 NBH teams, finishing in 2nd, 6th and 20th position. A great exhibition of club running. Overall City of Derry secured gold in the team event with their 6 men all finishing within the top 12.


Pos Firstname Lastname Finish
2 Mark McKinstry 00:41:53
12 Philip Goss 00:44:07
16 Eamon White 00:45:10
19 John Black 00:45:24
25 Marc Jennings 00:45:56
26 Neil Carty 00:45:56
34 Andrew Considine 00:47:09
43 James Trainor 00:48:16
56 Colin Willetts 00:50:06
60 Paul Hutchinson 00:50:22
66 Matt Shields 00:51:30
68 John McGuigan 00:51:33
92 Simon Reeve 00:54:04
135 Joe Smith 00:57:23
136 Paddy McCambridge 00:57:31
147 Greg McClure 00:59:49
158 Colin Simpson 01:01:49
160 Ciaran Browne 01:02:09
181 Gary Blythe 01:07:11
182 Andrew Taylor 01:07:12
188 Lyle Carleton 01:10:14
191 Lance Breen 01:11:44
193 Philip McIlwrath 01:12:25


Great to see such successes on a bright sunny day, after months of tough, dark, damp Winters training.


2017 / 2018 Athletics NI & Ulster XC League:


With the completion of the final race in the XC season the league was also brought to an end. This league proved, as ever, to be a close run competition over the course of five months and eight races. In the men’s league NBH secured second position only 6 points behind Foyle Valley AC, the league winners. In the ladies competition the NBH women took 11th position out of the 26 teams, after some great turnouts throughout the season. The ladies league was won by North Down AC.

No doubt after a seasons training and racing over the muck and hills, the NBH men and women will be well strengthened, fit and ready to tear up the tarmac in the Spring and Summer racing seasons.



Born 2 Run ‘Run Forest Run’ Castlewellan 10k 2018:


Also on Saturday a large crowd turned out at Castlewellan for the finale of the popular Belfast Telegraph Run Forest Run Series, organised by Born 2 Run. The course was loops around the Castlewellan Lake, and the challenging foothills that surround the lake.

The club had representation in both the 5km and 10km events, with Rosy Ryan participating in the 5km event. At the head of the 10km race NBH had two runners in the mix, with Gladys Ganiel securing yet another first in the ladies’ race (37:48). The men’s event was won by Vincent McKenna of Queens University AC (35:11) with NBH Davy Clarke taking a fantastic 3rd place.

Pos Firstname LastName Gender Cat Race Finish Chiptime
3 Gladys Ganiel F F40 10K 00:37:48 00:37:47
4 David Clarke M M55 10K 00:38:50 00:38:49
56 April Clarke F FO 10K 00:46:05 00:46:03
90 Anthony Fleming M M40 10K 00:48:33 00:48:13
101 Caroline Clarke F F50 10K 00:49:04 00:49:03
209 Nichola Swann F F45 10K 00:54:12 00:54:04
416 Megan Beggs F FO 10K 01:07:25 01:06:41
417 Anne Marie Clarken F F40 10K 01:07:25 01:06:40
418 Joanne McGurk F F35 10K 01:07:25 01:06:41



Pos Firstname Lastname Gender Cat Finish Chiptime
203 Rosy Ryan F F40 00:42:45 00:42:21



Seville Marathon, Seville, Spain


On Saturday thousands of runners participated in the 34th Maratón de Sevilla, in southern Spain. In a light breeze with a cool 10 degrees Celsius the leaders Dickson Tuwei of Kenya and Morocco’s Kaoutar Boulaid finished in 2:08:18 and 2:25:32 respectively, with Boulaid breaking the women’s course record by more than half a minute.

NBH own Ray Cameron had put in the hard winter months of mileage to build towards this event and was well rewarded with a fantastic 4 minute PB, as he covered the marathon distance in a time of 3:14:07.




Parkrun @ various locations:


As ever the NBH attended parkrun events in their droves. Well done all!


Waterworks parkrun, Belfast

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
1 1 Piaras MCSHANE 00:17:56
5 5 John Gerard MURPHY 00:19:27
11 11 Niall ARMSTRONG 00:20:13
17 16 Greg MCCLURE 00:21:32
24 22 Christopher LENNON 00:21:49
25 23 Jack CARBERRY 00:21:56
27 25 Sam CARR 00:22:12
32 3 Orla CASH 00:22:32
34 31 Kevin MCCANN 00:22:38
48 43 Simon REEVE 00:23:55
66 60 Maurice PALMER 00:25:10
76 66 Joe DRAIN 00:25:33
85 73 Thomas MCKINSTRY 00:26:31
87 75 Tony REID 00:26:52
95 82 Thomas Peter NORTON 00:27:22
104 16 Geraldine MURPHY 00:27:58
105 89 John BURNS 00:28:00
114 92 Paul ARMSTRONG 00:28:44
119 97 Jason REID 00:29:03
122 23 Padraigin BINGHAM 00:29:14
136 29 Leona KNOX 00:29:47
139 31 Stella HARRISON 00:30:10
148 112 Jim CLINTON 00:30:35
159 120 Aaron MCCANN 00:31:23
163 123 Gordon GLENN 00:31:45
168 41 Jacqueline LAWLOR 00:31:58
169 128 Michael LAWLOR 00:31:59
170 42 Bernadette DUFFY 00:32:01
174 43 Sandy CARR 00:32:15
179 46 Michele FLOOD 00:32:39
180 47 Gemma LOWE 00:32:39
189 52 Margaret STEPHENS 00:33:14

Durham parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
1 1 Andrew MILLIGAN 00:16:28

Queen’s parkrun, Belfast

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
16 16 Damien GILL 00:21:17
29 27 Ciaran HUNTER 00:22:40
91 63 John LAVERY 00:27:21

Ormeau parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
17 17 Mark SHIELDS 00:19:54

Castlewellan parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
3 3 Martin REA 00:18:41
6 6 Gerard MCNAMARA 00:19:54
136 89 Philip MCILWRATH 00:30:29
187 82 Rosy RYAN 00:41:44

Larne parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
18 17 Harry PLUMB 00:26:17
19 18 John STEELE 00:26:20
22 19 Sandy PLUMB 00:26:45
23 4 Janice PLUMB 00:26:47

Carrickfergus parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
13 12 Drew KNOX 00:22:33

Valley parkrun, Newtownabbey

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
12 12 Jack MCCREADY 00:22:21


Note: All pictures sourced from NBH Facebook page