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North Belfast Harriers Race Report 12-18 March 2018

Wins for Gladys and Philip and PBs Galore at the Craic 10k

The Craic 10k in Belfast on St Patrick’s Day proved to be the highlight of the week’s racing with snow and icy conditions causing the cancellation of Jimmy’s 10k In Downpatrick on Sunday.

Craic 10k (Saturday 17th March)

The third annual Craic 10k took place on Saturday morning, starting outside Belfast City Hall and finishing behind the Titanic building. In cold, windy conditions this popular race saw 1250 finishers, including 47 representatives from the Harriers.

In the men’s race, Philip Goss stayed close to the front from the start and pressed home his advantage in the closing stages to take the win in 33:10, 8 seconds ahead of Noel McNally of Beechmount Harriers in 2nd place.

Philip Goss wins the Craic 10k
Philip Goss wins the Craic 10k

The ladies’ race saw Gladys Ganiel produce another classy performance to win comfortably in 36:34 with Sinead Sweeney of QUB AC runner up in 37:01.

Ladies podium at the Craic 10k on St Patrick's Day
Ladies’ podium at the Craic 10k

Further down the field there were many fine performances by club athletes. Sergi Saez Damas ran strongly for a new PB in his first race for the club to claim 5th place overall in 35:40, while there were age category wins for Louise Smith (F45) in 39:58 and Conor O’Rawe (MJ) in 41:57. Loretto Hawkins also ran well to claim the runners up spot in the F65 category.

The hard winter’s training paid dividends with a total of no less than 8 PBs among the 47 NBH athletes despite the difficult conditions. Big PBs included Diane Taylor taking over 4 minutes off her previous best and Coleen Thompson and Thomas Norton both lowering their marks by over a minute.

Full results were:

Pos Name Cat Time PB
1 Philip Goss MO 0:33:10  
5 Sergi Saez Damas MO 0:35:40 PB
12 Stephen Walker M35 0:36:29  
13 Gladys Ganiel F40 0:36:34  
58 Louise Smith F45 0:39:58  
96 Conor O’Rawe MJ 0:41:57  
134 Paul Williams M50 0:44:20  
174 Terence McAtamney MO 0:45:33 PB
216 Gerard Sowney MO 0:46:46  
274 Christopher Hicks MO 0:47:59  
279 Gerry Anderson M50 0:48:21  
287 Maurice Palmer M55 0:48:33 PB
291 Andrew Taylor M35 0:48:19  
293 Diane Taylor F35 0:48:39 PB
302 Sarah Jane Stewart FO 0:48:32  
362 Katrina McAuley F35 0:49:53  
364 Coleen Thompson F35 0:50:26 PB
409 Matthew Carleton MO 0:51:37  
411 Thomas Norton M40 0:51:54 PB
514 John Beggs M50 0:53:31  
529 Geraldine Murphy F40 0:53:46  
535 Joanne McAllister F40 0:53:54  
552 Gillian Sommerville F45 0:54:13  
568 Paul Sommerville M50 0:54:29  
597 Eimear Nugent F40 0:54:58  
598 John Burns M50 0:55:10  
757 Cailein Curley FO 0:57:52  
774 Megan Beggs FO 0:58:04  
777 Joanne McGurk F35 0:58:12  
782 Paul Armstrong M50 0:58:15  
786 Catherine Seawright F40 0:58:18  
846 Jacqueline McLaughlin F55 0:59:33  
847 Nuala Mahon F55 0:59:33 PB
909 Bronagh Conlon F50 1:01:23  
910 Monica O?kane F55 1:01:24  
912 Joan Grieve F55 1:01:25  
918 Anne Marie Clarken F40 1:01:33  
974 Gail Hill F35 1:02:23  
975 Sonia Millar F40 1:02:24  
1007 Bernadette Duffy F60 1:03:22 PB
1077 Ciara Barnes F45 1:05:57  
1135 Paula O’Reilly F50 1:07:54  
1158 Clare Morgan F40 1:09:39  
1237 Caroline Hill F40 1:16:36  
1238 Helen Grimley F45 1:16:48  
1239 Loretto Hawkins F65 1:16:41  
1240 Eileen Keenan F50 1:16:43

Thanks to the SPAR Craic 10k facebook page for the photos.

EAMS St Patrick’s Day 6-hr Challenge (Saturday 17th March)

In brutal weather conditions the latest EAMS event saw runners attempt to run 4.2m laps from the Loughshore Park at Jordanstown to Gideon’s Green and back. Runners could choose to run any number of laps or see how many they could complete before the 6 hour cut-off time. There were also options to complete a half marathon or a full marathon. The hardy Thomas and Lorna McKinstry took part in the race with Lorna completing 2 laps for 8.4m and Thomas completing the half marathon distance.

Challenging Conditions at Hazelbank on St Patrick's Day
Challenging Conditions at Hazelbank on St Patrick’s Day

Thanks to Thomas McKinstry for the photo.

parkrun (Saturday 17th March)

The cold, windy conditions on Saturday morning didn’t deter a good number of club runners from completing a parkrun. Full results were:

Waterworks parkrun, Belfast # 386 – 17/03/2018
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
5 Piaras MCSHANE 18:53 PB stays at 00:17:56 172
8 Simon REEVE 19:34 PB stays at 00:17:48 197
13 Sam CARR 20:34 PB stays at 00:20:24 100
17 John Gerard MURPHY 21:23 PB stays at 00:18:49 347
25 Orla CASH 23:11 PB stays at 00:22:32 46
30 Gary BLYTHE 23:35 PB stays at 00:21:14 112
36 Jim CLINTON 24:15 PB stays at 00:21:37 361
45 Greg MCCLURE 24:45 PB stays at 00:18:41 313
46 Matt SHIELDS 24:46 PB stays at 00:17:44 277
47 Tony REID 24:57 PB stays at 00:21:50 355
51 Joe WILSON 25:26 PB stays at 00:24:26 54
64 Philip MCILWRATH 26:17 PB stays at 00:25:21 135
70 Kevin MCCANN 26:35 PB stays at 00:21:54 68
84 Marian HAYES 29:05 PB stays at 00:24:30 106
94 Stella HARRISON 29:54 PB stays at 00:26:30 241
110 Heather WILSON 31:21 PB stays at 00:26:53 19
112 Sandy CARR 31:38 PB stays at 00:22:55 194
113 Michael LAWLOR 31:40 PB stays at 00:25:44 112
123 Kerry MCSHANE 34:17 PB stays at 00:25:04 111
124 Sean MCSHANE 34:18 PB stays at 00:18:34 160
128 Angela ROGAN 36:12 New PB! 2
134 Matthew HIGGINS 38:00 PB stays at 00:24:26 109
140 Rosy RYAN 43:40 PB stays at 00:36:00 134
Inverness parkrun # 338 – 17/03/2018
Pos parkrunner   Note Total runs
8 Ray CAMERON 20:29 PB stays at 00:20:04 107
Belfast Victoria parkrun # 357 – 17/03/2018
Pos parkrunner   Note Total runs
3 Matthew LAVERY 17:56 New PB! 64
Queen’s parkrun, Belfast # 308 – 17/03/2018
Pos parkrunner   Note Total runs
4 Philip Patrick DONNELLY 19:32 PB stays at 00:18:34 130
42 Ciaran HUNTER 25:54 PB stays at 00:20:24 229
Livingston parkrun # 115 – 17/03/2018
Pos parkrunner   Note Total runs
46 Vincent BRADLEY 24:20 First Timer! 21
Larne parkrun # 217 – 17/03/2018
Pos parkrunner   Note Total runs
3 Paul HUTCHINSON 21:03 PB stays at 00:19:07 14
13 Nat GLENN 24:36 PB stays at 00:17:48 76
Carrickfergus parkrun # 203 – 17/03/2018
Pos parkrunner   Note Total runs
7 Drew KNOX 21:23 PB stays at 00:19:24 235
Valley parkrun, Newtownabbey # 183 – 17/03/2018
Pos parkrunner   Note Total runs
7 Jack MCCREADY 23:43 PB stays at 00:22:21 59
13 Clare HOLMES 24:24 New PB! 101
Falcarragh parkrun # 114 – 17/03/2018
Pos parkrunner   Note Total runs
38 Kevin LAVERY 29:14 PB stays at 00:23:02 91