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Race Report w/e Sunday 8th April 2018

North Belfast Harriers travel in all directions and run on all surfaces


NBH RACE REPORT w/e Sunday 8th April 2108

Whitehead 5 Mile Road Race
217 athletes completed the Whitehead 5 Mile Road Race which took place on a very wet, cold and windy Easter Monday. This race is Northern Ireland’s most traditional and longest running event. The slightly altered and more accurately measured course did not deter Mark McKinstry who led the way home for the 9 North Belfast Harriers who braved the elements that day. Kent Swann followed behind in 3rd place. Piaras McShane was fourth man home and first junior whilst his father Sean McShane was 12th overall. It was another successful mother daughter outing for Carol and April Clarke. Eadaoin Donaldson finished in exactly 44:00 which was a PB for her. 

1 00:25:43 MO Mark McKinstry
3 00:29:21 M35 Kent Swann
4 00:29:51 MJ Piaras McShane
12 00:32:52 M45 Sean McShane
16 00:33:07 M40 Ray Cameron
27 00:34:46 F35 Claire Connor
41 00:36:43 FO April Clarke
66 00:38:34 F50 Carol Clarke
121 00:44:00 FO Eadaoin Donaldson

The Omagh Half Marathon (Saturday 7th April 2018)
The Omagh Half Marathon started off as a 10 mile race 29 years ago; after a period when it was a 12 mile race it finally changed to the Half Marathon distance in 1987. Local Running Club Omagh Harriers now manage the race and have overseen a steady increase in its numbers from 240 in the year 2000 over 3500 runners in March 2017. Our first male runner home was Paul Williams in 01:35:22. Mary Reid led the ladies home in 01:45:12
252 01:35:22 M50 Paul Williams
436 01:41:30 MO Andrew Doherty
565 01:45:12 M55 Vincent Bradley
606 01:48:45 F50 Mary Reid
1246 02:05:56 F50 Lynn McCullough
1631 02:23:55 F50 Gabrielle Mallaghan

Prague Half Marathon (Saturday 7th April 2018)
The Prague Half Marathon is a thing of beauty, not just because of the breathtaking scenery but because of who comes to participate from awe inspiring Kenyans, Ethiopians to local Czech athletes. Among the 10,199 runners were Claire Brady and Orla Young who travelled to the Czech capital to participate. Sunshine, cloudless sky, 20 degrees and great support throughout the course helped Claire complete the distance in 2:21:27 and Orla in 2:41:11.

Photo by Claire Brady from NBH News / Events

Titanic Quarter 1Okm
The annual flat and fast course 6.2 mile course around the iconic Titanic Quarter is perfect for those chasing personal best times. Stephen Scullion, ex North Belfast Harrier was the winner of the TQ10K in 30:29. This victory was less than 24 hours after winning the Omagh Half Marathon in 1:07:01. Laura Graham led the ladies home in 35:27. She was followed closely by our own Gladys Ganiel who was finished in 2nd place in 36:51. The Clarke family were out in force. David Clarke was the first NBH man home, with daughter, April, and wife, Carol running in the 10km race as did many other harriers.

        Photo from Athletics NI

   Photo from Rosy Ryan NBH News / Event

23 M55 00:35:50 David Clarke
29 MO 00:36:40 Colin Willetts
32 F40 00:36:50 Gladys Ganiel
35 M55 00:36:54 James Wallace
44 M55 00:37:47 Laurence Johnston
150 F40 00:43:53 Una McConnell
168 FO 00:44:38 April Clarke
237 F50 00:47:13 Carol Clarke
334 M40 00:49:33 Philip McIlwrath
366 MO 00:49:57 Christopher Hicks
472 FO 00:54:23 Holly Bennett
590 M55 00:57:42 Brian Wallace
603 MO 00:57:09 Jason Reid
627 F40 00:58:27 Catherine Seawright
656 FO 00:59:22 Christina Knox
847 MO 01:06:31 Robbie Speers
936 F40 01:26:20 Rosy Ryan


Cooley Legend Half (Saturday 7th April 2018)
Helen Lenny Weir ran this half marathon on Saturday. It had two long uphill sections followed by two equally interesting down sections. The course took in the best views of what the Cooleys has to offer but were unseen in the zero visibility conditions. Approaching Goylin Pass overlooking Carlingford Lough, she would have encountered some breath-taking views had it not been for the fog. The route has a variety of surfaces from forest roads to rocky sheep tracks and some surfaced minor roads, making for a challenging off-road run, finishing in the village of Carlingford. It was heavy and sloppy underfoot and definitely a day for trail shoes. Helen was  second lady for a time but was delighted to finish 31st overall and 3rd lady in this exciting event. This was not Helen’s first time running this race and her time of 1 hour 53 was faster than her previous result.

Maurice Mullin Ultra and 25km
Simon Reeve completed the gruelling Irish Mountain Running Event, the 50km Maurice Mullin Ultra, while the speedy Martsje Hell,  ran in the Maurice Mullen 25km on Saturday. Simon completed the distance in 4:54:25 and was 11th man home. This out and back course had an incredible 1,940 metres of ascent. Martsje was first lady home and 20th overall in the 2:12:50 in the 25km race. It was a calm, mild and perfect day for attacking the hills, paths and 940 metres of ascent as she ran the Wicklow Way Race. Well done to these amazing athletes.

Photo from Irish Mountain Running Association

Steeple Chase Competition Virginia USA (Saturday 7th April 2018)
Conal McCambridge was competing in a high class Steeple Chase on Saturday 7th April. He consolidated his performance of the previous week finishing slightly slower in a time of 9:57:13. He believes that he has a lot of improvement to come if he can get more practice over the water jump.  Picture from Paddy McCambridge

The Manchester Marathon (Sunday 8th April 2018)
Mixed weather welcomed in the 42nd edition of the event which is well known for being the UK’s flattest, fastest and friendliest marathon. It prides itself in having a disproportionately high number of PBs due to the terrain of the course. The 26.2 mile marathon starts close to The Quays, in Manchester’s Waterfront area. It winds its way to the 13 mile mark in Altrincham in the South West of the city. The races finishes back close to the quays at Emirates Old Trafford, home of Lancashire Cricket Club. The weather was cold at the start but warmed up as the race progressed. Among the finishers was Kent Swann. He achieved a PB in completing the marathon distance in 2 hours 44:55 minutes.

parkrun Saturday 7th April 2018

Waterworks parkrun, Belfast 213 runners took part.
2 Matthew LAVERY 00:17:49
4 John MCGUIGAN 00:18:06
8 John Gerard MURPHY 00:19:27
9 Luke KELLY 00:19:35
10 Ray CAMERON 00:19:38
14 Drew KNOX 00:20:00
16 Greg MCCLURE 00:20:48
18 Brendan MCCAMBRIDGE 00:21:08
20 Joe DRAIN 00:21:21
23 Ita MCCAMBRIDGE 00:21:44
28 Gary BLYTHE 00:22:23
43 Gerard SOWNEY 00:23:37
48 Tony REID 00:23:43
54 Maurice PALMER 00:23:54
56 Orla CASH 00:23:56
61 Catriona MCCAMBRIDGE 00:24:43
64 Joe WILSON 00:25:13
70 Gerry ANDERSON 00:25:35
100 Niamh MCAULEY 00:27:39
101 Katrina MCAULEY 00:27:39
115 Chris O’DONOGHUE 00:27:53
119 Padraigin BINGHAM 00:28:08
124 Nuala MAHON 00:28:44
125 Stella HARRISON 00:28:46
146 Joan GRIEVE 00:31:50
148 Bronagh CONLON 00:31:53
149 Monica O’KANE 00:31:54
152 Bernadette DUFFY 00:31:58
153 Philomena DONALDSON 00:31:58
165 Dirdre MURPHY 00:32:57
175 Mick MURRAY 00:34:18
193 Grainne STEPHENS 00:36:26
194 Helen GRIMLEY 00:37:34
195 Catherine CARLETON 00:37:34 50th parkrun
196 Lyle CARLETON 00:37:35

Queen’s parkrun, Belfast 136 runners took part.
5 Philip Patrick DONNELLY 00:18:46
26 Ciaran HUNTER 00:22:24
34 Damien GILL 00:22:45

Falls parkrun, Belfast 78 runners took part.
7 Colin SIMPSON 00:22:23
11 Roisin HUGHES 00:22:40

Wallace parkrun, Lisburn 182 runners took part.
47 John MCCONNELL 00:24:40

MUSA Cookstown parkrun 109 runners took part.
48 Philip MCILWRATH 00:25:36
95 Rosy RYAN 00:40:44

Ormeau parkrun 366 runners took part.
8 Sam CARR 00:20:15
89 Sandy CARR 00:24:49 New PB!

Antrim parkrun 254 runners took part.
76 Paul SOMERVILLE 00:26:18
84 Gillian SOMERVILLE 00:26:55

Larne parkrun 62 runners took part.
4 Janice PLUMB 00:21:23
6 David CLARKE 00:21:39
20 Carol CLARKE 00:25:02

Carrickfergus parkrun 121 runners took part.
2 Andrew MILLIGAN 00:17:44 New PB!

Falcarragh parkrun 104 runners took part.

10 Jim CLINTON 00:22:59

Brickfields parkrun 129 runners took part.
107 Matt SHIELDS 00:45:44