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North Belfast Harriers Race Report 09-15 April 2018

Spring racing hots up for NBH Athletes

A busy week of racing offered widely varying terrains and distances for the NBH athletes to test their spring fitness after a hard winter’s training. There was truly something for everyone with events taking place in mountains, forests, and on the track, not forgetting the weekly opportunity to take in a parkrun.

Ballymena Belles 5 mile Road Race (Tue 10th April)

First up was this popular ladies only race organised by Ballymena Runners. The supported charity this year was the Cancer Fund for Children. A large field of over 350 ladies toed the line last Tuesday night in the village of Galgorm. From there the runners faced a gentle climb into Ahoghill and some winding country roads before returning to Galgorm to the finish outside the community centre. Four ladies represented the harriers and their results were:

Pos Name Cat Time
181 Linda Beggs F35 0:48:02
357 Caroline Hill F40 1:07:33
360 Rosy Ryan F40 1:10:35
361 Loretto Hawkins F65 1:10:39
Loretto and Rosy enjoying the Ballymena race
Hill & Dale Series (Race 1 – Castlewellan) (Thu 12th April)

The annual Hill and Dale series got underway on Thursday evening with the first race at Castlewellan. Though not as extreme as some of the more mountainous races in the series it was still a stern test of strength and fitness as athletes negotiated the 5.5m course which had over 1,000 feet of climbing. Four NBH runners took part with Neil Carty finishing 4th overall and winning the V50 age category. A fine run also by junior Sean McShane saw him take 3rd place in his age category. Full results were:

Pos Name Cat Time
4 Neil Carty MV50 0:35:11
52 John Murphy MV45 0:41:19
186 Sean McShane Mjun 0:50:13
187 Sean McShane MV45 0:50:15

 

Born 2 Run Glenarm Castle Challenge HM/10k/5k (Sat 14th April)

One participant reported an ‘unending steep hill at the start’ of the 10k course but it didn’t seem to hold back a total of 7 NBH athletes with 2 more preferring the extra distance and opting for the half marathon. The course for both was a mixture of tarmac and forest paths, taking runners inland from the Castle and twice crossing the Glenarm river before returning to finish at the Castle. Frankie Smyth ran a stormer to take 5th place of the 357 finishers in the 10k in a speedy 42:34.

Happy faces at Glenarm Castle

Full results for the 10k were:

Pos Name Cat Time
5 Frankie Smyth MO 0:42:34
130 Paul Somerville M50 0:58:02
150 Fiona Magill F35 0:58:27
196 Joanne McAllister F40 1:01:26
203 Liam Smyth M50 1:01:50
204 Lynn McKenna F45 1:01:51
209 Paul Armstrong M50 1:02:49

and for the half marathon were:

Pos Name Cat Time
25 Gerald McNamara M45 1:39:48
100 Gordon Glenn M45 1:57:27

 

Mourne Highline – British Champs Race 1 (Sat 14th April)

The British fell running championships opened on Saturday morning with foggy conditions adding to the challenge of racing up and down Meelbeg, Meelmore, Bearnagh, Slievenaglogh,  and Commedagh, a total of over 9 miles with 4,000 ft of climbing. Many international runners joined local runners including our own Simon Reeve and Martsje Hell in a feast of mountain running with nearly 300 athletes completing the course. Results for Simon and Martjse were:

Pos Name Cat Time
182 Simon Reeve MV40 2:24:40
255 Martsje Hell F 2:54:42

 

Athletics NI Open Track & Field Meeting (Sun 15th April)

Sunday afternoon saw the track and field specialists enjoy an afternoon of competition at the Mary Peter’s track in south Belfast. Andrew Milligan and Darragh Andrews represented the harriers in the 800m and 200m respectively. Their results were:

Men’s 800m:

Pos Name Time
6 Andrew Milligan 2:04.11

Women’s 200m:

Pos Name Time
6 Darragh Andrews 37.78

 

Portadown 10k & 5k (Sun 15th April)

The Portadown 10K and 5K road races returned to the running calendar after an absence of one year. All proceeds from the event go to the Mandeville unit in Craigavon Area Hospital. Harrier Emma Emsley took part in the 5k:

Pos Name Cat Time
81 Emma Emsley FO 0:38:40

 

Great Ireland Run (Sun 15th April)

It was a cold, blustery day on Sunday 15th April when 10 North Belfast Harriers travelled to Dublin’s Phoenix Park to run the AAI National 10k Championship Great Ireland Run. The run through Europe’s largest urban park was fairly flat up until 4.5km; however from then on the runners encountered multiple steep uphill sections which will be familiar to any runners who undertake the Dublin marathon (however, instead of going down the hills in the marathon the runners were instead going up them)! With 10,000 runners taking part competition was intense, contributing to fine performances by the club’s athletes despite the difficult conditions.

With four finishers in the top 40 of the men’s race, a championship team medal may be a possibility for Mark McKinstry, John Black, Philip Goss and Eamon White. Congratulations to Robert Spears who recorded a new PB and also to Rosy Ryan who flew the flag for the ladies. Full results were:

Pos Name Time
14 Mark McKinstry 0:32:00
22 John Black 0:32:35
26 Philip Goss 0:33:11
39 Eamon White 0:33:36
109 Piarais McShane 0:36:37
297 Sean McShane 0:40:50
329 Ray Cameron 0:41:22
1222 Philip McIlwrath 0:50:13
1701 Robert Spears 0:53:46
3711 Rosy Ryan 1:23:47

 

Garvagh Forest half marathon (Sun 15th April)

Making a welcome return to racing, Vernon Shiels was the club’s sole representative in Sunday’s Garvagh forest half marathon. The course was 3 hilly laps of the forest. Conditions were good though slightly slippery underfoot in places after rain just before the start of the race. Vernon hasn’t raced since the Jude Gallagher 10 miler in Limavady last June but he nevertheless ran strongly to claim 4th place in 1:25:24. Details were:

Pos Name Time
4 Vernon Shiels 1:25:24

 

Vernon Shiels at Garvagh Half Marathon

 

parkrun (Sat 15th April)

NBH runners participated in parkruns in Porterstown, Penrose and Jersey this weekend in addition to the more local events in and around Belfast. The full results were:

Waterworks parkrun, Belfast # 390 – 14/04/2018
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
2 Laurence JOHNSTON 0:18:30 PB stays at 00:17:39 85
7 Drew KNOX 0:20:07 PB stays at 00:18:42 239
11 John Gerard MURPHY 0:20:40 PB stays at 00:18:49 351
13 Greg MCCLURE 0:20:42 PB stays at 00:18:41 316
27 Sam CARR 0:22:01 PB stays at 00:20:24 104
30 Gary BLYTHE 0:22:19 PB stays at 00:21:14 114
40 Tony REID 0:23:19 PB stays at 00:21:50 359
41 Maurice PALMER 0:23:27 New PB! 40
46 Daniel O’CALLAGHAN 0:23:44 PB stays at 00:21:06 36
48 Sean MCSHANE 0:24:02 PB stays at 00:18:34 163
53 Joe WILSON 0:24:29 PB stays at 00:24:26 56
79 Saul THOMPSON 0:26:26 New PB! 2
82 Coleen THOMPSON 0:26:33 PB stays at 00:23:51 18
86 Kevin MCCANN 0:26:45 PB stays at 00:21:54 69
88 Matt SHIELDS 0:26:49 PB stays at 00:17:44 281
96 Holly BENNETT 0:27:14 First Timer! 1
107 Catherine SEAWRIGHT 0:27:54 New PB! 9
112 Padraigin BINGHAM 0:28:12 PB stays at 00:26:52 69
118 Nuala MAHON 0:28:28 PB stays at 00:27:02 120
119 Gerry ANDERSON 0:28:29 PB stays at 00:23:26 91
121 Stella HARRISON 0:28:31 PB stays at 00:26:30 245
149 Robbir SPEERS 0:30:23 First Timer! 1
162 Marian HAYES 0:31:03 PB stays at 00:24:30 108
163 Gabrielle MALLAGHAN 0:31:04 PB stays at 00:27:25 100
164 Eadaoin DONALDSON 0:31:05 PB stays at 00:24:26 154
182 Lynn MCCULLOUGH 0:32:29 PB stays at 00:23:37 108
183 Sandy CARR 0:32:29 PB stays at 00:22:55 197
185 Jacqueline LAWLOR 0:32:57 PB stays at 00:28:48 141
191 Michael LAWLOR 0:33:20 PB stays at 00:25:44 113
200 Thomas MCKINSTRY 0:34:09 PB stays at 00:23:09 177
204 Margaret STEPHENS 0:34:25 PB stays at 00:28:23 189
206 Grainne STEPHENS 0:34:26 New PB! 4
207 Mick MURRAY 0:34:27 PB stays at 00:28:38 63
230 Catherine CARLETON 0:36:58 PB stays at 00:31:42 51
231 Emma TONER 0:36:59 PB stays at 00:29:47 19
232 Eileen KEENAN 0:37:00 PB stays at 00:30:45 21
233 Lyle CARLETON 0:37:01 PB stays at 00:21:22 79
249 Coirle FINNEGAN 0:42:10 PB stays at 00:31:08 3
Belfast Victoria parkrun # 361 – 14/04/2018
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
17 Mark SHIELDS 0:19:49 PB stays at 00:19:13 169
38 Ciaran HUNTER 0:21:08 PB stays at 00:20:26 233
Queen’s parkrun, Belfast # 312 – 14/04/2018
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
20 Claire DONNELLY 0:21:03 PB stays at 00:19:44 51
Falls parkrun, Belfast # 291 – 14/04/2018
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
12 Roisin HUGHES 0:20:38 New PB! 95
20 Vincent BRADLEY 0:23:10 PB stays at 00:22:47 22
32 Jim CLINTON 0:25:49 PB stays at 00:22:16 365
Wallace parkrun, Lisburn # 249 – 14/04/2018
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
74 John MCCONNELL 0:25:59 PB stays at 00:18:24 237
Ormeau parkrun # 249 – 14/04/2018
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
27 Una MCCONNELL 0:20:59 First Timer! 11
Penrose parkrun # 160 – 14/04/2018
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
6 David CLARKE 0:17:44 First Timer! 33
40 Carol CLARKE 0:23:10 First Timer! 46
Jersey parkrun # 132 – 14/04/2018
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
308 Marilyn FOSTER 0:39:06 PB stays at 00:35:31 28
Colin Glen parkrun # 121 – 14/04/2018
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
5 Helen F WEIR 0:22:14 PB stays at 00:21:57 106
Porterstown parkrun # 130 – 14/04/2018
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
66 Philip MCILWRATH 0:26:01 First Timer! 138
178 Rosy RYAN 0:41:36 First Timer! 137