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Race Report w/e Sunday 20th May 2018

NBH RACE REPORT w/e Sunday 20th May 2108

The Belfast Marathon done and dusted for another year, so in search of a different challenge North Belfast Harriers took to the  Mountains in Derbyshire; around the streets of Ballybeen, the cycle paths of the Brandywell, the Hills and Dales of the Mournes, the Lagan and Newry Canal Towpaths and the grounds of Scavagh House Estate.

Inter-Counties Mountain Running Championships 2018 (Saturday 19th May 2018)

Martsje Hell was a member of the Northern Ireland’s ladies team which secured a podium place at the Inter-Counties Mountain Running Championships, at Lads Leap, Derbyshire, England. The team produced excellent performances in soaring heat to claim 3rd place in the team competition. Martsje completed the 9.5km course, with 518m of ascent crossing the line 1:02:13 for 21st place. Many congratulations to Martsje on her great result.


Ballybeen 5km (Tuesday 15th May 2018)

Among the athletes who headed to East Belfast to take part in the Ballybeen 5km earlier in the week were 3 North Belfast Harriers. 159 runners took part in the race and Joe Malone was in great form finishing in second place.

Ballybeen 5km
2nd Joe Malone 00:17:11
12th Laurence Johnston 00:18:28
47th Greg McClure 00:21:20

Foyle Valley’s Wilkies Run 5 Miler (Thursday 18th May 2018)

Foyle Valleys’ annual five-mile classic in memory of their late colleague Colm ‘Wilkie’ Wilkinson took place on May 18th. The five-mile course followed the cycle path by the River Foyle at Brandywell. The accurately measured, flat and fast course appealed to Mark McKinstry (M35) as he led the 252 runners home in winning position in the time of 24:54.

Wilkies Run 5 Miler
1st Mark McKinstry 00:24:54 M35

Hill & Dale Series Race 5 – Rocky (Thursday 18th May 2018)

Neil Carty and Colin Simpson headed to the Mournes to take part in Newcastle AC Race 5 in the Hill and Dale series. They were among 259 runners signed on for the annual haul into the hills of one of most picturesque parts of the Mournes. The runners set-off with the imposing climbs to Altnatagart, Tournamrock, across to Pierce’s Castle onwards to the final climb up Rocky before embarked on the fast, technical descent off Rocky towards the finish. Congratulations to Neil who finished in 10th position and was first in his age category in 35:10. Colin Simpson was 203rd in 54:08.

Hill and Dale Race 5
10th Neil Carty 00:35:10
203rd Colin Simpson 00:54:08

Les Jones Memorial 10km

The Athletics NI hosted event is a popular annual fixture, organised in memory of late athlete, team manager and Athletics NI Chairman Les Jones, who sadly passed away in 1992. The race, which attracted 350 runners, started at the Mary Peters Track and took competitors onto the Lagan Towpath towards Shaws Bridge.  Athletes negotiated the infamous climb in Barnetts Demesne on their way back to the finish line on the Mary Peters Track. Congratulations to David Clarke who, in 10th place, led the NBH contingent home.

Les Jones Memorial 10km
8th David Clarke 00:37:06 M55
10th James Wallace 00:37:47 M55
152nd Carol Clarke 00:48:17 F50
205th Philip McIlwrath 00:51:46 M40
337th Emma Toner 01:09:10 F40
350th Caroline Hill 01:18:46 F40

Scarva Trail 10km (Saturday 19th May 2018)

Simon Reeve was the only NBH runner who headed to Scava to participate in one of two completely new trail races.  The 5K and 10K Trails were held at Scarvagh House Estate, just outside Scarva village in Co Down. The races were possible thanks to the Buller family, who kindly granted permission to host them in the grounds of Scarvagh House Estate. The races were entirely off-road, though the 10K will include a couple of km of the tarmac-surfaced Newry Canal towpath. The 10K and 5K courses were very scenic, taking in parts of the Newry Canal, the shore of Lough Shark, numerous old horse gallops around the estate and other little woodland trails. The 10K was a single lap course, not merely 2 laps of the 5K course. The courses had a few, but not particulary challenging, hills. Simon was 2nd man home out of a field of 120 runners in 00:40:52.

Scarva Trail 10km
2nd Simon Reeve 00:40:52

parkrun results (Saturday 19th May 2018)

Congratulations to Patrick McAuley, Robbie Speers, Padraigin Bingham and Brenda Mckeever who achieved PBs in the Waterworks parkrun and to Joe Wilson whose PB tool place in Valley parkrun.

9 Patrick McAULEY 19:00  New PB
13 John Gerard MURPHY 19:29
18 Ray CAMERON 19:59
20 Drew KNOX 20:12
22 Luke KELLY 20:17
32 Greg MCCLURE 21:23
34 Christopher LENNON 21:38
42 Jack CARBERRY 22:06
53 Gary BLYTHE 22:38
56 Robbie SPEERS 22:46  New PB
57 Matt SHIELDS 22:59
64 Tony REID 23:27
72 Siobhan DRAIN 23:47
73 Joe DRAIN 23:48
77 Robert IRVINE 24.06
79 Katrina MCAULEY 24.10
84 Gerry ANDERSON 24.17
89 Maurice PALMER 24.30
136 Padraigin BINGHAM 26.38  New PB
153 Gordon GLENN 27.18
156 Thomas Peter NORTON 27.33
172 Catherine SEAWRIGHT 28.21
179 Nuala MAHON 28.39
181 Stella HARRISON 28.41
184 Lynn MCCULLOUGH 28.51
191 Brenda MCKEEVER 29.08  New PB
193 Ciará MAGENNIS 29.12
195 Holly BENNETT 29.26
196 Eimear NUGENT 29.30
204 Philip MCILWRATH 30.10
231 Mick MURRAY 32.02
234 Matthew HIGGINS 32.12
236 Thomas MCKINSTRY 32.15
240 Megan BEGGS 32.27
248 Dirdre MURPHY 33.14
249 Gabrielle MALLAGHAN 33.15
250 Jacqueline LAWLOR 33.37
260 Margaret STEPHENS 34.40
262 Grainne STEPHENS 35.11
264 Paula O’REILLY 36.00
265 Catherine CARLETON 36.00
280 Coirle FINNEGAN 43.51
298 Rosy RYAN 58.46
13 Helen F WEIR 00:21:07
18 Vincent BRADLEY 00:21:40
35 Ciaran HUNTER 00:22:44
43 Martin REA 00:23:20
133 Damien GILL 00:28:39
4 Roisin HUGHES 00:21:41
22 Harry PLUMB 00:25:50
26 John STEELE 00:25:57
46 Sandy PLUMB 00:32:44
276 Gemma LOWE 00:35:16
13 Paul WILLIAMS 00:22:10
41 Joe WILSON 00:25:32  New PB
5 Jim CLINTON 00:23:12
16 John LAVERY 00:26:30