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NBH Race Report 21-27 May 2018

North Belfast Harriers Run Stormont

Harriers athletes enjoyed much success this week competing on the roads, mountains, trails, track and on the Prince of Wales Avenue at Stormont. Taking advantage of the many race options available (not to mention the fine weather), there were many excellent performances to report including race wins, podium finishes, age category wins, new PBs and funds raised for some worthy charities.

New PB for Andrew Milligan in Durham
Andrew Milligan ran the 800m at the British Milers Club meet at Chester-le-street in County Durham on the evening of Monday 14th May. He came 3rd in the ‘B’ race and set a fantastic new PB of 1:57.89.


Liverpool Rock and Roll Half Marathon (Sun 20 May)

Sonia Millar and Gail Hill ran Liverpool RnR half marathon on Sunday 20th May. They finished together in 2hrs 16mins which was a 4 minute PB for both.

Gail Hill and Sonia Millar at Liverpool RnR Half Marathon


Athletics NI Open Track & Field Meeting (Tue 22 May)

On Tuesday evening at the Mary Peters track James Trainor ran 4m17.71s in the mixed 1500m event to finish a close runner-up to Martin Cox (Carmen Runners) who took the win in 4m06.13s.


Bann 10k Road Race (Wed 23 May)

The popular Bann 10k took place on Wednesday evening with the warm conditions adding to the challenge posed by the undulating course. Four Harriers made the trip and it proved to be worthwhile with Andrew Annett taking runners up spot in 32m34s, just behind Paddy Hamilton of Slieve Gullion (32m24s). Winning the M55 category and 4th overall Laurence Johnston came home in an impressive 37m54s. John Murphy and Gordon Glenn completed the quartet of Harriers competing. Full results were:

Pos Name Cat Time
2 Andrew Annett MO 0:32:34
4 Laurence Johnston M55 0:37:54
21 John Murphy M45 0:41:47
176 Gordon Glenn M45 0:54:51


City of Derry AC Buncrana 5k (Wed 23 May)

Also on Wednesday evening the Buncrana 5km saw some fast racing with a fine win by Project Africa’s Eric Keoch in 14m35.1s with our own Mark McKinstry in runners-up spot in 15m00.8s.


Hill & Dale Series (Race 6 Moughanmore, Thu 24 May)

The latest round of the Hill and Dale series in the Mournes took place on Thursday with an out and back race over Pigeon to the top of Moughanmore. Three club athletes competed with Neil Carty claiming the M50 category win and overall 8th place. Full results were:

Pos Name Cat Time
8 Neil Carty MV50 0:35:21
158 Colin Simpson MV50 0:50:03
228 James Trainor MO 1:07:13


HOKA RunHer Coastal Challenge (Fri 25 May)

The latest edition of the ladies-only event saw the introduction of the half marathon distance to the usual 5k and 10k races. On a warm and sunny evening there was a party atmosphere at the Crawfordsburn Country Park where each of the races would finish. The half marathon saw 200 competitors start from the Dirty Duck in Holywood, following the coastal path to Bangor and back to the finish; a similar number of 5km athletes ran from Rockport School along the coastal path to the finish. The largest event, the 10k, had around 800 ladies who started at Seapark, again following the coastal path to the finish. There was NBH representation in all three events with Una McConnell the highest placed finisher with a time of 1:39:25 for 5th place in the half marathon. Full results were:

Pos Name Cat Time Race
5 Una McConnell FO 1:39:25 Half
Pos Name Cat Time Race
31 Mary Reid FO 0:49:44 10k
155 Louise O’Kane FO 0:57:31 10k
392 Laura Lovett FO 1:06:01 10k
531 Helen Grimley FO 1:14:57 10k
532 Gemma Lowe FO 1:14:57 10k
Pos Name Cat Time Race
67 Jennifer Clements FO 0:33:48 5k
72 Claire Browning FO 0:34:30 5k
112 Maeve Cushnahan FO 0:37:31 5k


Ballyclare Mayfair 10k/5k (Sat 26 May)

Superbly organised by Count Antrim Harriers as part of the Ballyclare May Fair Festival, the annual 10k/5k took place on Saturday morning. Renowned also for the quality of the post-race refreshments it was no surprise to see a good turn out of Harriers to contest this one. First to cross the line was Mark McKinstry in his second outing of the week, recording 33m06s for the 10k. Next up was Davey Clarke continuing his fine form to take 3rd place overall and a comfortable M55 age category win in 36m51s. International marathon runner Gladys Ganiel continued her preparation for the European marathon championships (Berlin, August 2018) by finishing in overall 4th place and comfortably winning the ladies race in 37m02s.

There were also excellent runs by Carol Clarke to take 1st place in the F50 category in the 10k and Luke Kelly who was 5th overall in the 5k and first in the MJ category.

Mark McKinstry and Luke Kelly

Full results were:

Pos Name Cat Time Race
1 Mark McKinstry M35 0:33:06 10k
3 David Clarke M55 0:36:51 10k
4 Gladys Ganiel F40 0:37:02 10k
42 Helen F Weir F45 0:44:56 10k
46 John Steele M50 0:45:55 10k
59 Peter Reed MJ 0:46:57 10k
64 Anthony Fleming M45 0:47:04 10k
82 Carol Clarke F50 0:48:49 10k
99 Gerry Anderson M50 0:50:07 10k
132 Holly Bennett FO 0:53:41 10k
169 Catherine Seawright F40 0:57:04 10k
196 Francesca McAreavey F35 1:00:27 10k
Pos Name Cat Time Race
5 Luke Kelly MJ 0:19:11 5k
9 Jonathan Topping MJ 0:19:46 5k


PWC EAMS 6-hour challenge (Sat 26 May)

A small contingent of the club’s endurance junkies joined around 100 other runners at Stormont on Saturday morning to take part in a 6-hour challenge in support of Barnado’s. Organised by the East Antrim Marathon Series (EAMS), competitors could choose to run or walk one lap, complete a 10k, half, full or ultra marathon. Each lap started near the main gate and saw participants make their way up the Prince of Wales Avenue, then round Carson’s statue before returning to the starting point. The warm conditions and north easterly breeze added to the challenge.

The 6-hour race was won by NBH man Greg McClure who completed 35 full laps for a total distance of 38.2 miles and a total of around 2,800ft of climbing (roughly the height of Slieve Donard!). Robbie Speers also completed the 6-hour event, while Gordon Glenn settled for a marathon run. Nichola Swann looked strong throughout her half marathon, while Thomas McKinstry completed 2 hours (10 laps).

Stormont 6-hour winner Greg McClure with Robbie Speers


Edinburgh Marathon (Sun 27 May)

This year the marathon took a new route through Edinburgh city centre before heading out to East Lothian and finishing as usual in Musselburgh. Mia McDowell represented NBH in fine style, achieving a new PB time of 3h 46m 29s.


Lough Cutra Castle Trail Half Marathon (Sun 27 May)

The picturesque setting of Cutra Castle in South Galway was the setting for this off-road half marathon on Sunday. It was the first race in this year’s Castle Run series which consists of races (and accompanying triathlons) at castle venues in the UK, Ireland and France. Martsje Hell showed fine form to record a 2nd place finish in the ladies race (and 9th overall) in a time of 1:29:04.


Newry City Half Marathon (Sun 27 May)

Completing a busy week of racing, the latest event in the ChampionChip/Pure Running half marathon series took place on Sunday morning in Newry. This year’s route saw around 600 runners take on an out and back course towards Warrenpoint and back. The club was represented by 10 athletes with Eamon White the overall race winner in 1h12m50s, over 2 minutes ahead of runner-up Gerard Heaney (St Peter’s AC).


Eamon White wins in Newry

Full results were:

Pos Name Cat Time
1 Eamon White M45 1:12:50
101 April Clarke FO 1:38:07
190 Maurice Palmer M55 1:45:21
248 Terence McAtamney MO 1:50:52
301 Philip McIlwrath M40 1:55:40
410 Thomas Norton M40 2:04:01
459 Louise Warde Hunter F55 2:11:10
521 Eileen Keenan F50 2:23:44
522 Elaine Crawford F40 2:23:44
557 Rosy Ryan F40 3:17:37



Saturday’s parkrun events saw 50 Harriers take part at 11 different venues. The results were:

Waterworks parkrun, Belfast # 396 – 26/05/2018
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
2 Simon REEVE 0:18:17 PB stays at 00:17:48 202
5 Matt SHIELDS 0:19:19 PB stays at 00:17:44 285
7 John Gerard MURPHY 0:19:31 PB stays at 00:18:49 357
11 Drew KNOX 0:20:21 PB stays at 00:18:42 245
14 Ray CAMERON 0:20:27 PB stays at 00:19:15 115
21 Brendan MCCAMBRIDGE 0:20:48 New PB! 50
25 Paddy MCCAMBRIDGE 0:21:27 PB stays at 00:20:36 83
28 Ita MCCAMBRIDGE 0:21:58 PB stays at 00:20:55 123
32 Jack CARBERRY 0:22:28 PB stays at 00:21:14 237
41 Daniel O’CALLAGHAN 0:23:10 PB stays at 00:21:06 40
43 Tony REID 0:23:12 PB stays at 00:21:50 365
44 Kevin MCCANN 0:23:14 PB stays at 00:21:54 72
45 Robert IRVINE 0:23:15 PB stays at 00:19:40 27
48 Orla MCCAMBRIDGE 0:23:22 New PB! 48
57 Catriona MCCAMBRIDGE 0:24:10 PB stays at 00:23:37 39
58 Sarah Jane STEWART 0:24:19 PB stays at 00:23:59 20
61 Piaras MCSHANE 0:24:27 PB stays at 00:17:56 174
106 Padraigin BINGHAM 0:26:40 PB stays at 00:26:38 73
115 Conor MULVENNA 0:27:29 PB stays at 00:24:39 47
117 Eimear NUGENT 0:27:44 PB stays at 00:26:53 28
130 Coleen THOMPSON 0:28:16 PB stays at 00:23:51 20
131 Stella HARRISON 0:28:22 PB stays at 00:26:30 251
137 Michael LAWLOR 0:28:45 PB stays at 00:25:44 115
138 Sandy CARR 0:28:46 PB stays at 00:22:55 201
155 Marian HAYES 0:30:01 PB stays at 00:24:30 111
156 Philomena DONALDSON 0:30:21 PB stays at 00:27:50 185
165 Monica O’KANE 0:31:05 PB stays at 00:29:46 68
179 Emma TONER 0:32:10 PB stays at 00:29:47 23
181 Dirdre MURPHY 0:32:30 PB stays at 00:29:43 59
183 Gabrielle MALLAGHAN 0:33:02 PB stays at 00:27:25 105
191 Bernadette DUFFY 0:34:29 PB stays at 00:29:29 174
194 Margaret STEPHENS 0:34:41 PB stays at 00:28:23 195
195 Grainne STEPHENS 0:34:53 PB stays at 00:33:53 10
215 Eadaoin DONALDSON 0:49:52 PB stays at 00:24:26 158
Belfast Victoria parkrun # 367 – 26/05/2018
Pos parkrunner   Note Total runs
37 Mark SHIELDS 0:22:06 PB stays at 00:19:13 172
Queen’s parkrun, Belfast # 318 – 26/05/2018
Pos parkrunner   Note Total runs
2 James WALLACE 0:18:34 New PB! 31
22 Martin REA 0:21:25 PB stays at 00:17:58 46
25 Vincent BRADLEY 0:21:54 PB stays at 00:21:37 27
42 Ciaran HUNTER 0:23:16 PB stays at 00:20:24 238
Falls parkrun, Belfast # 297 – 26/05/2018
Pos parkrunner   Note Total runs
15 Roisin HUGHES 0:21:50 PB stays at 00:20:47 98
22 Colin SIMPSON 0:22:35 PB stays at 00:22:23 206
48 Jim CLINTON 0:25:41 PB stays at 00:22:16 371
Enniskillen parkrun # 254 – 26/05/2018
Pos parkrunner   Note Total runs
41 Lynn MCCULLOUGH 0:27:54 First Timer! 112
Ormeau parkrun # 255 – 26/05/2018
Pos parkrunner   Note Total runs
2 Paul HORAN 0:18:04 PB stays at 00:17:41 21
Valley parkrun, Newtownabbey # 193 – 26/05/2018
Pos parkrunner   Note Total runs
27 Joe WILSON 0:25:36 PB stays at 00:25:32 62
Lebone parkrun # 167 – 26/05/2018
Pos parkrunner   Note Total runs
29 Chris O’DONOGHUE 0:31:42 PB stays at 00:29:05 32
Stormont parkrun # 143 – 26/05/2018
Pos parkrunner   Note Total runs
148 Greg MCCLURE 0:27:04 PB stays at 00:22:14 322
Falcarragh parkrun # 124 – 26/05/2018
Pos parkrunner   Note Total runs
30 John LAVERY 0:26:06 PB stays at 00:23:04 157
Lower Drummans parkrun # 21 – 26/05/2018
Pos parkrunner   Note Total runs
19 Philip MCILWRATH 0:25:14 First Timer! 144
44 Rosy RYAN 0:42:05 First Timer! 142