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Race Report 06-12 August

European Championships / Summer Running Continues Apace

Sunday was a proud day for the North Belfast Harriers as Gladys Ganiel O’Neill toed the line for Ireland in the ladies Euopean Championship marathon in Berlin. Closer to home, there was a wide variety of races on offer this week from a fast 5km in Donaghadee to a dash up and down Lurig mountain and a north coast off-road marathon in Ballycastle. The Mallusk 5 miler and the Monaghan 10 miler provided other racing opportunities.


Donaghadee 5km Road Race (Wed 08 Aug)
All Smiles in Donaghadee

Donaghadee harbour was the picturesque setting for the start and finish of this popular coastal challenge last Wednesday evening. Hosted by Dee Runners all proceeds went to the Sir Samuel Kelly project in aid of the famous Donaghadee lifeboat. Three club members took part, led home by Joanne McAllister.

Pos Firstname Lastname Cat Time
102 Joanne McAllister F40 00:26:33
185 Paul Armstrong M50 00:30:44
187 Laura Lovett F35 00:30:50


Coleraine 5m Classic Road Race (Wed 08 Aug)

The 5th edition of this popular race hosted by Springwell Runners took runners from the leisure centre on a circular route to finish in the city centre. Lindsay Gordon had a strong run to claim runner’s up spot in a time of 26:54 just 31 seconds behind race winner Eoin Hughes of Acorns AC.


Mallusk 5m Road Race (Fri 10 Aug)
NBH at Mallusk 5m

The harriers were well represented at Friday’s race hosted in fine style by Mallusk Harriers. The challenging course is designed to be a stern test of strength and speed for the competitors. Congratulations to Anthony Fleming and Diane Taylor who both substantially improved their course PBs; Diane by over 5 minutes and Anthony by over 4 minutes. Mark McKinstry was first home for the club, taking 2nd place in a fast time of 27:27.


Pos Firstname Lastname Cat Time
2 Mark McKinstry M35 00:27:27
16 Mark McAvoy MO 00:31:09
25 Peter McClean MO 00:32:23
30 Paul Butcher M40 00:32:48
71 Jason Reid MO 00:35:58
72 Helen F Weir F45 00:36:06
102 Paul Williams M50 00:37:36
106 Anthony Fleming M45 00:37:39
116 Thomas Taylor M35 00:38:16
125 Gerry Anderson M50 00:38:39
139 Andrew Taylor M35 00:39:25
157 Paul Carlin M45 00:40:14
171 Katrina McAuley F35 00:40:49
181 Diane Taylor F35 00:41:15
190 Jack Carberry M75 00:41:38
191 Christy Lennon M45 00:41:39
193 Emma Taylor F35 00:41:37
208 Elaine Holmes F50 00:42:14
231 Gordon Glenn M45 00:44:09
236 Fiona Magill F35 00:44:27
237 Brian Wallace M55 00:44:41
246 Catherine Seawright F40 00:45:05


Lurig Challenge Mountain Race (Sat 11 Aug)
Lurig Mountain Challenge 2018

The Lurig challenge proved just that with 10 club athletes travelling to take part. The race is a mixture of road, farm land and open mountain with over 1,000 feet of ascent and a total distance in excess of 3.5 miles. Joe Malone was the first harrier home with a top ten finish to boot.

Pos Firstname Lastname Cat Time
6 Joe Malone MO 00:31:28
49 John Burns M50 00:38:47
156 Gary Blythe M45 00:49:04
159 Gordon Glenn M45 00:49:03
206 Sandy Carr F35 00:52:48
318 Margaret Stephens F55 01:11:34
319 Trisha Murray F50 01:11:35
327 Sarah-Jane McFadden FO 01:13:51
328 Michael Lawlor M55 01:13:53
329 Jacqueline Lawlor F50 01:13:54


Oakland More Than A Marathon (Sat 11 Aug)

Conditions were perfect for The Oakland More Than A Marathon with magnificent scenery on the north coast. This challenge is over the beaches, rocks, steep steps, trail and road and is a perfect challenge from the elite to the recreational runners. The races included a 10k, a half marathon and a full marathon. Two NBH members took on the challenge. Simon Reeve put in a great performance  to win the marathon in a time of 3:22 with Thomas Mckinstry running 5:35.


Streets of Galway 8km (Sat 11 Aug)

Conditions in Galway were pretty wet and windy as a good quality field of 2,534 runners raced the unusual 8km distance. The course took runners through the main streets of Galway to finish along Salthill promenade. The race was won by John Travers in 23:56 with NBH man Andrew Annett running a new PB of 24:48 to claim 5th place.

Pos Firstname Lastname Cat Time
5 Andrew Annett MO 00:24:48


Dublin Rock and Roll Half Marathon (Sun 12 Aug)

The 5th annual running of this race also incorporating the Irish national half marathon championship saw 5,710 runners enjoying the live music along the Liffey and past a well known brewery. Thomas Norton was the club’s sole representative finishing just under the 2 hour mark.

Pos Firstname Lastname Cat Time
2077 Thomas Norton M40 01:59:39


Monaghan Town 10 Miler (Sun 12 Aug)

In a high quality race won by Freddy Sittuk two harriers also had storming runs. Colin Willetts finished just outside the hour mark to take 8th place overall and Padraigin Bingham took no less than 7 minutes off her PB.

Pos Firstname Lastname Cat Time
8 Colin WILLETTS MO 01:00:49
262 Padraigin BINGHAM F35 01:37:05


European Championship Ladies Marathon (Sun 12 Aug)
Gladys in action in Berlin

Conditions were warm and sunny for Sunday’s race as Gladys Ganiel O’Neill donned the green vest of Ireland for the four lap race around Berlin. Gladys’s months of hard training paid off as she claimed 33rd place in 2:42:42 despite the warm conditions.


Brendan Selected for Northern Ireland

Congratulations to junior athlete Brendan McCambridge on his selection for the NI Junior Mountain team which will compete next month in Glendalough, Co. Wicklow.



Saturday was again parkrun day for  many club members and the results were:

Eastbourne parkrun # 350 – 11/08/2018
Pos parkrunner Time Note
31 Greg MCCLURE 0:22:17 PB stays at 00:20:40
Rostrevor parkrun # 78 – 11/08/2018
Pos parkrunner Time Note
33 Rosy RYAN 0:47:15 First Timer!
34 Philip MCILWRATH 0:47:34 First Timer!
Waterworks parkrun; Belfast # 407 – 11/08/2018
Pos parkrunner Time Note
5 Patrick MCAULEY 0:20:00 PB stays at 00:18:58
8 Sean MCSHANE 0:20:23 PB stays at 00:18:34
10 Roisin HUGHES 0:20:30 PB stays at 00:19:26
11 Drew KNOX 0:20:32 PB stays at 00:18:42
24 Sam CARR 0:22:09 PB stays at 00:20:07
25 Max REID 0:22:09 PB stays at 00:19:45
32 Daniel O’CALLAGHAN 0:23:05 PB stays at 00:21:06
35 Maurice PALMER 0:23:25 PB stays at 00:23:11
38 Katrina MCAULEY 0:23:43 PB stays at 00:23:17
56 Tony REID 0:24:42 PB stays at 00:21:50
62 Lyle CARLETON 0:24:55 PB stays at 00:21:22
95 Karlene GRAHAM 0:26:48 New PB!
96 Catherine SEAWRIGHT 0:26:49 PB stays at 00:26:43
127 Matthew HIGGINS 0:28:26 PB stays at 00:24:26
128 Jim CLINTON 0:28:28 PB stays at 00:21:37
132 Stella HARRISON 0:28:50 PB stays at 00:26:30
136 Padraigin BINGHAM 0:29:07 PB stays at 00:26:38
156 Nuala MAHON 0:30:36 PB stays at 00:27:02
162 Claire BROWNING 0:30:52 PB stays at 00:30:32
177 Maeve CUSHNAHAN 0:31:56 PB stays at 00:25:50
205 Eimear NUGENT 0:35:14 PB stays at 00:26:53
211 Deirdre MURRAY 0:35:52 New PB!
214 Clare MORGAN 0:36:34 PB stays at 00:33:46
Queen’s parkrun; Belfast # 329 – 11/08/2018
Pos parkrunner Time Note
44 Ciaran HUNTER 0:23:30 PB stays at 00:20:24
148 Vincent BRADLEY 0:31:30 PB stays at 00:21:37
160 John LAVERY 0:34:52 PB stays at 00:20:04
Valley parkrun; Newtownabbey # 204 – 11/08/2018
Pos parkrunner Time Note
21 Paul WILLIAMS 0:23:44 PB stays at 00:21:53
Colin Glen parkrun # 138 – 11/08/2018
Pos parkrunner Time Note
18 Elaine HOLMES 0:27:50 PB stays at 00:25:45
River Valley parkrun # 106 – 11/08/2018
Pos parkrunner Time Note
1 John Gerard MURPHY 0:19:52 First Timer!
Hasenheide parkrun # 32 – 11/08/2018
Pos parkrunner Time Note
12 Martin REA 0:18:44 First Timer!
15 Matt SHIELDS 0:18:52 First Timer!