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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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|
|31||Greg MCCLURE||0:22:17||PB stays at 00:20:40|
|Rostrevor parkrun # 78 – 11/08/2018|
|33||Rosy RYAN||0:47:15||First Timer!|
|34||Philip MCILWRATH||0:47:34||First Timer!|
|Waterworks parkrun; Belfast # 407 – 11/08/2018|
|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|
|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|
|21||Paul WILLIAMS||0:23:44||PB stays at 00:21:53|
|Colin Glen parkrun # 138 – 11/08/2018|
|18||Elaine HOLMES||0:27:50||PB stays at 00:25:45|
|River Valley parkrun # 106 – 11/08/2018|
|1||John Gerard MURPHY||0:19:52||First Timer!|
|Hasenheide parkrun # 32 – 11/08/2018|
|12||Martin REA||0:18:44||First Timer!|
|15||Matt SHIELDS||0:18:52||First Timer!|