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NBH Race Report 20-26 August 2018

As the seasons begin the transition from summer into autumn there were plenty of harriers competing in races over a wide variety of distances and terrains. It was great to see so many fine performances, a testament to the hard work and training over the summer months.

​North Down AC Open Meeting Bangor Sportsplex (Tue 21 Aug)

Andrew Milligan continued his fine form of recent weeks to win the 800m race at the Bangor Sportsplex on Tuesday evening in the track meeting promoted by North Down AC. His time of 2:01.20 gave him a comfortable win by over 5 seconds from Adam Hughes of Loughview AC in second place. At the same meeting Michael McCormick produced a fine sprint finish to pip Terry Eakin of North Down AC for 10th place in the 3000m race.

Pos Name Cat Time Race
1 Andrew Milligan M20 2:01.20 800m

 

Pos Name Cat Time Race
10 Michael McCormick M55 11:38.10 3000m

 

Portrush 5 Mile Road Race (Fri 24 Aug)

The picturesque North Coast was the setting for the Specsavers Portrush 5 mile road race on Friday evening. The weather was mixed as the competitors started and finished close to the East Strand. At the front Mark McKinstry was first home of the 273 runners, taking the tape in 26:45 about 30 seconds ahead of 2nd placed Chris McGurk of Glasslough Harriers. Full results for NBH runners competing were:

Pos Name Cat Time
1 Mark McKinstry M35 26:45
210 Linda Beggs F45 46:46
221 Sharon Hobbs F45 47:33

 

Rathlin Run 10 Mile & 5k (Sat 25 Aug)

The 10m race took place over a challenging out and back circuit starting and finishing at Church Bay at the centre of Rathin island. Although it is technically a road race, many of the climbs would not be out of place in a mountain race, making it a good test of both strength and fitness. The 5k race offered a shorter option with a few climbs thrown in to ensure a good challenge. In the 10m race, Philip Goss had a fine run to claim second place behind Neil Weir of Willowfield while Helen Weir took 2nd place in the F45 category.

Philip Goss battles with eventual winner Neil Weir
Philip Goss and eventual winner Neil Weir
Helen Weir
Helen Weir in action
Anthony Fleming in action
Anthony Fleming in action
Pos Name Cat Time Race
2 Philip Goss MO 01:00:14 10mile
43 Helen F Weir F45 01:19:38 10mile
53 Anthony Fleming M45 01:21:32 10mile

 

Pos Name Cat Time Race
12 Colin Simpson M50 00:24:18 5k

 

Storming The Castle 10k (Sun 26)

The popular 10k race promoted by Seapark AC took place in wet and windy conditions in Carrickfergus on Sunday afternoon. The North Belfast Harriers were out in force with no fewer than 38 athletes competing in a large field of over 800. Congratulations to Grainne Stephens and Ciara Lyons for whom this was their first 10k race. In a fast race won by St Malachy’s Ben Branagh (31:54) the club’s strength in depth was evidenced by a strong showing across the board, with 3 finishers in the top 4 (John Black, Joe Malone and Kent Swann) and April Clarke 2nd lady. There were also age category winners (Kent Swann M35, David Clarke M55, Laurence Johnston M60) and runners up (James Wallace M50, Carol Clarke F50 and Marilyn Foster F65).

Ready for action
Ready for action
Happy finishers
Happy finishers
NBH Castle Stormers
NBH Castle Stormers
Pos Name Cat Time Note
2 John Black MO 0:32:38
3 Joe Malone MO 0:34:21
4 Kent Swann M35 0:35:03 1st M35
9 David Clarke M55 0:36:20 1st M55
12 James Wallace M55 0:37:03 2nd M50
14 Laurence Johnston M60 0:37:29 1st M60
43 Paul Butcher M40 0:39:58
94 April Clarke FO 0:44:06 2nd FO
132 Carol Clarke F50 0:45:36 2nd F50
147 Maurice Palmer M55 0:46:21
158 Gerry Anderson M50 0:46:46
182 Terence McAtamney MO 0:48:04
256 Philip McIlwrath M40 0:50:11
292 Lorraine Hibburt F45 0:50:56
335 Fiona Magill F35 0:52:39
355 Brian Wallace M55 0:53:19
384 Lynn McKenna F45 0:53:56
386 Catherine Seawright F40 0:54:03
413 Karlene Graham FO 0:55:00
418 Joanne McAllister F40 0:55:21
457 Paul Armstrong M50 0:56:42
468 Francesca McAreavey F35 0:57:06
549 Ciara Magennis F35 0:59:23
623 Laura Lovett F35 1:01:51
630 Joanne Curran F40 1:02:20
697 Sonia Millar F40 1:05:41
708 Grainne Stephens FO 1:06:23
714 Gail Hill F35 1:06:39
730 Angela Greenhill F45 1:07:42
746 Joanne McGurk F35 1:08:44
747 Megan Beggs FO 1:08:43
770 Ciara Lyons FO 1:10:19
781 Elizabeth Campbell F40 1:11:25
783 Marilyn Foster F65 1:11:23 2nd F65
796 Mick Murray M50 1:12:33
797 Emma Emsley F40 1:12:36
840 Nicola Simpson F40 1:21:35
849 Rosy Ryan F40 1:27:44

 

Armagh City Marathon (Sun 26 Aug)

Armagh was also wet and windy on Sunday morning as the annual marathon took place over four tough laps. Louise Smith was the club’s representative in this one and she maintained her usual high standard to win the ladies race with a fourth place finish overall.

Louise Smith wins Armagh marathon
Louise Smith wins Armagh marathon
Pos Name Cat Time Note
4 Louise Smith FO 3:07:32 1st lady

 

parkrun (Sat 25 Aug)

parkrun tourists Rosy Ryan and Phil McIlwrath had two weeks ago managed to complete all 27 parkruns in Northern Ireland. When the latest new parkrun started in Dungannon it just had to be added to their list ! That’s what happened on Saturday. Their proud record is now 28 out of 28 parkruns!

Catching up fast, mother and daughter Philomena and Eadaoin Donaldson completed their 23rd different NI parkrun in Enniskillen.

Rosy and Phil celebrate
Rosy and Phil celebrate the full 28
Waterworks parkrun, Belfast # 409 – 25/08/2018
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
5 Paul CURLEY 00:18:28 PB stays at 00:17:40 125
7 Simon REEVE 00:19:19 PB stays at 00:17:48 209
11 Drew KNOX 00:20:09 PB stays at 00:18:42 254
18 Max REID 00:20:40 PB stays at 00:19:45 54
19 Ray CAMERON 00:21:30 PB stays at 00:19:15 121
35 Kevin MCCANN 00:22:34 PB stays at 00:21:54 81
36 Greg MCCLURE 00:22:35 PB stays at 00:18:41 333
51 Gary BLYTHE 00:23:53 PB stays at 00:21:14 125
58 Tony REID 00:24:47 PB stays at 00:21:50 376
81 Lyle CARLETON 00:26:18 PB stays at 00:21:22 92
82 Philip MAGEE 00:26:19 PB stays at 00:23:25 26
97 Matthew HIGGINS 00:27:20 PB stays at 00:24:26 121
109 Gerry ANDERSON 00:27:55 PB stays at 00:22:13 102
125 Padraigin BINGHAM 00:28:45 PB stays at 00:26:38 82
135 Stella HARRISON 00:29:10 PB stays at 00:26:30 262
153 Eimear NUGENT 00:30:35 PB stays at 00:26:53 36
154 Gemma LOWE 00:30:36 PB stays at 00:28:59 60
160 Trisha MURRAY 00:32:13 PB stays at 00:28:39 80
166 Jacqueline LAWLOR 00:32:33 PB stays at 00:28:48 153
167 Michael LAWLOR 00:32:34 PB stays at 00:25:44 121
175 Paula O’REILLY 00:33:20 PB stays at 00:32:17 21
177 Catherine CARLETON 00:34:20 PB stays at 00:31:42 57
204 Gabrielle MALLAGHAN 00:44:38 PB stays at 00:27:25 109
205 Bernadette DUFFY 00:44:39 PB stays at 00:29:29 179
206 John BURNS 00:44:40 PB stays at 00:21:37 131
207 Roisin RODGERS 00:49:19 New PB! 3
Queen’s parkrun, Belfast # 331 – 25/08/2018
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
17 Ciaran HUNTER 00:21:29 PB stays at 00:20:24 248
Falls parkrun, Belfast # 308 – 25/08/2018
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
7 John MCCONNELL 00:22:24 PB stays at 00:19:26 253
Portrush parkrun # 317 – 25/08/2018
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
136 Holly BENNETT 00:26:35 First Timer! 3
Enniskillen parkrun # 267 – 25/08/2018
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
81 Eadaoin DONALDSON 00:32:32 First Timer! 165
82 Philomena DONALDSON 00:32:37 First Timer! 189
Ormeau parkrun # 265 – 25/08/2018
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
23 Paul WILLIAMS 00:21:14 PB stays at 00:20:49 269
81 Damien GILL 00:23:34 PB stays at 00:20:05 227
Castlewellan parkrun # 47 – 25/08/2018
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
6 Philip Patrick DONNELLY 00:19:11 PB stays at 00:19:01 140
23 Jack MCCREADY 00:22:51 PB stays at 00:21:59 69
Larne parkrun # 239 – 25/08/2018
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
8 Matt SHIELDS 00:23:18 PB stays at 00:22:44 296
12 Trisha CAMPBELL 00:24:16 PB stays at 00:21:04 37
Ardgillan parkrun # 235 – 25/08/2018
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
7 Sam CARR 00:21:26 New PB! 110
44 Sandy CARR 00:26:24 PB stays at 00:25:07 207
Valley parkrun, Newtownabbey # 206 – 25/08/2018
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
30 Joe WILSON 00:26:48 PB stays at 00:25:32 65
Falcarragh parkrun # 137 – 25/08/2018
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
4 John Gerard MURPHY 00:19:39 PB stays at 00:19:08 370
32 Jim CLINTON 00:25:23 PB stays at 00:22:59 384
63 Kevin LAVERY 00:29:35 PB stays at 00:23:02 93
83 John LAVERY 00:33:06 PB stays at 00:23:04 164
Orangefield parkrun # 4 – 25/08/2018
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
2 Laurence JOHNSTON 00:19:43 First Timer! 86
Dungannon Park parkrun # 2 – 25/08/2018
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
50 Philip MCILWRATH 00:26:06 First Timer! 153
129 Rosy RYAN 00:43:31 First Timer! 153