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Storm Deirdre can’t stop our runners from racing!

The weather was turbulent on Saturday with Storm Deirdre’s deluge and strong winds. But it didn’t stop our senior runners heading out to compete in the Cross Country League in Derry and others heading to Navan Racecourse to participate in the Irish Championships. While some runners ran and splashed in the muck and puddles in Lady Dixon Park others had to stay at home as their planned race, Run Forest Run in Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor was cancelled.

North West XC (Saturday 15th December 2018)

Many congratulations to Mark McKinstry who was first man home in the North West XC. He completed the 6km distance in 19:59. James Wallace followed behind in 45th place in 23:40 and Colin Simpson finished 117th in 28:30. Almost 200 runners turned up to run in the final race in the calendar year and the fifth in the cross country league.

Athletics Ireland National Novice and Junior Uneven Age Group Cross Championship

Among the athletes who travelled to Navan Racecourse on Saturday 15th December were a number of North Belfast Harriers. Whilst each runner completed individually, their performances counted towards the team and county events. Andrew Milligan was 1st NBH runner home in 24th place with Philip Goss one place behind. 32 teams took part. Andrew Milligan, Philip Goss, John Black and Eamon White’s performances helped secure 4th team position with 145 points. 15 counties were represented in the Navan championships and North Belfast Harriers finished in 3rd place. Many congratulations to all who competed.


24 Andrew Milligan
25 Philip Goss
43 John Black
53 Eamon White
125 Joe Malone
138 James Trainor
241 Ray Cameron

Atlas Running Christmas Party (Saturday 15th December)
Among the 82 runners who braved Storm Deirdre to run in Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park were 6 North Belfast Harriers. Paul Butcher ran a super race in wet and mucky conditions to finish the 5km race in first position in a chip time of 20:24. Other runners who took part were Karen McClean, Jenny Butcher, Sinead Russell, Clare Boyle and John McConnell.

1 Paul Butcher 00:20:24
29 Karen McClean 00:31:08
32 Jenny Butcher 00:31:21
33 Sinead Russell 00:31:39
43 Clare Boyle 00:32:50
82 John McConnell 00:51:54


(Photos from NBH News/ Events Facebook)

Run Forest Run, Kilbroney (cancelled)
Due to the adverse weather conditions caused by Storm Deirdre, Belfast Telegraph Run Forest Run Race in Kilbroney was cancelled but is rescheduled for Saturday 22nd December 2018. Among the many disappointed runners were Catherine Seawright and Francesca McAreavy who had planned to take part in this race.

Congratulations to Sandy Carr who was first female finisher in Oldbridge parkrun, Drogheda and to Clare Holmes who was 2nd female finisher in Valley parkrun.

2 Matt SHIELDS 19.47
6 John Gerard MURPHY 21.06
7 Helen F WEIR 21.14
12 Una MCCONNELL 21.34
27 Robert IRVINE 23.06
30 Eoin MCCONNELL 23.32
32 Orla CASH 23.53
38 Paul WILLIAMS 24.29
51 Philip MCILWRATH 26.08
64 Tony REID 27.44
78 Stella HARRISON 29.03
79 Eimear NUGENT 29.16
84 Fergus JAMISON 29.48
89 Heather WILSON 30.36
93 Gillian RODEN 31.31
100 Gabrielle MALLAGHAN 33.22
101 Margaret STEPHENS 33.23
103 Lynn MURRAY 34.19
104 Trisha MURRAY 24.19
106 Lyle CARLETON 34.54
109 Angela ROGAN 39.08
111 Eadaoin DONALDSON 46.35
112 Rosy RYAN 46.36
2 Philip Patrick DONNELLY 19.42
22 Vincent BRADLEY 23.58
36 Ciaran HUNTER 25.17
8 Jim CLINTON 25.57
17 John MCCONNELL 22.41
81 Padraigin BINGHAM 27.41
14 Nat GLENN 33.21
Oldbridge, Drogheda
11 Sandy CARR 23.52
19 Clare HOLMES 24.35
21 Brian Stewart 23.00
48 Greg McCLURE 22.50