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Harriers excel as the new road racing season gathers momentum

Washingbay Green Half Marathon (Saturday 16th March)

Louise Smith was the club’s representative in this competitive half marathon which took place at Derrylaughan near Coalisland. The ever consistent Louise joined the field of 193 athletes and ran strongly to finish 3rd lady and 16th place overall.

Pos Athlete Cat Time
16 Louise Smith F45 1:25:31

 

2019 Forestside 5 Mile Trail Race (Saturday 16th March)

Ormeau Runners hosted this event which started and finished at the Belfast Boat Club on Saturday. The route took athletes round the Lagan Meadows and into Belvoir Forest before returning via Lagan Meadows to the finish. Among the 204 finishers were two NBH athletes:

Pos Athlete Time
24 Colin Simpson 0:40:49
161 Emma Emsley 1:01:13

 

Craic 10k (Sunday 17th March)

The annual Craic 10k started from Belfast City Hall and finished this year in Ormeau Park. The variable weather didn’t deter the huge field of 1,495 runners including a whopping 40 from NBH. At the sharp end Philip Goss continued his fine run of form to claim runners-up spot in 32:45, just 5 seconds behind winner James Edgar of COLAC. Brothers Conal and Brendan McCambridge didn’t hang about either, posting 33:04 and 36:24 respectively. In the ladies race, Commonwealth Games marathon runner Gladys Ganiel demonstrated her good form with a fine win in 36:00.

Pos Athlete Time
2 Philip Goss 0:32:45
4 Conal McCambridge 0:33:04
12 Gladys Ganiel 0:36:00
15 Brendan McCambridge 0:36:24
24 Stephen Walker 0:37:30
32 Paul Curley 0:37:58
148 Paul Williams 0:44:26
238 Gerry Gribbon 0:46:05
315 Maurice Palmer 0:48:31
374 Philip McIlwrath 0:49:44
375 Matthew Carleton 0:49:36
382 Lyle Carleton 0:49:46
509 Thomas Norton 0:52:21
515 Clare O’Shaughnessy 0:53:07
531 Fiona Magill 0:52:06
621 Emma Carroll 0:54:37
630 Francesca McAreavey 0:54:52
678 Catherine Seawright 0:54:45
680 Laura Connolly 0:54:53
712 Jennifer Clements 0:56:33
721 Tanya Conway 0:55:53
744 Terence McAtamney 0:56:38
752 Paul Gillen 0:56:21
754 Nicola McStravick 0:56:22
770 Jacqueline McLaughlin 0:57:28
783 Kate O’Neill 0:56:39
784 Eileen Keenan 0:56:40
847 Roisin Fahy Duckett 0:57:41
931 Jim Clinton 0:59:36
1032 Maeve Cushnahan 1:02:22
1062 Ita Weir 1:02:46
1126 Joanne McGurk 1:04:31
1127 Sonia Millar 1:04:33
1129 Emer Bloomer 1:05:29
1145 Trisha Murray 1:04:56
1157 Maire Jamison 1:05:25
1191 Anna Douglas 1:06:02
1224 Angela Greenhill 1:08:19
1271 Michele Flood 1:08:38
1484 Rosy Ryan 1:27:02

 

NBH out in force at the Craic 10k
NBH out in force at the Craic 10k (photos from Facebook posts)

Jimmy’s 10k (Sunday 17th March)

The annual Jimmy’s 10k took place on Sunday in Downpatrick with an early start at 10am to facilitate the St. Patrick’s day parade’s new start time of 1.00pm. Lying water on the recently resurfaced path along the Quoile didn’t deter the 845 athletes including 13 harriers who toed the line. Mark McKinstry ran true to form, taking an early lead and front running the whole way for a fine win in 31:11 from the in form Paddy Hamilton (Slieve Gullion Runners) in 2nd place (31:56). Gareth Lyons finished well inside the top 10 in 33:43 with fast improving Mark McAvoy and super veteran David Clarke both well under 36 minutes. It was a great day for the Clarke family with Carol winning the F50 category.

 

Pos Athlete Cat Time
1 Mark McKinstry M35 0:31:11
6 Gareth Lyons M40 0:33:43
20 Mark McAvoy MO 0:35:35
22 David Clarke M55 0:35:38
48 Laurence Johnston M60 0:38:01
216 Carol Clarke F50 0:46:16
249 Gary Blythe M45 0:47:25
251 Fionnuala O’Hare FO 0:46:32
553 Padraigin Bingham F40 0:56:25
620 Elaine Sharvin F35 0:58:15
621 Sandy Carr M35 0:58:20
622 Lynn Murray F50 0:58:20
623 John Burns M50 0:58:20

 

Some of the harriers in action in Downpatrick
Some of the harriers in action in Downpatrick (original photos by Keith McClure)

EAMS Stormathon and St Patrick’s Day Challenge (Saturday 16th/Sunday 17th March)

The East Antrim Marathon Series staged back to back 6 hour events on Saturday and Sunday. Many of the runners were using these runs as part of their build ups to challenges ahead including the Dublin to Belfast run later this month and the Energia 24hr race in June. Conditions on Saturday morning were pretty wet, with flooded sections of the Loughshore path and winds coming off the Belfast lough adding to the challenge. Sunday proved to be a bit drier. The highlight performances by club athletes were by Thomas McKinstry and Gordon Glenn who both achieved back to back marathons. Robbie Speers also completed a marathon on day 2.

  EAMS Stormathon    
Pos Athlete Time Distance
24 Thomas McKinstry 4:52:54 Marathon
33 Gordon Glenn 5:21:23 Marathon
63 Greg McClure 4:09:27 21m

 

  EAMS St Patrick’s Challenge    
Pos Athlete Time Distance
17 Gordon Glenn 5:16:47 Marathon
18 Thomas McKinstry 5:19:04 Marathon
29 Robbie Speers 6:58:06 Marathon

 

Double marathon man Gordon Glenn
Double marathon man Gordon Glenn

parkrun (Saturday 16th March)

36 harriers took part in parkruns on Saturday at 7 local events. Congratulations to Idris Wabbe and Grainne Stephens on new PBs at the Waterworks and to Nat Glenn who completed his 100th run at Larne.

Waterworks parkrun Belfast # 440 – 16/03/2019
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
2 Idiris WABBE 18:21 New PB! 3
5 Max REID 19:55 PB stays at 00:19:12 63
6 Thomas SIMMONS 19:56 PB stays at 00:17:07 37
12 John Gerard MURPHY 21:29 PB stays at 00:18:49 402
20 Fionnuala O’HARE 22:14 PB stays at 00:21:38 145
27 David CURRAN 22:56 PB stays at 00:18:42 101
38 Simon REEVE 24:28 PB stays at 00:17:48 226
46 Gerry ANDERSON 25:12 PB stays at 00:22:13 124
48 Maurice PALMER 25:29 PB stays at 00:23:11 65
54 Tony REID 25:52 PB stays at 00:21:50 408
58 Paul WILLIAMS 26:15 PB stays at 00:20:23 292
61 Coleen THOMPSON 26:53 PB stays at 00:23:51 29
65 Matt SHIELDS 27:36 PB stays at 00:17:44 322
66 Jason REID 27:37 PB stays at 00:21:46 109
80 Lyle CARLETON 28:48 PB stays at 00:21:22 121
84 Stella HARRISON 28:57 PB stays at 00:26:30 286
85 Nuala MAHON 29:15 PB stays at 00:27:02 147
99 Gillian RODEN 30:24 PB stays at 00:30:07 65
100 Lynn MURRAY 30:35 PB stays at 00:23:37 137
101 Gemma LOWE 30:44 PB stays at 00:28:59 70
107 Grainne STEPHENS 30:59 New PB! 34
114 Margaret STEPHENS 31:56 PB stays at 00:28:23 234
131 Sile HANNON 35:55 PB stays at 00:33:11 21
135 Dermot MCGRATH 38:09 PB stays at 00:28:46 83
137 Elisabeth FRENCH 50:06 PB stays at 00:41:10 47
138 Padraigin BINGHAM 50:11 PB stays at 00:26:38 103
Belfast Victoria parkrun # 410 – 16/03/2019
Pos parkrunner   Note Total runs
145 Sandy CARR 31:23 PB stays at 00:25:07 234
146 John BURNS 31:24 PB stays at 00:25:08 132
173 Rosy RYAN 45:11 PB stays at 00:33:26 182
Falls parkrun Belfast # 336 – 16/03/2019
Pos parkrunner   Note Total runs
19 Thomas Peter NORTON 26:19 First Timer! 38
Citypark parkrun Craigavon # 332 – 16/03/2019
Pos parkrunner   Note Total runs
24 John MCCONNELL 23:00 PB stays at 00:21:09 279
Larne parkrun # 268 – 16/03/2019
Pos parkrunner   Note Total runs
37 Carol CLARKE 28:25 PB stays at 00:21:54 56
38 April CLARKE 28:26 PB stays at 00:21:44 23
68 Nat GLENN 36:46 PB stays at 00:17:48 100
Valley parkrun Newtownabbey # 237 – 16/03/2019
Pos parkrunner   Note Total runs
20 Joe WILSON 26:30 PB stays at 00:25:32 81
Colin Glen parkrun # 167 – 16/03/2019
Pos parkrunner   Note Total runs
46 Jim CLINTON 36:26 PB stays at 00:24:42 416