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North Belfast Harriers Race Report 03-09 June 2019

Mark McKinstry and Gladys Ganiel take the spoils at Fairhill 5 mile Road Race (Wed 05 June)

NBH athletes dominated this popular Ballymena race with the first 3 men and first lady all running in the famous harrier’s vest. The men’s team prize was ensured and a number of the places in the veteran categories were also filled by harriers.

First home was Mark McKinstry, winning this race for the 3rd year in a row, with Conor Curran and Gareth Lyons taking 2nd and 3rd places to make up the podium. Gladys Ganiel claimed 14th position overall to win the ladies race, getting the better of a good battle with Ciara Toner of Springwell. With James Wallace claiming 2nd M55, Laurence Johnston 1st M60 and Brian Stewart 1st M65 it was also a good night for some of the club’s veteran athletes.

Posn Athlete Cat Cat Posn Time
1 Mark McKinstry M35 1 24:46
2 Conor Curran M40 1 26:26
3 Gareth Lyons M40 2 26:36
7 Joe Malone MO 1 27:21
11 Vernon Shiels M40 4 27:44
14 Gladys Ganiel F40 1 28:09
26 James Wallace M55 2 29:51
32 Laurence Johnston M60 1 30:25
59 Sarah-Jane McFadden FO 2 31:51
101 April Clarke FO 9 33:38
115 Brian Stewart M65 1 34:07
387 Kerry Coogan F40 24 47:05
388 Eileen Keenan F55 8 47:05

 

Kerry Coogan and Eileen Keenan looking strong (photo by DJHP facebook)
Early front runners (photo by DJHP facebook)

Craigavon Lakes 10k (Wed 05 June)

Evergreen Louise Smith took first place in the ladies race and was well supported by James Trainor as both finished in the top 15, well inside the coveted 40-minute barrier. The race consists of 2 laps of the lake at the Craigavon watersports complex and this year attracted 223 runners. Louise came home in a fine 38:58 with James not far behind in 39:02.

EAMS 6-hour Challenge Part 1 (Fri 07 June)

On a lovely evening for running, this event attracted many of the endurance junkies preparing for the Energia 24-hour race later this month. The race started at 6pm and involved runners completing loops from the Loughshore at Jordanstown down to Gideon’s Green and back. Club members Greg McClure and Gordon Glenn took part, with Greg completing 37.8 miles and Gordon 30 miles.

Gordon Glenn looking determined (photo by Dermot Boyd)
Greg McClure enjoying the Loughshore (photo by Dermot Boyd)

NI & Ulster Senior Track & Field Championships (Sat 08 June)

There were a number of fine performances at the Mary Peters track on Saturday. Conan McCaughey finished 6th in a competitive 1500m in a time of 4:06.46. In the women’s 100m, Caitlin Maguire claimed the bronze medal in a time of 12.46s. Darragh Andrews was eliminated in the heats of the 100m but went on to record 3.2m to take 9th place in the women’s long jump.

In the men’s 5000m, Conan McCaughey again featured, taking 4th place in 15:12.31, with John Black claiming 6th in 15:16.98.

Enniskillen 10k (Sat 08 June)

Over 600 runners took part in this popular race on Saturday afternoon, and there were fine runs by the harriers who made the trip. Gareth Lyons, in his second race of the week claimed 5th spot and 1st in the M40-44 category with David Clarke and Simon Reeve also finishing in the top ten, each taking 2nd place in their respective categories. Carol Clarke continued her fine run of form to claim 2nd place in her category to match the achievement of husband David.

Pos Athlete Cat Cat Posn Time
5 Gareth Lyons M40-44 1 34:33
7 David Clarke M50-59 2 35:40
10 Simon Reeve M40-44 2 37:05
70 Carol Clarke F50-59 2 45:30

Mourne Way Ultra/Marathon/Half marathon/10km (Sat 08 June)

Also on Saturday, the Mournes was the picturesque setting for the latest event in the 26-extreme series of races. Conditions were mucky and wet which added to the challenge of the difficult running terrain. Two NBH athletes took part with Sandy Carr completing the marathon in 5hr30mins and Helen Weir taking 3rd place in the half marathon in 1hr57mins.

parkrun (Sat 08 June)

Saturday saw 56 NBH athletes participating in a parkrun. The results were:

Waterworks parkrun, Belfast # 452 –
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
5 David CURRAN 19:51 PB stays at 00:18:42 107
15 Drew KNOX 21:16 PB stays at 00:18:42 272
27 Ivan MCALLISTER 22:24 PB stays at 00:21:38 53
33 Fionnuala O’HARE 22:41 PB stays at 00:21:38 152
34 Andrew TAYLOR 22:43 New PB! 8
39 Gerry GRIBBON 23:09 PB stays at 00:18:45 150
40 Kevin MCCANN 23:23 PB stays at 00:21:54 104
41 Christopher LENNON 23:23 PB stays at 00:21:28 27
42 Gerry ANDERSON 23:26 PB stays at 00:22:13 132
49 Lyle CARLETON 23:46 PB stays at 00:21:22 131
57 Emma TAYLOR 24:30 PB stays at 00:24:01 13
67 Tony REID 25:06 PB stays at 00:21:50 420
83 Stella HARRISON 26:35 PB stays at 00:26:30 293
91 Catherine SEAWRIGHT 27:02 PB stays at 00:25:42 39
94 Jim CLINTON 27:08 PB stays at 00:21:37 428
95 Thomas Peter NORTON 27:13 PB stays at 00:25:24 42
108 Nuala MAHON 27:59 PB stays at 00:27:02 159
112 Eimear CASH 28:12 PB stays at 00:27:47 14
150 Greg MCCLURE 30:05 PB stays at 00:18:41 373
163 Lorna MCGRATH 31:16 PB stays at 00:30:16 48
183 Grainne STEPHENS 32:54 PB stays at 00:30:59 46
184 Maire JAMISON 32:54 PB stays at 00:32:02 22
188 Margaret STEPHENS 33:30 PB stays at 00:28:23 246
189 Tom MAGEE 33:33 PB stays at 00:29:16 16
196 Gabrielle MALLAGHAN 34:12 PB stays at 00:27:25 125
202 Angela GREENHILL 35:34 PB stays at 00:33:13 19
216 Ruby THOMPSON 40:06 New PB! 3
217 Coleen THOMPSON 40:31 PB stays at 00:23:51 30
218 Jacqueline LAWLOR 41:11 PB stays at 00:28:48 166
Belfast Victoria parkrun # 422 –
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
22 Sean MCSHANE 19:20 PB stays at 00:19:00 185
37 Max REID 20:19 PB stays at 00:19:38 68
60 Sean MCSHANE JR 22:03 PB stays at 00:21:00 74
107 Alex REID 24:14 New PB! 14
168 Thomas MCKINSTRY 26:51 PB stays at 00:26:13 214
Queen’s parkrun, Belfast # 372 –
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
21 Ciaran HUNTER 21:12 PB stays at 00:20:24 286
57 Damien GILL 24:01 PB stays at 00:20:03 263
66 Maurice PALMER 24:39 First Timer! 70
113 Padraigin BINGHAM 28:10 New PB! 110
Falls parkrun, Belfast # 347 –
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
15 John MCCONNELL 24:09 PB stays at 00:19:26 288
Gadebridge parkrun # 212 –
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
5 Matt SHIELDS 21:46 First Timer! 332
Ormeau parkrun # 305 –
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
322 Lynn MURRAY 31:41 PB stays at 00:23:56 146
323 John BEGGS 31:42 PB stays at 00:30:44 33
364 Trisha MURRAY 34:01 First Timer! 97
365 Mick MURRAY 34:02 First Timer! 81
Castlewellan parkrun # 88 –
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
10 Martsje HELL 20:04 PB stays at 00:19:27 23
Carrickfergus parkrun # 263 –
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
91 Gemma LOWE 31:00 First Timer! 72
Valley parkrun, Newtownabbey # 249 –
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
23 Peter MCCLELLAND 25:27 PB stays at 00:21:19 11
32 Joe WILSON 26:28 PB stays at 00:25:32 90
101 Sinead ARMSTRONG 38:44 New PB! 8
Falcarragh parkrun # 177 –
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
1 Conor CURRAN 17:20 First Timer! 40
6 Joe DRAIN 21:38 PB stays at 00:20:01 98
9 John Gerard MURPHY 22:35 PB stays at 00:19:08 414
15 Caoilainn CURRAN 23:37 First Timer! 4
33 Joanne CURRAN 26:01 First Timer! 22
Stranmillis College parkrun # 18 –
Pos parkrunner Time Note Total runs
7 Paul WILLIAMS 23:15 PB stays at 00:22:41 302
8 Ray CAMERON 23:17 PB stays at 00:20:39 144