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NBH Race Report 18-24 Nov 2019

The cross country season is now in full swing and with both men’s and ladies riding high in their respective leagues the latest event in Ballyclare attracted a big turnout on Saturday. There were also harriers competing in Benidorm on Sunday and at the V36 play park on Thursday.

EAMS FATLAD WashUp Day Marathon (Thu 21st Nov)

The latest EAMS event took place on Thursday at the V36 play park in Newtownabbey. Competitors faced a challenging course with the marathon comprising 19 laps ! Colette O’Hagan from Dundalk completed her 700th marathon, with our own Thomas McKinstry also completing the marathon in 04:44:56.

Malcolm Cup, Ballyclare (Sat 23rd Nov)

Going into this race the NBH men’s team sat top of the NI Cross Country league with the ladies in 6th spot in their league so good turnout and performances were essential. These were delivered aplenty with a total of 32 club athletes donning the vest for competition.

Following the recent wet weather the course was pretty mucky, though happily the morning’s rain had eased somewhat by the time the racing started. First off were the ladies and veteran men, a total of 269 runners competing over 3 laps (approx 3m). The NBH ladies were led home by Sarahjane McFadden, and with 13 ladies completing, full participation points were guaranteed. In the male vets there were age category wins for Neil Carty and Laurence Johnston. Full results were:

Pos Athlete Time Note
5 Neil Carty 16:57 M50 1st
12 Laurence Johnston 17:50 M60 1st
43 Sarahjane McFadden 19:46
66 Helen F Weir 20:38
73 Orla McCambridge 20:59
100 Sandy Carr 22:17
114 Catriona McCambridge 22:53
115 Ita McCambridge 22:56
116 Fionnuala O’Hare 22:57
122 Emma Taylor 23:07
183 Elaine Holmes 25:19
215 Karen McClean 26:18
251 Gillian Roden 30:26
252 Clare Boyle 30:52
253 Jennifer Butcher 30:52


NBH Ladies/Vet Men Malcolm Cup
NBH Ladies/Vet Men Malcolm Cup (Photos by Andy Taylor)


Next up was the men’s race over 4 laps, with a number of male vets joining the senior men competing for the Malcolm Cup itself. A total of 17 harriers completed in a field of 182 runners, again ensuring maximum participation points and consolidating the league position. Philip Goss was the first harrier home, with new member Gavin McCaffrey running strongly to also achieve a top 20 finish. Full results were:

Pos Athlete Time
7 Philip Goss 22:07
17 Gavin McCaffrey 22:56
20 John Black 23:12
30 Aidan McCormack 24:12
52 Paul Butcher 25:42
67 David Curran 26:42
97 Ray Cameron 28:16
103 Jack Wasson 28:24
127 Brian Armstrong 30:10
130 Greg McClure 30:21
138 Thomas Taylor 30:59
140 Colin Simpson 31:08
148 Andrew Taylor 31:37
153 Gary Blythe 32:08
155 Ciaran Browne 32:14
157 David Hurst 32:27
172 Lyle Carleton 34:06


NBH Men Malcolm Cup
NBH Men Malcolm Cup (Photos by Gillian Roden)


Benidorm 10k (Sun 24th Nov)

Thomas McKinstry preferred the sunshine of Benidorm to the muck of Ballyclare as he completed the popular Benidorm 10k on Sunday. (Results not yet available).

All Ireland National Cross Country Championships (Sun 24th Nov)

Isaac McCollum made the trip to the Sport Ireland Campus at Abbottstown to compete in the Junior men’s event. Isaac finished 50th in a strong field of 128 runners, completing the course in 22:20.

parkrun (Sat 23rd Nov)

Some of the parkruns were fairly wet affairs on Saturday morning though that didn’t stop 5 NBH athletes setting new PBs with Sinead Toal (Waterworks), Kent Swann and Kevin McCann (Victoria), Luke Kelly (Ormeau) and Mark McAvoy (Valley) all lowering their previous marks.

There was some drama at Bedfond Lakes as Rosy Ryan and Phil McIlwrath arrived in the early hours on a flight from Berlin, and following a fast taxi ride from Heathrow, managed to complete the parkrun, only for Phil to realise he had no barcode with him.

Full results for club athletes were:

Bedfont Lakes Event #536
Pos parkrunner Time Note
151 Rosy RYAN 50:33 First timer !
Waterworks Event #476
Pos parkrunner Time Note
19 Greg MCCLURE 21:33
39 Martin MC NICHOLL 23:18
41 John Gerard MURPHY 23:28
48 Karlene GRAHAM 23:48
54 Ivan MCALLISTER 24:09
61 Laurence ROGERS 24:30
62 Gordon GLENN 24:34
110 Lyle CARLETON 27:32
113 Jack CARBERRY 27:37
126 Stella HARRISON 27:57
135 Padraigin BINGHAM 28:49
142 Jim CLINTON 29:08
143 Heather WILSON 29:31
147 Fergus JAMISON 29:52
154 Matt SHIELDS 30:24
180 Sinead TOAL 33:26 New PB
181 Margaret STEPHENS 33:28
184 Matthew HIGGINS 34:47
190 Simon REEVE 35:18
194 Bernadette DUFFY 35:25
196 Sile HANNON 35:36
Belfast Victoria Event #445
Pos parkrunner Time Note
1 Kent SWANN 16:20 New PB
29 Kevin MCCANN 20:58 New PB
Ormeau Event #327
Pos parkrunner Time Note
1 Luke KELLY 17:33 New PB
203 Janie BLACK 28:20
280 Trisha MURRAY 31:43
281 John BEGGS 31:43
326 Lynn MURRAY 33:50
Valley Event #273
Pos parkrunner Time Note
1 Mark MCAVOY 17:41 New PB
3 Gabriel MCAVOY 20:08
62 Lucinda MCAVOY 30:45
Stranmillis College Event #41
Pos parkrunner Time Note
40 Tony REID 33:38
Third Creek Greenway Event #5
Pos parkrunner Time Note
2 Conal MCCAMBRIDGE 17:09