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Decades of Running at the Harriers

The week started in one decade and finished in another, with NBH athletes competing in endurance events, trail races and enjoying the extra parkruns over the holiday period.

EAMS Back to Back and 6-hr Challenge (Mon 30 Dec, Tue 31 Dec, Wed 01 Jan)

The East Antrim Marathon Series (EAMS) traditional end of year back to back events took place on Monday and Tuesday, offering marathon, half-marathon and 10k distances. For the first time this year a third day was added which offered a 6-hr event in addition to the usual distances.

Day 1: Carrickfergus Castle to Gideon’s Green
Starting at Carrickfergus Castle, the marathon and half marathon route took runners via Carrickfergus marina, the old Belfast Road and the Loughshore path as far as Gideon’s Green, before turning to head back to Carrickfergus, where the half marathon runners finished while the marathon runners set out to complete the loop again.

Day 2: Greenisland Loop
On day 2 the runners started at Greenisland golf club, ran as far as Monkstown on the Upper Road before descending to the Shore Road via Monkstown wood, continued along Shore Road and finished each loop with the long drag up the Greenisland Station Road. Two loops had to be completed for the half and four made up the marathon.

Day 3: Loughshore Park to Gideon’s Green
Back to one of the EAMS standard courses for the New Year’s Day 6-hr challenge with runners starting at Loughshore Park and running 4.2mile laps to Gideon’s Green and back.

Congratulations to Robert Martin who was the overall winner of the b2b half-marathons, with Greg McClure 4th overall in the b2b marathons. Full results for club athletes were:

Day Pos Athlete Event Time
1 2 Robert Martin Half 1:28:05
10 Greg McClure Marathon 3:52:16
2 3 Robert Martin Half 1:33:21
8 Greg McClure Marathon 3:56:26
18 Thomas McKinstry Marathon 4:37:07
25 Gordon Glenn Marathon 4:56:45
3 Stella Harrison Half 2:19:54
Thomas McKinstry Marathon 4:43:00
Thomas McKinstry and Greg McClure at EAMS
Thomas McKinstry and Greg McClure at EAMS (EAMS facebook page)
Race Over The Glens (Wed 01 Jan 2020)

Glenariff Forest Park was the venue for the annual trail race hosted by Ballymena Runners designed to sweep away any lingering cobwebs from the celebrations of the previous evening. Conditions were good for the 417 runners who undertook the challenge with plenty of ascents and descents to make it a good test of both strength and speed endurance. Six NBH athletes took part with the highlight performances from Penny Lindsay taking 2nd place in the female open and Janice Plumb winning the female V50 category. Full results were:

Pos Name Cat / Pos Time
27 Peter Reed MO – 10th 0:40:58.3
28 Jonathan Topping MO – 11th 0:41:09.7
44 Penny Lindsay FO – 2nd 0:42:24.0
66 Janice Plumb F50 – 1st 0:44:10.9
129 Colin Simpson M50 – 10th 0:48:18.2
215 John McConnell M45 – 39th 0:54:37.6
Action and Podium at ROTG
Action and Podium at ROTG (photos from ROTG facebook page and Gordon Glenn)
Born2Run Tollymore 5k/10k (Sat 04 Jan 2020)

Martin McLarnon took on the Born2run Tollymore 5k trail race on Saturday morning in the spectacular setting of Tollymore Forest Park. With 206 runners in the 5k and 442 in the 10k, Martin posted a time of 36:51.

Armagh “Beat the January Blues” Marathon (Sun 05 Jan 2020)

Conditions were perfect for the runners on Sunday morning in Armagh, a little bit cold at the start but no rain and just a slight bit of wind on part of the course. The course itself is a new route, consisting of a 2.88 loop with a few small hills in it. Louise Smith won the ladies race in a superb time of 3hrs04mins while Thomas McKinstry completed his third marathon in 6 days in a time of  4hrs32mins.

parkrun (Wed 01 Jan 2020)

January 1st is the one day of the year when it is possible to participate in 2 different parkruns (and thereby accumulate 2 onto your total!), and many of the NBH runners on New Year’s Day were taking advantage with 104 runs completed at 10 different venues. A new attendance record was established at Waterworks, with a total of 557 runners, 40 more than the Christmas Day total ! Full results were:

Waterworks parkrun, Belfast 01/01/2020 #483
Pos parkrunner parkruns Age Grade Time Comment
9 Mark MCAVOY 22 69.86% 18:28 PB 00:17:07
10 Brendan MCCAMBRIDGE 67 72.52% 18:37 New PB!
27 Luke KELLY 148 68.22% 20:24 PB 00:17:06
46 John Gerard MURPHY 445 68.04% 21:51 PB 00:18:49
49 Stephen WALKER 86 61.89% 22:13 PB 00:17:29
54 Conor O’RAWE 151 57.43% 22:33 PB 00:17:32
60 Greg MCCLURE 401 72.38% 22:45 PB 00:18:41
62 Paul WILLIAMS 329 68.08% 22:46 PB 00:20:23
63 Eoin MCCONNELL 16 65.25% 22:47 PB 00:19:46
70 Saul THOMPSON 4 64.83% 22:56 New PB!
74 Paul CARLIN 18 63.49% 23:03 PB 00:22:51
84 Fionnuala O’HARE 172 63.61% 23:16 PB 00:21:38
85 Ivan MCALLISTER 83 61.80% 23:18 PB 00:21:38
94 Gabriel MCAVOY 19 59.31% 23:33 PB 00:19:33
95 Ita MCCAMBRIDGE 157 78.93% 23:34 PB 00:20:55
101 Laurence ROGERS 43 60.63% 23:45 PB 00:21:23
107 Catriona MCCAMBRIDGE 61 61.85% 23:59 PB 00:23:37
116 Ciaran HUNTER 316 62.82% 24:15 PB 00:21:29
118 Terence MCATAMNEY 35 54.02% 24:17 PB 00:21:45
131 Matthew CARLETON 47 52.64% 24:36 PB 00:23:38
133 David HURST 35 53.86% 24:38 New PB!
144 Tony REID 452 61.84% 25:04 PB 00:21:50
151 Michelle MCLOUGHLIN 120 60.01% 25:13 PB 00:24:00
160 Gary BLYTHE 148 56.94% 25:42 PB 00:21:14
166 Laura CONNOLLY 11 60.67% 25:56 New PB!
171 Gerry ANDERSON 152 57.33% 26:08 PB 00:22:13
218 Donna MCLAUGHLIN 79 58.98% 27:28 PB 00:24:27
225 Aodhan CONWAY 6 53.90% 27:35 PB 00:26:58
228 Catherine SEAWRIGHT 55 57.48% 27:38 PB 00:25:28
229 Lucinda MCAVOY 21 57.44% 27:39 PB 00:27:25
230 Lyle CARLETON 160 56.54% 27:39 PB 00:21:22
248 Senan MCCONNELL 7 60.92% 27:56 PB 00:25:47
257 Una MCCONNELL 31 55.00% 28:11 PB 00:21:07
266 Treasa MCCONNELL 13 58.40% 28:29 PB 00:26:43
276 Eimear CASH 28 55.60% 28:43 PB 00:26:39
279 Orla CASH 85 52.31% 28:54 PB 00:22:32
328 Fergus JAMISON 54 50.53% 30:09 PB 00:28:03
348 Éabha CONWAY 5 55.71% 30:38 New PB!
352 Lynn MURRAY 164 56.00% 30:41 PB 00:23:37
353 Trisha MURRAY 118 56.73% 30:42 PB 00:28:39
384 Karen DUNLOP-WAINWRIGHT 44 47.01% 31:48 PB 00:25:14
389 Ita WEIR 21 50.93% 32:08 PB 00:29:45
397 Paul ARMSTRONG 21 46.73% 32:21 PB 00:26:07
401 Sandy CARR 263 46.70% 32:33 PB 00:22:55
402 Coleen THOMPSON 36 46.47% 32:34 PB 00:23:51
421 Jim CLINTON 460 47.94% 33:10 PB 00:21:37
438 Philomena DONALDSON 224 57.45% 33:46 PB 00:27:50
447 Paula O’REILLY 33 53.18% 34:02 PB 00:31:49
451 Bernadette DUFFY 227 56.73% 34:12 PB 00:29:29
456 Vincent BRADLEY 102 45.99% 34:17 PB 00:21:34
465 Maeve CUSHNAHAN 20 44.33% 34:31 PB 00:25:50
466 Gillian RODEN 79 43.99% 34:33 PB 00:30:07
483 Heather WILSON 53 42.09% 35:10 PB 00:26:53
529 Martin MCLARNON 17 36.54% 38:30 PB 00:35:01
538 Ruby THOMPSON 4 41.38% 42:25 PB 00:40:06
539 Rachel BLYTHE-STONE 16 39.12% 42:31 PB 00:34:20
550 Eadaoin DONALDSON 185 29.72% 49:55 PB 00:24:26
Belfast Victoria parkrun 01/01/2020 #451
Pos parkrunner parkruns Age Grade Time Comment
2 Kent SWANN 96 81.90% 16:18 New PB!
35 Conor O’RAWE 151 66.81% 19:23 PB 00:18:03
43 Paul WILLIAMS 329 78.55% 19:44 New PB!
101 Ivan MCALLISTER 83 64.43% 22:21 First Timer!
109 Paul CARLIN 18 64.75% 22:36 New PB!
111 Matthew CARLETON 47 57.13% 22:40 New PB!
155 Lyle CARLETON 160 64.87% 24:06 First Timer!
210 Jim CLINTON 460 62.35% 25:30 PB 00:21:19
242 Catherine SEAWRIGHT 55 58.94% 26:57 PB 00:26:00
289 Fergus JAMISON 54 53.29% 28:35 New PB!
293 Paul ARMSTRONG 21 52.67% 28:42 First Timer!
326 Philip MCILWRATH 221 47.20% 30:03 PB 00:24:47
328 Gillian RODEN 79 50.53% 30:05 New PB!
356 Ita WEIR 21 52.51% 31:10 New PB!
430 Rosy RYAN 222 29.96% 53:01 PB 00:33:26
Ormeau parkrun 01/01/2020 #333
Pos parkrunner parkruns Age Grade Time Comment
249 Philip MCILWRATH 221 52.30% 27:07 PB 00:25:59
633 Rosy RYAN 222 29.61% 53:39 PB 00:40:37
Antrim parkrun 01/01/2020 #294
Pos parkrunner parkruns Age Grade Time Comment
59 Brian STEWART 89 74.73% 23:05 PB 00:20:59
Castlewellan parkrun 01/01/2020 #117
Pos parkrunner parkruns Age Grade Time Comment
45 Martsje HELL 32 66.87% 22:17 PB 00:19:27
Valley parkrun, Newtownabbey 01/01/2020 #280
Pos parkrunner parkruns Age Grade Time Comment
8 Luke KELLY 148 71.00% 19:36 New PB!
17 Simon REEVE 246 66.56% 21:08 First Timer!
27 Eoin MCCONNELL 16 67.37% 22:04 New PB!
30 Una MCCONNELL 31 69.30% 22:22 PB 00:21:40
56 Fionnuala O’HARE 172 61.62% 24:01 New PB!
62 Ita MCCAMBRIDGE 157 75.82% 24:32 PB 00:23:03
63 Brendan MCCAMBRIDGE 67 54.99% 24:33 PB 00:23:03
74 Clare HOLMES 107 60.32% 25:22 PB 00:24:09
76 Catriona MCCAMBRIDGE 61 58.36% 25:25 First Timer!
86 Greg MCCLURE 401 62.93% 26:10 New PB!
89 Tony REID 452 59.01% 26:16 PB 00:22:20
97 Michelle MCLOUGHLIN 120 57.04% 26:32 New PB!
101 Gerry ANDERSON 152 55.73% 26:53 PB 00:25:47
123 Coleen THOMPSON 36 53.04% 28:32 PB 00:26:04
124 Sandy CARR 263 53.27% 28:32 PB 00:24:57
161 Orla CASH 85 50.53% 29:55 PB 00:29:04
223 Bernadette DUFFY 227 55.91% 34:42 PB 00:32:24
226 Philomena DONALDSON 224 55.83% 34:45 PB 00:29:14
Lees Road parkrun 01/01/2020 #241
Pos parkrunner parkruns Age Grade Time Comment
127 Orlaith FAHY DUCKETT 4 53.00% 32:12 First Timer!
128 Róisín FAHY 8 50.67% 32:18 First Timer!
144 Cian FAHY DUCKETT 2 36.10% 41:11 First Timer!
Stormont parkrun 01/01/2020 #228
Pos parkrunner parkruns Age Grade Time Comment
52 John Gerard MURPHY 445 73.00% 20:22 PB 00:19:29
151 Ray CAMERON 163 60.46% 23:16 New PB!
314 David HURST 35 48.48% 27:22 First Timer!
375 Ciaran HUNTER 316 52.38% 29:05 PB 00:23:32
Orangefield parkrun 01/01/2020 #74
Pos parkrunner parkruns Age Grade Time Comment
48 Ray CAMERON 163 60.98% 23:04 PB 00:20:21
235 Karen MCCLEAN 18 56.90% 29:28 First Timer!
Wendover Woods parkrun 01/01/2020 #68
Pos parkrunner parkruns Age Grade Time Comment
162 Matt SHIELDS 357 60.38% 27:46 First Timer!
parkrun (Sat 04 Jan 2020)

Normal service was resumed on Saturday morning with the first Saturday parkruns of the new year and the results for NBH athletes were:

Waterworks parkrun, Belfast 04/01/2020 #484
Pos parkrunner parkruns Age Grade Time Comment
3 Mark MCAVOY 23 77.01% 16:45 New PB!
12 Gabriel MCAVOY 20 71.99% 19:24 New PB!
13 Simon REEVE 247 70.75% 19:53 PB 00:17:48
16 Ryan ARMSTRONG 8 65.32% 20:11 PB 00:19:52
20 John Gerard MURPHY 446 72.17% 20:36 PB 00:18:49
33 Greg MCCLURE 402 75.08% 21:56 PB 00:18:41
34 Una MCCONNELL 32 70.62% 21:57 PB 00:21:07
38 Ita MCCAMBRIDGE 158 83.04% 22:24 PB 00:20:55
40 Orla MCCAMBRIDGE 68 65.05% 22:45 PB 00:22:25
44 Saul THOMPSON 5 64.22% 23:09 PB 00:22:56
45 Fionnuala O’HARE 173 63.66% 23:15 PB 00:21:38
50 Ivan MCALLISTER 84 61.02% 23:36 PB 00:21:38
51 Lyle CARLETON 161 66.06% 23:40 PB 00:21:22
62 Laurence ROGERS 44 59.78% 24:17 PB 00:21:23
73 Tony REID 453 62.71% 24:43 PB 00:21:50
74 Catriona MCCAMBRIDGE 62 59.93% 24:45 PB 00:23:37
97 Michelle MCLOUGHLIN 121 58.62% 25:49 PB 00:24:00
109 Philip MCILWRATH 222 53.93% 26:18 PB 00:24:47
115 Stella HARRISON 317 71.66% 26:42 PB 00:26:03
120 Thomas MCKINSTRY 235 55.99% 27:00 PB 00:23:09
127 Paddy MCCAMBRIDGE 116 57.55% 27:10 PB 00:20:36
128 Jack CARBERRY 264 70.94% 27:11 PB 00:21:14
129 Gerard SOWNEY 56 47.92% 27:14 PB 00:20:47
135 Lucinda MCAVOY 22 57.41% 27:40 PB 00:27:25
153 Róisín FAHY 9 57.39% 28:31 New PB!
164 Heather WILSON 54 51.48% 28:45 PB 00:26:53
188 Fergus JAMISON 55 51.55% 29:33 PB 00:28:03
191 Jim CLINTON 461 53.36% 29:48 PB 00:21:37
202 Pamela SCOTT 2 48.13% 30:45 New PB!
214 Jacqueline LAWLOR 178 56.81% 31:27 PB 00:28:48
215 Sandy CARR 264 48.25% 31:30 PB 00:22:55
231 Bernadette DUFFY 228 57.65% 33:39 PB 00:29:29
233 Margaret STEPHENS 272 56.01% 33:41 PB 00:28:23
255 Philomena DONALDSON 225 51.53% 37:39 PB 00:27:50
259 Coleen THOMPSON 37 39.65% 38:10 PB 00:23:51
260 Michael LAWLOR 145 40.94% 38:11 PB 00:25:44
265 Ruby THOMPSON 5 44.58% 39:22 New PB!
278 Elisabeth FRENCH 65 29.26% 54:48 PB 00:41:10
279 Rosy RYAN 223 28.95% 54:52 PB 00:36:00
Belfast Victoria parkrun 04/01/2020 #452
Pos parkrunner parkruns Age Grade Time Comment
20 Rory KANE 20 73.94% 19:11 PB 00:18:23
48 Ciaran HUNTER 317 74.31% 20:30 PB 00:20:22
81 Colin SIMPSON 262 67.09% 22:20 PB 00:19:23
137 Karlene GRAHAM 11 59.84% 24:59 First Timer!
Queen’s parkrun, Belfast 04/01/2020 #401
Pos parkrunner parkruns Age Grade Time Comment
9 Niall ARMSTRONG 161 61.86% 20:56 First Timer!
10 Ray CAMERON 164 67.09% 20:58 PB 00:20:08
164 Lynn MURRAY 165 56.74% 30:17 First Timer!
165 John BEGGS 52 51.16% 30:18 First Timer!
172 Trisha MURRAY 119 56.21% 30:59 First Timer!
Ormeau parkrun 04/01/2020 #334
Pos parkrunner parkruns Age Grade Time Comment
5 Luke KELLY 149 78.55% 17:43 PB 00:17:33
143 Orlagh MCCOMB 12 62.37% 25:12 PB 00:24:10
526 Ruth MURPHY 13 46.04% 35:59 New PB!
Antrim parkrun 04/01/2020 #295
Pos parkrunner parkruns Age Grade Time Comment
3 Gavin MCCAFFREY 150 72.66% 18:21 PB 00:16:21
53 Brian STEWART 90 72.58% 23:46 PB 00:20:59
Larne parkrun 04/01/2020 #309
Pos parkrunner parkruns Age Grade Time Comment
4 Paul HUTCHINSON 21 67.42% 20:43 PB 00:19:07
Bicester parkrun 04/01/2020 #189
Pos parkrunner parkruns Age Grade Time Comment
67 Matt SHIELDS 358 65.79% 25:29 First Timer!