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NBH Race Report 10-16 February 2020

In a week sandwiched between storm Ciara and storm Dennis, NBH athletes nevertheless put in some remarkable performances, from the speedsters at the Armagh international to the endurance specialists at the EAMS 6-hour at Jordanstown and the Atlas Last One Standing at Castleward.

Armagh International Road Races (Thu 13th February)

This well established event attracted many top international and local club athletes to the Mall at Armagh on Thursday evening. The races were all fast with nearly 140 men breaking 15 minutes in the international 5k and over 50 ladies running under 10 minutes for the 3k. The harriers had 6 competitors in the male 3k, all of whom remarkably set new PBs, and one competitor in the ladies 3k. Congratulations to Matthew Lavery and Luke Kelly who both achieved 3rd place in their respective junior category. Full results were:

Mens 3km
Overall Athlete Time
9 Matthew Lavery 08:44
38 James Trainor 09:15
41 Luke Kelly 09:17
84 Brendan McCambridge 09:47
108 Peter Reed 09:59
142 Jack McCready 10:31

 

Ladies 3km
Overall Athlete Time
131 Orlagh McComb 12:32

 

PBs all round at the Armagh International
PBs all round at the Armagh International

 

Love EAMS Valentine’s Day 6-hr Challenge (Fri 14th February)

The running lovers gathered early on Valentine’s Day at the Loughshore Park, Jordanstown  for the annual 6-hr challenge. In generally wet and windy conditions the competitors completed as many laps as possible (or as desired!) within the 6 hour window, with each lap consisting of the 4.2 mile loop via the lough shore path to Gideon’s Green and back. Greg McClure and Thomas (Tucker) McKinstry competed and their results were:

Name Laps Distance Time
Thomas McKinstry 6.25 26.2 4:37:33.9
Greg McClure 9 37.8 6:17:07.2

 

Greg and Tucker at Love EAMS
Greg and Tucker enjoying Love EAMS

 

Last One Standing, Castleward (Sat 15th – Sun 16th February)

Underfoot conditions wouldn’t have been out of place at a cross country race and strong winds and rain courtesy of storm Dennis added to the physical and mental challenge of LOS, Castleward on Saturday. Starting at 12 noon, the event took place on a 4.2 mile loop on trails and paths round the Castleward estate. Competitors had to complete 1 lap every hour and be on the start line, ready to start the next lap on the next hour. Runners not on the start line earned a DNF (Did Not Finish!) medal. This process continued until there was only one runner left who had to complete one more lap on their own to be declared the winner.

Coleen Thompson and Sandy Carr were the brave souls who represented the harriers, Sandy completed 16 full laps (67.2 miles), and Coleen completed 13 (54.6 miles). Coleen said after her experience “the worst conditions I’ve ever run in, think at one point we were swimming through muddy puddles deep enough to lose a small child in! “. Congratulations to both on their extraordinary performances.

Coleen and Sandy still smiling
Coleen and Sandy still smiling
Novosco Grand Prix Awards

The awards were presented for the Novosco Grand Prix 2019 series at a recent ceremony at the Titanic hotel. This series is based on age graded performances across a series of 10k races throughout the road racing season. The club claimed the top team award, with Davy Clarke finishing in third place, making this his third consecutive top three finish in the Novosco series. The team prize was based on the top 6 runners from each club, and Davy was well supported by Laurence Johnston (4th), Gareth Lyons (8th) and Carol Clarke, April Clarke and Fionnuala O’Hare who all also had a fine series. Final standings were:

Rank Name Races AGP
3 David Clarke 8 91.61%
4 Laurence Johnston 7 88.42%
8 Gareth Lyons 15 85.56%
20 Carol Clarke 7 78.63%
31 April Clarke 7 72.68%
44 Fionnuala O’Hare 8 66.57%

 

Novosco Grand Prix Prize Winners
Novosco Grand Prix Prize Winners

 

parkrun (Sat 16th February)

Saturday’s parkruns attracted a healthy crop of NBH runners and the results were:

Waterworks parkrun, Belfast 15/02/2020 #490
Pos parkrunner parkruns Age Grade Time Comment
3 Mark MCAVOY 26 70.56% 18:17 PB 16:45
11 Gabriel MCAVOY 23 72.06% 19:23 New PB!
20 John MCGUIGAN 61 70.94% 20:18 PB 17:13
22 John Gerard MURPHY 452 72.70% 20:27 PB 18:49
30 Paul WILLIAMS 336 71.65% 21:38 PB 20:23
49 Ivan MCALLISTER 90 62.43% 23:04 PB 21:38
56 Terence MCATAMNEY 38 55.38% 23:41 PB 21:45
62 Piaras MCSHANE 186 54.25% 24:18 PB 17:18
67 Jack CARBERRY 268 78.71% 24:30 PB 21:14
70 Tony REID 459 62.63% 24:45 PB 21:50
77 Lyle CARLETON 165 61.75% 25:19 PB 21:22
81 Gerry ANDERSON 154 58.84% 25:28 PB 22:13
84 David HURST 37 52.25% 25:33 PB 24:38
88 Matt SHIELDS 363 65.24% 25:42 PB 17:44
109 Eimear CASH 31 60.14% 26:33 PB 24:50
118 Lucinda MCAVOY 26 58.86% 26:59 PB 26:37
119 Chris O’DONOGHUE 64 49.85% 26:59 PB 24:31
120 Catherine SEAWRIGHT 59 58.65% 27:05 PB 25:28
127 Orla CASH 88 55.14% 27:25 PB 22:32
132 Orán STEELE 8 55.57% 27:32 New PB!
134 Gordon GLENN 90 52.99% 27:37 PB 21:04
136 Katrina MCAULEY 69 54.97% 27:39 PB 23:17
138 Stella HARRISON 322 69.03% 27:43 PB 26:03
150 Heather WILSON 58 51.84% 28:33 PB 26:53
155 Joseph GALLAGHER 4 56.85% 28:42 PB 28:04
171 Greg MCCLURE 408 55.51% 29:40 PB 18:41
187 Fergus JAMISON 60 49.78% 30:36 PB 28:03
190 Sinéad RUSSELL 14 50.05% 30:44 PB 29:51
191 Gillian RODEN 82 49.11% 30:57 PB 30:07
202 Ita WEIR 25 50.26% 32:34 PB 29:45
203 Maeve CUSHNAHAN 25 46.93% 32:36 PB 25:50
204 Claire BROWNING 68 50.74% 32:39 PB 29:39
208 Bernadette DUFFY 232 58.35% 33:15 PB 29:29
209 Margaret STEPHENS 278 56.32% 33:30 PB 28:23
214 Grainne STEPHENS 66 43.85% 33:45 PB 30:59
218 Sile HANNON 48 52.32% 34:09 PB 32:00
219 Philomena DONALDSON 230 56.70% 34:13 PB 27:50
232 Philip MCILWRATH 228 38.77% 36:35 PB 24:47
255 Rosy RYAN 228 27.82% 57:05 PB 36:00
Belfast Victoria parkrun 15/02/2020 #457
Pos parkrunner parkruns Age Grade Time Comment
68 Karlene GRAHAM 14 59.96% 24:56 PB 24:14
Queen’s parkrun, Belfast 15/02/2020 #407
Pos parkrunner parkruns Age Grade Time Comment
78 Thomas Peter NORTON 59 50.27% 27:21 First Timer!
Falls parkrun, Belfast 15/02/2020 #380
Pos parkrunner parkruns Age Grade Time Comment
10 Roisin HUGHES 119 73.02% 21:04 PB 20:27
Ormeau parkrun 15/02/2020 #339
Pos parkrunner parkruns Age Grade Time Comment
245 Jim CLINTON 467 52.91% 30:03 PB 23:10
Antrim parkrun 15/02/2020 #300
Pos parkrunner parkruns Age Grade Time Comment
70 Brian STEWART 92 66.18% 26:04 PB 20:59
Larne parkrun 15/02/2020 #314
Pos parkrunner parkruns Age Grade Time Comment
3 Nat GLENN 120 77.59% 19:38 PB 17:48
6 James TOPPING 171 58.37% 22:06 PB 18:07
Stormont parkrun 15/02/2020 #234
Pos parkrunner parkruns Age Grade Time Comment
20 Colin SIMPSON 266 67.19% 22:18 PB 21:06
Orangefield parkrun 15/02/2020 #81
Pos parkrunner parkruns Age Grade Time Comment
4 Laurence JOHNSTON 103 78.56% 20:36 PB 18:46