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North Belfast Harriers Race Report 7th – 13th June 2021


Track, Ultra & Mountain Running for North Belfast Harriers

Evening of 5000m races at Magherafelt
reported by Joe Gallagher

One month on from the first race meeting at the Meadowbank Sports Arena, hosted by Tafelta Athletics Club, North Belfast Harriers returned for a rematch. On Wednesday 9th June both clubs competed again over 5k in three separate races. In the first race, three members of the Harriers competed in the over 24 min category. Running for the Harriers for the first time since joining from an athletics club in Colchester, was Kieran Callaghan. Also worth a mention were two runners from our 5k to 10k following group, who were running on the track for the first time. Angela Feighan and Sean Feighan, members of a Harriers running group that might be categorised as recreational, deserve great credit, with Sean finishing third in the race with a time of 24 min 53 sec.
The second race of the evening was for runners in 21 min – 24 min category. The race was competitive, with six of the Harriers finishing in under 22 minutes. Diane Taylor and Una McConnell came in second and third, with times of 21 min 27 sec, and 21 min 28 sec. Returning from injury Chris Callaghan achieved a commendable time of 22 min 46 sec. Joe Gallagher achieved a pb of 21 min 50 secs.
In the final sub 20 min race North Belfast were represented by Sam Carr and Darren Millar .
Darren Millar 16.58
Sam Carr 19.28
Diane Taylor 21:27
Una McConnell 21:28
Andy Taylor 21:38
Orla McCambridge 21:39
Joe Gallagher 21:50
Paddy McCambridge 21:59
Chris Callaghan 22:46
Sean Feighan 24.53
Kieran Callaghan 26.06
Angela Feighan 32.27


Florida Manor 12 Hour Challenge.
The ultra endurance event organised by Gaithouse events took place over a 5k trail loop at Florida Manor starting at 10am on Saturday with 6, 12 or 24 hour finish times to complete as many full loops as possible.
Gordon Glenn placed 3rd in the 12 hour event and 24th overall running 18 laps in 11 hours 34 minutes and 54 seconds with a total distance of 88.25 kilometres.

Cairncastle Classic Fell Race.
East Coast AC hosted the first race of the NIMRA Championship at Ballgally on Saturday morning. The 2nd annual running of the Cairncastle Classic is over 10 miles and with over 2000 ft of elevation and descent. The route takes in a climb up Knockdhu and run over Sallagh Braes out and back along the Antrim Hills Way and to the final summit of Scawt Hill before a rapid downhill return to Ballygally.
North Belfast Harriers were represented by current members Simon Reeve and Paul Hutchinson, whilst previous club members Martsje Hell and Martin Rea also had notable performances.
Martsje Hell took an early lead and held it across the Antrim Hills skyline to finish first female in 1:25:54. Simon Reeve finished 15th overall and 1st M45 in 1:25:19, Paul Hutchinson was 2nd M45 and 23rd overall in 1:27:17 and Martin Rea finished in 1:29:22.

(not) parkrun Results:
Margaret STEPHENS 32:04
Anne Marie CRAIG 37:00
Joseph GALLAGHER 21:50 (PB)
Tony REID 24:50
Bernadette DUFFY 34:04
Ita WEIR 38:30
Michelle MCLOUGHLIN 26:38
Lyle CARLETON 29:22
Greg MCCLURE 23:47
Maurice PALMER 25:24