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NBH Race Report 23th-29th August 2021

April Clarke Sarah Jane McFadden

As summer starts to give way to autumn and temperatures begin to drop there were plenty of opportunities for running and racing this week. The Antrim Coast half marathon proved the most popular event and saw several fine performances from NBH athletes, and there was a new M60 1500m NI and Irish record set on the track by Davey Clarke.


Antrim Coast Half Marathon (sun 29th)

Formerly the Larne half marathon, this event has now achieved international recognition and was able to attract a high quality elite field as well as a strong field of club athletes. Many of these had not participated in a half marathon for some time as a result of the recent restrictions on events due to the Covid pandemic. So, early on Sunday morning, in cool, dry weather conditions, the stage was set for fast racing. The course took in the centre of Larne, a loop of the harbour, and the beautiful run out the coast road to Ballygally before turning for home and finishing near the Larne leisure centre.

The elite race provided the first highlight of the day as Yalemzerf Yehualaw (Ethiopia) set a new world half marathon record of 1:03:44, beating the previous mark by 18 seconds. Also in the elite event Conan McCaughey, representing NI, ran 1:06:23 to take 24th place in the men’s race, and evergreen Gladys Ganiel, also representing NI, ran 1:17:01 to take 16th place in the ladies race.

The mass race started after completion of the elite race, and after a short delay which only served to heighten the anticipation, they were off. The famous harriers hoops were in evidence throughout the large field as almost 50 club athletes took on the challenge, all grateful for the excellent support along the route from fellow club members. Davey Clarke and coach/athlete Nat Glenn did a fine job supporting some of the faster runners as they acted as pacers for 1h:30mins.

As the runners reached the finish many were celebrating new PBs, others delighting in achieving target times or enjoying the achievement of completing the half marathon distance. John McGuigan, Louise Smith, April Clarke and Paul Butcher all recorded fine new PBs.

The full results for NBH athletes were:

BibNameAGHalfway SplitGun TimeChip Time
1045David HamiltonM0:35:351:11:041:11:01
1161Phil ClarkeM0:35:581:11:201:11:15
1125Adam SmythM0:36:011:11:561:11:53
1053Mark McavoyM0:36:391:13:131:13:10
2537Jack SteensonM0:37:481:16:101:16:08
2034John McguiganM0:40:121:19:461:19:31
2134Patrick McauleyM0:39:321:20:201:20:15
2050Louise SmithF0:39:431:20:501:20:40
2432Daniel GirvinM0:39:471:21:561:21:49
3596Arran RutledgeM0:42:121:23:191:22:59
1024Aidan MccormackM0:41:471:23:351:23:24
2203Gavin MccaffreyM0:41:471:23:351:23:24
3559Tracey AtkinsonF0:41:411:24:221:23:30
2166Kevin MccannM0:43:031:25:001:24:32
2423Paul ButcherM0:42:141:25:001:24:44
2608John FogartyM0:42:531:27:091:26:56
2386James BensonM0:44:011:27:381:26:43
1063Colin McdowellM0:43:141:28:001:26:49
2019James TrainorM0:44:011:28:021:27:54
2036Natasha HendersonF0:44:011:28:401:27:40
3127Sarah Jane McfaddenF0:44:011:29:061:28:07
2135April ClarkeF0:44:001:29:081:28:08
2202Gabriel McavoyM0:43:181:29:161:28:18
3055Ryan ArmstrongM0:46:131:30:341:29:15
2114Paul HutchinsonM0:48:231:37:551:36:17
2219Ray CameronM0:49:291:39:131:38:48
3121Fionnuala O’hareF0:48:261:39:401:38:01
3112Diane TaylorM0:49:471:40:091:38:50
3579Greg McclureM0:50:211:40:481:39:38
5801Paddy MccambridgeF0:48:121:42:071:41:25
5940Gerard MageeM0:51:211:43:501:43:30
3152Thomas TaylorF0:51:151:45:031:43:44
3151Emma TaylorF0:53:591:47:401:46:20
5875Joseph GallagherM0:53:421:47:501:45:41
3111Andrew TaylorM0:53:071:48:301:47:10
5087Ivan McallisterM0:53:131:49:471:47:37
3077Jack CarberryM0:55:111:52:321:52:12
3193Gerry AndersonM0:54:521:55:061:53:46
2204Vincent MccaffreyM0:51:341:57:021:56:16
5111David HurstM0:53:151:57:121:55:02
5016Karlene GrahamF0:58:121:59:391:57:30
5097Laura ConnollyF0:59:382:05:332:03:24
5099Thomas MckinstryM1:04:552:09:252:05:35
8523Philip McilwrathF1:03:202:12:532:07:51
6041Jason ReidM1:05:012:13:082:09:11
5234Michelle McloughlinF1:08:182:28:182:26:10
7354Michael MurrayF1:06:402:46:592:41:59
2065Robbie SpeersM1:21:363:09:543:06:03
NBH Results in the Antrim Coast Half Marathon 2021

Open 1500m/5000m (Sat 28th)

Mary Peters track was the venue on Saturday for a series of open 1500m/5000m races and an invitational 800m. Congratulations to Davey Clarke on setting a new 1500m M60 NI and Irish record of 4:31.49.

Results of the races involving NBH athletes were:

SENIOR MEN 1500M Race 1
PositionFirst NameLast NameClubTime
1MatteoMaryWaterford AC4:03.48
2KieronWhiteCrusaders A.C.4:03.67
3DeanRyanNewbridge AC4:07.14
4JamesAshleyLagan Valley AC4:10.32
5ElliottO’BeirneCrusaders AC4:25.38
6StephenOrrOrangegrove AC4:26.08
7NickIrvineNorth Down AC4:26.25
8DavyFosterWillowfield Harriers4:27.77
9JumaMacMillanNorth Belfast Harriers4:31.15
10DavidClarkeNorth Belfast Harriers4:31.49
11JakeLennoxAnnadale Striders4:33.01
12AronColeFoyle Valley AC4:33.19
13NigelMcKibbinDromore AC4:34.54
14RodneyCampbellFoyle Valley AC4:45.01
SENIOR MEN 1500M Race 2
PositionFirst NameLast NameClubTime
1GaryCrummyNewry AC3:58.04
2BrettRushmanHartes Phoenix3:58.53
3CraigMcMeechanNorth Down AC3:59.16
4PeterGraceyBeechmount Harriers3:59.65
5CathaoirPurvisNorth Belfast Harriers4:05.54
6JackMcCauslandCity of Lisburn AC4:11.44
7SeanTerekCity of Lisburn AC4:13.48
8JakeStaffordWillowfield Harriers4:15.53
9RonanFitzpatrickQueens University AC4:17.48
10IsaacMcCollumNorth Belfast Harriers4:18.39
11BrandonMcKeownEast Antrim Harriers4:18.83
12JamesGillilandWillowfield Harriers4:19.32
13DiarmuidHannaBallymena & Antrim AC4:20.89
SENIOR MEN 5000M
PositionFirst NameLast NameClubTime
1OranO’HareFoyle Valley AC15:43.99
2KyleThompsonLoughview AC16:03.32
3JonathanSprattAnnadale Striders16:09.77
4DanielMolloyNewcastle AC16:13.42
5OliverCookPACE Running Club17:00.63
6DanielGirvinNorth Belfast Harriers17:22.87
7IanLockingtonVictoria Park and Connswater18:28.13
8SeamusBurkeDromore AC19:10.00
9NiallRankinDromore AC19:20.12
SENIOR MEN 800M – Invite
NumberFirst NameLast NameClubTime
1LukeMcCannUCD AC1:47.96
2PhilipMarronRatoath AC1:51.60
3AndrewMilliganNorth Belfast Harriers1:51.85
4ColinSmithMulligar Harriers1:51.91

Strangford Festival 5k/10k (Fri 27th)

Run as part of the Strangford Festival these races proved popular on Friday evening with over 100 competing in the 5k and almost 80 in the 10k. Kieran Callaghan represented the club in the 5k, posting a time of 25:15 in 27th place.


parkrun (Sat 28th)

Results from Saturday’s parkrun events were:

Waterworks parkrun, Belfast 28/08/2021 #504
PosparkrunnerparkrunsAge GradeTimeComment
2Conor O’RAWE15770.94%18:11PB 17:32
7Aaron RUSH4062.78%20:36New PB!
10Matt SHIELDS37581.74%20:54PB 17:44
16Cormac LEHENY371.31%22:08New PB!
18David CURRAN12666.87%22:14PB 18:42
20Conal MCCAMBRIDGE5958.02%22:14PB 15:59
25Joseph GALLAGHER1372.65%22:40PB 22:01
29Dara CASSIDY1163.00%23:01PB 22:17
43Gabriel MCAVOY3058.25%24:21PB 18:39
45Laurence ROGERS5959.89%24:26PB 21:23
53Tony REID47362.07%25:24PB 21:50
65Gordon GLENN10156.55%26:05PB 21:04
66Kevin MCCANN13557.00%26:05PB 21:37
68Greg MCCLURE42163.62%26:07PB 18:41
81Orán STEELE1855.47%26:48PB 24:27
91Chris O’DONOGHUE6849.06%27:37PB 24:31
97Lucinda MCAVOY3358.03%27:55PB 26:32
104Lyle CARLETON17955.16%28:35PB 21:22
107Heather WILSON6351.51%28:44PB 26:53
114Gillian RODEN9152.70%29:02PB 27:23
118Catherine SEAWRIGHT6655.23%29:20PB 25:28
123Evelyn PALMER2764.75%29:33PB 27:41
125Gerry ANDERSON16451.13%29:34PB 22:13
129Stella HARRISON33564.27%30:11PB 26:03
138Sandy CARR27448.89%31:28PB 22:55
139Grainne STEPHENS7847.01%31:29PB 30:59
150Margaret STEPHENS29059.42%32:39PB 28:23
159Roy RAINEY2242.99%35:10PB 32:33
164Michelle MCLOUGHLIN12742.18%36:02PB 24:00
177Bernadette DUFFY24447.41%42:07PB 29:29
181Denise RAINEY10235.98%45:29PB 34:48
182Denis LOUGHRAN14343.24%45:29PB 35:00
Derry City parkrun 28/08/2021 #361
PosparkrunnerparkrunsAge GradeTimeComment
6John Gerard MURPHY46567.90%22:04PB 19:45
Belfast Victoria parkrun 28/08/2021 #471
PosparkrunnerparkrunsAge GradeTimeComment
6Max REID8079.83%17:46New PB!
30Alex REID2671.31%22:08New PB!
57Ray CAMERON17757.29%24:56PB 19:37
60Paul BUTCHER756.64%25:13First Timer!
91Joe WILSON11159.75%27:05New PB!
Queen’s parkrun, Belfast 28/08/2021 #421
PosparkrunnerparkrunsAge GradeTimeComment
2Neil CARTY2382.19%18:32PB 17:13
Falls parkrun, Belfast 28/08/2021 #388
PosparkrunnerparkrunsAge GradeTimeComment
12Roisin HUGHES12168.00%22:58PB 20:27
40Philomena DONALDSON24262.99%31:42PB 29:48
48Eadaoin DONALDSON19842.45%35:06PB 29:45
Antrim parkrun 28/08/2021 #313
PosparkrunnerparkrunsAge GradeTimeComment
1Gavin MCCAFFREY15372.30%18:14PB 16:21
Larne parkrun 28/08/2021 #328
PosparkrunnerparkrunsAge GradeTimeComment
5Nat GLENN12769.66%22:15PB 17:48
7Janice PLUMB11876.03%22:36PB 20:34
10Carol CLARKE6578.65%22:43PB 21:54
Carrickfergus parkrun 28/08/2021 #309
PosparkrunnerparkrunsAge GradeTimeComment
19Hugo REILLY656.61%24:35First Timer!
27Maya REILLY559.01%25:37First Timer!
51Jason REID11944.69%29:30First Timer!
Bangor parkrun, Northern Ireland 28/08/2021 #307
PosparkrunnerparkrunsAge GradeTimeComment
222Philip MCILWRATH24125.47%56:32PB 27:12
223Rosy RYAN24028.23%57:23PB 42:51
Stormont parkrun 28/08/2021 #248
PosparkrunnerparkrunsAge GradeTimeComment
77Kieran CALLAGHAN12352.15%26:22New PB!
Colin Glen parkrun 28/08/2021 #216
PosparkrunnerparkrunsAge GradeTimeComment
35Jim CLINTON48151.50%31:08PB 24:42
Orangefield parkrun 28/08/2021 #94
PosparkrunnerparkrunsAge GradeTimeComment
17Colin SIMPSON27759.31%25:41PB 23:04
42Fergus JAMISON7048.72%31:49PB 29:58
Knockbracken Reservoir parkrun 28/08/2021 #13
PosparkrunnerparkrunsAge GradeTimeComment
44Thomas MCKINSTRY25258.13%26:26First Timer!
Hillsborough Forest parkrun 28/08/2021 #10
PosparkrunnerparkrunsAge GradeTimeComment
27Martsje HELL3865.43%22:51New PB!