This has been very busy week with many Harriers in action, and a little bit of relaxation to finish it all off.
Tues 7th Sept 2021: Mill Hill Mile
The field of 66 runners started in Annsborough, running to Casltlewellan, a distance of one mile. The only catch: it’s up hill!
James Trainor represented the Club, coming in fourth.
Wed 8th Sept 2021: Evening of 5000m
It was back to the Meadowbank Sports Arena for the highly-successful Evening of 5000m races. Tafelta AC hosted with representatives from Mallusk, Galbally, Tafelta and of course North Belfast Harriers.
Five races were held to cater for a wide range of abilities, so there was a slot to fit all abilities.
Our thanks go to the competitors from all of the participating clubs, the volunteers who made it possible and to the all-important organisers.
|Race 1||Thomas Taylor||24.02||Race 3||Carol Clarke||21.43|
|Lynn McKenna||25.35||Chris Callaghan||22.14|
|Cheryl Shaw||26.65||Andy Taylor||22.22|
|Erin McAuley||28.04||Emma Taylor||22.34|
|Race 2||Sean Feighan||23.58||Race 4||Roma Doherty||20.57|
|Jack Carberry||24.21||Diane Taylor||21.40|
|Matthew Carelton||24.32||Joe Gallaher||21.48|
|Kieran Callaghan||24.34||Greg McClure||21.51|
|Joanne Currran||25.42||Dermot Coy||22.21|
|Thomas Norton||24.48||Race 5||Colin Willetts||19.17|
Photos courtesy Cathal MacOscar Photography
Fri 10th Sept 2021: Ards 5 Mile
Nine Harriers made the trip to Ards to complete in the annual Ards 5 Mile Challenge, hosted by Scrabo Striders.
The route took the 280 runners out along the Portaferry Road, which is totally flat with great views of Strangford Lough, then the long steady climb up Finlays Road, a few more undulating hills along country roads before a welcome big downhill on the way back into town, finishing in Londonderry Park.
Sat 11th Sept 2021: Washingbay Green Run
The Washingbay Green Runs started and finished at the Washingbay Centre on the shores of picturesque Lough Neagh. Three routes were offered: 5k, 10k and half marathon.
Peter McGarry took a podium position in the 5k race with a time of 16:09, while Louise Smith and Gerard McNamara represented the Club in the half marathon race.
|2||5125||Peter||McGarry||M||MO||North Belfast Harriers||00:16:09||00:16:09||5k|
|Pos||Bib||Firstname||Lastname||Gender||Cat||Club||Finish||Chiptime||First 7km||Last 14km|
|13||319||Louise||Smith||F||F50||North Belfast Harriers||01:23:19||01:23:20||00:26:31||00:56:48|
|64||363||Gerard||McNamara||M||M45||North Belfast Harriers||01:44:14||10:17:14||00:33:58||01:10:16|
Sat 11th Sept 2021: Belfast International Meet
Athletes from across Northern Ireland, Ireland, UK and Europe took part in the Belfast International Meet at the Mary Peters Track on Saturday 11th September, as a fitting end to the track and field season for many.
The Harriers were represented in the 800m Men Invitation, 2000m Team Race Women, 3000m Team Race Men and the 800m U15 Girls.
Rosie Roberts, Natasha Henderson and April Clarke put in an amazing collective effort to win the 2000m Team Race for North Belfast Harriers. Well done ladies.
Special thanks to Seamus McCann and Paddy McAuley for representing the club as race officials. This is a valuable part of our club’s contribution to the local athletics community.
|800m Men Invitation|
|2000m Team Race Women|
|1||184||Rosie Roberts||North Belfast Harriers||6:31.56|
|2||179||Nadia Radcliffe||Dromore AC||6:43.65|
|3||183||Natasha Henderson||North Belfast Harriers||6:54.27|
|4||182||April Clarke||North Belfast Harriers||6:54.29|
|5||180||Leah Moffitt||Dromore AC||7:11.83|
|6||181||Kate McCartan||Dromore AC||7:12.21|
|7||210||Erin McDermott||Willowfield Harriers||7:16.08|
|8||211||Alice Monaghan||Lagan Valley AC||7:21.73|
|9||212||Isabella McMahon||Lagan Valley AC||7:49.16|
|10||4||Anastasia Trainor||Lagan Valley AC||8:11.64|
|2000m Team Result|
|1st||North Belfast Harriers||20.19|
|3rd||Lagan Valley AC||23.21|
|800m U15 Girls|
|6||135||Leah Horan||North Belfast||2:35.62|
|3000m Team Race Men|
|6||226||Cathaoir Purvis||North Belfast Harriers||9:08.76|
|8||227||Philip Goss||North Belfast Harriers||9:12.75|
Sun 12th Sept 2021: Run Anon 5k Race Track Run
This is a race with a difference. Two laps of this full size racing track – the Nutts Corner Circuit.
Laurence O’Hara, and Helen Collins picked up 2nd place male and female respectively.
|Pos||Bib||Firstname||Lastname||Gender||Finish||Chiptime||Per Km||First 2k||Per 2km||Last3k||Per last 3km|
Sun 12th Sept 2021: Great North Run
The Great North Run is famous for its fantastic atmosphere. The spectator-lined course covers 13.1 miles from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, across the iconic Tyne Bridge and on to the picturesque coastal finish in South Shields. Two Harriers made the journey for the 40th Anniversary of this iconic race.
Sun 12th Sept 2021: Lecale Way
The Lecale Way 100km Ultra is an out and back route starting in Newcastle, running to Strangford before returning back to Newcastle. The 50km Ultra is a point-to-point route starting in Strangford finishing in Newcastle. There were spectacular views along the route finishing in the shadow of the Mourne Mountains.
Two Harriers completed the 100km Ultra, while Simon Reeve won the 50k Ultra in a time of 4:38:50. Well done all.
|Pos||Name||Dist||50k Time||100k Time|
Sun 12th Sept 2021: North Belfast Harriers’ 125th Anniversary
Established in 1896, North Belfast Harriers is proud to celebrate its 125th anniversary. To mark the occasion, the Club held a Family Fun Day in Westland Playing Fields within the Waterworks.
Belfast Ukulele Jam provided the entertainment while the guests feasted on hamburgers and a mountain of “wee buns”. The kids enjoyed the bouncy castle and inflatable slide as well as some fun races.
Prizes were generously donated by local businesses as well as individual club members.
A great day was had by all.
A big thank you to the organisers and volunteers.
Here’s to the next 125 years!
Sat 11th Sept PARKRUNS
A total of 63 North Belfast Harriers took part in 17 parkruns this week.
Congratulations to Fionnuala O’HARE on being the First Lady Finisher at the Waterworks, Gavin MCCAFFREY on finishing first at Antrim and to Nat GLENN finishing first at Larne.
Well done to Thomas COY, David HURST, Gillian RODEN, Lucinda MCAVOY, Martin McLARNON, Sile HANNON, Paul HORAN, Heather WILSON, Karen McCLEAN, Fergus JAMISON and Kevin McCANN on achieving PBs this week.
A special mention to Eadaoin DONALDSON on clocking up the unofficial milestone of 200 parkruns.
Well done everybody and a big thank you to the army of volunteers.
|13||1||Fionnuala O’HARE||00:21:57||First Lady Finisher|
|16||13||Thomas COY||00:22:20||New PB|
|30||26||David HURST||00:23:38||New PB|
|70||9||Gillian RODEN||00:26:14||New PB|
|73||10||Lucinda McAVOY||00:26:20||New PB|
|157||101||Martin McLARNON||00:34:31||New PB|
|177||58||Eadaoin DONALDSON||00:40:02||200 Parkruns|
|182||62||Sile HANNON||00:40:31||New PB|
|Woodhouse Moor parkrun|
|Belfast Victoria parkrun|
|3||2||Paul HORAN||00:16:49||New PB|
|101||23||Heather WILSON||00:28:21||New PB|
|Queen’s parkrun, Belfast|
|Falls parkrun, Belfast|
|103||16||Karen McCLEAN||00:26:01||New PB|
|1||1||Gavin McCAFFREY||00:17:33||First Finisher|
|1||1||Nat GLENN||00:18:40||First Finisher|
|Druridge Bay parkrun|
|5||4||John Gerard MURPHY||00:20:07|
|54||45||Fergus JAMISON||00:29:49||New PB|
|Deerpark parkrun, Carlanstown|
|Crawfordsburn Country parkrun|
|Hillsborough Forest parkrun|
|13||12||Kevin McCANN||00:23:24||New PB|