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North Belfast Harriers Race Report 01-07 November 2021

Target Ovarian Cancer Runners

This weekend the harriers had racing options over cross country, trail and road, while Waterworks parkrun was celebrating a special birthday.

Run Forest Run Minnowburn 10k (sat 6th November)

On Saturday morning over 550 runners took part in the latest race of the Run Forest Run Winter Race Series, with 5 club members amongst them. The race started and finished at the Mary Peters track, and took in the Lagan towpath, Giant’s Ring and Edenderry on it’s undulating route. The early rain and windy conditions added a little spice to proceedings. International marathon runner Gladys Ganiel was well up the field from the start, eventually finishing 6th overall and the clear winner of the ladies race in just under 40 minutes.

Full results for NBH athletes were:

6Gladys GanielF400:39:34
328Thomas NortonM400:59:30
378Jason ReidM351:02:13
444Mia McDowellF501:05:05
506Martin McLarnonM451:09:53
Ulster Novice Cross Country (sat 6th November)

The Ulster Novice Cross Country championships, promoted by Finn Valley AC, took place on Saturday at Stranorlar in Donegal. Wind and rain was again in evidence as the uneven age group races preceded the novice women’s race over a 4k course and the novice men’s race over 6k.

Despite very muddy conditions, the women’s team ran well, securing a podium place and taking bronze.

The results were:

Novice Women
Pos Athlete Time
10 Erin Beattie 0:18:31
13 Natasha Henderson 0:18:45
22 Una McConnell 0:19:10
25 Moira Leheny 0:19:16
34 Orla McCambridge 0:20:06
50 Joanne Curran 0:23:15


Novice Men
Pos Athlete Time
12 Cathaoir Purvis 23:13
14 David Hamilton 23:27
34 James Trainor 24:24
44 Matthew McCombe 24:53
75 Paddy McAuley 26:40


Novice Cross Country NBH Women’s Team
McConnell Shield, Ballyclare (Sat 06 November)

The popular McConnell shield took place at Sixmilewater Park in Ballyclare on Saturday afternoon, and despite not featuring in this year’s cross country league still attracted a large contingent of athletes from all over Northern Ireland. In the team events, the NBH men were narrowly pipped to the title by a strong team from Annadale Striders, while the ladies also claimed a podium spot as 3rd team. The results were:

10SJ McFaddenF3519:52
12April ClarkeFO20:18
29Janice PlumbF5021:25
31Brian StewartM7021:40
33Fionnuala O’HareFO21:44
34Joe GallagherM6021:45
40Helen F WeirF5022:13
44Carol ClarkeF5522:30
Women and V60 Men

4Philip GossM3527:20M35 WInner
8Lawrence O’HaraM4028:11M40 Winner
11Gavin McCaffreyMO28:23
18Conal McCambridgeMO29:27
30Nat GlennM5530:36
46Simon ReeveM4532:13
47David CurranM5032:14
51Peter ReedMO32:39
72Ciaran SloanM3536:03
94Ray CameronM4539:34

Target Ovarian Cancer 5k and 10k, Ormeau Park (Sun 07 November)

There was a good turnout of club athletes in Ormeau Park on Sunday morning to run in support of the Target Ovarian Cancer charity. Thanks and congratulations to all that took part.

Ballynahinch Run to remember 5k (sun 07 november)

This race was promoted by ATLAS Running and The Royal British Legion Ballynahinch Branch. Lawrence O’Hara was the only NBH athlete who toed the line. He followed up his win in the M40 category at Ballyclare on Saturday by taking top spot in a speedy 17:28, over half a minute ahead of the second placed athlete. Lawrence also won this race in 2019 !

Lawrence O’Hara with his trophy (photo courtesy of Atlas Running facebook page)

The first parkrun event in Ireland took place at Waterworks Park on 6th November 2010. That meant that Saturday was the 11th birthday to the very day. Despite a bit of wind and rain later in the morning that threatened the celebratory cakes, regulars and visitors enjoyed their weekly 5k round the park. Rosie Ryan and Phil McIlwrath enjoyed double celebrations as they each completed their 250th parkruns.

The results for North Belfast Harriers members at 9 different events were:

Waterworks parkrun, Belfast 06/11/2021 | #514
PosparkrunnerparkrunsAge GradeTimeComment
8John Gerard MURPHY47574.30%20:10PB 18:49
13Thomas COY1673.91%20:42New PB!
15Thomas SIMMONS4365.38%21:11PB 17:07
17Simon REEVE25865.62%21:46PB 17:48
24Chris CALLAGHAN2871.78%21:58New PB!
28Drew KNOX29472.90%22:12PB 18:42
29Dermot COY2262.15%22:17PB 21:29
32Greg MCCLURE43074.57%22:29PB 18:41
39Fionnuala O’HARE19563.93%23:09PB 21:13
60Tony REID48362.77%25:07PB 21:50
81Jack CARBERRY28676.95%26:06PB 21:14
88Gerard SOWNEY6349.84%26:27PB 20:47
94Sam CARR14250.00%26:40PB 20:07
96Sabrina NULTY1158.49%26:42New PB!
98Matt SHIELDS38263.86%26:45PB 17:44
106Emma TAYLOR1656.05%27:00PB 23:49
107Lyle CARLETON18958.85%27:01PB 21:22
109Lynn MCKENNA2861.45%27:17PB 26:30
117Philip MCILWRATH25051.71%27:51PB 24:47
118Stella HARRISON34470.63%27:52PB 26:03
126Chris O’DONOGHUE7248.49%28:09PB 24:31
127Jim CLINTON49156.82%28:13PB 21:37
151Gerry ANDERSON17150.92%29:55PB 22:13
158Sandy CARR27849.33%31:11PB 22:55
163Grainne STEPHENS8546.91%31:33PB 29:16
165Margaret STEPHENS29961.10%31:45PB 28:23
166Michael LAWLOR15750.03%31:47PB 25:44
171Lorna MCGRATH5860.88%31:52PB 30:16
188Roy RAINEY3144.88%33:41PB 32:33
189Eva MCLOUGHLIN355.63%33:44New PB!
190Michelle MCLOUGHLIN13144.35%34:30PB 24:00
205Eadaoin DONALDSON20439.65%37:35PB 24:26
211Sile HANNON5845.06%40:10PB 32:00
212Denis LOUGHRAN15349.63%40:28PB 35:00
217Denise RAINEY10738.46%42:33PB 34:48
218Elisabeth FRENCH7337.92%43:10PB 41:10
233Rosy RYAN25026.73%01:01PB 36:00
Belfast Victoria parkrun 06/11/2021 | #481
PosparkrunnerparkrunsAge GradeTimeComment
12Luke KELLY15584.82%15:55New PB!
32Paul BUTCHER979.41%18:08New PB!
74Peter MCCLELLAND1460.54%22:23New PB!
85Paul WILLIAMS35468.17%22:56PB 19:44
128Joe WILSON11960.84%26:36New PB!
Ecos parkrun, Ballymena 06/11/2021 | #404
PosparkrunnerparkrunsAge GradeTimeComment
55Paul JENKINS4757.53%25:14PB 18:13
Citypark parkrun, Craigavon 06/11/2021 | #399
PosparkrunnerparkrunsAge GradeTimeComment
1Colin MCDOWELL15985.46%17:32PB 17:21
Castlewellan parkrun 06/11/2021 | #146
PosparkrunnerparkrunsAge GradeTimeComment
128Bernadette DUFFY25237.50%53:15First Timer!
130Philomena DONALDSON25237.48%53:16PB 32:01
Larne parkrun 06/11/2021 | #337
PosparkrunnerparkrunsAge GradeTimeComment
3Paul HUTCHINSON2967.49%21:01PB 19:07
Valley parkrun, Newtownabbey 06/11/2021 | #309
PosparkrunnerparkrunsAge GradeTimeComment
39Liam SMYTH3255.00%28:40PB 26:41
52Clare HOLMES11149.76%31:09PB 24:09
Orangefield parkrun 06/11/2021 | #104
PosparkrunnerparkrunsAge GradeTimeComment
47Ita WEIR3441.71%40:12PB 39:27
Edwin Carolan Community parkrun 06/11/2021 | #3
PosparkrunnerparkrunsAge GradeTimeComment
11Kieran CALLAGHAN13152.31%26:17PB 25:20