Following a busy number of weeks for the members of North Belfast Harriers, that involved racing, in numerous locations, over a variety of courses, terrains and distances, the past week was not as hectic. However, true to form members of the Harriers did not disappoint in the performances.
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North Belfast Harriers finish First in the Men’s and Women’s 10k Trail Race, and First in the Marathon at Tollymore!
North Belfast Harriers, Martin Muldoon and Martsje Hell finished first in the Tollymore Trail 10k, while David Hamilton finished first in the marathon.
Having achieved podium positions previously this year, in similar types of races, Martin Muldoon and Martsje Hell both proved to be unbeatable in the challenging 10k race.
The 10k course, with a start and finish near the Bryansford Road carpark, was run entirely on forest trails through the scenic terrain. The course, with a total ascent of 694 ft, with a moderate surface, was categorised as being of medium difficulty. Martin finished in a very fast time of 37 min: 40 sec, whilst Martsje came home as first female and third overall in a tremendous time of 40 min: 57 sec. Fantastic racing by both Martsje and Martin! Congratulations to both of them.
David Hamilton represented the Harriers through the trails, leaves, streams and autumnal colour of the much loved, Tollymore Trail Marathon, and finished first in the stupendous time of 2 hrs: 42 min: 03 sec, over 26 min ahead of the second placed finisher. Fantastic running David, very well done.
Harriers Compete at Representative Level in North-South Masters Cross Country Challenge
With no British and Irish Masters Cross Country International this year, due to restrictions, the Northern Ireland Masters Athletic Association hosted a North – South Challenge cross country race at Queen’s playing fields on 13th November. The Ladies and the M65 men raced over a 6k course, whilst the M35-M64 men covered an 8k course. The Harriers were represented by Davy Clarke, Brian Stewart, Janice Plumb, Sarah-Jane McFadden and Carol Clarke. Well done and congratulations to Janice Plumb, who finished third in the women’s VF50 class. Great running by everyone.
Ballynahinch Remembrance 5k
Out of a field of 109 starters in the Ballynahinch Run to Remember 5k, North Belfast Harrier, Lawrence O’Hara came in first in a time of 17 min: 28 sec. Congratulations to Lawrence for a great run and a fast time.
As the autumnal winds swept the leaves from the trees in Belfast and further afield, runners from the Harriers continued to show their support for ParkRuns, sharing their love of running, enjoying the camaraderie, humour, craic and conviviality that is at the core of ParkRun. A special mention is deserved for Fionnuala O’Hare, who was first female finisher in the Waterworks and for Martin Rea, who was first finisher in Colin Glenn. Also, congratulations are deserved for the following, who achieved personal bests in their respective ParkRuns:- Chris Callaghan, Joe Wilson and Paul Lavery. Well done everyone.
|6||John Gerard Murphy||0:19:59||74.98%|
|16||Chris Callaghan||0:21:35||73.05%||New PB|
|18||Fionnuala O’Hare||0:21:51||67.73%||First Female Finisher|
Belfast Victoria ParkRun
|102||Joe Wilson||0:26:29||61.11%||New PB|
Queen’s Belfast ParkRun
Falls Belfast ParkRun
|50||Jason Reid||0:29:06||45.30%||First Timer|
|77||Karen McClean||0:27:00||63.64%||First Timer|
|2||James Alexander Brown||0:20:12||70.71%|
Valley Newtownabbey ParkRun
|11||Alex Reid||0:22:16||68.71%||First Timer|
Colin Glenn ParkRun
|1||Martin Rea||0:19:26||72.98%||First Finisher|
|53||Paul Lavery||0:35:56||46.24%||New PB|
Orangefield Belfast ParkRun
|26||Paul Jenkins||0:26:29||54.81%||First Timer|
|40||Liam Smyth||0:29:12||54.00%||First Timer|