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Race Report 20-26 December 2021

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The run up to Christmas was quiet on the racing front, then many of the harriers took part in a Christmas Day parkrun before Boxing Day races at Greencastle and Belfast’s Titanic Quarter helped burn off any surplus calories from the previous day’s festivities.


Titanic Festival of Running (26 December)

On a wet and windy Boxing Day morning there were 2 races promoted by ChampionChip Ireland, a 5k and a 10k. Incorporating Airport Road and a loop via Heron Road the flat course made up for the difficult weather conditions and there were some outstanding performances by NBH athletes. In the 5k, harriers filled 6 of the top 10 places, with Gerard Heaney taking the win in 15:36 and a podium position also for Cathaoir Purvis in 3rd place in 15:49. In the 10k Paul Butcher ran a 2 minute PB in 36:49.

Full results and photos:

PosAthleteTime2k5k7k
18Paul Butcher36:4906:4818:1827:12
26Hugo Reilly-Stewart38:3007:2219:3628:43
35Colin McDowell39:2407:2719:4427:47
40Gerard Heaney39:3107:2719:4929:07
187Fergus Jamison59:0611:1329:3341:45
190Jason Reid59:2810:2729:0543:38
Titanic Festival of Running 10k Results


PosAthleteTime2k3k
1Gerard Heaney15:3606:3109:26
3Cathaoir Purvis15:4906:3209:29
5Connor McCann15:5706:3309:33
6Isaac McCollum16:0006:3409:35
7Brandon McMinn16:0706:3109:32
10Colin McDowell16:4206:4509:52
27John McGuigan17:5107:3110:56
Titanic Festival of Running 5k Results

Greencastle 5m Road Race (26th December)

The annual Greencastle 5m road race took place on Boxing Day. The route is famous for its 800m long hill in the 4th mile. Apart from that hill the first 2.5 miles is fast with good downhill sections. Once over the hill, athletes have about 1km of fast downhill running to the finish line.

No stranger to this event, Conán McCaughey had a strong run to take 2nd place in 25:06 with Peter Donnelly taking 6th in 26:23. Also among the 450 finishers, Ray Cameron recorded 38:35 and Brian Stewart won the M70 category with 39:03.

Full results and photos:

PlaceNameCategoryTime
2Conán McCaugheyMO25:06
6Peter DonnellyMO26:23
162Ray CameronM5038:35
174Brian StewartM7039:03
Greencastle 5m Road Race


parkrun (25th December)

Harriers looking for a Christmas Day parkrun had to look beyond the Waterworks as it remains closed due to the Bird Flu outbreak.

Full results were:

Ecos parkrun, Ballymena 25/12/2021, Event #411
Pos parkrunner parkruns Age Grade Time Comment
4 Gavin MCCAFFREY 158 72.34% 18:01 New PB!
22 Natasha HENDERSON 87 73.29% 20:13 New PB!
121 Brian STEWART 108 62.27% 28:19 PB 22:29
           
Wallace parkrun, Lisburn 25/12/2021, Event #362
Pos parkrunner parkruns Age Grade Time Comment
197 Jim CLINTON 497 54.16% 29:53 PB 22:46
           
Valley parkrun, Newtownabbey 25/12/2021, Event #316
Pos parkrunner parkruns Age Grade Time Comment
2 Piaras MCSHANE 194 70.00% 18:30 First Timer!
24 Joseph GALLAGHER 22 73.35% 22:27 First Timer!
26 Paul WILLIAMS 360 69.07% 22:38 PB 21:53
27 Fionnuala O’HARE 199 64.86% 22:49 New PB!
61 Matthew CARLETON 66 51.67% 24:58 PB 22:49
66 Tony REID 490 61.83% 25:30 PB 22:20
93 Lyle CARLETON 194 57.19% 27:48 New PB!
102 Maurice PALMER 100 57.66% 28:04 PB 26:19
104 Sandy CARR 284 54.42% 28:16 PB 24:57
105 Sam CARR 143 46.64% 28:16 PB 21:09
126 Stella HARRISON 349 64.43% 30:33 PB 29:48
131 Fergus JAMISON 85 49.84% 31:06 First Timer!
145 Jason REID 132 39.49% 33:23 PB 26:53
147 Margaret STEPHENS 306 56.81% 34:09 PB 33:05
155 Grainne STEPHENS 90 42.63% 34:43 PB 33:01
156 Eva MCLOUGHLIN 5 54.00% 34:45 First Timer!
157 Michelle MCLOUGHLIN 136 44.03% 34:45 PB 25:46
162 Philomena DONALDSON 256 56.32% 35:27 PB 29:14
163 Evelyn PALMER 30 54.70% 35:28 PB 30:35
164 Bernadette DUFFY 258 56.14% 35:34 PB 32:24
177 Ita WEIR 38 41.23% 40:40 PB 34:09
179 Eadaoin DONALDSON 210 35.92% 41:29 PB 27:07
182 Gerry ANDERSON 177 33.31% 45:44 PB 25:47
           
Stormont parkrun 25/12/2021, Event #264
Pos parkrunner parkruns Age Grade Time Comment
25 Laurence JOHNSTON 106 84.73% 19:26 New PB!
39 John Gerard MURPHY 482 73.09% 20:41 PB 19:29
98 Niall ARMSTRONG 165 56.17% 22:58 New PB!
146 Ray CAMERON 187 58.46% 24:26 PB 23:16
371 Paul LAVERY 24 50.40% 32:58 First Timer!
378 Greg MCCLURE 437 50.33% 33:19 PB 22:14
394 Damien GILL 273 47.60% 34:00 PB 20:52
           
Clevedon Salthouse Fields parkrun 25/12/2021, Event #44
Pos parkrunner parkruns Age Grade Time Comment
133 Philip MCILWRATH 255 50.59% 28:28 PB 27:16
252 Rosy RYAN 255 30.48% 53:09 PB 50:38